STYLE: Festival Fashionista

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As RN’s resident boho gal, I couldn’t not do a write-up on festival fashion.

This season, I’m all about the brami. It’s the perfect hybrid of bra-meets-camisole. Wear them on their own for those long, hot festival daze, or use them as a base layer to add a flare to any outfit. I wear my Free People bramis year round for a little extra detail under almost anything!

Flowy, breezy bottoms and fitted tops play well together. Pair with some strappy sandals for an effortless boho chic look. When accessorizing, I love natural stones and muted metals for an earthy vibe.

Shop my favorite festival looks below!

Free People LA Nite Tank

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Free People Salt Water Textured Short + Go Go Goa Cami
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Free People Lace Up Brami 
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Free People Dewa Cutwork Strappy Tank
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Free People Oliviera Wrap Sandal
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 Free People Coyote Split Maxi Skirt 

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Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Recycled Destroyed Roll-Hem Short
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Spell & The Gypsy Collective Xanadu Strappy Jumpsuit
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Jen’s Pirate Booty Durban Tunic Dress

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Free People Stone Wrap Armband
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Schutz x REVOLVE Erlina Sandal 
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Free People Womens Savoy Weekender

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#ImAGirlBoss: Bethany Watson

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NAME: Bethany Watson             
CITY:
 New York, New York
HOMETOWN: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
INDUSTRY: Radio
SIGN: Sagittarius
NOMINATED BY: Allegra Cohen
TWITTER: @RadioBethany
INSTAGRAM: @MsBethanyWatson

Tell us what you do!

I’m co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” My role on the show is to give brief news updates every hour, as well as provide the “single girl in New York” perspective. As a recent transplant to NYC — and as the only single woman on the show — my goal is to connect to those listeners who are in a similar place in their lives. I’m also a self-described nerd, so I’m always trying to use this huge platform to help others realize that being different isn’t just okay, it’s an asset! 

Did you go to college? If so, where?

I spent two years at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota as a Spanish major. I was spending all of my time in the theatre department, though, so I decided to transfer to the University of Minnesota for their incredible theatre program. I graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

Growing up, I always loved acting, and knew I wanted to do that forever. I also wanted to be a veterinarian, a special effects artist, a marine biologist, and a puppeteer (I was obsessed with the old Jim Henson movie The Dark Crystal. Have you seen that movie? It’s awesome. You should see it.)

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How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story! 

After I graduated from college, I sustained a repetitive stress back injury from working as a barista. (I’m a winner!) As a result, I couldn’t stand for long periods of time anymore. I had to quit my coffeehouse job and start temping at various office jobs instead. I was placed in a bank’s corporate office and they eventually hired me (which is hilarious if you’ve ever seen me attempt math). As my time in the office went on, I became more and more frustrated and depressed. I wasn’t passionate about banking, I wasn’t using my brain or any creativity, and I felt trapped. Finally, after about two years, I broke down. I had been classically trained in Shakespeare, yet I was spending my days mindlessly hitting “send” on corporate wires. I knew I needed to get out of my cubicle, but I didn’t see any way out.

Around the same time, the morning radio show that I had been listening to for years announced that their female co-host was leaving. Because I was such a fan of the show, I knew that I could do this job. I understood the show’s tone, I got their humor, and I knew their rhythm. Plus, I had training in improv comedy, which I felt was more important to a morning show than actual radio training. So I fired off an email to the radio station with my acting headshot and resume attached. I explained that even though I wasn’t a radio person, I had extensive training in other areas. I made a bullet-pointed list of everything that I would bring to the show including communication skills, improvisational comedy training, a sarcastic sense of humor, and the ability to learn quickly. I signed off by saying that they just needed to give me one shot and I would prove myself.

A few weeks later, I was in the studio for an off-air audition. That audition went so well that they brought me in three more times for live on-air auditions where I co-hosted all four hours of the show. After those auditions, I got the job! I was at that first job for four years, and learned a TON. During that time, I caught the attention of one of Elvis Duran’s executive producers, David Brody. He approached me when there was an opening on Elvis’s show and encouraged me to apply, so I interviewed and here I am!

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Any obstacles along the way?

