#ImAGirlBoss: Nadeska Alexis

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NAME: NADESKA ALEXIS 
CITY:
 NEW YORK, NY
HOMETOWN: GRENADA –> BROOKLYN 
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT
NOMINATED BY: LAUREN OTIS
TWITTER: @NEWERYORK
INSTAGRAM: @NEWERYORK
WEBSITE: MTVNEWS.COM

Tell us what you do!

I’ve been a full-time writer at MTV News for over three years. My beat is hip-hop — although I often cover pop as well — so I write breaking entertainment news stories, and do a ton of artist interviews. I’ve spoken to everyone from Pharrell and Drake, to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. I also had the chance to co-host a show called MTV’s RapFix Live with Sway Calloway, which aired on MTV Jams and on MTV.com.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Binghamton University in upstate New York.



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

I had ridiculous dreams of being an astronaut, because I still can’t think of anything cooler than chilling on the moon, and looking down on Earth — what better perspective could you really have? But then I remembered that I’m terrible at science, so I gave up that dream, and moved on to my next favorite thing: Writing.

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

The word “internship” still makes me cringe, because I thought I might intern forever. I did a few internships during college at the local Binghamton newspaper and several magazines (including Teen Vogue and Redbook) to decide exactly what kind of writing would be best for me. My last internship was at BlackBook Magazine. At the time, they weren’t big on hip-hop coverage, and it’s my favorite music, so I took the opportunity to pitch and interview artists like Kid Cudi and Wale early in their careers. I used those clips to land a full-time freelance job writing for AOL Music’s hip-hop blog, TheBoomBox.com, for about two and a half years. Eventually, I returned to BlackBook for a year as an editorial assistant, and worked up to Assistant Editor over the course of a year, while still writing part-time for AOL. In October 2011, I interviewed for a position as the editor of MTV’s RapFix blog (rapfix.mtv.com), and landed the job. I managed a team of writers, and also the Twitter account (MTV Hip-Hop). Earlier this year, everything merged into MTVNews.com, and I’ve continued to write, conduct interviews, and manage the RapFix social media accounts. For a year (Jan 2013 – March 2014), I appeared on MTV’s RapFix Live with Sway Calloway, where we interviewed various artists and filmed specials (including a pre-VMA special at the Barclays Center in 2013).

Any obstacles along the way?

Where to start? Getting a writing job in this industry that pays well was definitely difficult. And being a female rap writer isn’t an easy thing. There are very bad days, but you just have to shake it off. Working on RapFix Live was also my first time working on a TV show, and there was very little prep. I’m a pretty shy person, so being thrown in front of a camera was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.

Who is your idol?

My mom. She’s the epitome of the hustle, and I’ll be forever grateful to her for making me tough as nails. There are people whose career I admire, like Oprah, Sway, etc., but I’m determined to make my own path.

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

Perseverance: I’d be lying if I said there haven’t been many days when I wanted to quit. I still have those days — today, as I’m writing this, was one of them — but something in me never gives up.

Diligence: I take pride in my work. I’m not always great at networking and putting myself out there, but if I’m doing something, I need to give it my best. People notice even when you don’t think they do.

Graciousness: I am forever thankful to the people who have looked out for me along the way. No matter how hard you work, you can’t do it alone. When I “make it,” there are a few of my former editors who will have it made for life.

Where would you like to be in five years?

This one is tough, because I’ve learned that there’s no point in putting a limit on my dreams. There are a lot of things I thought would “never” happen, and they have! In a general sense, I’d like to be at a point in my career where I have the freedom to work on multiple, different creative projects without being bogged down by the mind-numbingness of day-to-day office chores. Maybe one day, HBO will let me re-write a much better version of How to Make It In America. My Brooklyn friends and I would represent the hustle so much better! (No offense to anyone, ha).

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A girl boss finds and creates opportunity where there seems to be none. She’ll be gracious, kind, and well-put-together on the outside, but there’s a lion lurking underneath.

