Beyoncé hasn’t done an interview in years and today the world got to learn a little bit about what Bey’s world is like as a mother of 3 and a wife (I can’t believe it).
On top of this new interview with Vogue, Bey hired the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover, (Tyler Mitchell), who is only 23 years old!
Once I got over the initial shock value of Bey speaking to any form of media, I started to pick out my favorite parts of the interview. With the delivery of her twins which was similar to Serena’s risky pregnancy, Bey had to have a c-section which changed her body forever. She realized her core would never be the same and instead of being ashamed or doing something drastic to fit into societies beauty standards she is embracing her fupa (relatable af).
“After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”
Next Bey touches on the importance of diversity in various industries. The fact that Vogue hasn’t had a non-white photographer for their covers EVER until Bey picked Tyler speaks to this.
“When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell. Clearly that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African-American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African-American photographer.”
On her iconic Coachella performance, Bey touches on how many young black people probably never heard of the black national anthem prior to her performance and how grateful she was to use her platform to not only celebrate black culture but bring awareness to a different aspect of it.
“One of the most memorable moments for me on the On the Run II tour was the Berlin show at Olympia stadium, the site of the 1936 Olympics. This is a site that was used to promote the rhetoric of hate, racism, and divisiveness, and it is the place where Jesse Owens won four gold medals, destroying the myth of white supremacy. Less than 90 years later, two black people performed there to a packed, sold-out stadium. When Jay and I sang our final song, we saw everyone smiling, holding hands, kissing, and full of love. To see such human growth and connection—I live for those moments.”
The fact that Beyoncé is a mother of 3 children is still pretty new but she seems to be so thoughtful in how her own children will look at her when they are older. I love how she talks about creating an environment where her children can love who they want regardless of skin color, as well as doing whatever they want in their careers one day. Independence and entrepreneurship so that her children don’t let anyone box them in was a serious point in this portion of her interview.
Anaya Roderick is a wardrobe stylist, brand ambassador, and YouTuber from Queens, New York.
She got her start from posting pictures on Tumblr and making Vine videos (RIP). From this, her brand NayaVistatook off and she hasn’t looked back since. Check out my interview with this boss babe below.
What made you start your own business?
It all started when I had a Tumblr page. I would post pictures of myself daily in different outfits and looks. My followers would always ask me where I shopped or got my clothes and accessories from, so I decided to create NayaVista.
Why did you start a Youtube channel and what are things you do on your channel?
I started a YouTube channel for fun a few years ago. I always wanted to make videos for girls like myself that needed a positive role model or for someone they can just relate to. As of this summer I decided to take my YouTube platform more seriously. My channel is still developing, I have hair reviews, make up tutorials, and other videos to express and show my personality.
What made you become a brand ambassador and what do you like most about being one?
Being a brand ambassador kind of just happened. People would notice the type of attention I would receive based on clothing items. Companies would reach out to collaborate which is dope to see my style is noticed. I enjoy working with other companies and brands to push out creative ideas.
How did you find your personal style and how does that reflect in your brand?
I found my personal style by just doing me. When I say doing me, I mean it. Not following trends, but creating my own, challenging myself to try out different looks. My style is fun and free, I’m constantly changing my look. My personal style helps with my brand because of the way I style my pieces on me vs. the way I style my models in my pieces are different, which helps people identify my brand and stye with me.
What are some goals you’ve set for your company and personal brand?
One of my major goals for my brand and business is to open a physical store. Longevity is what I’m aiming for. I want to leave a legacy behind my name and brand. Just trying to do things differently or more creatively than the next person who is doing what I’m doing.
What are your favorite wardrobe items?
My favorite wardrobe item will have to be heels. I’m a shoe whore. I love shoes. It seriously can make or break an outfit in my eyes.
What tips do you have for young women looking to increase their social media following?
Be yourself, and not to take things so seriously. Originality is the key. Overall, being consistent is what helps.
What’s something about you your supporters may not know?
I did not go to a fashion school or take any fashion related courses. I get that question a lot.
