UGG believes prom is an experience everyone should get to enjoy. For our fifth year, UGG and Pacific Pride Foundation have reimagined the age-old tradition with PROUD Prom – an inclusive event with local LGBTQIA+ and allied youth from Santa Barbara and the coastal communities of California. A celebration of identity and love, this year’s virtual prom included friends of the brand like Jordun Love from FEEL YOU. He is a model, dancer, and LGBTQ+ activist. Models.com recently nominated him for “Social Mover of the Year” alongside Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski, and other notable models.

To extend the story of our campaign, we interviewed him on a range of subjects from identity to style.

 

ON IDENTITY:

I grew up in a space where I was always able to express myself, whether it was my sexuality or creativity. I’ve grown up, and I now identify as queer. My mom raised me to be open-minded to all things possible in this world, and I feel like I’ve had a smooth ride finding who I am and being very comfortable in that.

ON COMMUNITY:

What I love most about the community is how free and creative we are, and how loving we can be. I feel like everyone is always there for one another, and we’ve created so many safe spaces for each other to express and create. I think the best part about it is how much freedom we offer one another.
My hope for the community is just unity – unifying all different worlds together and understanding that we really help each other make the world go ‘round.

JORDUN IN THE FLUFF YOU CALI COLLAGE

ON SELF-LOVE:

I’ve always understood the value of loving myself because my last name is Love, so my mom made sure that love was the number-one thing preached in our house. Of course, when you’re in high school, you can go through those up and down motions. As a natural teenager, I definitely went through not knowing how to love myself, but as an adult now, I feel like that’s the number-one thing I have to do before I can go out into the world and face anything else.
What I value and love about myself most is just how open I am to whatever life offers me. I feel like I wake up every day and I’m just like, “Okay, what can I do and how can I do it better?” But also, “What is being given to me and how can I tackle it?” I feel like with those qualities, I’ve been able to make it where I am now.

ON PROUD PROM:

I feel like the PROUD Prom is important because it’s offering a safe space for the youth to just be themselves, meet one another, and create a fun time and experience that they might not always get outside of that day. I think it’s important for everyone to just be who they are, express, and have fun – especially for prom. Prom is super important to us all, and everyone deserves one night of just fun and freedom.

JORDUN IN THE FLUFF YOU CALI COLLAGE

ON STYLE:

I would say my style is very versatile. However I’m feeling is how I dress. If I’m feeling bold, then pretty sure there’s some bright colors happening. If I’m feeling lazy, I find the biggest sweater I can, throw it on, and go about my day.

ON UGG:

I feel like the collection fits my style because it’s super comfy, it’s very easy to throw on, and it can fit a lot of different moods that I’m in.