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Describe your style/fashion sense:

My style is very much influenced by hip-hop and growing up in Brooklyn, and also by my love for travel and picking up eccentric pieces in different countries. Vintage floral skirts, gold sneakers, leather jackets — maybe it’s where hip-hop meets indie.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

I’ve been collecting odd gold rings for the past year. My collection is getting pretty amazing.

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

Sephora cream lip stains are the best beauty product to ever happen to me. No worries about my face melting off during an interview. And I love those tiny tubs of vaseline.

Go-to nail color?

Sally Hansen “Heart to Heart” is the perfect orange/red. I’ve tried all of the OPIs and Essies, but this is my favorite.

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

I’m embarrassed to admit that, since I spend so much time on the Internet, and have been biking all summer, I’m far behind on my reading list. But #GIRLBOSS, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind Of Girl and Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office are sitting on my nightstand.

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

Red wine. In a giant glass. When I want to implode.

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

I’ve been listening to Jessie Ware’s new album ‘Tough Love’ on repeat.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” gave me a nice boost this summer, because I can do whatever I want.

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What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

So many Drake lyrics to choose from, so little time.

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

“Take it one day at a time.” My mom always tells me this, and it’s super irritating, but I guess it helps, because sometimes I feel like I’m running out of time to do everything. That’s the kind of thing that makes you go insane.

Advice to future girl bosses:

It’s important to keep it moving through the difficult times. Even though it feels like you might be stuck, it’s only temporary, because nothing lasts forever. Remember that you can still be productive during those hard times, and see it pay off later. (I tattooed some form of that on my rib to remember it).

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#ImAGirlBoss: Traci Stumpf

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There is not a single female host in late night television.

When Jay Leno and David Letterman, respectively, announced their retirements, their positions were promptly filled by Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show”) and Stephen Colbert (the “Late Show.”) And it’s not for lack of options. Ellen Degeneres, Chelsea Handler, Kathy Griffin, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler are all more than qualified, but yet, here we are.

Traci Stumpf reached out to me in early November to commend me for the #ImAGirlBoss series, and I quickly discovered that Traci is both a talented TV host and a [very] funny comedian. I wanted to feature her, not only because she’s a #GIRLBOSS, but also because female comedians deserve WAY more spotlight than is shone upon them in mainstream pop culture. So, aspiring comediennes — this one’s for you.

NAME: TRACI STUMPF 
AGE: 28
CITY: 
LOS ANGELES 
HOMETOWN: LOS ANGELES + SAN DIEGO
INDUSTRY: COMEDY + TV 
TWITTER: @TraciStumpf
INSTAGRAM: @TraciStumpf
WEBSITE: www.TraciStumpf.com

Tell us what you do!

I’m a stand-up comedian and a TV host.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

No. After high school, I wasn’t 100% sure as to what I wanted to do, and my very supportive parents encouraged me to go get a skill. So I did that. I went to “the Harvard of Hair” — Vidal Sassoon — and got my cosmetology license. Looking back, it was a good choice. I have a lifelong skill, no debt, and I’m living my dream. Granted my dream has nothing to do with that skill.

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

I wish I could say, “I always knew comedic hosting was for me.” But that’s not really what happened. Growing up, it would change almost every day. One day, I wanted to be a pilot, and the next day, I wanted to be a pediatrician. The only thing I knew I never wanted to do was nothing. I never idolized Disney princesses. I always knew I was meant to do something out of the box.

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

Well, I was a young orphan with a million-dollar smile, who was tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. It was a hard-knock life until one day, a hard-nosed tycoon with a heart of gold took me in, and…. oh wait, that’s Annie. For me, there was no tycoon — just a LOT of open mic nights and days spent driving to auditions 40 miles away from my house. This is a tricky question for me to answer, because I have so far to go (or at least I think I do). I don’t think I can do my “E! True Hollywood Story” justice yet. With that said, I have made a big dent in my career, and I got this far with a lot of work and a great support system.

Any obstacles along the way?

So many — mostly self-inflicted. Everyday, I have to fight the mean voices in my head that tell me I’m not good enough, or funny enough, or pretty enough. I do believe we create our own obstacles. No one else is really in our heads saying those mean things to us. How to get on the other side of that, I’m not 100% sure yet, but you guys will be the first people I tweet when I find out.