What tips do you have for anyone looking to join the fashion and beauty industry?
To keep in mind that everyone is fighting for the same attention you want. Find out what your “it” factor is and what makes you different, stand out from the rest and perfect your talent and skill.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to collaborate with someone like J.Lo. She has been someone who has branded herself over the years and she is still relevant to this day. Her style is amazing, she never disappoints me.
What do you love the most about being popular on and off social media?
Meeting my supporters and having them tell me that I inspire them. That’s the best feeling, knowing I can have an impact doing what I love and to motivate and uplift women to follow their dreams. Looking fly and having confidence while doing it. They express this to me on social media and in person, which is really dope.
Whats some tips for entrepreneurs just starting their companies?
Do research and make a blueprint plan. Think long term with anything you put your time, energy, and money into, and have fun with it.
What do you want your supporters to take from this interview?
That we are the same. I decided to believe in myself to achieve my goals and dreams and that is the first step when doing anything in life. Anyone can do whatever it is they want in life, just gotta eliminate fear and go after what you want.
Houston native Ciera Rogers has been making major moves in the past few years.Her clothing company Babes And Felines is continuing to grow in popularity, catering to women of all shapes and sizes. It’s a breath of fresh air for shoppers, thanks to its diverse marketing and advertising.
In my interview with Ciera, she talks about being her own boss, tips for entrepreneurs and much more.
When did you decide to start Babes and Felines and why?
I started Babes six years ago out of a frustration of not being able to find clothes to fit my shape. I did not have a lot of money at the time and wanted to offer affordable staple pieces that high-end boutiques sold.
What’s the most challenging part about being your own boss?
The most challenging part of being my own boss is not having anyone to ask questions for major decisions. It’s great making decisions on your own but that second opinion is something great to have.
What tips do you have for young women looking to start their own retail store?
I suggest looking at the open spaces in the market. Selling what someone else sells is only going to increase your competition. Go to an open space where it isn’t so crowded so you can be the first and stand out on your own.
What do you love most about being the CEO?
I love having the freedom to create my own schedule. If I want a week off, I can do that. I never do. But the option is there.
What sets your company apart from the competition?
When I first started my business there weren’t a lot of online boutiques promoting through social media. Now that there are plenty so I try to stay aware of what they sell so I don’t sell the same thing. I design my items instead of selling mostly wholesale and I also market to curvy women, plus and maternity which sets me apart from the average boutique.
Where do you see yourself in the next two or three years?
I see myself branching out into other businesses in addition to Babes. I want to sell everything including menswear.
What are your future goals for babes and felines?
I want Babes to eventually become more high-end, but still super affordable.
Why do you think you grew in popularity so quickly on social media?
I’m super surprised at how quickly this happened! I think showcasing my flaws pushed me further into the eyes of a lot of people on social media. I’m not afraid to show my cellulite or my back rolls. I think people appreciate the authenticity.
What tips do you have for women looking to grow their supporters on social media?
This is a hard one. I think if you want to gain followers, you need to study them. Study what they want to see and then give them that. I learned early on, it’s great to showcase what I want to show my personality but I still do recognize what my followers like to see as well.
When you’re not working, what are some of your favorite pass times?
I’m a major movie buff. If I wasn’t working in fashion, film would be it. Behind the scenes. That’s a passion of mine and something I eventually want to work towards.
What or who motivates you to stay strong during difficult situations?
Growing up my sister, mom and I didn’t have much. We were either homeless, living in government-funded homes or staying with relatives. Now that I am able to take care of myself and my family I am never going back. I think struggle is motivating in itself. Once you’ve had a taste of it, you’re never going back.
What is something you want your supporters to know about Ciera Rogers?
That I read their comments! I don’t always respond trying to get through them but I love all of the positivity. I even go to their pages and stalk them a little J I am a major Instagram stalker. I’ve probably been on most of your pages.
Your clothing line caters to women of all body shapes, why was that important for your company?
This is super important for any store. Every woman is built differently and beautiful. I think your body should be celebrated. You shouldn’t have to squeeze into something that was made for one person with a specific body shape. That sucks and drains your confidence.
