INTERVIEW WITH NANA AGYEMANG: FOUNDER OF EVERYSTYLISHGIRL

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel
— Proverbs 1:5
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HEY EVERYONE!

I hope everyone reading this is living their perfect summer and is honestly enjoying life right now, I know I am. This post has been something I’ve wanted to do for the past few months and I have finally gotten around to complete it. I’m so humbled and grateful for this opportunity to contact Nana and get to know her on a deeper level.

Before we get into the interview, let’s get to know Nana a little bit. I came across Nana’s Instagram about a year ago and was in absolute awe of who she is. She is someone who stands for women of colour like I’ve never seen before. She is the CEO and Founder of EveryStylishGirl- a creative platform for women of colour to show off their style and most importantly, to empower them. Nana also currently works as a journalist/social media editor for New York magazine and The Cut. Nana is definitely someone I immediately took to my heart as a mentor, and someone I look up to and I really hope anyone reading her responses is encouraged by her experiences!!

Let’s get into the questions…


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Who were your biggest inspirations growing up?

Oprah. She taught me to be fearless and to love the skin I’m in. I was insecure, like many other young dark skinned girls, about not being light enough to get certain opportunities in media when I was in high school. But by watching Oprah I felt empowered and inspired to keep on pushing as a journalist. 

What does it mean to you to be a black woman in the creative/fashion industry?

It means you have to be resilient. Never take no for an answer and always fact check yourself. People are waiting and hoping you mess up so you don’t want to give them the opportunity to think they were right. 

How did you get into Fashion?

I grew up plastering fashion magazines on my bedroom walls in middle school, but always felt defeated by the lack of diversity on those pages. I knew I had to create change and from there I set my intentions on breaking barriers in the fashion industry.

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Growing up, how did you know this was the path you wanted to take?

I constantly was complimented and ridiculed for my style. I knew I could wear something and have people wearing the same trend the next week. I knew I was set to be a trendsetter.

What is the history behind EveryStylishGirl?

I created ESG based on my frustration with the lack of diversity in fashion and media two years ago. I wanted to create a space that uplifted Black women, tells them yes, you can be that CEO, model, photographer  that you’ve always dreamed of. 

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Where do you envision yourself in the 10 years?

Expanding ESG into a global community of girl bosses, creating video courses on brand strategy and social media growth, and continuing to be a voice for the voiceless

Have you ever dealt with negative criticism? How did you deal with it and move forward?

Yes, I just tell myself that if you ain’t got haters then that means you ain’t doing something great. People will always hate on the visionaries of the world.

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How do you stay motivated?

By reading self help books, listening to podcasts on business and entrepreneurship, and engaging myself with things that make me feel powerful. 

Looking back at your younger self, what is one thing you wish you knew?

I wish I knew the importance of being overly prepared. 

What is the greatest advice you have ever received and what is your advice to new and upcoming creatives or entrepreneurs out there?

Create a 10 year timeline for yourself. Create the life you want to live for yourself NOW. Start with 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years, 5 years and then 10 years. It really helps to plan out everything you want to accomplish so you are always reminding yourself what you’re working toward.


My advice to new creatives and entrepreneurs is just do it. Start the business. Create the website. Make a timeline. The sooner you start the sooner you can find out if it’ll be a success. 

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Nana

WOW. I hope you guys felt encouraged or even a little bit inspired by her experiences and the things that helped her get to where she is today. It is important for our generation to look at the people above us, see what they are doing, and aspire to learn from them.

Well that’s all for this week! I hope you all liked this post. Don’t forget to leave a comment, check out my Instagram and send me a message if you have questions about anything.

xoxo Sj

SLASHED BY TIA

As you all know I love finding new and upcoming creatives and reading all about what they do and who they are. I was recently reading Teen Vogues 2018’s 21 under 21 and saw this upcoming designer making clothing for women of colour based out of the 16th century spanish renaissance era. I don’t know about you but I could not stop raving about how creative that was. She realized there was not enough representation of women of colour in the painting of royals and decided to take that and bring it into modern day fashion!

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Temi Adeola, also known as Tia, is a rising designer who was initially based in Lagos, Nigeria. In an Interview I recently watched about her NYFW debut with Nylon magazine, Tia explained how moving to New York truly inspired her to become more bold with her outfits and to take them to the next level. She wants to be able to create a look that would immediately allow girls to feel extra BOLD and CONFIDENT. Tia also added the sheer look to celebrate the female body, and the ruffles ( her signature look), to embellish the feminine look.

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Some looks from her SS18 collection..