Who is your idol?

Hmm, that’s tricky for me. I feel like the second you “idolize” someone, you’re bound to be let down when they don’t do what you expect them to do. At the end of the day, we are all just people trying our best. But I do love the idea of idolizing Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris.

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

Being positive is huge for me (I can get dark fast). And being on time. And the ability to laugh at yourself.

Where would you like to be in five years?

I’m open to where ever life takes me. I try not to put too much pressure on the future, HOWEVER, my vision board consists of a six bedroom house on the beach, Kelly Ripa’s body with my face on it, and an Emmy (my own Emmy, not Kelly Ripa’s Emmy. She can keep hers.)

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words:

Waking up every morning, and showing up for your own life. And being nice. Just be nice.

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Describe your style/fashion sense:

Tomboy chic — I just made that up! I host a show every night, and they only shoot me chest up, so the bottom half of me is ripped jeans and boots (that’s the tomboy part), and the chic part is the top. I just really love classic looking things.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

A denim jacket.

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

Bobbie Brown mascara (makes my eyelashes look like Muppets) and a great blow-out.

Go-to nail color?

Dark red.

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

I love a good self-help book. My favorite at the moment is The Laws Of a Lifetime Of Growth by Dan Sullivan. Another great self-help book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (ages 4-8). It’s about knowing your boundaries, and not letting people walk all over you, even if it’s just a mouse.

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

Internet stalking — I can go into such a rabbit hole! It’s so bad, but I’M SO GOOD AT IT! Oh, and M&M’s.

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

At the moment, Taylor Swift and her new “1989” album. Holy smokes! So good!

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.” I feel very inspired whenever I can roll my windows down and sing a random 90s song. 

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Just keep swimming.” – Dory, Finding Nemo

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

“Be more interested than you are interesting.” -My dad

Advice to future girl bosses:

Be nice to people. And not because of “karma,” or because they might have something to offer you later in life, just do it to be nice. 

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#ImAGirlBoss: Alex Wehrley

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NAME:
ALEX WEHRLEY
AGE: 27
CITY: LOS ANGELES
 
HOMETOWN: MILWAUKEE, WI 
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT 
TWITTER: @AlexWehrley
INSTAGRAM: @AlexWehrley
WEBSITE: tearsandgiggles.com

Tell us what you do!

I am a freelance TV host for E! News Now, ABC Digital, and other media outlets. You can see me on the red carpet at the CMA Awards on Nov. 5th interviewing country artists. I also act, and made my big-screen debut in the movie Rudderless–out in theaters now.

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Yes, I majored in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

I went back and forth between wanting to be an actress and a fashion designer.

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

I loved being in front of an audience from a young age, and always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. At nine years old, I began modeling for Kohl’s. In high school, I was on my school’s dance team, and in a local dance company. When I was 21, I became Miss Wisconsin USA, and simultaneously had an internship at a local news station. This was around the time I decided to pursue a career in TV. My first full-time TV job was as a morning news anchor at the NBC affiliate in Rockford, IL. I also helped write, produce, shoot, and edit video. From there, I became a talk show host in Oklahoma City, and then went on to become a host of a nationally syndicated morning show called Eye Opener. During this time, I was a guest co-host with Nick Lachey on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. I moved to Los Angeles this past summer where I am now both TV hosting and acting.

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Any obstacles along the way?

I believe we are our own biggest obstacle. Like everyone, I’ve dealt with self-doubt and limited thinking. There were times I thought my dreams were too big, and that only “other people” saw that kind of success. However, I’ve learned to shift my negative thinking and self-talk to possibility thinking and feeling confident. It’s not always easy, but with the right tools and support system, it can be done.

Who is your idol?

Oprah. I love how there is so much purpose behind what she does. It’s not easy to bring spirituality and life lessons into the living rooms of viewers through the medium of TV, but she’s obviously been successful at doing just that. She hasn’t just simply entertained people — she’s changed lives.

