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In The Wardrobe Of: Tara Kangarlou

. 3 min read . Written by By Rotation
In The Wardrobe Of: Tara Kangarlou

Tara Kangarlou is an award- winning war journalist and author who has reported, written and produced breaking news and broadcast stories for top news channels in the United States. In 2016 she founded a non profit charity, Art of Hope, one of the first nonprofit organizations solely committed to supporting the mental health needs of war-torn Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon - a small country that hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world.

100% of Tara's rental proceeds from the app are donated to Art of Hope and its Art Therapy and psychosocial programming in the field. We recently chatted with Tara about her reporting, Art of Hope, and why she wanted to join the #RotatingRevolution!

Why have you decided to join the #RotatingRevolution?
I always aspire to find meaningful collaborations to give back; and #ByRotation was a no brainer in my efforts to support a "sustainable fashion movement" that actually makes a difference, while finding an avenue to give back to my charity Art of Hope, which is one of the first nonprofits strictly committed to trauma-relief and mental health needs of war-torn refugees in vulnerable host communities in the MidEast.

Tara is wearing an Oscar de la Renta

Why have you chosen to donate 100% of your rental proceeds to Art of Hope Charity?
Because I truly care about mental health - especially among vulnerable communities - and because I believe in the power of grassroots efforts. I also know that 100% of the funds for Art of Hope are spent for our trauma-relief and mental health support programming in the field; and so this is a great way to give back to a cause that's so near and dear to my heart. I always tell my friends, if you want to donate to a charity, support small organizations and grassroots - those whose work you can see and track - those who you can call a family.

How has reporting live from Syrian border regions inspired you to start your own non-profit organization?
I've personally dealt with trauma and grief after losing my father in my early 20s. Then devoting myself into journalism and reporting enabled me to witness firsthand the amount of trauma, loss and mental wounds inflicted upon millions of children and adults as a result of war, conflict, and displacement. I also fundamentally believe that there is no difference between myself, you, and a "refugee"; the sole difference is that he or she happened to be born in a different country. My own personal dealings with grief and loss, entwined with my many years of experience and reporting on humanitarian crises in the Middle East and around the world, weaponized me with the purpose to become a mental health advocate and use whatever resources and tools I have in delivering change for the people who I've met and reported on in the field.

Most treasured item in your wardrobe?
My mom's long gray wool skirt from the 70s. Three ties from my dad that I've kept (a YSL, a Givenchy, and a Valentino), and my unworn Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Toe Slingbacks that Christian signed for my 22nd birthday.

If you could rent anyone's wardrobe, dead, alive or fiction, whose would it be?
Audrey Hepburn a million times over.

Tara is wearing Ida Sjostedt

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