2020 Hood Feminist
Reading "Hood Feminism" by Mikki Kendall drove Hadassa's inspiration and vision in the creation of this collection. The book speaks on the feminist movement's lack of focus on black, trans, or disabled women. Emphasizing the need for intersectionality and having equal representation for women of color as white women have gotten so far.
As a Haitian-American woman, Kendall's book spoke to Hadassa, and encouraged her to create clothes with a purpose. She wanted to find a way to effortlessly use her pieces to symbolize everything that Hood Feminism stands for. Through incorporating phrases in her designs, she is able to open discussions on abuse towards non-white women. Hadassa's designs use the expression of sex appeal from "ghetto"/"urban" stereotypes to create high-end looks for the women that have been forgotten.