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

Discipline. Persistence. Passion. 

Where would you like to be in five years?

I’ll have my own show, be married, and probably have a child.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

A girl who pursues her passion with confidence, discipline and innovation. She doesn’t allow others’ negative opinions get in the way of her and her goals, yet she remains humble, and treats others as equals and with respect. She’s not afraid to speak up for what she believes in, and she’s not too proud to admit when she’s wrong. She’s a work-in-progress who is constantly learning about herself and the world around her. Through this, she’s able to accomplish her dreams with ease.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

For work, I like bright-colored dresses that are trendy, chic, and a little sexy. I love a bold necklace or bracelet to go with it. In my personal life, I like to be casual and comfortable with a hint of bohemian. I love to add a pop accessory, like a fun scarf, cute shoes, or jewelry.

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Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

A thick gold ring paired with thin Juliette rings.

Go-to nail color?

I love white in the summer and dark, nearly black in the winter.

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

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Awareness by Anthony de Mello.

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

I have to have something sweet every day, like a pastry or serving of ice cream. I always start my day with coffee, and I love wine on the weekends.

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

I’m loving Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert right now. They’re some serious #GirlBosses who aren’t afraid to go outside the parameters that traditional country music has given them. They seem down-to-earth, but aren’t afraid to embrace their flaws and edginess in their lyrics.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert’s “Something Bad.”

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

I love everything from the poet Rumi. Here is one of his many great quotes: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

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

My parents have always been great examples. They’re both entrepreneurs, and understand what it takes to be successful. My mom always told me there was no dream too big for me. My dad always encouraged me to follow my passion.

Advice to future girl bosses:

Become clear about what your passion is, and pursue it relentlessly. So often people blindly pursue things that won’t fulfill them, thinking it’s what they want, like money, fame, security or a title. Doing what makes you feel most alive will not only make you the happiest, it will also positively influence the lives around you. You won’t be perfect along the way. None of us are. Just enjoy the journey, and treat each moment as an opportunity to learn about yourself and the world around you.

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Do YOU know a Girl Boss? Nominate her in the comments! And, HEY — if you share this article, be sure to use #ImAGirlBoss!

#ImAGirlBoss: Stuart Brazell

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NAME: STUART BRAZELL
AGE: DIRTY THIRTIES 
CITY: LOS ANGELES
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT 
TWITTER: @StuartBrazell 
INSTAGRAM: @StuartBrazell 
WEBSITE: StuartBrazellOnline.comDirtyandThirty.com

Tell us what you do!

I’m a TV Host, Entertainment Reporter, Producer, Pop Culture Expert, Actress, Blogger and CREATOR!

Did you go to college? If so, where?

Yes, graduated from Ithaca College – majored in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Dance and Musical Theater.

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

I wanted to be a professional dancer — and I became one at the age of 13 when I joined the Columbia City Ballet! I’ve always been drawn towards entertainment and entertaining.

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

Oh boy — hard work, persistence, talent, ambition, and a great support system! I’m so grateful to have parents who have pushed me, and encouraged me in all of my many endeavors and passions. Being from South Carolina, there is a tendency to stay in the south for college. It was actually my mom who found Ithaca College, and challenged me to head to upstate New York for school. After completing their Los Angeles semester program, I fell in love with this city, and knew this was where I wanted to be! My internship landed me my first paying job in the biz as a Production Assistant for E! News. I consider my time working my way up the ranks at E! to be my entertainment grad school, so it’s super cool when I appear on the network today as a “Pop Culture Expert.” I took that experience and transitioned into working on the other side of the camera as talent, but I continue to actively produce as well. It’s much more fun being a part of the creative process than just showing up and reading a teleprompter. I also recognized early on the importance of establishing yourself as a brand, so I diligently work on building my entertainment and pop culture brand, as well as developing the female-centric lifestyle website and brand I co-founded, appropriately titled DirtyandThirty.com. My days and weeks are anything but boring. I’m actually answering these questions on a 12-hour flight home from the Zurich Film Festival where I just spent the past two weeks as the official correspondent. I hosted the closing night awards ceremony, Q+As with the likes of Antonio Banderas, Josh Hutcherson, Benicio del Toro, and Zach Braff, and hosted a daily talk show. When I was a PA at E! News, did I imagine my life could be like this? Hell yeah! Dream big!

