The activist talks about the power of nature, the transformative act of hiking, about her mission to fight for equity for women of color, and why the feminine side of the otherwise hyper-masculine street & outdoor world should not necessarily be pink and girly.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia to a Guatemalan mom, Evelynn moved to LA to follow her creative path as a social activist, model and – above all – as the founder of Hike Clerb, a physical (now turning digital) hiking club that encourages women from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and upbringings to reclaim their space amongst nature, and to redefine the image of what an outdoorsy person looks like. It is a space that has its roots in inclusivity and accessibility and equips women of color with the tools, education, and resources they need to collectively heal in nature. Driven by the mission to get more black and brown women outdoors and hiking, to make them understand the healing power of nature that the 29-year-old herself discovered later in her own life, she offers new perspectives and creates a strong, cultural statement .
The history of the exclusion of people of color from the outside space has a long history that is still messing up the United States, all leading back to the uprooting of Indigenous people from their land, to the slavery era where outdoor spaces were turned into places of trauma, danger and violence for BIPOC. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that one of the national parks in Virginia was finally integrated. So it is only natural that the generations following had to be taught and re-educated, understanding that the outdoor space is for everyone, and not only for white people. Although there is both a conversation and attempt to diversify the outdoors, there is not much that the industry has done so far to support this essential movement.
The former First Lady White house intern dedicates herself not only to social justice. A passion for streetwear and lifestyle has been part of her life for a while, especially when working as a Social Media Manager at the streetwear brand Undefeated Inc. It is no wonder that also Nike ACG, the sportswear brand’s outdoor line, is in love with her and started collaborating. For the presentation of the new ACG Holiday 2020, Nike organized a virtual field trip with design director Nur Abbas and Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, presenting her very own vision.For Fräulein Magazine, the activist talks about the power of nature, the transformative act of hiking, about her mission to fight for equity for women of color, and why the feminine side of the otherwise hyper-masculine street & outdoor world should not necessarily be pink and girly.