The hardest thing was jumping straight into an established radio show without any radio training! I felt comfortable merging into the flow of the show’s banter, because that’s where a lot of my training was. But it was a steep learning curve in terms of learning the mechanics of radio like how breaks are timed, proper mic technique, recording commercials, etc. One of the first lessons I ever learned was not to drop my headphones on the table when we finished talking and went into commercials. I didn’t realize that our mics were still on, so listeners were hearing us sign off and then a large *thunk!* All of those little things that radio students learn on Day One? I was learning them live, in front of tens of thousands of listeners.

Who is your idol? 


I can’t say that there’s one person I idolize. Rather, I look up to women in specific areas. I look up to my mom for manifesting the life she dreamed for herself and never letting herself get jaded. I look up to my sister, Nicole, for her incredible intelligence. I look up to my sister Kristyn for her quiet wisdom. I’m always in awe of my friend, Allegra Cohen, who’s an insanely gifted actor and film producer (and fellow #girlboss!), because she’s a ball of positive energy who truly loves helping other people build their dreams. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran pastor who has the best sense of humor about life, and I hold her up for her ability to just go for things she wants to do, and make them happen. I have mad respect for Lena Dunham’s unapologetic sense of who she is, and for J.K. Rowling’s self-made rise from welfare to international success. Somehow Olivia Palermo always styles the perfect outfit, so she’s on the list. I could go on for pages.

What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are?

My suffocating fear of regret is what propels me. If I wasn’t so terrified of being disappointed in myself, I would probably still be at that bank. I think I’m also good at projecting confidence when I need to (insert laughter from people who know me well). I wear my heart on my sleeve, and you can always tell when I’m upset, but I can still turn on that “Hey, I’m cool, I’ve got this” swagger if I really need to. And I don’t think I ever quite realize how high the stakes are until after the fact, so it never occurred to me that I had no business applying for that radio job until after I’d been hired. A friend of mine calls it “Ignorance on Fire!”

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Where would you like to be in five years?

The great thing about this job is that we get to create. We can write bits, create web content, play hip hop songs on our clarinet, etc. In five years, I want to have kept up that creative momentum in other areas as well. I know I have a novel and a children’s book in me. I’m also surrounded by unbelievably talented writers, actors, producers, and circus performers. Not joking — I know a disproportionate number of circus performers. I want to collaborate with these people on creative projects as well, and help those around me gain attention for their talents.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A Girl Boss is a woman who has taken her future into her own hands. She respects and values the opinions of the people she trusts, but she ultimately decides her own fate. She’s strong, intelligent, classy, and kind. And she has zero time for haters. She understands that haters lash out due to envy. In contrast, she re-channels her own envy into motivation. Lastly, a Girl Boss doesn’t feel the need to take down other women. She believes that there’s plenty of success to go around, and women are more likely to reach their full potential when other supportive women surround them.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

I prefer outfits that have a hint of menswear to them. I much prefer the idea of alluding to the female body instead of shoving it in your face. I’ll often pair skinny jeans with a man’s loose-fitting button-down shirt, leaving one extra button open to show a hint of a lacy camisole underneath. I also love paper bag waists, wide leg pants, and bohemian, off-the-shoulder tops. The more my clothes can flap in the breeze, the happier I am. And I love showing off my shoulders.

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Favorite brand right now?

I love Gypsy Warrior. I was a Goth in high school and I still have a bit of a Goth streak in me, but as I said above, I also love bohemian-style clothing. Gypsy Warrior combines all of these aesthetics. Their clothing makes me feel feminine and powerful!

Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?

I was shopping in the West Village when I stumbled upon a Marc Jacobs lock-and-key necklace that says “Don’t Fuck With My Shit.” I bought one for every woman on the morning show, and I wear mine at least three times a week. The lock is gold and the keys and chain are silver, so it goes with everything. Plus, it’s a good reminder that I’m allowed to be in total control of my life.

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?

My eyelash curler! My eyelashes grow straight and cover my eyes a little bit, so curling my eyelashes is the key to opening my eyes up. Also, because I wake up at 3am, I completely rely on tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer for my undereyes because they’re a hot mess.

Go-to nail color?

Pale pink. Nothing makes me feel more put-together than when my nails are buffed and painted in a light color. I love how subtle and feminine a single coat of pale pink polish looks. If nail polish was flirting, pale pink would be a coy, sexy smile from across the bar. A great option is e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish in Nude #1503.

Coffee order?