Who is your role model/creative inspiration?
Not to sound cliché, but my mommy. If you’ve seen her, first of all she’s perfect. Hasn’t aged since I met the woman (when I was born). She’s way more stylish than I’ll ever be. She’s never worn the same outfit twice. Trust me on this, I’ve checked. My mom can go into a thrift store with $20 and come out runway ready. She’s so awesome. And on top of that she’s sooooo sweet. If you’ve met her, you’re her family.
Alonzo Arnold is the Atlanta-based hairstylist that has taken over the Atlanta hair scene. At only 27 years old, Alonzo has made his mark in the hair industry.
Alonzo specializes in making wigs, selling hair extensions, and much more. In my interview with Mr. Arnold, he discusses how he got his start in the hair industry, advice for hairstylists looking to grow their brand, and more gems of wisdom from his years in the industry. Check it out below.
What made you join the hair industry?
Well I never had a clue about hair, never decided to do it. But I’ve always had an interest in doing hair. I would take my sister to the salon to get her hair done and would be fascinated with the way the stylist created these looks and trends. So I decided to join the hair industry not knowing NOTHING about it.
How long did it take you to perfect your craft?
Well it took a very long time. I am still learning since I’m kinda fresh in the game, but I would say about two years.
What was the hardest technique for you to learn and why?
Hmm, I would say the Marilyn Monroe Finger Waves, hahaha. I am left-handed and I hold certain objects awkward in my hands so it took me a while to learn the dry wave technique.
[/caption]Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?
Well at the time, it was the only thing I thought of. I come from the BOTTOM, the hood. I wanted to see a change. I was tired of working for corporate companies making them all the money in return to only be barely making any myself. So it was the only thing I thought of doing, hair!
What advice do you have for hairstylist looking to grow their brand and popularity?
I would say, it takes money to make money. Get your business cards, pass them out, go to different networking events, women especially, make sure your hair is laid at all times, because you never know who you will run into. I think women have it easier because their hair is the first thing people look at when they’re conversing amongst others. Last thing is POST. Use your social media accounts the best you can. IT’S FREE!
What is your biggest motivation to reach your goals?
My family. At the time, myself, my mom, sister, dad, and cousins were living in a small three-bedroom house and I was tired of seeing the same thing day in and day out. So I had to make a change.
Where do you see yourself and your brand in the next few years?
This is a hard question because if you would have asked me five years ago what I wanted to do, I wouldn’t have ever known to be a hairstylist and to be this far in a short amount of time. But I would definitely want to retire in the next five years and have multiple hair stores across the world.
Who is someone you
[/caption]Who is someone you’ve always admired or looked to for motivation/inspiration and why?
I have a lot of people who I look up to, but I look up to a stylist name @bkluvsme on Instagram. Her name is “TT”. She is an amazing mentor and stylist herself. She can create anything. She can take something and make it into her own look and is a hard working stylist like myself.
What do you like to do in your free time?
MAKE UNITS, haha. But seriously, go to the movies or the spa.
What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love that I can set my own pace and make as much money as I want to. I also love meeting new clients and listening to my clients vent to me. Lol it’s crazy some of the stories they tell me!
What is something your supporters don’t know about you?
Well, haha. I love weather. If it wasn’t for hair, I would have been a meteorologist.
What advice do you have to aspiring stylists?
When you make it big, because you will, DONT forget where you came from. A lot of people make it, or they think they made it, but they forget about the people who were there when they first started. Never forget, because I have seen for my own eyes where people have millions one day, and the next, it’s gone because they never remained humble.
Cali native Angel Brinks has been the head designer and CEO of Angel Brinks Fashion for over 5 years. You may also know her as a cast member on VH1’s Basketball Wives LA. I talked to Angel and had her dish on life as a designer, mother, and reality TV star, check it out below.
How did you get your start in fashion?
