Relationship Status: Single and Looking
Occupation: Gym and Life Enthusiast
Where are you from?
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I’ve also spent time in Atlanta
What brought you to Knoxville?
My mother. She was divorcing my father in the early ’80s and wanted a new outlook. After living in other places, I came back to Knoxville to be close to family and friends.
Tell us about your “Natural Hair Revolution.”
I was watching an Anderson Cooper special about how black kids feel about themselves. Too many kids feel negatively about their skin and hair. The media and Hollywood give a perception that we are all supposed to have straight weaves and that our natural hair is nappy and gross. When I was younger I didn’t like my hair. Eventually I decided to embrace it and hold my head up high. My friend, Pia, and I have decided to help other women embrace themselves too. We’d like to inform on the best products to use and give the encouragement to do it. We are really just getting started. We don’t even have a proper name yet. We’ve narrowed it down to about 36 ideas.
How would you describe your personal style?
Funky, edgy, groovy diva. Very Chi-town influenced. My mother always told me I should look my best. She put a lot of effort into making our clothes. If you put effort into your appearance people love it. It shows confidence, beauty, sexiness, smarts, and that you’re outgoing. I’m a leader and I want to look different. Leaders generally do look different. When you dress up, you feel better about yourself and have more energy. I have depression, but when I dress up it doesn’t show. I’m determined to look my best because I’m going to feel that way. When you wear T-shirts, jeans, and flip-flops you look lazy. It’s difficult to take someone that sports the flip-flop look seriously. They look like they lack imagination. I find it easier to get and keep a job when you use imagination to influence your style.
Any advice for people looking to change their look?
Find something you like and just do it! A lot of people consider changing but are afraid of what society may think. Don’t worry so much about what men, women, or your friends may or may not be attracted to. Put a unique spin on a classic and make it your own!!
Dress: Walmart, four years ago, $10
Sandals: Target, one month ago, $7
Jewelry: Forever 21, one year ago, $3.80-