I’m trying to cut down on sugar, so right now, it’s all about black coffee (or iced coffee in the summer). But my favorite drink of all time is a Starbucks iced venti soy chai. Or an iced venti soy extra-caramel caramel macchiato. Or an iced venti soy mocha. Or an iced venti soy white mocha. Oh god, I miss sugar…

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What makes you feel beautiful?

It’s amazing how beautiful false eyelashes make me feel. I’ll even put those suckers on during the weekend. I also adore a suuuuuuuuper long, scarfy dress à la Rachel Zoe. I’m tall, so those dresses make me feel like a goddess.

What makes you feel badass?

Have you ever been in a situation where somebody says something snarky to you, and you come up with the perfect, clever response right in the moment and it rolls off your tongue and you don’t stumble over your words and you still walk away calm and collected? That’s happened to me once. I felt super badass. (Stomping down the streets of Manhattan in heels while rocking out to music also makes me feel incredibly badass, but I don’t do that often because, ouch.)

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

Sheet cake. The kind served in Lutheran church basements after weddings, with tons of gaudy flowers in the corners. I always go for the corner piece because then you get frosting on TWO sides and all of those extra frosting flowers, and if someone next to you doesn’t like frosting, then you get THEIR frosting too, and oh god I really miss sugar…

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

I’m so embarrassed to say that I just learned about The Civil Wars, and they broke up in 2014! My friend played me their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and I was hooked. Joy Williams and John Paul White have voices that blend perfectly together. Well, blended. Cuz they broke up awhile ago and no one asked me.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

I talked about this on the air the other day! If I’ve made it through a long, rough day, I’ll blast G.R.L.’s “Ugly Heart.” That song is the perfect tempo for “runway strutting” down the street, and it’s a great “I deserve better” kind of anthem.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Feel the fear, and do it anyway.” I first heard that quote from Tamara Mellon (co-founder of Jimmy Choo), and I’ve since heard it elsewhere, but it’s my mantra. Everything terrifies me at first, and my initial response to every opportunity is “No.” I always need a few days (or years) to process a new idea or opportunity and warm up to it. It’s always fear that makes me say No. The key to moving forward is understanding that fear is a bully: it’s weaker than you think and backs down immediately when you stand up to it.

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Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?

“Keep the flashlight at your feet.” My mom grew up in West Africa where snakes lived in the grass. Whenever she had to walk at night, she’d have to carry a flashlight and train it at the ground right in front of her to make sure she didn’t step on a snake (which sounds horrifying, but my mom’s a badass). As soon as she started shining the flashlight further down the path, she’d trip on whatever was in front of her. So whenever I’m starting to worry too much about the future and “what if’s,” Mom reminds me to keep the flashlight at my feet and focus only on what’s in front of me now.

Advice to future girl bosses:

It’s never too early to gather your team. Find people who fill in the gaps in your skill set, who think you’re amazing, and who believe in your dreams. When you’re surrounded by trusted people who support you, you’ll find it much easier to bust through those roadblocks that will inevitably come your way.

MODEL MODE: Marinet Matthee

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NAME: MARINET MATTHEE
AGE:
 24
CITY: NEW YORK
HOMETOWN: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 
SIGN: SAGITTARIUS 
TWITTER: @marinetmatthee
INSTAGRAM: @marinetmatthee
BLOG: marinetmatthee.com

How did you get into modeling? Were you discovered? Tell us your story!

Every year, my high school had a pageant competition, and after entering with pressure from my mom (she always entered me into all sorts of competitions), I didn’t make it to the top 20, so some of us volunteered to parade some of the local designers clothes while the contestants were changing for the next part of the night. That night, after the pageant, the owner of a Cape Town agency scouted me. I got braces, finished school, and started traveling immediately, and so my journey began.

Who have you modeled for?

Vogue Turkey, Vogue Netherlands, Harpers Bazaar Greece, Harpers Bazaar UK, numerous Elle’s and Glamour’s, H&M, Macy’s, Harrods, L’ official, Polo Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Norma Kamali, Bloomingdales, Saks, Sportswear International Magazine, J Mendel, Jonathan Simkhai, and many more!

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You grew up in South Africa (WAY COOL!). What’s the biggest difference between New York and Cape Town—cultural or otherwise?