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Any obstacles along the way?

Of course! I’m a true believer that no one will work harder for you than you! I learned early on that just because you sign with a certain agent or manager, or book what you think will be a life-changing job or opportunity, it does not mean you are going to be successful. Your show could never see the light of day, and your agent might never send you out. This is a tricky business because you must put your faith in others, and a lot of times you may get burned. But at the end of the day, I love what I do! I have a wonderful and supportive husband, family, and incredible friends, so I “keep on keeping on,” because I’m exactly where I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing. I face obstacles everyday! This business can eat you up, so it’s important to stay strong and keep your head up. And most importantly, you must be true to yourself! There will be plenty of opportunities to create and call your own shots! Carpe Diem!

Who is your idol?

Another question I get asked a lot, but I like. Answer = my mom! She’s a true steel magnolia who inspires me daily!

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

Tenacity, talent, and transparency.

Where would you like to be in five years?

Of course you had to ask this — I always ask people this question, and they give me “the look,” but it is a good one! I’d like to be Executive Producing and hosting my own talk show while pursuing multiple other projects behind-the-scenes in the scripted and digital space. I’d like to continue to encourage other women to own their unique voice and support one another. A few more — be a loving mom, write a book, get my yoga certification (yoga changed my life), work hard on myself and my marriage, and be happy and appreciate every moment of every day. You never know where life will take you, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

I’d like to quote Beyonce: “A Diva is a female version of a hustla.” A Girl Boss is someone who takes her future into her own hands, stands up for her beliefs, and owns her passion and dreams. And makes sh*t happen!

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Describe your style/fashion sense:

To be honest, I can be all over the place, depending on what I’m working on. I’m a Southern Belle born and bred, so I love a good dress and some fab high heels. But I also love the California BoHo Chic vibe, and could honestly live everyday in a maxi dress, bralette, and havianas. On my days off, you can catch me everywhere in Fabletics head-to-toe, and on the red carpet — well, that’s always fun! Oh, and I LOVE color!

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

My two new hats I just bought at this killer hat shop in Portland, Oregon. Bad hair? Yeah right!

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

My Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder. It’s an amazing compact that has enough coverage that you won’t be screwed if you are out bare-faced, and suddenly need to head into a meeting.

Go-to nail color?

Nude. It makes my fingers look longer.

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

I love to read and consume about one to two books a month. The first book that really inspired me was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I find inspiration in everything I read — the character of Katniss in The Hunger Games, Tina Fey’s story in Bossypants… inspiration is truly everywhere.

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

Easy — reality TV. I’m sorry, but “Bachelor in Paradise”… YES, PLEASE!

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

I’m loving Zedd! I interviewed him at SXSW, and love his spirit. I just saw him at Encore Beach over the summer, and it was amazing!

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?

Gotta give a shout out to my girl XTina. Christina aguilera – “Fighter.” 

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

“Carpe Diem” – I do it everyday!

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

“Trust in the process!” – My hubby. I try to do that everyday. 

Advice to future Girl Bosses:

No matter what you do, be happy!! Happiness is a choice! Even when times are tough, you can find your happiness by plugging into what you are truly grateful for!

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#ImAGirlBoss: Grasie Mercedes

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NAME: GRASIE MERCEDES
CITY:LOS ANGELES
INDUSTRY: TV/FILM + FASHION
TWITTER: @grasiemercedes
INSTAGRAM: @grasiemercedes
BLOG: stylemegrasie.com

Tell us what you do! I’m an actress and TV host with a personal style blog called Style Me Grasie.

Did you go to college? If so, where? Yup! NYU. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? Oh man, so many things! At first, I wanted to be a lawyer, then I wanted to work in finance like my parents (even though I had no idea what that meant), and then I wanted to be a reporter. I went to school for broadcast journalism, worked as a producer at MTV for three years after graduation, and then gave it all up to pursue acting and TV hosting, which is what I do now.