I initially noticed I had an obsession with fashion when I was eight years old. All throughout elementary, middle school, and high school, my love for fashion grew. I would save up all my allowance to buy materials and make clothing. My grandmother lived with us, and she had a sewing machine so I would sit by her side and watch her sew. Not only did I love clothing, but I also pretended I had a clothing store. In high school, I was nominated for best dressed. It was between another girl and me. She won, and I remember I was so hurt. But, that didn’t stop me. I ended up attending college and really got into fashion design.
What made you decide to start your own clothing line instead of working for someone else?
I knew I had a lot of creative ideas, endless ideas. I didn’t want anyone to dictate when I would be able to release designs. Working for someone else was never even a thought. Not that it’s a bad idea, I just had to be 100% in control of everything. I started making pieces for myself. Everywhere I went, females asked me where I got what I had on. They would offer me money to make them the same thing. It got so overwhelming that I started not only making sample pieces, but many pieces of the same item. I launched my website, to be more “official,” and it was an overnight success.
When you first started Angel Brinks Fashion, what was the most challenging aspect for you?
When you start a business, there’s so much to it. You can’t just make money all the time. There’s licenses, insurances, ways of doing things. Employees, location, materials, etc. There is so much to making clothing, I wish it wasn’t so challenging. You have to have an amazing team. Pattern makers, cutters, sewers. Skilled, experienced, and efficient employees. You can’t just run a business, knowing business is very crucial and important. What was challenging in the beginning is putting it all together.
How did you develop your personal style?
Style is something you’re born with. It’s not taught. You have to have an eye for things. Style and fashion is a creative thing, comes from within. When you have eye and passion for something, it comes to you naturally.
What advice do you have for any young women looking to design or start their own clothing line?
I recommend taking business classes/courses, and fashion design school. You have to have a very good idea on how to do both, otherwise you can lose a lot of money not knowing how to run your company and keep customers happy.
What is the best and hardest part about being your own boss?
The hardest part about being a boss is having to sacrifice a lot of other things, like a personal life and family life. When you’re a boss, you’re not just working 9-5. You’re constantly working around the clock. A true boss never stops working. It may look like bosses are just relaxing sometimes, but a real boss is constantly thinking of their next move. So naturally, some things will not get as much attention. The best part of being a boss is making the decisions and working on your time. It’s also the best feeling to know you’re accomplishing your dream, and of course the pay for being your own boss is very rewarding.
Why is it important for your brand to have a diverse representation in your models and sizes?
A model is the one showing off the final product. Your hard labor. Your initial creation that took so many steps. So of course the model should represent the outfit the best as possible. A model should be able to show how the outfit will look on all different types of physiques. The last thing you want to do is be misleading. You want to be as clear as you possibly can when selling your product.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love being with my kids. It’s the only time I can feel younger again with no cares. It’s my only escape from the real world. Kids don’t feel the responsibilities of an adult, so being with them makes me feel happy. I do like to travel, I don’t get to do it much, but when I do, it’s fun to not be in my usual element. I love to cook, watch movies, go bowling, shop for shoes and handbags, and be in the presence of family and friends.
Who is someone you respect in the fashion industry and why?
Beyonce. Her confidence blows my mind. She wears whatever she pleases, from casual denim and pumps, to flashy one of a kind pieces. I don’t know her personal life, and I respect that. She gives me so much life through her music. She makes me feel strong. Family is extremely important to me, and from one hard working mother to another, I admire her work ethic and being able to balance both.
What tips do you have for business owners looking to increase their social media following?
Quality photos. You have to make someone stop, pause, and catch their attention. Make that one chance you get, a great impression. Also, there are a lot of social influencers with a lot of following. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement, so I recommend advertising through them, but only if they truly enjoy your product. Nothing is worse than promoting something without trying it.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
That I’m a push over. People think because I’m unbothered that I’m a push over. There is a huge difference between being unbothered and quiet. Just because I’ll allow people to talk to me any which way doesn’t mean you won. My “quietness” doesn’t mean you got to me. It only means that I truly don’t care to call you out on it or argue. Mature adults don’t need to be taught how to act, and I am only responsible for two people, my kids. I’m also the only CEO of my company since day one (almost six years now), there’s no way I could have made it this far being a push over. So that is the biggest misconception of me.