Oh there’s so many! But I think the biggest difference is the people and the fast-paced lifestyle. Capetonians are super laid back, and life is always good if you are going to the beach everyday after work! I get re-energized by nature, so in Cape Town, I never feel the need to escape somewhere to refuel, because I’m surrounded by open air and nature from every angle. Here in NYC, there is so much hustle and bustle along with such a big variety of people and different cultures — which is super intriguing — but when you are having a bad day, this crazy city gets to you.

What do you miss most about South Africa?

Definitely our braais! And I don’t even eat meat anymore. But it’s the vibe that I miss of sun, loved ones, drinks, smokes, laughter, and delicious food prepared on the fire.

What do you love most about New York?

This city pushes you beyond your comfort level to seek what it is you are passionate about, and to really express yourself, because there are so many different kinds of people from different backgrounds and cultures here. There is so much to learn and experience.

What’s been the greatest obstacle you’ve faced in modeling?

To keep on going even when the going gets tough. And I think it will always be a learning curve for me to not take things personally.

Best photo shoot you’ve ever done?

I think all shoots are different, and can’t be compared. For me, it’s mostly the people I’m working with and the vibe on set that makes the shoot memorable. I’ve been very fortunate with the amazing people I’ve gotten to know on set. The best shoots for me are honestly the ones that you walk away from, and you feel confident, energized, and inspired.

Worst/most awkward modeling experience?

I don’t think anything is awkward for me on set anymore. I’m so clumsy, and I’ve learned to just laugh at everything instead. It’s often the awkward and ‘ worst’ that pushes you to create some really beautiful pictures.

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How do you maintain your girlish figure? Any tips?

Everything for me is about trying to create a balance. I try not to think about it too much. So I eat what I want, and try to do different fun activities that aren’t just me jogging on a treadmill. But mostly, I love ‘African’ dancing, so I probably spend more time doing that in my house than anything else. 

If you could do a shoot with any other model, who would it be?

Cat McNeil. 

If you could do a campaign with any brand, what would it be?

Anthony Vaccarello and Saint Laurent.

Who is your idol?

I think humans worship other humans for superficial reasons, and some even follow a path that is similar to someone they’ve never met, because of this idea they have of them and their lifestyle. I don’t believe in that, but I do admire a few people because of their pure and beautiful hearts; people who have personally influenced my life in some way. There are different qualities that people have that I respect, and strive to be more like, and those are the people I choose to surround myself with. 
We can learn so much by just looking around us, and that’s enough for me to see what I want and don’t want for myself.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

Black. Comfortable. Leather. Sneakers.

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Favorite brand/line right now?

Anthony Vaccarello.

Go-to clothing item/accessory?

Underwear.

Current must-have beauty product?

Koh Gen Do face wash. It’s this Japanese face wash that makes your face feel like baby butt.

Go-to nail color?

Black.

If you could only wear one type of makeup for a shoot (mascara, foundation, lipstick, etc.), what would it be?

Contouring powder.

What can’t you live without?

Air and water in all forms.

Are you dating?

Newly added to the singles list.

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Coffee order?

I’m a coffee snob, so I won’t order from anywhere, but definitely a latte with an extra shot and lots of sugar.

Go-to Instagram filter?

I don’t really have a favorite filter. Whatever works.

What makes you feel beautiful?

Laughing out of my stomach, and the happiness I feel from the little things in life.

What makes you feel badass?

Bringing happiness and laughter to the ones I love.

What’s your vice? 

Tequila, and cigarettes, and too much coffee.

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Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

Elliphant. (X100000)

What’s the theme song to your life right now?

Down on Life or One More by Elliphant.

What do you do besides modeling – for work, play, or hobby?

I LOVE reading and writing. It’s mostly for myself, but starting this blog is pushing me to be more vocal about it. I’m also taking courses online that interest me about the human mind/behavior and political science.

What would you be doing career-wise if you weren’t modeling?

This is such a hard question, because I’ve always been interested in a lot of things. But, I’m really passionate in music, human behavior, political science, and helping people.

Five year plan?

What a heavy question. I think that we evolve daily by the people and the environment we surround ourselves with, and almost always along the way, new paths are opened for us. Especially in our twenties, we really get to know more about what we want, like, and love. So Universe — surprise me! But it will include my own organization supporting a cause I strongly believe in, and since there’s so many, hopefully with time, it will become more clear to me.

What advice would you give to aspiring models?

Take any criticism with a grain of salt or as constructive criticism. You will never be liked by everyone so don’t let that affect your confidence and self image.

