Hello Fashion Dolls:
I haven’t done a post like in awhile and I thought it was somewhat overdue. I normally only do these post when I have something to say. These particular post were put in place to help other freelance stylist or aspiring stylist along their journey with useful tips and information that no one shares.
In this post the useful info is subliminal… I get asked these question a lot and I wanted to create a place where even if you know me or get the opportunity to meet me face to face you can have these questions answered. Enjoy~
Q:What prompted you to start Skinny Minority and how does it further fashion for real women?
A: First I hate the term “real women” there’s no real and no fake. However, there is a growing commonality within female retail consumers, where real life skinny women are now in the minority and fuller women and girls are the majority. Hence my company name, Skinny Minority, thats the quadrant of the fashion industry that I stand on the front line for, we are in the Skinny Minority! Working with June Ambrose and and clients like Christette Michelle and Jasmin Sullivan I noticed how difficult it can be to pull clothing for them (even from department stores). With that in mind and also being the only curvy girl on set I knew I had to do something to better serve our clients. Once I started freelancing I knew that it would be hard to find work, even with connections. Fashion is a very tight industry. So I took my love for fashion and my own personal journey, meshed the two and embarked on a new journey. I wanted to make it my business to wake up the industry, I wanted to be a game changer.
Q: In moving to New York many door opened to you and you’ve worked with major PR firms, celebrities as well as June Ambrose. How have these connections and moving away affected your career?
A: Moving back to Philly from New York (oh how I miss it so) was actually one of the best things I could have ever done. I say that because it allowed me to refocus, and save a lot of money. My connections are still there, I still attend events, email people to keep them abreast of what I’m doing. As far as forming new contacts I’m able to do that as well. The only hard part is doing showroom pulls and returns, i really hate that part.
Q: What do you enjoy MOST about running your own business? What do you enjoy LEAST?
A: What I enjoy most is the fact that I own my company and nobody can tell me no, I have the last word. Love that. What I like the least is firing people, especially interns. I really dislike this because a lot of the girls I work with have so much potential but they lack in tenacity and drive. I hate to see that. Fashion and entertainment is not for the meek.
Q: In running a successful business there are a lot of different roles, what do you think is the most important role in being a female entrepreneur?
A: Being an entrepreneur is the same whether you are male or female, yes the challenges you face are slightly different but I’ve always said you can’t deny greatness. So I strive for that in everything I do, literally from my company name to a blog layout and all that in-between. Those who work with and around me know it. Having that attitude had gotten me far. No one needs a penis to do that! But you do need balls, and I’m as ballsy as a girl can come. Now of course I represent for my ladies and hope to inspire them but, thats on a personal level. I look up to many other entrepreneur’s like Oprah, Kelly Curtone, Sean Combs, and Leonard Brody. Not all female but, they each bring different things to the table… they all have one thing in common, tenacity! So what do I think my role is as an entrepreneur, I’ve thought about this for days and I’m still not sure. On the other hand I do know my role in life, which is to be a Glamours Power Chick!