Empire Life Fall 2016 - Page 29

NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS "They don't see the late nights that I'm up working on projects, traveling while I'm dead tired and still trying to be a mom and a wife. It looks good on social media but it's definitely not as easy as it looks" WRAP DRESS: STANDOUT STYLE BOUTIQUE As I continue to observe Monique throughout her shoot, I pick up on her personality. She's not high maintenance at all but if she has a question, she makes it a point to ask it. She doesn't even bat an eye when I embarrassingly tell her that there is no dressing room, only a closed off area to change. I found this to be relieving, I didn't honestly didn't know what to expect of a woman who was able to sit on the highly coveted couch of FOX's The Real daytime talkshow after only two years in business. Don't get it twisted though; she's no overnight success. "(People) don't really understand like the hard work and effort that goes on behind the scenes," Rodriguez states. "They don't see the late nights that I'm up working on projects, traveling while I'm dead tired and still trying to be a mom and a wife. It looks good on social media but it's definitely not as easy as it looks." Speaking of social media, if you follow Monique, one can quickly tell how family-oriented she is. Her Instagram gallery is full of candids displaying her husband, who also plays a strong role in operations and logistics, accompanying her on her consistent business trips or her two beautiful daughters hanging out around their Indiana office. "When (my husband and I) travel, we try to like make a date out of it, especially if the kids are not with us," she explains. "We understand that you know our marriage comes first and the business is second." I can tell that Rodriguez is a true businesswoman, one of the causes of her brand being housed on the shelves of major retailers like Target and Sally Beauty. I came to find out this huge opportunity wasn't one that she sought it out, it practically chased her down itself. Rodriguez and her family were coincidentally in Dallas when she received the fateful call to meet executives at Sally's headquarters in Denton, Texas. "Our first initial meeting which was like truly a blessing because that was the day that they accepted us and signed 29 EMPIRELIFEMAG.COM  | FALL 2016