#ImAGirlBoss: Marisa Dargahi

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NAME: MARISA DARGAHI 
AGE: 29
CITY: NEW YORK 
HOMETOWN: NEW YORK 
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT 
NOMINATED BY: LAUREN OTIS
TWITTER: @MarisaVO
INSTAGRAM: @marisadnyc
WEBSITE: marisavoice.com

Tell us what you do!

Actor, singer, and voiceover artist. 

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Ithaca College, B.F.A. Acting. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?!

I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to become an actor. A school production of Annie that I saw when I was five sparked my love for the theatre. Still mad that I never got to play that role!

How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!

The three P’s — Passion, Persistence and Productivity. I also wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support of my family. And LOTS of training. I started doing school productions at the age of six, and spent my weekends in musical theater workshops and summers at theater camp. This eventually led to me attending LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, otherwise known as the “Fame” school. I went on to study acting and musical theater at Ithaca College where I was introduced to the idea of being a voiceover artist at a Field Studies panel my senior year. There’s an aspect of the theater/film/TV business that has nothing to do with talent, and what I love about the voiceover industry is that it has nothing to do with what you look like. It also doesn’t really have much to do with what you sound like. To be a successful voiceover artist, it’s all about what you can do with your voice, and, of course, a little bit of luck doesn’t hurt! After graduating college, I took a class with two casting directors, and for some reason, they believed in me. They started calling me in for auditions, and I got really lucky, and ended up booking a national commercial. From there, it snowballed into me signing with a great agency and booking work consistently. It didn’t happen overnight, though. It’s taken me years to get to where I am, and I’m still on this crazy and exciting journey!

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Any obstacles along the way?

There are obstacles every day. As an actor and voiceover artist, you have to get used to hearing the word “No” on a daily basis. This was hard for me at first, but I’ve learned how to not take things personally. I can’t say there aren’t some “No’s” that really hurt, but over time, you learn to move on and stay positive.

Three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are:

I believe that being grateful for what you have allows you to bring in more happiness and success in your life. I don’t take “No” for an answer, and I try to put everything in perspective.

Where would you like to be in five years?!

Professionally, I just want to keep working. I would love to be able to support a family one day as a an actor working in all avenues — voiceover, film, TV, and theatre. Personally, I want to keep having adventures, traveling, enjoying life, and I hope to have a family of my own in five years. Most importantly, I want to feel happy and fulfilled.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A woman that doesn’t take “No” for an answer, and keeps going despite all the obstacles that get in her way.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

I would describe my style as boho chic with a New York edge. Does that even make sense? 

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Fav clothing item/accessory right now? 

Issac Mizrahi leather bag, Chloe + Isabel honeycomb necklace, and my olive fedora hat from Top Shop. 

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?!

My latest beauty product obsessions are Arbonne mascara and the BabylissPro Miracurl. 

Go-to nail color?

Loving lavenders, greys and light blues right now. Essie’s Nice is Nice is one of my favorites.

Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?!

Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein, and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. 

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

Definitely chocolate! 

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?!

Blake Mills, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, Lake Street Dive, and loving the new D’Angelo album!

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss? 

“Masterpiece” by Jessie J. 

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.” – A Course in Miracles 

“The secret to finding your passion is to bring passion to everything you do.” – Marie Forleo

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Buddha

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you? 

Not exactly sure where I heard it, but it’s advice I live by — look at every obstacle as an opportunity. 

Advice to future girl bosses: 

You are exactly where you need to be.

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#ImAGirlBoss: Aurielle Sayeh

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NAME: AURIELLE SAYEH 
AGE: 29
CITY: PARIS + NEW YORK
HOMETOWN: ATLANTA
INDUSTRY: ONLINE EDITORIAL + RADIO 
SIGN: CANCER
NOMINATED BY: CHRISTINA ZAYAS
TWITTER: @auriellesayeh
INSTAGRAM: @Auriellesayeh
WEBSITE: AurielleSayeh.com

Tell us what you do!

I’m a model turned blogger/DJ/radio host. I also do creative direction, branding, and writing.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Georgia State. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I remember always telling my dad that I wanted to be an artist. Thanks to my mom, I was always allowed to be artistic. I did dance when I was young for many years, played the piano, and, when I got to high school, I got into sports and singing. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be creative, but I was too young to know what that meant. My dad — being an old fashioned dad — always warned me that “artists don’t make any money.” That being said, it’s a huge sacrifice to go after an artistic career. It’s rewarding for the soul, and mind… but takes a long time to pay off. But if you’re good, and you sharpen your tools, it will.

