Nikki Reed: My love of fashion 'started very young'
Nikki Reed's passion for fashion "started very young".
The 'Twilight' star has always been creative with her clothing choices because her mother spent so much time of her childhood "constantly sewing together a mixture of hand-me-downs and scrap fabric to make new clothes".
She shared: "My love for clothing started very young, and not at all in the way you're probably imagining. You see, I had a mother who was constantly sewing together a mixture of hand-me-downs and scrap fabric to make new clothes. She was also clever enough to make it a game of sorts so that I took an immediate interest in the process and remained invested.
"Mom never let on that being a single parent didn't afford her the luxury of back-to-school shopping sprees. I never felt I was missing out on buying new outfits at the mall, because I didn't yet know that adding in a strip of leopard print velvet down the sides of my older brother's skater pants, in an attempt to feminise them, wasn't other kids' 'normal.'"
The 27-year-old actress urged others to "reuse, repurpose and upcycle" their own clothes to help the environment.
Writing in her column for Elle.com, she added: "Reusing, repurposing, and upcycling clothing is the future, and yet we were doing it then simply because that was our only option. So how can we get people to do that very thing, before it becomes our only actual option?
"Now is the time to allow our ingenuity to be born of necessity. Once we've sucked the planet dry of any and every resource available while we satisfy our need for 'more, more, more,' we won't be afforded the luxuries we mindlessly enjoy today."