Why did you decide to take your personal brand further by joining reality television?
I’m a business woman. I will forever advertise my brand. I started of being a walking model of my line and it was an overnight success. Then it became word of mouth. I will always try all avenues to reach as many people as I can, so why not get on a hit reality show to reach another audience that may not be aware of my brand?
Where do you see Angel Brinks Fashion in the next few years?
I see my brand expanding to men’s fashion as well as children. Hopefully I will have perfume as well.
What do you want your supporters to take from this interview?
Nothing is handed to you. And even if it was, you have to continue to maintain it. Do not give up, take all your energy, bad or good, and put it to good use. Be who you want to be, because if you have passion for something then it will not fail.
Miracle Watts is the 24-year-old Instagram sensation with over a million followers and two businesses under her belt. Miracle is from Houston, Texas, and a few years ago became an overnight sensation on Instagram.
Not content to rest on her popularity, she turned herself into an entrepreneur. If you’re a young adult looking to grow your brand or become a social media influencer and entrepreneur, check out our interview below:
What made you join the modeling industry?
I’ve always been into beauty and taking pictures, eventually I just created popularity doing something I loved.
When did you decide to go in business for yourself and why?
I started my first company “The Miracle Lash,” which is a luxury false eyelash company in January of 2015 after I reached over a million followers. Once it dawned on me that I had so many supporters, I figured why not find a way to monetize from my platform.
What advice do you have for young women looking to start their own business?
It’s not hard to start a business, but it takes a focused person to keep a business. Make sure when you start a company it’s something that you really enjoy because it takes a lot of your time and dedication to run a successful business.
What made you start your cosmetic line “The Miracle Lash” and your hair line “The Miracle Tresses” and how long did it take you to start it?
I wanted to stick within beauty because it’s something that I love. I would get so many compliments about my hair and makeup, I knew people would trust my product. I thought about hair and lashes at the same time, but I decided to go with lashes first because it was the simplest. The lash company took like about four months to open, the hair on the other end has taken me a bit over a year.
The hair is a bit more tricky, because I strongly believe in great quality! I spent thousands of dollars buying samples to make sure that I could provide best of the best. Just recently I took a trip to India, where I was finally able to find a product that I was secure about adding to the brand, so I’ll be releasing it Oct. 15, 2016, and I’m soooo excited about it!
What made you become involved with the beauty industry?
Well I’m girly, so the day my mother didn’t get upset about me wearing makeup I WAS GONE FOREVERRRR! Lol
Were you always in shape? What are some things you do to stay in shape?
I was in shape for the most part, I was a cheerleader in high-school and played other sports here and there. In my adult life I work out much more. I try 4 to 5 days a week on a bad week I’ll go 2 to 3. My problem is food, I have to work on my eating habits.
What advice do you have for women looking to become social media influencers?
Consistency is key when it comes to keeping relevancy and remember to be yourself.
What has been the most challenging thing about being your own boss?
For me the most challenging thing is trying to maintain and business a still live and enjoy my life. A lot of times I get caught up in business and forget to live, and others I get caught up in living. Find a balance!
Why do you think you grew in popularity so quickly?
I don’t really know why it grew so quickly, because there are a billion beautiful girls. I’m just blessed that it did.
What are your favorite high end and drug store products?
My favorite high end products are MAC face and body products and Becca foundation, (I can’t decide which I like better just yet), Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter and MAC Matte lipsticks. My favorite drug store products are Maybelline Falsies Volume Mascara and Maybelline Infallible Foundation.
Who is someone in the beauty industry you have always admired or looked up to and why?
I don’t have a specific person, but I love watching random YouTube tutorials! I can watch tutorials ALLLL DAYYY LONG. Lol
What is something you want your supporters to know about you that they may not already know?
When I was younger I wanted to be so many outrages things, but I really wanted to be a rapper but my skills are little to none. lol
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Well in about five years, I’ll hope have a multimillion dollar company and a family.