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How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!

I did things the way most people do — I worked hard to get to where I am now.

Any obstacles along the way?

Of course. It’s been years of trial and error to get to where I am now; to feel comfortable expressing myself in different ways artistically, and to find a way to make money off of it. I find that the older I get, the more things become clearer.

Who is your idol?

I really look up to the writer, Anais Nin, and the entertainer, Josephine Baker. I really identify with them for moving to Paris as Americans, and being inspired by the lifestyle and culture.

Three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are:

Determination: I never take No for an answer when I really want something. If I get No for an answer, I try again, or I prove why I am worthy.
Selflessness: I tend to worry a lot about other people and helping. I don’t have much to give, but I definitely believe in sharing what I do have with my family, or helping people when I can. I believe this always comes back around. Without the help of others, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
Confidence: This is a little tricky, and it comes and goes, but is very important. I believe in myself. I believe in my work. I am confident. Sure — I’ve had bad, dark days but I guess those days help me, too.

Where would you like to be in five years?

I will own my own business, and be in the same line of work. It’s something I am developing now. I am trying to take my time preparing for it, because I really want it to be successful. I hope to also have developed more of a personal life — boyfriend, husband, home, maybe even a pregnancy by then.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A GB is a WOMAN who can do anything a man is doing, but with grace and style. A GB is a balanced woman at the top of her field.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

I am pretty easy going. I love simplicity and comfort.

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Favorite brand right now?

Off white.

Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?

My burberry trench coat and my Nike flyknits.

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?

Right now, my DAILE moisturizer and my Glossier Balm Dotcom. 

Go-to nail color?

Clear, nude, or red. Mostly clear, because I chip my nails so easy.

Coffee order?

Tall soy latte.

What makes you feel beautiful?

When I am happy and rested. I am usually most happy when the people I love are happy, and when I am working.

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What makes you feel badass?

Being able to take care of problems and people that I love.

Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?

I am inspired by the stories of the underdogs. I hope to be able to have a huge success story one day, and inspire people with my own personal story. I am inspired by people who beat all of the odds.

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

Well, I spent six years living in LA, and to be honest, I have high anxiety problems, so I saw a doctor, and got my medical marijuana card. I think marijuana (if used properly) is a very great alternative to prescription drugs.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

I really love Nicki Minaj’s new album The Pinkprint and Rae Sremmurd. 

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her.”- Lao Tzu

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?

I often have a hard time taking advice from people. I’ve had a really hard personal and family life, so I have chosen to let mistakes guide my way. I believe that struggle and hardships are a way of making us understand our blessings, appreciate what we have, and work harder to have more. It also allows us to put ourselves in others shoes. All in all, I try to live life that way. When I was younger, I had a hard time speaking up for myself, and would let my feelings get hurt a lot. As an adult, I still have those problems from time to time. I have learned to cut people off that don’t match my character or moral code. People show you who they are if you watch and listen. It’s up to you to allow them to mistreat you.

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Advice to future girl bosses:

Take your time. Explore. You can try everything. You can be good at more than one thing. Your experiences become your skill sets. Whether you begin as a barista or waitress like I did — and years later, become a model/DJ or a businesswoman — all things are relatable. Use them.

My advice to younger future girl bosses:

Family first. I think the youth of today wastes a lot of time in their younger years on friendships that might not necessarily last. I know I did. You never know what or WHERE your life might bring you. I’m from a small town with little opportunity, so I had to leave to discover myself and my path. I am often away from my family for months at a time. My grandpa is sick, my mom is sick, my dad is getting older. I have young nieces and nephews. It’s not easy. I know people living in the same towns as their families that see them as often as I see mine. This is something you cherish as you grow older, but by then, you could lose a lot of time with the people you love the most.

MODEL MODE: Ariel Beesley

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She struts and strums. And we totally want her to be our BFF.

NAME: ARIEL BEESLEY 
CITY: LOS ANGELES

HOMETOWN: LOS ANGELES 
SIGN: CAPRICORN 
INSTAGRAM: @Arielbees
WEBSITE: Facebook.com/arielbeesley

How did you get into modeling? Were you discovered? Tell us your story!

