*EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW* W/ YOUTUBE STAR : ARIANNA JONAE

Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight goes to 22 year old soon to be college graduate and YouTube sensation Arianna Jonae . If you ask any of her friends they will tell you she is very ANIMATED and we all can tell by her loving personality in her high quality videos she spontaneously uploads to YouTube .  She currently is studying Converged Broadcasting and after her graduation in May , she plans to move to California for an internship and to pursue her career in television and digital media.

 “I’m pretty over the top, but that’s what makes life fun; being wild, crazy, and making the most out of every situation life hands you. “

With over 32K subscribers supporting her and her beauty , fashion , and lifestyle related videos this girl was born to be on a screen ! We loved her fashion sense and her video so we just had to get an inside scoop. Read more below !


Q : How did you get started with YouTube?
Arianna : Back in elementary school, I used to make videos with my parents’ giant camcorder. I’d use my Barbies as actresses and made them like the old Mary-Kate and Ashley videos. When I got into middle school, my parents bought me my own camera and that’s around the time YouTube first came about. I used to record my friends and make random skits and in 10th grade I wanted to start fresh. I made the ItsAriBby Channel (the same one I use today) and got my first 100 subscribers.

 

 I used it as a creative outlet and as a way to practice acting. I really wanted to be an actress back then. I continued uploading sporadically until I went off to college. Then I would only upload every couple of months. In April of 2014, I decided to get back to YouTube and get really serious about it. I’ve been at it ever since working on branding myself and building my channel and blog into a business.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start and grow a YouTube channel?

Arianna : First of all, BE YOURSELF. I can’t tell you how many videos I see that look the exact same. People use the same music, graphics, even the same greetings! It gets really repetitive and boring. Find your voice and use it. It’ll definitely help you stand out from the crowd. Also, don’t focus on the numbers. It’s a lot easier said than done, but looking at the numbers will only upset you. Focus on engaging with your viewers, networking with other YouTubers, and having fun! YouTube isn’t about getting free things or being famous. It’s all about expressing your creativity, sharing your favorite tips and tricks, and just having a space to do whatever you want to do.


Q: What/who inspires your style?

A: I love taking inspiration from bloggers and Instagram. I’ll search through hashtags and browse different outfits or look at fashion blogs to get a little inspiration. I also look at celebrity street style photos like when they’re out and about running errands. Like when they’re dressed really casual. I love taking inspiration from that.

   

Q: How would you describe your style?

Arianna : My style is really eclectic. Some days I may feel like wearing a minimalistic outfit while other days I want to be more girly. Most of the time I wear neutral colors so I can interchange them and create more looks.

Q: What are your plans for the next 5 years?

Arianna : This is a tough question! I graduate from school this year so everything is about to change. I’m moving to Los Angeles for an internship this summer and then we’ll see where it goes from there. I’m getting my degree in Converged Broadcast Media and my dream job is to be a television host. Hopefully I’ll get a hosting job within a few months of graduation. Of course I’ll continue working on my YouTube channel and blog as well.


For more on Arianna’s journey , make sure to follow her @ariannajonae

Make sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel and check out her latest video below !

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Written by @dasiatheceo

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WHO IS ANAYAL8TER ? *EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW * W/ NAYAVISTA OWNER ANAYA RODERICK

Wardrobe stylist ? Check ✔️ . Fashionista ? Check ✔️ Business owner ? Check ✔️  . What more could this Queens , New York native have to offer ?. Being only 22 years old and making and impact in the fashion industry is something a lot of us don’t see often and it was major key 🔑 that I get all the deets !  . I had the opportunity of chatting with my girl Anaya Roderick owner of Naya Vista online boutique on her thoughts on fashion , society , and more . Check out our conversation below !


Dasia : So , for those who don’t know , you’ve been an internet sensation for quite some time now . How did you come to have a huge following base ? Have any of your followers recognize you in person ? If so , how do you react when that happens  ? 


Anaya : I just was always my self I think people are drawn to my personality I’m funny and raw. Yes people do notice me in person it’s weird lol because they know who I am and my name but I’m getting use to it.



Dasia : You’re mostly known by your social media name “TheAnayaL8ter” . Explain what exactly your name means . 


Anaya : Annihilate always sounded like my name Anaya which I always thought it was cool and I love that it means to destroy or demolish something and I see that for myself destroying anything that is negative in my life.