Amrezy is in a league of her own. With over 5 million dedicated followers who call themselves “Rezy Riders,” Amra Olevic is building her empire from the ground up. In this exclusive interview, Amrezy dishes on her start in the makeup industry plus her tips to growing your social media following, check it out below:
Where did the name “Amrezy” and “Rezy Riders” come from?
Amrezy was actually a nickname I got in high school from one of my classmates. I thought it was cute and funny so it stayed with me since then. Rezy Riders came from one of my fans. One day they commented on one of my photos on Instagram and I thought it was so catchy, so I decided to call my biggest supports Rezy Riders.
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I am from Brooklyn, New York. Now I reside in Los Angeles.
What made you interested in makeup?
I’ve always been quite fascinated with beauty since I was a little girl. I use to watch my mom getting dolled up and I wanted to be just like her.
When did you become a MUA?
I became a working makeup artist when I got hired at Sephora. I was 22 at the time. Before that I used to do makeup for friends and family.
How long did it take you to perfect your craft?
Honestly it took me a while. Although art came naturally to me, it didn’t always look as good lol. Working at MAC helped out a lot, I got to learn from some of the best artists and through their techniques I picked up my own.
What was most challenging as a new MUA?
Getting comfortable working on clients. It was nerve wrecking at first, mainly because I didn’t want to disappoint the client.
Why do you think you have so many Rezy Riders/supporters?
I think I have so many supporters because I am as authentic as can be. I’m honest with my supporters therefore they can trust me. The best relationships are built off of trust.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to become their own boss?
Find something you love to do and commit a hundred percent. Create your own lane, whatever it is.
How did you blow up on social media?
I started posting pictures constantly throughout the week. The more I posted the more followers I grew. Frequent posting has been a really successful method in growing my audience. People like to follow someone who’s consistent and committed. It keeps them interested.
What are some tips you have to increase MUA’s social media influence?
Post post post! In order to captivate people’s attention they want to see a lot of you. Once they know you’re a frequent poster they will always come back to your page.
What keeps you focused and motivated during stressful situations?
My boyfriend Leonardo. He is not only the love of my life but my biggest motivator. Anytime I feel stressed about a work situation he reassures me.
What do you want people to know about you that they may not know?
I don’t talk about personal stuff too much, but I want people to know I’m very family oriented. My family means so much to me and they are very dear to my heart.
What’s your favorite high end and drug store brand?
My favorite high end brand is Anastasia Beverly Hills. Favorite drug store brand would probably be L’Oréal.
What are some goals you have for the future Amrezy?
I have so many goals. The possibilities are endless. I want to change the world for the better. I want to impact and inspire people around the world! I would love to write a book, have apps, do major brand deals/endorsements. Be on the cover of magazines. Use my voice for the greater good.
Are you still a MUA? Why or why not?
I am no longer a working makeup artist. Although makeup is still very much a big part of my life, I no longer have a passion for working on clients. I grew out of it.
Who did you look up to starting out and who is someone you admire/respect now?
I looked up to and still do to Mario Dedivanovic. He is a major inspiration and his work/art has influenced me over the years.
What have you done so far in your career, that you consider your biggest accomplishment?
One of my biggest accomplishments was collaborating with Anastasia Beverly Hills on the #AmrezyPalette. It was such a huge success and took my career to the next level!
This weekend has been busy af for me. I was invited to one of the dopest events known as R & B only, which is that r & b version of Trap Karaoke basically. This is my 2nd time being invited to this event and it was fun af. I took my home girl Jasmine with me and needless to say Saint Andrews was definitely a chilled and fun vibe.
Michigan Made is a weekend for Greeks (fraternity & sorority) have a weekend filled with various events, Trend Fashion Show being one of them. The Show featured various Michigan based designers, including one of my high school classmates E. Hobb‘s “LUFF” brand which is a handmade clothing line featuring various items like custom pants and shirts.