When I was 17, I was scouted at a hair salon for the salon’s campaign. All the other models on the job had agencies, so after that, I decided to try going to open calls. I probably got rejected from about 16 or 17 in both LA and NY before I walked into Wilhelmina, and walked out with a contract!

Who have you modeled for thus far?

I’ve done campaigns for Genetic Denim, Sister Jane, Paul Frank, Amilta, Apple, Smart Car, and Brian Lichtenberg. I’ve worked for magazines such as Nylon, Oyster, Flaunt, and Seventeen. It’s been a whirlwind!!

Best photo shoot you’ve ever done?

That’s a really hard question, because most shoots have been with really fun, amazing teams. But the first one that comes to mind was probably the two day campaign shoot for Genetic Denim. I appreciated it because every model there was also an artist. There were singers, painters, writers, etc. I, for one, brought my ukulele, and ended up playing the art director’s wedding a few months later! Definitely a memorable one.

You’re also quite the musician. How/where do you write?

I used to only be able to write by myself in my room with the door closed. But lately, I’ve been recording in the studio, and doing co-writing sessions with different artists and producers. That’s really helped me get out of my comfort zone, and really be able to write anywhere, anytime!

If you could hop in a recording studio with anyone TOMORROW, who would it be?

Definitely The Velvet Underground or Sia.

Do you feel like music and modeling compliment each other?

Yes, definitely. For me, music and modeling have really gone hand-in-hand. When I started to get more modeling jobs, I began bringing my uke to set. More often than not, the photographer would end up using my uke as a prop. So I would not only get shown as a model, but as a musician as well! Last Fashion Week, I did a fashion film with Nylon Magazine, and they decided to use my tune “Tic Toc” as the song. After that, I got emails from different producers and managers, and that’s how I ended up signing my production/management deal with Brightman Music.

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Describe your music style/sound in one word.

Whimsical.

How do you maintain your girlish figure? Any tips?

To be honest… no. I love pizza and burritos, haha.

Who is your idol?

I would say the people in my family are my idols. Growing up with the support to be creative, and with the idea that I could honestly accomplish anything I put my mind to, is something that I am eternally grateful for.

Are you dating?

Been happily taken for 2 1/2 years.

If you could do a shoot with any other model, who would it be?

Mmm… probably Abbey Lee Kershaw. She’s pretty badass.

If you could do a campaign with any brand, what would it be?

Saint Laurent. I really love that Hedi Slimane values musicians, and often puts them in his campaigns, or uses local bands for his runway tunes. Super rad.

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Describe your style/fashion sense:

My style really depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want to be boyish, and I really enjoy a good suit. Other times, I wake up and want to dress like a fairy. It changes everyday!

Favorite brand/line right now?

I recently worked for a London-based Brand called Sister Jane. I absolutely love their new collection. Its super ethereal, and every piece is a work of art. Truly!

Go-to clothing item/accessory?

My leather jacket. I’ve had it since I was six years old. It was a massive, waaay-too-big-for-me jacket then, and now it’s perfectly cropped with three-quarter sleeves. I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder.

Current must-have beauty product?

To be honest, I don’t wear makeup. Probably because I’m incapable of making it look good when I do it myself. But as long as I have moisturizer and lip balm, I’m happy. Oh, but I do love a good red lipstick!

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Go-to nail color?

Because I play ukulele, my nails always get messed up, so I rarely have them done. But I like sparkly nails!

If you could only wear one type of makeup for a shoot (mascara, foundation, lipstick, etc.), what would it be?

Definitely a red lip.

What can’t you live without?

My ukulele and my family/friends.

Coffee order?

Either black or an iced coffee with a dash of milk. 

Go-to Instagram filter?

I like doing no filter, and just upping the brightness a bit.

What makes you feel beautiful?

When I feel happiest. When I am doing something I love, or to be honest, when I put on an outfit I think is super rad! haha

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What makes you feel badass?

Writing a song I’m proud of.

What’s your vice?

Definitely true crime documentaries. I love the cheesy reenactments!

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

I’m all over the place with music, but Frank Sinatra will always be my first love.

What’s the theme song to your life right now?

“Happy Together” by The Turtles

What do you do besides modeling & music – for work, play, or hobby?

I’m a writer first and foremost. Poetry is my favorite thing in the world, and I love playing with words.

What would you be doing career-wise if you weren’t a model + musician?

