Breanna Hopkins is a graduating senior at Clark Atlanta University. A native of Racine, Wisconsin, the Chase High School graduate came to the Atlanta HBCU on a track scholarship. When she’s not running, she’s sketching new ideas for her fashion collection. During an interview with a few of the students in Clark Atlanta University’s fashion design/merchandising program, the spirited sprinter, fashion model and designer shares with us her plans to land an internship in Los Angeles after graduation.
What made you decide pursue your education at Clark Atlanta University?
I had a track scholarship; I wanted to go to an HBCU. And I wanted to major in fashion.
What are you doing outside of pursuing your bachelor’s degree to prepare yourself for your fashion career?
As of right now, I am working at Urban Outfitters but I would love to work for a clothing company. I do not like working in retail, so I would like to branch out to different things.
When did you know that you had an interest in pursuing a career in fashion?
I have [known] since I was a child. I have sketch books full of designs and I made clothes for my Barbie dolls.
What piece(s) are you showcasing in your photo shoot?
I am showcasing a bodysuit with a skirt made out of plastic. It is from my senior collection.
In your opinion, what are some bad fashion trends from the past?
Bermuda plaid shorts were not cute.
What inspires your designs?
I look at other designers, such as Hayden Williams.
What is your plan after graduation this May?
I really want to move to Los Angeles.
What will your graduation night look like?
I have a lot of family coming in, so we will probably cook out at a park.
Written by Jacinta Render, interview by Yvette Caslin
Styling assistants: Javon Hurlock, Nadiyah Gulley
Photographers: Amani Fairweather, Asia Comans
Makeup and hair: BJ Arnett, Nadiyah Gulley