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Follow Your passion || 01

It’s been a year since I graduated college and like every graduate student facing the fork in the road, I’ve had my ups and downs. Fresh out of school I thought I would land the internship of my dreams, move to a big city and live happily ever after, but not everything happens when you want it. 

This blog really saved my life and helped mold me into the person I am today. Honesty, If I wouldn’t have followed my passion and started this blog during my junior year of college, I don’t know where I would be, and it’s funny, because prior to that, I never saw myself being into fashion and photography. It’s funny how things come together 

What I’m trying to say is, you need to follow your passion, but you gotta do it the right way. I had to learn that you can’t just drop everything and chase your dreams or passions, you have to have a plan, you have to let all the right pieces fall in place. Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette said it best, “Let your job fund your passion, until your passion becomes your job”. I was really second guessing things until I stumbled upon that tweet of his. We all go through those phases where we want everything to happen fast or where we feel like we’re not good enough, but everything takes time and you are good enough. 

To make a long story short. Do what you love, follow your passion and never let go of your dreams. Just because you’re not where you want to be doesn’t mean you won’t get there. You may have a job that you hate, but remember, you’re working there to help build  and support your dreams .Work your 9-5 and on your off days work even harder on your passion. Don’t let others steer you away and don’t let obstacles block you, you’re stronger than you think. Just don’t give up, that’s the worst thing you could ever do. 

This blog as opened so many doors for me, from working with some amazing brands to meet amazing some people, but if I would have listen to others or been scared to purse it, I would not be the person you see today. Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be afraid to try. Use your gifts, hard-work and perseverance to help build your foundation. If you do good work and put your heart and soul into it , the right people will take notice.

Your TIME is coming, just keep pushing and persevering until it does. 

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Jillian Mercado of Manufactured 1987

Jillian is a fashion blogger living in New York City. She writes about fashion and writes for a few sites. Currently working for WeTheUrban Magazine

What inspired you to become a blogger?

It’s kinda funny story I used to work at allure magazine and at lunchtime would visit my friend at Sephora at lunch time at time square and there was this make up artist who would constantly tell me to do a blog. At the time I was following other bloggers and would never imagine me having or think that anyone wanted to follow me. I started it and then it’s been extremely amazing since.
What inspires your style?
Many different things inspiring me for example; people. I love to watch people and see how they style themselves and pick and choose things so when I dress I kinda have a little bit of everyone, also architecture and music is something that gives me a huge inspiration for my style.
How has NYC shaped the way you look at the world
Well I am truly blessed to have been born and raised in New York City because there’s so many different people in different cultures and it’s just extremely diverse. You have more of an open mind living in the city because of the diversity. 
What tips do you have for people looking to do editorial and contributing  work for fashion websites and magazines?
Yes actually i do! I always tell this to people that it’s extremely important to intern as much as you can throughout school and go into  school clubs, make your own club, keep yourself active and especially for the fashion industry read magazines to know your stuff because it will help you in the long run.
How did it feel to be featured in ELLE magazine?
I’m honestly still in shock and it has not truly sunken in. I still can’t believe it’s in a real printed magazine especially elle because it’s so well-known, it’s the most amazing thing that has happened to me and I am truly blessed for that.
You and Wille(WeTheUrban) have a beautiful friendship. How did the both of you meet and how is it traveling and going to events with each other ?
He’s an amazing human being I love love going out with him, traveling with him and now working with him! I met Willie because I interviewed him for PMC magazine, I have always been a huge fan of him and WeTheUrban.
You’ve interned at Allure, how was that experience ?
There is many many things I would say about Allure, it was the most life-changing experience. they gave me the biggest gift and welcomed me into their team. They are an amazing group of people that are dedicated 100% to their jobs. Growing up I knew that I wanted a career that I would love and wake up every morning knowing that I had the greatest job in the world! At Allure Magazine everyone looked like that’s exactly, i knew i was going to have the time of my life.
If you could only read one magazine for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Oh well you’re killing me here being a collector of magazines this is the most hardest question haha. I might have to go with W magazine because their spreads are mind blowing amazing and I am more of a visual person, my god those fashion spreads are beautiful to say the least.
Your story is truly inspiring to a lot of people, how does it feel to have a following?
It’s amazing and I honestly never thought that this would happen to me, you know I’m just a girl who really loves the fashion industry and I just want to work somewhere that I love. The feedback from people have just been beautiful, they give me the energy to keep going and continue this beautiful journey.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Oh boy 10 years thats a long time haha that would mean that I would be 36. Hopefully I will still be alive and well in a beautiful apt, working in my spankin new office and probably adopting 10 dogs :)
Do you have any future projects or collaborations you’re excited about?
I do have a few projects that I am extremely excited about. We are going to start to work on issues 7 which is always an amazing experience and I am really excited about doing these photo shoots and directing them.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Tom Ford, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Alice + Olivia, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, and Lanvin.
What’s a typical day like for Jillian? 
Jillian never has a typical day haha there is just a lot of email checking and organizational skills being involved every day
Who’s your icon?
People might literally be extremely tired of me saying that I look up to Grace Connington so much. She is a huge inspiration to me and well hopefully one day will follow her footsteps.
What keeps you inspired? 
My friends and family, they have always been extremely supportive of me. Having people who push you harder and support you is the most amazing feeling and I have that so it inspires me to keep going. 

