Who: Jasmin Rodriguez
What: Executive buyer and fashion blogger
Your blog, VintageVandalizm.com, has about 30,000 followers. Why does it resonate with so many people?
Realness. I like to tap into all styles and mix them. In fashion today, people are afraid to take risks because they don’t want to be labeled, but I don’t care. People admire that.
Why did you start blogging?
I started in 2000, and began taking it seriously in 2008. I wanted to showcase how creative I can be with fashion. Also, I never had good influences outside of my mother. I wanted to offer a place for people who felt like the underdog.
What inspired you?
I grew up in Queens, and spent a lot of time between Queens and Brooklyn. There’s so much culture and fashion in New York. I was in fashion school; I was an artist. I wanted to draw and do comics at the time.
You relocated to Las Vegas a little more than a year ago. Why make the move?
I lived in the Bronx for a year and was working like five different jobs. I felt very overwhelmed in New York. … I was ready to take a risk, and Las Vegas was a wild card. I got an opportunity to work for a retro company, and it felt like the right thing to do.