Probably just trying to publish little compilations of poems.

Five year plan?

Man, I can’t even predict what is going to happen in the next week! All I can hope for is that I am happy, and working hard on whatever I am pursuing. And I would like to see the whole world.

What advice would you give to aspiring models + musicians?

Never give up. If you want to do something, and care about it, never let anyone tell you you can’t do it.

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#ImAGirlBoss: Janelle Gutierrez

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NAME: JANELLE GUTIERREZ 
AGE: 23
CITY: LOS ANGELES 
HOMETOWN: LAGUNA NIGUEL 
INDUSTRY: FASHION 
INSTAGRAM: @changeofpolish
BLOG: changeofpolish.blogspot.com

Tell us what you do!

I currently work for Nasty Gal as their Clientele Supervisor at the flagship store on Melrose Avenue. I oversee all the clients our stylists develop, and help them build the proper relationship to give our Nasty Gal customers a new luxury experience.

Did you go to college?

I graduated from FIDM with a Merchandise Marketing degree.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I discovered my love for fashion when I started high school. It was then that I knew I wanted to become a stylist, and help people with their wardrobe. Before Nasty Gal, I was a stylist, and helped style fashion shows, photo shoots, shopped for clients, etc.

How did you get to where you are now?

In high school, I started taking fashion classes after school. I got an internship with Nordstrom, a job at Forever 21 (because everyone needs to work retail), and promised myself I would go to FIDM and continue networking. After high school, I moved to LA, enrolled at FIDM, and got an internship at a women’s showroom. I started working for LF Stores, and that is where I learned all about how to work with clientele. It was my first job where I really got to show people my talent with clothes. It was also crazy knowing that people would only come to the store to shop with you, and that they truly trust what you have to say. It was very rewarding. After LF, I moved to a more serious styling job. I was a senior stylist for a company called Stylehaus — a members only personal styling service. Stylehaus really opened doors for me — I got to travel, and go to Céline and Lanvin to pull for clients. I met a lot of amazing people, and learned a lot about myself. It was a growing experience.

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Any obstacles along the way? 

In every job and internship I’ve ever had, there have been moments where I questioned myself. Am I good enough? Do I know what I’m doing? Am I cut out for this industry? There have been times where things got so hard, and I wasn’t understanding anything, and kept messing up that I told myself I was leaving fashion, and was going to go back to school to do something else. Thank god for my amazing family and friends for always talking some sense back into me. Now, I just get back on my grind, and look back at all my amazing accomplishments. And know that I have a lot more work to accomplish.

Who is your idol?

My dad. I know — cheesy. But it’s true. My dad is an amazing man. Incredibly intelligent, hardest worker I have ever met, and the most loving father and husband. I could write a book on my dad’s accompaniments and what he has taught me and my siblings. Everything I do, I do for him and my mom. He is my biggest fan, and motivates me everyday.

Three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are:

Family, confidence, and never taking “No” for answer.

Where would you like to be in five years?

CEO of my own company (that I am slowly building with my sister). Stay tuned to find out more! 

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Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A girl with passion, creativity, and ambition. She gets shit done, but still lives life to the fullest. She believes in herself, and never gives up. She also has bad ass style, and thinks everyday should start off with champagne. 😉

Describe your style/fashion sense:

I never know how to answer this question. I don’t put any labels on my style. I honestly just wear whatever the heck I want. Yes, I do look at trends, and love a good street style blog, but overall I just love clothes. If there is anything I can say about my style, it’s that I am not that girly, and I love taking chances. You can never have too many white shirts (I live for white T-shirts and button ups). 

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Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

My mom just gave me her mink fur coat that is literally as old as me — 23 years old! Its black, hits right above my bum, and it’s pure perfection. I am so that asshole in LA wearing a mink coat in 75 degree weather while grabbing coffee.

What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?

I cannot live without my Le Labo lotion and perfume. It literally rules my life.

Go-to nail color?

I’m always loving a good shade of grey, but I love trying on all colors (expect pink). Never been into pink nail polish.

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No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?

A killer pair of shoes and some wine.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?

Alt J and Milky Chance are my obsessions right now.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Any song that gets me movin’ and groovin’! 

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?

My older sister has always given me the best advice. I can’t think of anything in specific, but everything we talk about is golden. She is a god. 

Advice to future girl bosses:

Keep pushing, and make sure you are always dressed to kill.

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