#ImAGirlBoss: Erika De La Cruz

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NAME: Erika De La Cruz
AGE: 24
CITY: San Diego + Los Angeles
HOMETOWN: Los Banos, CA
INDUSTRY: Entertainment + Broadcast Media
SIGN: Taurus
TWITTER: @_ErikaDeLaCruz
INSTAGRAM: @Erikadelacrz
WEBSITE: Erikadelacruz.com/blog

Tell us what you do!

I’m a radio personality. I serve as Promotions Director and Video Entertainment Host for Easy 98.1 FM. I also just wrapped hosting the Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase. What’s sleep?

Did you go to college? If so, where?

San Diego State University — #GoAztecs!

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

Peter Pan’s girlfriend! Aside from those aspirations, I wanted to “put on shows for people,” and often subjected my family to theatrical narrations, dances, and rap routines.

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

I grew up in a really small town — Los Banos, CA! When it came time for college, I attended SDSU. After a ton of “different ideas for majors,” I got my degree in Communication & Media, with an emphasis in public speaking & interview. Along the way, I picked up as many internship/volunteer opportunities, and went to as many office hours, as possible to integrate myself into a community of people I wanted to learn from, in industries I wanted to learn more about. I started working in LA doing some red carpet correspondence on the weekends and fell in love. Then started working on a Morning Show in radio in San Diego, which I also loved, and eventually found that — in this industry — fashion, pop-culture and all the other stuff I love are often part of the deal! I love this multi-media world. 

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Any obstacles along the way?

I definitely experienced some set backs, like the economy circa 2009. That lovely economy threw a few huge hurdles my way — financial aid, foreclosure, loosing a few loved ones. But from that, I think I developed skills that, to this day, are the reason I’m pursuing what I love. I feel like sometimes there’s an expected “surrendering” reaction when drastic, unexpected things happen (the easy route), but instead I reacted with, “Nope, I’m going to maintain every last detail of my life, thank you very much.” I think the obstacles can push you to really fight to stay in what I call the “Winners Circle,” (optimism/drive/accomplishment.) Sure, you have to fail at things sometimes, but I think aiming to stay in that circle gives you a consistent target!

Who is your idol?

Keltie Knight really inspires me! Her positive energy and instinct to lift and encourage other women is contagious. Ellen De Generous, Ivanka Trump, and Will Smith are pretty amazing, too.

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

-Belief meeting Behavior (Praxis)
-Gratitude
-JU JU ☺

Where would you like to be in five years? On your television.

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Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

She pursues her passion, and puts her strengths into killing it every day. She inspires, and lifts others, and has genuine desire to “tag team it” with like-minded individuals. She trusts her dream and aspirations, and that’s what makes her tick. I’ll credit Marie Claire for the term “Passionista,” which I’ve taken to heart. I literally have it taped to my wall; it embodies the #girlboss for me.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

Classic. I gravitate toward pieces that are flirty, but still elevated. I really enjoy bright solids, and have an unexplained weakness for jumpsuits.

Favorite brand right now?

BCBG Maxamara.

Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?

Topshop basics. All of them.

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

Buxom mascara

Go-to nail color?

French Tips. Like to keep it classy!

Coffee order?

Café au lait (fancy for: coffee with frothed milk). 

What makes you feel beautiful?

Getting dressed up is fantastic, but I’m a sucker for a cute pair of PJs while your hair is still done! Slipping into a pair of “matchies” or a “nighty” after a show makes me feel super cozy, cute and HAPPY!

What makes you feel badass?

Nailing a project. There’s no better feeling than doing the prep work for a segment or event — and killing it. I feel like I’m great with the “idea” portion, but the will power comes in the research and leg work for me. After the follow-through, I feel pretty #badass. 

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

Project Runway. I will sit forever, unproductively lost, in that show.