How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story! Oops, I think I just did in the last question! Ha! But I’ll continue the story. I moved to LA to pursue acting and hosting, and quickly (and luckily) landed commercial and hosting agents. Booked some national commercials and hosted a music show (that never aired) in my first few years. Then, I started styling on the side so I didn’t have to wait tables anymore, which is what a lot of actors do to supplement their income. It was the styling that kicked off my fashion blog, and what lead to lots of hosting gigs in that space. Now almost 10 years later, I’m a full-time slasher — an actress/TV host/fashion blogger, and it’s awesome!

Grasie-Mercedes-Recycled-Novelty-ImAGirlBoss-GIRLBOSS-3 Any obstacles along the way? There are always a ton of highs and lows when you work in entertainment, but I think that’s a good thing. Everyone thinks they want to be an actor, but when the going gets tough, the majority gives up. It’s what separates the lovers of the work from the fame seekers. You got to really love it and live for it, or otherwise don’t do it. If you have that mindset, the lows are fewer and farther between.

Who is your idol? 

 My mom. She’s truly my idol, and the woman I respect most in the world. With that said, there are definitely a number of women in entertainment that I admire for various reasons. Meryl Streep for her unbelievable honesty in everything she does. Alexa Chung for her ridiculously good style sense. Beyonce for being unstoppable, and Oprah and Ellen for making everyone feel great all the time.

What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are? I’m super organized, hardworking, and nice.

Where would you like to be in five years? On a hit TV show and a mom.

Define “Girl Boss” in your own words. A girl or woman who’s taking charge of her own destiny; who’s going after all her dreams and aspirations without compromising on anything. Someone who’s getting it done!

Describe your style/fashion sense: Fun, colorful, comfy, interesting, yet simple.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now? Flat, patent leather booties from Dolce Vita. They go with everything, and are super comfortable, which I love!

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

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Go-to nail color? Clear these days. Boring, I know.

Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you? Hmm, I’m sad to admit I’m a terrible reader. I’m lucky if I read two books a year. I’m just so busy these days! But the last three books I read were all autobiographies of sorts from funny, successful women I admire — Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Mindy Kaling. I loved learning about their journeys, and they are all great reads.

No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice? Tequila. In-N-Out. Instagram.

Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now? I’m always into classics like Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, but lately Pharrell and Beyonce’s latest albums have been on constant rotation.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss? FLAWLESS!!! Bow down bitches! Lol.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you? “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs. AMEN! Go for your dreams, not the ones others place on you. It’s your life and it doesn’t last forever, so make the difference now.

Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you? “No one else knows what they’re doing either.” – Ricky Gervais. I don’t know Ricky Gervais, nor did he give me that advice, but he was quoted as saying that’s the best advice he’s ever got, and I love it so much. I mean, it’s just perfect. When you feel insecure, unsure or just terrible at something, know that you’re not alone. We all have those moments! Just keep on keeping on!

Advice to future Girl Bosses: Work hard, be nice, and it will all pay off.

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#ImAGirlBoss: Asha Dahya

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NAME: ASHA DAHYA
AGE: 31
CITY:
 LOS ANGELES
INDUSTRY: TV + MEDIA
TWEET HER: @ashadahya
INSTA LOVE: @girltalkhq
WEBSITE: girltalkhq.com

What do you do?!

I’m a host and a blogger.

Did you go to college?

Yes. I have a BA with a double major in Journalism and Film Studies from Griffith University in Australia. 

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

For some reason, I always wanted to be an actress. I loved the idea of being a character, and traveling to exotic, cool locations to film a major movie.