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Celebrities like SZA, Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid have also fallen in love with her collection and continue to support her…

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Hope you all enjoyed today’s post.

Xoxo SJ

INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH - ALANI FIGUEROA

If you know me you know how much I love Alani, AKA @wuzg00d on instagram. Her style, the way she incorporates colour and the use of accessories, really stands out to me. Since I am slowly learning how to use the colour theory and experiment with different colours, she is a great fashion Icon to look up to, and this is why she is my inspiration for this month. You guys should check out her Instagram.

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ACCESSORIES

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xoxo Sj

INTERVIEW WITH YZOBEL BIRON

So today I'm actually doing something different and starting to interview other bloggers and creative influencers for my blog! This will be something that will be done monthly, just to give an opportunity to those who are scared to step out of their comfort zone to do something creative, and to get advice from other more experienced influencers! :))

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INTRODUCING YZOBEL BIRON

Founder of "www.truthmediainc.com"

I have the pleasure of interviewing this beautiful lady who I recently just found on Instagram who also happens to be living in Vancouver with me wow. She is honestly so beautiful, down to earth, and talented in so many ways!! I hope you are inspired as much as I am by what she has to say and share with the rest of the world :)

 

 

What inspired your confidence as a creative?

My confidence comes from endless iteration and prototyping. Practice, testing, failing, and doing it all over again… for a very long time. It’s all about the process for me. Being a designer / entrepreneur is all about solving problems, and it’s rare that you’ll get it right the first time. Although creativity has always come natural to me (ever since I was very young), it really is all about practice. Experiencing growth, seeing how far I’ve come, and pushing my boundaries has always a confidence building block for me.

 

Did you ever feel like nothing was going forward? How did you overcome that?

There have been times where I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck before, but that doesn’t mean that I am.

The best way to overcome feeling discouraged, or feeling negative in any sort of way is to know exactly who you are, and know exactly what you’re capable of. Truthfully, all the answers that you’re looking for are already within you. When you understand who you are, and that you have full control over your success, your destiny, and your reality, nothing will stop you.

 

Who are your biggest inspirations?

My parents are my biggest inspirations. My mom and dad have sacrificed and given me everything. They are the reason I am who I am, and why I do what I do. I want to give them back every single thing they’ve done for me.

 

Who has impacted you most in your creative process and how?

My family has the most impact on my creative process. Growing up, my mom always encouraged me to create my magazines out of gel pens and original sketches. My dad was the first person to teach me how to draw, and fall in love with books. I always drew my little brother as a baby when he was born. My family is my everything. There hasn’t been a single moment they haven’t been supportive.

 

 

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How did you find and reach out to other influencers?

Instagram DMs is where it goes down! Haha, seriously though, I’ve connected to such incredible influencers / photographers / musicians / business owners / designers / creatives through Instagram DMs. Reaching out first will always get you more results than waiting around for people to message you first. I always take initiative, and I always offer value first. If not through Instagram, then through fashion shows, meetups, or events!

 

How did you build your audience or people to read and support your blog / company?

We attract the right audience and people by having a very strong mission statement. Whether it’s my personal brand or Truth Media, the first step is always knowing your purpose, your message, which mediums to articulate it, and how to do it with great consistency. Branding, identity, and storytelling done the right way will always bring forward the right community. Truth Media’s message is fairly simple: We encourage and empower you to live your truth.

 

Have you ever dealt with negative criticism? How did you deal with it and move forward?

The majority of the negative criticism I’ve had was when I was growing up. It was so common to hear scepticism on pursuing arts as a career. It’s funny now, because the same people would never say those things to me today. That’s what happens when you know who are, and exactly what you’re meant to do. You just become successful when you do what you love.


I ignored all of that criticism, and I studied design anyways. People’s opinions should never stop you. The only person that will give you everything that you’ve ever wanted is you. You owe it to yourself to live the life you want. Everybody else who doesn’t believe in you is just noise.

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What is the greatest advice you have ever received and what is your advice to new and upcoming bloggers or creatives out there?

The greatest advice I’ve ever received was from my mom: be the best version of yourself every single day. Don’t expect anybody else to think / be / act like you, because nobody does. Short and sweet. It’s a mantra I keep everyday.


My advice to new and upcoming bloggers / creatives is to first of all, know your message, and what makes your art stand out. Don’t let fear or hesitation stop you. Put yourself out there as much as you can. The hardest part is starting, but once you do, it’s just a matter of time! Take big risks, and ask many questions. Reach out to the people who have done exactly what you want to do, and learn from them. You can turn this into a career. Think without limits, and think big!

 

XOXO SJ