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TANHOLLYWOOD’S STORY UP RAW AND PER SON AL “Through much research, trial and error, I learned the management side of the industry, always having that leadership ability deep inside.” Q: What inspired you to enter the world of fashion? A: My mother. She worked as a cosmetologist and owned her own business. As her clients entered the salon, I would listen in on the beauty discussions. When I was sixteen, I was pregnant, and hid behind the four walls of my bedroom. I was afraid to tell my mom because she was also a Pentecostal evangelist that firmly believed in no sex before marriage. As my belly increased in size, my wardrobe selection decreased. I had nothing that would fit. So I cut up clothing and stitched it back together to stretch the fabric. I started thinking I could become a designer. That didn’t work out. But I began to order fashion magazines that I read front to back, loving everything pertaining to fashion. And the time came when I had no other choice but to tell my mom I was pregnant. We sat down to discuss what I was going to do, and I told her I wanted to be like her and do something related to the beauty industry. After I delivered my son, I had a bright idea to put on a hair and fashion show which would help increase my mother’s volume of clientele. My uncle financed my first show, which sold out. Q: Where did you get your education? A: After graduating from high school, I earned an associate’s degree at Mansfield Business College. As for fashion, I enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago’s online program, and I will soon graduate with a degree in management from Webster University. Q: How did you become so well connected in the celebrity world? A: Actually, I began helping Roland Williams of Youth Lifeline America at his foundation, and it snowballed from there. Ultimately, it’s my personality of authenticity and kindness I think most people gravitate toward. I’m just me, love it or hate it. Q: A: What do you like to do outside of the fashion industry? I love, love, love Sunday School. I have a great pastor. I attend Greater Liberty C.O.G.I.C. Also, I love hanging out with my son, Antoine, decorating, getting facials with my granddaughter and traveling. Q: What are your favorite foods? A: Food? Those that really know me know I’m not a big eater, Each year afterward, I auditioned, trained and produced fashion shows. Aspiring models, family and friends would catwalk for entertainment. Through much research, trial and error, I learned the management side of the industry, always having that leadership ability deep inside. but I love celery sticks and salmon. I’m not much of a meat eater either (no pork, beef, hardshell fish). Q: A: Q: A: What gives you that drive in the industry? I simply love the industry; I think volunteerism is great as well. I do get contracted for many assignments because I am so confident and organized as a manager and leader. 34 GAZELLE STL Are you married? No, I’m single (maybe one day). SAVVY SOPHISTICATED SASSY