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

Well, the acting thing definitely didn’t work out… But that was mainly because once I started taking classes, doing extra work, and working on short films, there were things I just didn’t want to do such as kiss another person on screen, or have sex. I know, I’m probably prudish, but hey — that’s just me! So instead, I fell into hosting in my last year of college in Australia, landing a national TV show in 2003. From there, it snowballed into many other jobs in Australia on networks such as the Disney Channel, MTV, FOX, and Nine Network Australia. I moved to LA in 2008, and for the past six years, I have worked on shows — both on-air and online — for Nickelodeon, MSN, TV Guide Network, ABC, Myspace, and a few more. I started my blog, GirltalkHQ.com, in 2012 after realizing I wanted a space online where I could find positive, inspiring news stories for women everyday. Rather than waiting for someone else to create it, I decided to do it myself and see where it goes. Two years later, I have a loyal readership, have been involved in hosting events and workshops for young women, served as a keynote speaker at a major event for International Women’s Day, and was even featured in a BBC news story about feminism earlier this year! I have also just signed my first 2 deals for my blog, which are brand partnerships that will amplify the content I have to a much bigger audience.

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Any obstacles along the way?

Plenty — money and time being the biggest ones! Whenever I have been busy on a hosting or production job, I haven’t had much time to blog. Whenever I have been blogging a lot and putting energy into making my brand bigger and better, it is usually when I haven’t been working. It is a catch-22, but that is why I am very focused on making my blog my main source of income, which I believe is possible. I wouldn’t really count negativity as an obstacle, as it is part and parcel of being in the entertainment biz, and putting your stuff out there publicly online. The only human obstacle I have ever come up against is myself, and being my own boss has taught me many valuable lessons about how being an empowered woman can take me further in life than I ever imagined.

Who is your idol? 



I don’t necessarily have just one. Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Blakely (creator of Spanx), Hillary Clinton, Lucy Flores, JK Rowling, Sophia Amoruso, Amanda De Cadanet, and Arianna Huffington are just a few women whose journeys I greatly admire, because they make their own path, and they don’t take “No” for an answer.

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

Persistence, determination, and positivity. 

Where would you like to be in five years?

Earning a living from GTHQ, hosting my own show, and traveling around the world. I would also like to have a baby and own a house!

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Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.

Someone who doesn’t give up, makes her own path in life, doesn’t take “No” for an answer, defies expectations, remains calm despite the odds, and who doesn’t compromise, or lose herself for society’s expectations.

Describe your style/fashion sense:

Casual and comfy.

Fav clothing item/accessory right now?

I love my new 50s style bikini bathing suit from Topshop. I bought it for a bargain ($24), and wore it on my recent summer vacation to Italy.

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

My home-made lotion: Vitamin C powder mixed with a bit of Bio oil and rosehip oil. It does wonders for my skin! My boyfriend’s aunt gave me the recipe a couple of years ago, and I use it twice a day.

Go-to nail color?

Orange-red.

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

Ditto! I recently read it, and it ignited a fire inside me to keep going with my passion. Reading about Sophia’s story made me realize that just because something doesn’t exist yet in an industry or market, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try anyway. I also just read a book by Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Llibagiza, whose story was filled with heartbreak and terror. It brought back to mind all those stories I remember seeing on the news in the early 1990s, and why fighting for women’s rights is something very very important. Interestingly enough, after the genocide, the women were left to rebuild the country, and today Rwanda is the country with the highest percentage of females in government in the world (64%). By comparison, the US has 18%, and Rwanda is a 3rd world country. It’s time for a female president here!


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

Chocolate, white wine, pale ale beer, and pasta!

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

Sia’s new album has me hooked.

What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss? (i.e. Bang Bang, Girl on Fire, Flawless, etc.)

Beyonce’s ‘Girls’. Gets me every time.

What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?

Something that has inspired me recently is the notion that when you are vulnerable, you empower someone else — meaning, the more we are willing to give of ourselves, we never know how our story can impact another person’s life.

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

Do your best, and let God do the rest. My parents would always say that to me growing up, and for me, that is a great reminder that doing my best IS always enough, and that I have someone looking out for me.

Advice to future Girl Bosses:

Don’t give up! Don’t change for anyone else. Find your passion and lead with that. Use every experience in your life as fuel and as motivation to lead you to your purpose. Be unique, even if it means you are weird.

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