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

Can Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran just form a band? I feel like it’s possible.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

“Blank Space” by T-Swift.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

There are so many! Here are a few I really like:  “Belief does not sit on the couch and wait for success to show up.” –Bob Proctor “You can fail at doing something you don’t want to do, so you may as well go for your dream.” – Jim Carrey “You can never be over dressed or over educated.” -Oscar Wild

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

When I started working in-studio for the very first time, I had an amazing morning show host guiding me — “Lenny B” of More Music Mornings. I stepped into my first “big conference room” meeting with the rest of the company department reps, and I was a little bit intimidated, not wanting to stand out for having a bright PINK laptop cover and a glittery violet phone case. I was already the youngest and one of the only females in the room, so I took off both before the meeting so I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. But afterward, Lenny asked where the heck my “Erika” stuff went? And reminded me that I had gotten there because of being me, and to never be afraid of that. *Maintain Authenticity. That’s what I learned. It applies to so many situations and decisions that have come along since. You can’t really connect with people until you’re comfortable in your own skin. And for interviewing, that’s especially important.

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Advice to future girl bosses:

Don’t let challenges scare you! See them as opportunities. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, and are on your team, because you eventually develop the same mindset and habits as them. Get as many internships as you can. And be nice to everyone — it will come full circle!

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#ImAGirlBoss: Kavita Mehra

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NAME: KAVITA MEHRA
CITY: JERSEY CITY, NJ
HOMETOWN: CARTERET, NJ
INDUSTRY: NONPROFIT 
SIGN: GEMINI
NOMINATED BY: JOYA DASS
TWITTER: @kavitamehra
INSTAGRAM: @kavmehra
WEBSITE: www.KavitaMehra.com

Tell us what you do!

I’ve spent nearly 15 years in the nonprofit sector, and I’m currently the Chief Transformation Officer for Boys & Girls Club of Newark (BGCN) — the first in the organization’s 78-year history, and one amongst the few across the 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. My role requires me to work directly with the Chief Executive Officer to grow and manage all aspects of the organization.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Indeed. New York University followed by Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? (i.e. movie star, doctor, unicorn, etc…)

My sister had a t-shirt that I absolutely loved—it had Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech inscribed on the back. When I was very young, I was inspired by Dr. King’s profound contributions, and I knew I wanted to work in a space that addressed a greater social issue.

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

I am far from being “there.” But someone once told me that failure teaches more than success. I hold that to be true, and have tried to learn from each failed experience. I’ve also observed and listened closely to those I admire, and I’ve tried to emulate their pursuit of success.

Any obstacles along the way?

Each of us has faced obstacles. During my formative years, I encountered a considerable amount of racism, which, at times turned into violent experiences. My family came from humble means. I started working when I was 14, and by 16, I had already worked a 100+ hour week. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything I have experienced defines my life, and reaffirms my commitment to the nonprofit sector.

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Who is your idol?

That’s a tough question, as I am not sure I have an idol. There are people in my life that I view with a sense of veneration, and it is those individuals I choose to keep close. I do, however, have my fair share of girl crushes, and that list is long and distinguished. Individuals who have influenced my life include my mom and my better half—they are my inspiration in all that I do.

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

Grit, hustle, and staying humble (and hungry).

Where would you like to be in five years?

Success is a moving target. I am not sure if I will ever be able to answer that question.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A smart, hard-working, dedicated leader who empowers those around her.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

A dear friend recently described my style as “proper, with an edge.” I’d have to agree.

Favorite brand right now?

Reiss, Karen Millen, and All Saints.

Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?

Selleria Anna bag by FENDI in Asphalt Gray.

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

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

Go-to nail color?

Phenix by Chanel.

Coffee order?

Soy latte.

What makes you feel beautiful?

Doing something for others — even if it’s a small act of kindness.

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What makes you feel badass?

Winning.

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

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace is a recent source of inspiration.

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice? (i.e. Chocolate, tequila, Justin Bieber, etc.)

Vegan cookies—a box in the house is quite dangerous. And, of course, handbags.

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

Goldspot, specifically Evergreen Cassette, which has been playing on a loop at home and at work for the last few weeks.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Without a doubt, it is “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac Amaru Shakur.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“When you are no longer needed, you will be flicked away like a fly in milk.”—Karni Mehra. Stay humble and stay hungry, because anyone is replaceable.

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

A former, highly demanding boss once shared, “Leadership is not a title. It is about inspiring those around you, no matter your position.”

Advice to future girl bosses:

Cut out the noise, and focus on working harder and smarter than those around you.