Another brand that stood out to me during the fashion show is Body Card by Shante’ Cole. What I like about this brand is that it’s focus is to make every one feel sexy. From dresses, swimsuits & accessories, Body Card has you covered. For my plus size readers don’t even trip because she recently launched Body Card Curve, which goes up to a 3x.
There was also a super cute curvy girl boutique featured in the show, the “Melanie B Collection”, a brand who soley focuses on bringing cute fashion trends to women who are XL-3x. They are Michigan based and just launched a couple weeks ago and are already doing shows, shout out to them.
My final stop of the night was the Boss Up Mixer hosted by Wealthy x Le Don. The purpose of this mixer was to bring together young professionals in the Detroit area to network, enjoy food & drinks and support Wealthy & Le Don’s professional brands. Photos were taken by Detroit’s most popular photographer (my bestie) CJ Pros and I was accompanied by my girl Jas again.
Aaliyah Jay is a 24-year-old beauty and lifestyle powerhouse in the making. If you’ve ever wondered how Aaliyah got started, tips on becoming a make up artist, starting a YouTube channel or what she has in-store for the future, check out our interview below.
What made you fall in love with all things beauty?
I’ve always been into beauty since I was born. Even as a little girl, I had every color of roll on lipgloss from the beauty supply store. I always had a fresh pair of press on nails every week or two. I learned how to braid and do hair at age 5 and always begged my mom to apply her makeup on me. To really answer the question: I have no clue why I am so in love with beauty! Its a love that I was born with. Anything that has something to do with beauty makes me feel in control and confident.
What was your biggest challenge when you first became a MUA?
My biggest challenge was either achieving something I’ve never done before whether it was a eyeshadow look or a skin tone, and also charging my worth. When I first became an MUA, people weren’t trying to pay me at all. I charged $55 for a full face with free lashes included and people told me I charged too much. Nowadays a full face is WAY more than $55. Especially if your traveling to the person with your own transportation.
What are some tips you have for inspiring MUAs?
Never give up. Practice makes perfect! And do what you want regardless of what others say and what you think they might say. BE FEARLESS! If you are working on being your own boss, then this is the perfect time to be CARELESS about everyone else!
What made you decide to start a YouTube channel?
Before doing makeup tutorials, I made silly youtube videos for me and my friends such as recording us throughout the day (which is now called vlogging) & I also made crazy YouTube videos singing and dancing to songs. LOL. I wasn’t popular then, but I posted them for me and my friends to watch. When I was about 11 years old, I took my sister’s camcorder in the bathroom and was doing a video of me brushes my teeth and putting on lotion, showing which lotion I used and everything. Which at the time I didn’t wear makeup and YouTube didn’t exist to me so I didn’t know it was called a tutorial… I always wanted to make girls feel pretty and help them figure things out like which product is great for this type of skin or where they can find a certain item at, and once I discovered YouTube tutorials, I knew this was my moment to make things happen!
What are some of your favorite beauty brands and why?
My favorite inexpensive/drug store brand is NYX. They are ridiculously affordable and high quality. It’s possibly the best drug store brand out in my eyes. My favorite high end brand is Laura Mercier. She makes amazing products for all skin types and she has so many shades for all types of women. That’s something I really admire about her brand.
What motivates you to never give up on your goals?
I have big dreams of taking care of my current family and giving my soon to be family an amazing life. When I have kids and a husband, I want them to look at me and be inspired. What also motivates me are my supporters, They’ll rip my head off if I ever try to give up. They always tell me how much I inspire them and it makes me realize that I have girls who are looking up to me, waiting on me… and I can’t disappoint them. I always have bad thoughts of what will happen if I was to ever give up and it really scares me.
What are some tips you having for people who want to start their own YouTube channel?
Just do it. When I started, I had an iPhone 4 and a lot of stolen beauty supply store makeup. I didn’t have any money to buy makeup (I had too much pride to ask my parents for money) and I didn’t have a computer, lighting or a camera. But Youtube is what I wanted to do and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way of doing just that. I recorded and edited my youtube videos on my iPhone 4 (iMovie app) and I got to a point where I saved up enough money to buy my own computer, camera and makeup.
