BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – She has a passion for fashion and photography, and has turned that passion into a blog. With thousands of followers, Taylor Jacobs is spreading positivity and grace online from right here in Baton Rouge.
If you look up “Gracefully Taylored” on social media the feeds may look like your typical fashion blog, but for Taylor Jacobs it’s much more.
It all started in 2015. Jacobs had just moved to Baton Rouge and was looking for a creative outlet.
“I had always loved photography and fashion, but the photography was the driving force. I figured this would be a cool way to, not only produce a cool image, but also to learn more about photography,” said Jacobs.
After launching her blog she had no idea it would take off.
“I did not expect any of this. I really had no idea what to expect to be honest. I started it with just wanting this creative space, and when I get off my 8-5 job I wanted to have fun with something.”
At just 29-years-old and 5 years later, Jacobs has gained close to 30,000 followers.
“When it started to grow I was shocked, but then I was excited, and was like OK how can I make this bigger.”
Jacobs said in the beginning she got caught up in the stress that comes with social media. She said she was focusing too much on presenting this perfect image, and it started to have a negative impact on her self-confidence.
Being vulnerable online is a scary, but Jacobs said over the years her focus shifted from perfection to reality.
“Yea, I think just giving myself that grace, and learning to understand that I don’t have to be perfect with everything. I want everyone to know the real me. I want them to know that I go through struggles, and I go through ups and downs and things are hard.”
Jacobs said her blog helped her grow as an individual. Her self-growth journey has also helped to inspire and encourage others.
“Someone reached out and said I’m struggling with the same kind of thing, and this has been truly inspiring to hear you say this. I don’t know why my message hit her, but for some reason it did, and we were able to communicate back and forth.”
Jacob’s blog has also connected her with other empowering women across the nation.
” Just being able to meet these people, and hear their stories and hear their encouragement has really helped my confidence. And just knowing that I’m doing something that’s changing something or someone else’s life is just really cool to know.”
Jacobs said she hopes to continue to use her platform to encourage others and promote a positive online image.
Jacobs said the internet can sometimes be a negative place. She hopes to be a role model for young women and girls, and to promote a positive online experience.
You can learn more about Jacobs and her blog by visiting her website, Gracefully Taylored.