#ImAGirlBoss: Angelique Velez

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NAME: ANGELIQUE VELEZ
CITY:NEW YORK
HOMETOWN: MEDFORD, NY
INDUSTRY: BEAUTY + FASHION 
SIGN: TAURUS 
TWITTER: @angeliquemakeup + @breakups2makeup
INSTAGRAM: @angeliquemakeup + @breakupstomakeup
WEBSITES: angeliquevelez.com + www.breakupstomakeup.com

Tell us what you do!

I am a freelance makeup artist, as well as the CEO & Founder of Breakups to Makeup, which is an accessory brand for beauty lovers and enthusiasts.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Yes, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Miami and a Master’s in Creative Art Therapy from Hofstra University.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? (i.e. movie star, doctor, unicorn, etc…)

I wanted to be a dancer on In Living Color. (That was when I actually thought I could dance.)

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

It’s been a bit of a journey, but I started doing makeup right after graduating from college. I have always had a love for it, but never really applied it on anyone other than myself. After graduating from college at a time when it was difficult for just about anyone to find a job, I decided to move back home to New York, and was able to find a job at a local makeup counter. It was the only thing I could find at the time, but I instantly fell in love with makeup. There was a time while I was attaining my Master’s degree when I was literally working seven days a week, because I knew that I wanted to build a decent portfolio, and eventually, freelance. After attaining a full time job at one of the first makeup schools in New York City, I thought that I had achieved what I wanted. I was not only counseling students in a career that I loved, but I was networking and still involved in the industry. Little did I know that my artistic side would take control, and there came a time where I had to decide if I was ready to leave the comforting 9-5 world with health insurance and benefits to pursue my dreams of freelancing and becoming an entrepreneur. Through a lot of back and forth and contemplating, I decided to choose the latter, and the rest is history. I was picked up by an agency in NYC, and also began teaching at Chic Studios NYC. I was able to combine my love for makeup with my educational background and have never been happier.

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Any obstacles along the way?

LOL, there were so many obstacles. But the biggest, I have to admit, is what fostered my brand Breakups to Makeup. Going through a major breakup, like many can relate to, left me feeling completely empty and lost. Makeup was the reason I kept going. It was literally the reason why I got out of bed in the morning — to make others happy. It helped me find myself again.

Who is your idol?

I have SO many idols, but my biggest is my mother. She is my hugest inspiration, and is the reason why I am the woman I am today. She taught me to never give up, and to pursue your dreams, no matter what they are. She is also one of my biggest supporters.

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

It’s hard to limit it to three, but I would have to say staying humble, believing in myself, and never stop dreaming.

Where would you like to be in five years?

I personally would still love to be freelancing as a makeup artist. As far as my brand, I want Breakups to Makeup to be a known/staple brand in, not only the beauty industry, but in the fashion world as well.

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Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A “Girl Boss” is a woman who isn’t afraid of society’s stereotypes and goes for hers. She is someone who believes in herself, and chases her dreams no matter what.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

My “style” is that I wear what I like, no matter what. I have been this way since high school. If I like it, and I feel it flatters me, I’m wearing it. I’m not really into “trends.” I just like to feel good in my clothes! I like things that are flowy and comfortable. I’m also really into boots! I can shop for them all year long.

Favorite brand right now?

This one is REALLY hard, because I like so many different brands. I’ll answer it in a different way — my dream brand to work with during fashion week would have to be Betsey Johnson. Her clothes are so inspiring, and she takes risks. She is also so humble, and is in this industry because she truly loves it!

Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?

My boom box necklace — you rarely catch me without it. It reminds me of who I am, the time when I grew up, and that fashion always repeats itself.

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

It’s hard to pick just one, but I would have to say my DiorShow mascara. Mascara, in general, is something that I can’t live without, but I particularly love this one.

Go-to nail color?

Essie’s “Spin the Bottle.” I wear this on my toes all winter long. As far as my hands, it’s whatever goes. I’ve been mixing colors lately and have been adding glitter.

Coffee order?

Caramel Latte with skim milk and splenda. Hot in the winter, iced in the summer.

What makes you feel beautiful?

It sounds corny, but my boyfriend. The way he looks at me—uggghhh did I just say that?! LOL. 

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What makes you feel badass?