Who are some MUAs and YouTubers that inspired you to pursue your career?
Jaclyn Hill. She was one of the first people I watched on youtube. Her makeup has always been flawless and I basically watched her tutorials every single day, whether if it was a new tutorial or one I seen 4 times. She now has a product in Sephora with millions of subscribers and that makes me so happy. I’ve seen so much potential in her before and being that she is this far in the beauty community, It just proves my intuition about her was right. She is doing everything that I ever dreamed to do and I love her so much!
What are some things you would like to do in the future?
One day soon, I will be launching a cosmetic line and I hope to have my product in stores and sell worldwide!
What are some lessons you have learned as you continue to grow in popularity?
To not respond to negativity and sometimes, it’s better to not look at comments. Of course there are trolls on the internet. The internet is a free place that people can talk on. People are going to talk regardless if you do bad or good. Sometimes when I upload videos on YouTube, I can’t look at comments because I am scared there will be negative comments and regardless if their negative comment is true or not, it’s bound to get me upset or have me replying to show them how untrue their statement is, which I don’t need to do. When I was 12 or 13 in junior high school, I was cyber bullied so bad that I was addicted to looking at what was being said about me on MySpace/AIM. But my mom taught me to not look and till this day, I still follow that rule. To just not look.
What would you like your supporters to know about you that they may not already?
That I have something launching very soon! Its still in the works, I can’t give dates. But I know for sure, I will have something out with my name on it! Its a MUST!
MeMe Jones is a 26-year old stylist and designer from Detroit who quit her 9-5 retail job to become her own boss, and she hasn’t looked back since.
We talked to MeMe about how she got into the fashion biz, Profashional Styling, and her future goals.
Where did your interest in fashion come from?
My interest for fashion developed at a really young age. I guess I can say I was born with style because my mom was a true fashionista. She kept me dressed so neat all the time. She was also kind of a shopaholic, so I was always in the clothing stores with her. Fashion just became second nature for me. One problem I didn’t have was getting dressed. From winning best dressed from middle school on up, I knew that fashion was my first love.
How did you get started in the fashion industry?
I knew that I had the skill of dressing people when I found myself tweaking the outfits of everyone around me. It was something about my finishing touch that made the friend I was going to the party with feel just a bit more confident. I later made a name for my styling company with my stylish cousin called Profashional Styling. I began to promote through business cards & social media. That’s when people began to call me for style consultations.
Why did you start your own clothing line?
I started my own clothing line because I wanted to give people all over the world access to affordable style. I can’t style everyone, but everyone can shop Profashionalstyling.com.
What are your future goals for your business?
In the near future I see myself working with the greats that I’ve envisioned, producing more for my clothing collection, and helping those who want to feel more confident with a special mobile app.
What advice do you have for stylists interested in growing their supporters?
I suggest that they give the viewers the art they need. Individuals live for inspiration & one person being true to themselves and producing bomb work is always inspiring.
What are your tips for finding your personal style?
Finding your personal style is simple. When you put an outfit on, you know [as] soon as you look in the mirror if it screams “you.” For example, you can have three pairs of jeans; mom jeans, bell bottom jeans, or ripped jeans. Which ever pair makes you wanna dance, that’s more your style. Here’s another tip, your style is probably similar to whichever fashion mogul you’re most interested in.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to collaborate with Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, or Elle on some major editorial shoots. I look forward to bringing that wave of fly to the industry.
What are your favorite high end and low end brands?
Right now my favorite brands are Balenciaga and Vetements, because they are providing this certain kind of electric urban vibe that’s trending. Also Gucci, because of the fierce comeback. My other favorite brands are Zara & Topshop.
As an entrepreneur, what advice do you have for stylists looking to do the same as you?
I advise any stylist who’s serious about giving looks to put 100% into their vision & to study the culture. And when the going gets rough, go harder.
What do you want your supporters to take from this interview?
I appreciate all the ones who support me. I’m going to keep growing & making everyone whose rooting for me proud. Also, you can make anything possible, [the] only thing that can get in the way of it is you.