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Seyi Famuyiwa of infashionitrust

I am a 21 year old 2012 college grad with a B.A in Economics and Administrative Studies. I currently work for an advertising agency in the heart of Los Angeles where I am an Assistant Negotiator. I was born in Nigeria, but raised in LA all my life.

Part of starting my blog is to hopefully inspire people to embrace who they are and who God made them to be. This is something I struggled with for awhile and now that I am fully content with myself, I want others to know that feeling. The other part was really just to share my style experiences with everyone who was willing to take a look. It’s humbling to know that people truly pay attention to what I’m wearing and how they can incorporate certain pieces of my wardrobe into their own. Even at work! Lol

I would say that my style is straight forward. I like what I like. I’m a pretty simple chick, so simplicity is always a go to for me. I’m also a girly girl. So pink, flowers, spring colors, I love it! But, I love my black and white looks. Classic and elegant. I notice my style evolving everyday and I am not one to say no just because I think it doesn’t fit in with what people may think my overall “look” is. One day I could wear a flower printed skirt with a bustier and some sandals. The next, I can be in all black with booties and a beanie. That’s really the beauty of fashion and blogging. There are no limits to what you can do. :)

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Allie McGevna of Allison McGevna

How did you become a plus size fashion model?

I got into fashion modeling somewhat by accident. I had done some modeling in college fashion shows, but when I was in grad school a few years ago, I submitted to an open call for a fit model and I ended up booking the job. I’ve been working hard on my career ever since.


What inspires your style?

I’m inspired by everything around me honestly. My style is a reflection of who I am in the present moment and the many parts of my mind. Sometimes it’s girly, sometimes it’s more edgy. Some days its sexy, other days its trendy. It really depends on my mindset. I take inspiration from the street style of women in cities around the world, as well as the runways … anywhere I can really.


What advice do you have for plus size women who are looking to get into the modeling business?

 I always tell women to really evaluate why it is that they want to get into the modeling business first. If you’re looking for validation, this is not the job to get into. It is very difficult and can be taxing on your emotions, especially if your self-esteem is fragile. The glamorous end of it is a small part – it’s a lot of hard work, rejection, persistence and more. I’ve seen it turn a lot of women bitter because it’s tough to not take criticism of your appearance personally. And half of this job is criticism.


That being said, if you decide it’s for you and that you are ready for it, do your research. Google the industry, read plus model magazine, Slink and Daily Venus Diva and follow the facebook pages and blogs of the top agencies like Ford, Wilhelmina and Dorothy Combs. And don’t just assume it’s someone else’s job to make your career happen or give you feedback.


How does it feel to have a following of people who are inspired by you?

Honestly, it’s amazing to hear from women, and it surprises me every time because I’m just a girl doing this job that is surreal half the time. But honestly, I wouldn’t care if it was 1 person following me or 1 million. It’s the same thing – encouraging women to be free in who they are.


Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

I see myself being a mom and wife to my amazing fiancé first. Second, I see myself having a career that I can say, “I’m so glad I worked so hard back then so that I can have a little more time for my family now.” I would like to have started my own line, written more, traveled more and modeled for amazing companies.


If you could model for any brand who would it be?

Definitely for my own clothing line, which I hope will happen soon.  But I’d love to model for a designer like Chanel of course, or to appear in Vogue.


Who are some of your favorite designers?

My favorite designers right now are Zuhair Murad, Victoria Beckham, L’Wren Scott, DVF, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab.


What’s a typical day like for Allie?

It changes every day, which is something I love. It’s a lot of grinding, networking, researching, practicing and improving.


How do you feel about the state of Plus Size bloggers, models etc.?

I’m very proud of the strides the industry has made and to be a part of something that has grown so substantially. There are so many models and bloggers that inspire me and I love being a part of that collective. We have a long way to go, but I know we will get there.


If modeling didn’t work what do you think you would be doing?

I would most certainly be a writer and television producer, which are my other great loves and are both jobs that I do now in addition to modeling.


Who’s your icon?

That’s a nearly impossible question for me to answer. It depends on what capacity you’re talking about – I admire Oprah, Michelle Obama, Toni Morrison, Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour, Beyonce, J.K. Rowling, the late great Mia Amber, my mom, my friends … the list goes on.


What would you say has been your biggest achievement as a model?

Hmm, that’s also a tough question, but I think getting signed with my current agent, Dorothy Combs Models was a really wonderful moment for me. I think, there was a time in my career when no one thought I would move forward past where I was. It’s nice to prove your naysayers wrong. I hope to continue to do that. I really consider myself an underdog in this industry so I’d like to keep representing for Team Underdog.


What keeps you inspired?

I’m inspired daily by the messages I see from women to myself or my friends in the industry. There were very few women that got the kind of attention that bloggers and models get today when I was growing up and so to see that is amazing. And I’m inspired by the negativity too because you know, that’s a part of it to. Really listening and understanding where your detractors come from. It makes it easier to get through to them. Insults and petty behavior gets crushed by kindness and compassion every time.



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