ꜰᴜʟʟ ɴᴀᴍᴇ jazlyn doneesha maxwell; goes by "jazz" stage name: blue ᴀɢᴇ & ᴅᴏʙ 27 / august 8th, 1988 ᴏᴄᴄᴜᴩᴀᴛɪᴏɴ fashion designer, stripper, occasional youtube personality ꜰᴀᴍɪʟy mother - dawn maxwell, a flock of cousins, aunts, and uncles.
► jazlyn was born and raised in baltimore, md. her parents remained married until jazlyn was 5. they divorced and a few months later they lost contact with her father and he has not been heard from since. they had a modest life but it was not without it's struggles. for the most part her mother, working as an aid at a nursing home, did the best she could for jaz and her older brother dante. however, a few years after the departure of their father, her mother found it hard to keep up with mounting bills and expenses and the family began receiving public assistance, including moving into public housing. though money and resources got tighter, they still found a way to be a strong family unit. growing up in a rougher area toughened jazlyn considerably and by high school the strong willed young girl found herself in fights and a magnet for trouble. her brother was an angel in comparison and became a football star in the school district. the summer before entering his senior year, dante found himself on the wrong side of a couple of men in their neighborhood and was killed during a mugging a few blocks from their home. jaz and her mother were devastated and for her mother it was the last straw of violence. with help from her aunts, she took her young daughter to nashville, to be around their family.
► their situation improved as they mourned the loss of dante, but jazlyn was still a problem teen in many ways. she moved out with her first boyfriend at the age of 17 and barely graduated high school. she fell in with his group of friends and began using drugs and alcohol as a way to escape her reality. despite the constant urging of her mother and family to come home and go to school, she began working as a waitress at the same club she now dances at. the progression from server to dancer wasn't a complicated one, and even after leaving that first boyfriend she remained as a dancer.
► eventually she hit a turning point with her lifestyle, fueled by another unhealthy relationship and wanting more control over her life and missing her family. she began the journey back to rebuilding her relationship with her mother and family. with her family back intact, she began to explore other career options and began teaching hip hop and pole dancing at a local studio part time and on her youtube channel, as she studied fashion and stripped to supplement her income. two years ago while working in fashion merchandising and producing her own pieces out of her apartment, she was noticed and taken in by a successful designer who became her mentor and is currently funding the creation of her first line. she still dances for her channel, and for casey's from time to time, strips on the weekends, and is working on her first line for spring 2017 to show at fashion week in december.
► as her professional life has started to improve and finally move in the direction she's always wanted, she has become more and more conflicted about dancing. however, the money is the hardest part to quit and she has promised herself she will stop dancing by summer to focus on fashion 100%. she does worry about people not taking her seriously because of it, but her mentor who means the world to her, has coached her through and reminds her that she can't hide her past or be ashamed of her path.
► mostly dances in atlanta on weekends and has quit dancing in nashville out of respect for her family and an attempt to have more privacy.
► wears an unnecessary amount of jewelry most of the time but growing up and maturing has also matured her fashion sense, but she still wears three to four pieces almost constantly, as they have sentimental value to her.
► she is still pretty obsessed with herself and her own looks, but again, maturing over the years has made her calm down with the selfies and obsessing over her appearance and the superficial.
► a few years ago she was very self conscious about her own lack of intelligence and has worked on transforming into a more educated and thoughtful version of herself. she is still dedicated to learning a dictionary new word each week.