When I close a deal on something that I didn’t even think was attainable. I make lists for myself, goals for my brand and personal life. So when I actually accomplish one of those goals, I feel real badass; especially when wearing my two-finger ring and sporting my brass knuckles phone case. 

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

I got #GIRLBOSS for Christmas, and am about to start it. So excited! My go-to book for inspiration is Kelly Cutrone’s If You Have to Cry Go Outside.

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

Oreo cookies and Doritos (regular or cool ranch). If either of these are in my apartment, they will literally be gone in a day!

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

The Weeknd and Drake. I don’t think I would ever be able to do a shoot with either of them — I wouldn’t be able to hold my makeup brush!

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

“Survivor” by Destiny’s Child (don’t judge me). Oh, and for some reason, “Jenny from the Block” by Jennifer Lopez. I want all of the rocks that she’s got! Also Eve’s “Who’s that Girl.” Am I showing my age yet?

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs 

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

My mother always taught me to believe in myself. There will always be other brands or other makeup artists, but none of them are you [me]. I am constantly second guessing myself or what I want to create, especially for Breakups to Makeup, because I am scared people won’t like it. But she always reminds me to keep going.

Advice to future girl bosses:

YOU are the boss of YOUR life. No one else is or ever can be. Always believe in yourself, and never give up. If there is something you want to do that you can’t stop thinking about, go do it and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t.

LIFE: “Me Day” on V-Day

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I’ve never had a valentine.

Unless you count my mother — the yearly, sole provider of those fancy truffles I like — I’ve never had a significant other to fulfill the clichés of the holiday, and shower me with gifts/candy/giant teddy bears.

When February 14th rolls around, I am perpetually single. The closest I’ve ever gotten to having a valentine was in third grade when the boy I had a crush on dropped a Scooby Doo valentine in my treat bag that read, “You’re Groovy, Valentine!” Since then, I’ve never had anyone make me feel particularly groovy on Valentine’s Day.

Unfortunately, the days of classroom holiday celebrations are long gone. Valentine’s Day for the “grown up” is all about romance, and having a ~special someone~ to share it with. We’ve already established that I’ve always been boyfriendless, and this year is no different. As much as I’d like to have a Joe Jonas look-alike feed me Belgian chocolates, it just ain’t gonna happen. The lovey-dovey mush pushed by every company to sell V-Day-themed products is overwhelming. Do you reeeally need heart shaped pizza to share with your S/O? (Pizza is sexy enough as it is, #amirite?)

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I can only think of one thing worse than being single on Valentine’s Day. It’s complaining about being single on Valentine’s Day. Wallowing in self-pity over the lack of a real-life Noah Calhoun won’t make Ryan Gosling appear on your doorstep wrapped in a silk ribbon.

If I’ve learned anything from Beyoncé, it’s that a single lady requires confidence and a certain amount of bad-assery. The strong, single woman doesn’t let the expectations of a materialistic and relationship-centric Valentine’s Day get her down. A day devoted to love goes beyond the romantic love one has for their partner.

So I say shoot down Cupid with his own arrow, and celebrate the holiday with some serious self-love. Buy yourself that new dress you’ve been eyeing. Grab a gal pal, and treat yourselves to a dinner filled with fun, tasty drinks (see below) and gossip. Stay at home with Netflix and ice cream. Whatever you do, remember that the key to a successful single Valentine’s Day lies in doing whatever makes YOU happy.

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Although material things are nice, and I truly believe every lady should take a day to treat herself to whatever her heart desires, being happy with one’s singleness takes a bit more than a new pair of shoes. It’s a paradigm shift. It’s understanding and truly believing that you are in charge of your own happiness. The opinion of any man, or any person for that matter, should not devalue your own self worth. A giant box of chocolates from a cute guy with a man bun shouldn’t be the deciding factor of your self-esteem. Owning singleness and radiating confidence from the inside out makes a woman truly beautiful.

This year, I won’t have a valentine. I won’t have someone to tell me I’m pretty by buying me a necklace or some ridiculous material profession of love. Instead, I’ll be kickin’ it with my main homegirl — my beautiful and loving mother, sharing an evening of laughs and chick flicks. Let us know if you wanna go in on a pizza.

Here are some V-Day drinks for you and your galentine to make! 

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2014-02-06-vday-cocktails-03-680x324Red Velvet Cake Martini 

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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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