Dasia :  When I first knew about you it was from your hilarious vine videos ( when it was poppin) but as it fell off that’s when I started following you on IG and this was when you’ve exceeded a little over 50K followers now you reached over 100K supporters . But I noticed as I started following I seen a different side from you which was fashion . How did you get into fashion ? 


Anaya : I’ve always been into fashion since I was a kid I used vine as a tool to show my personality and sell NayaVista items by having my items on  [my] videos.

 

 

Dasia :  Who and/or what inspires your style ?


Anaya :  The women in my family on my mother and father side has so much spunk and personality with their personal style and I’ve always admired that about the women in my family as a child.


Dasia : What are your thoughts on today’s fashion ? How do you plan on making an impact in the fashion community ? 


Anaya : I can say I’m impressed but I do plan on making some changes to show my creative diverse side and to get the culture of my ethnicity out into the fashion world and have it done the right way with respect .


Dasia : You’re originally from fashion capital New York City but over the years moved to Atlanta . How would you compare Atlanta’s fashion vs New York’s fashion sense ?


Anaya :  Atlanta is known for many things but fashion isn’t one of them.  New York is a major city where fashion is the top of discussion when mentioning it . 


Dasia : In addition to being a stylish figure in the fashion community , you are also a entrepreneur. As stated you own online boutique Naya Vista .( which I also purchased from ) . How did NayaVista come about ? What does NayaVista mean ? 


Anaya : NayaVista was created due to my tumblr followers when I first graduated high school. I was in college and working and I love love love to shop and I love taking pictures . My followers always asked where I shopped so I created NayaVista so my followers could shop with me and have a special connection. NayaVista means “my vision” . 


Dasia : What’s new for NayaVista in 2016 ? 


 Anaya : I’m currently creating it , not sure which direction I want to go in yet but trends will be set .


Dasia : What advice to do have your aspiring entrepreneurs who want start their own business ? 


Anaya : Be organized and have some help . It’s  not easy [running] a business solo it can be very stressful . 

Below : Items seen on NayaVista . Shop here  

 



Dasia :  What keeps Anaya motivated everyday ? What do you like to do in your spare time other then inspire people who loves fashion ? 


Anaya : My motivation is my future and the people that I want to make proud.  I love to explore who I am as a person and learn about myself . Sometimes we get caught up in what’s going on in the world , we don’t take time to focus on ourselves . I’m working on getting to know me . 


Dasia : You can also add wardrobe stylist to your resume as well . What made you become a stylist ? 


Anaya : I can style two different outfits about 5 different ways.  It comes very natural to me . I have an eye for how things look and complete together for an outfit . Being a stylist is my dream job and I’m blessed to have the courage to follow my dreams . 


Dasia :  Have you ever worked with any celebrities ? If so , who and if you could style 5 celebrities who would they be ? 


Anaya : I haven’t worked with any well known celebs just yet but I would love to style Rita Ora, Justin Bieber, Jlo , ASAP Rocky, and Fabolous . 

 

Dasia :  Your tweets are hilarious and also inspirational  . You go in deep with certain topics . How do you deal with hating a** people who bring negative commentary on any one of your social media outlets ?


Anaya : I see them as people who like me but don’t know how to show it , can’t be possible without hate so it’s expected .


Dasia : On your YouTube channel you make videos about makeup , hair reviews , GRWMs ( Get Ready With Me)  , and relationship advice . What videos can we expect for this year from Anayal8ter ? 


Anaya : OOTD videos and shopping hauls I haven’t got into that yet and I know my followers will enjoy that from me. 

 

  

Dasia : Are you considering collaborating with other fashion related people in the industry ? If so , who would you want to collab with ? 


Anaya : I don’t plan on it but if it happens , great things will come. My main focus is building,  being myself and NayaVista . 


Dasia : Will you be doing any lookbooks , fashion tips , or any other related videos on YouTube ? 


Anaya : Yes I want to do a fashion Dos and Dont’s series on my channel.  I’m in the process of getting my ideas organized for it . 

Above: Anaya seen on Fxshnjunke @fxshnjunke


Dasia :  Have you ever been to New York Fashion Week ? If so how was it ? 


Anaya : I’ve never been but I would love to go .

Dasia : What are your goals for 2016 ?


