I, like a lot of you out there, love Fashion, I love how what you wear can change your mood, inspire yourself and others. Fashion can make you feel invincible. The history of fashion is fascinating and has helped identify and makes up part of the identity of whole communities throughout the ages.
My special guest today is, the very beautiful and talented, Symone Keisha www.SymoneK.com
1) Hi Symone, walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today.
As of now, I work as a freelance stylist and fashion writer and my first step into fashion was when I started writing fashion week reviews for independent online magazines. From there, I continued blogging and got my ‘first fashion job’ at Miss Selfridge on the editorial and social team. Not long after that, I started freelancing and working for different brands so the idea of styling came to me pretty organically.
2) What would you say has been your greatest achievement?
Writing for various brands is definitely one of them and styling for print and online publications is definitely another.
3) Being a businesswoman like yourself, is rewarding but can be so exhausting. What gives you the drive to continue with your passion?
I’ve always been very dedicated in regards to my career and what I decide to spend my time on so I feel like the ability to keep on driving forward is a natural thing for me. The thought of not achieving what I want in life is enough to keep me focused.
4) Do you think there is enough of a presence of black women in the Beauty, lifestyle, fashion and Hair industry in the UK?
No and to be honest, I don’t see a noticeable amount of change happening anytime soon. I love that there are individuals such as bloggers and female collectives that are paving a way for themselves but whether it will reach mainstream media, I’m just not sure.
5) If yes, at what point in time did you begin to feel that way or have you always felt that way? If no, what do you think is needed for this to change?
The problem isn’t that there aren’t enough black women in these industries, I think the problem is that the people at the top of these industries just aren’t giving black women the opportunities.
6) I would say everyone I know has a hair story, from the first perm to that pink hair dye experiment that still makes you cringe! :-) What hair stories do you have?
I think my worst hair story has to go to the time that I thought that I’d actually be able to pull off bantu knots. Long story short - I couldn’t. It was around a year ago when I styled my hair in bantu knots for date night (yep, I chose a date to debut this really out there hairstyle). He laughed, I sulked and took them out in the bathroom and wore my hair out for the rest of the evening instead. Looking back, I really should have just done that from the beginning haha.
7) I have struggled with a lot of the imported, heavily Americanised beauty products we have access to in the UK. As a woman of colour, have you found these hair & beauty products in the UK were geared towards you as a consumer?
I’ve been natural all of my life so I’ve had a really long and tiring relationship with the hair products available over here. What annoys me is that everything seems to promise the same thing but little to none actually do what they say. It’s taken a long time to figure it out but I’ve finally realised that the only things that work in my hair, and don’t damage it by blocking follicles, are simply Shea butter, coconut oil and water. Natural products all the way!
Make sure you check out Symone and her great blog!