Anaya :  Staying true to myself and my goals. 

 

Well there you have it ! I know that Anaya is going to be filled with a lot more surprises for 2016. I’m definitely looking forward to see what she has up her sleeve and will continue to follow her journey !

For inquiries on Anaya’s styling services follow her @theanayal8ter and make sure you shop NayaVista at www.nayavista.bigcartel.com

Written by @dasiatheceo

*EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW* W/ CLEDGY CUSTOMS FOUNDER- WASIMAH

I had the pleasure of interviewing 22 year old girl boss and Philly native of the very stylish online boutique Cledgy Customs , Wasimah which is based in the DMV area. Cledgy Customs offers cute afforable custom pieces and accessories for women to be classy and edgy ( Cledgy) get it ? Read exclusive interview below !


In this photo : Wasimah , Founder of Cledgy Customs , wearing Tie Die Biker Jacket from Cledgy Customs $40

Dasia: Where are you from ?

Wasimah:  I am from Philadelphia !!

Dasia : How did you come up with Cledgy Customs ?

Wasimah: I came up with Cledgy Customs a few years ago. I wanted to create a brand that represented my personal style but remained true to what I believe in which is the idea that we should all embrace our individuality and not be content with trying to be someone else or mimic the entire outfit of a mannequin in the display window of Forever 21. No shade to women who copy mannequin outfits because in reality that’s why they are there. I believe women should stop being afraid to be different. Women need to embrace their individuality and walk outside with “Kanye Confidence” flowing within themselves every single day and not be intimidated by another female who has confidence. Compliment one another,  instead of just staring at someone and thinking “she looks cute”, tell her. These are all things that I want to inspire women to do and things we should start living by, and it begins with Cledgy Customs.

Dasia : When was is founded ?

Wasimah:  It was founded August 2014.

Dasia : What is the meaning of Cledgy Customs ?

Wasimah: Cledgy is classy and edgy as one word and customs represents how each item is hand customized. Cledgy: Offers items that are both classy & edgy. Customs: Each item is hand customized before they are placed on the site. Hence the name: Cledgy Customs.

 

Wasimah wearing Feather & Leather Sweatshirt from Cledgy Customs $25

Dasia: What does Cledgy Customs have to offer to women in the fashion industry  ?

 Wasimah : Cledgy Customs gives women the opportunity to wear custom items that they can not find anywhere else. Pieces that are bold, custom, cledgy and one of a kind. When wearing my pieces, you will feel good from within. I want women to love my brand because of the internal benefits like increasing your self esteem because you may feel amazing every time you step out in a Cledgy Customs garment, and receive tons of compliments everywhere you go and each time you look into the mirror you love who you are and what you see, no matter what. That’s what Cledgy Customs is preparing to offer women in the fashion industry.

Dasia: Why do you feel this company is making an impact on women ?

Wasimah : Cledgy Customs will make an impact on women because it is a brand that genuinely represents women of color in a positive light. My products embrace our curves and individuality. Our goal is to uplift and empower women as well as remain true to the culture which will positively impact women of any race, size or color.

Dasia: Have you been to different events where your company was a vendor ?

Wasimah: Yes and I am currently looking for more events to participate in as a vendor. Always looking for new ways to “get out there”.

Dasia:  Have you had a good clientele every since you opened Cledgy Customs ?

Wasimah : Yes, I have clientele. My clientele is in its beginning stages, so it’s still growing.To be honest, I’ am so excited to see how much my clientele will grow when my brand really “takes off”!

Dasia : Where do you see yourself with this company in the next five years ?

Wasimah: In the next five years, Cledgy Customs will be a brand that is known for uplifting women, empowering women and providing to die for cledgy and custom pieces.

Dasia: As a business woman/ entrepreneur , Have you faced any set backs or struggles when came to marketing your company ?

Wasimah: I noticed that there is a disconnect with myself and my audience so I am currently working to fill in that void and establish relationships with supporters of my brand.

Dasia: What do you have to say for women who are aspiring boutique owners that want to get started with their own businesses ?

Wasimah: Never give up. Put on your favorite lipstick and hustle !

 

Wasimah wearing Distressed Denim Hoops from Cledgy Customs $20

For more on Cledgy Customs follow them on Instagram at @cledgycustoms and visit www.cledgycustoms.com

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