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Blake Elizabeth Lewis: A Wonder Woman in Fashion

The life of Blake Elizabeth Lewis is proof that positivity goes a long way.  Her passion for fashion and down-to-earth personality makes her a great role model who is easy to love. Blake gave us the scoop on what it’s like working in the background of the Santa Fe Fashion Week and what it means to be independent in today’s society. YHM: Tell us a little about yourself.  What do you do? Blake Elizabeth Lewis: I have worked all over the place when it comes to fashion.  I initially started working at a local women’s boutique and became involved in working on fashion shows that way.   I’ve had experience walking, but I fell in love with working backstage.  I worked my way up to become a Model Coordinator and Event Planner, where I held casting calls for models, organized the models to take their measurements, and generally helped the designers with whatever they needed.  There were close to eighty people working backstage that I had to manage and it was a great learning experience for …

Kicking Stereotypes & Taking Names: Amani Alkhat

Amani Alkhat is not your average college student. This researcher, scholar, public speaker, activist, and writer (whew!) was invited to speak at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance conference at the UN Plaza. We spoke to Amani about her remarkable blog, Muslim Girl, about what it’s like being a young, fashionable Muslim woman in America. She’s got a bright mind full of goals and a heart full of drive, so trust us—one day, she will be in your child’s history book. YHM: Tell us a little about your experiences at Rutgers University and elsewhere. Amani Alkhat: I’ve been heavily involved with Middle Eastern community and with cultural and politically conscious organizations. It was really refreshing to have them on campus; in high school, I didn’t have any communities to connect with. The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) changed my life. I feel like a different person. It exposed me to feminism in all its forms and has helped shape my identity and how I view feminism as a Muslim and Arab woman. YHM: I …

Yasmeen Fahmy’s Notion on Style and Feminism

Yasmeen Fahmy, the well-dressed brains and former blogger of Castle Fashion, is a self-proclaimed feminist, this 22-year-old fashion lover, graphic designer, and illustrator takes your notion of “feminist” and flips it on its head. Who says you can’t fight for women’s rights and care about the economics of clothing while in heels? YHM: When did you start your fashion blog and online presence, and what inspired it? Yasmeen Fahmy: Browsing through my outfit photos I honestly don’t feel like I’m portraying the style that I really love which is sort of a mix of modern pirate clothing, knits, and gold. I have a very average wardrobe, but recently I’ve become more selective about what I accept into my closet. The problem is that I’m very paranoid about what happens to clothing when it’s thrown out or donated. Either it sits in a landfill or it’s sent abroad where it reduces the demand for domestic textile production. So I always end up hanging on to many things I don’t ever wear. As far as what makes me …

Marjuan Canady: The One Woman Powerhouse

Marjuan Canady, actress, playwright, and producer  has a lot to be proud of. She has not one, but two play credits to her name, one of which, titled Girls! Girls? Girls. is performed by Marjuan—and only Marjuan. Her second play, Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale, debuted this January to wonderful reviews. The rising talent took time to speak with YHM about her theater history, the importance of identity and history, as well as gender issues. If anything can be taken away from this insightful young woman, it’s this: love who you are and where you come from, because it’s what makes you, you. YHM: When did you first become interested in acting? MC: I started performing when I was really little. My interest came from my mom, who took me to performances at the D.C. Kennedy Center, and I became really interested in the arts. I went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. for four years studying musical theatre, where I learned not just how to dance, sing and act, but to be more critical about performance and my …

Hey Foodies; Meet Canadian Blogger Mijune Pak

Mijune Pak, owner of the popular craving-inducing blog “Follow Me Foodie,” seriously loves food. With over 9,000 Twitter followers and a huge fan base, this Vancouver native is no stranger to the success that following your passions can bring. YHM spoke with Mijune, who’s a total sweetheart; she dished on everything from organic foods to eating live octopus (check out the video here). With her positive attitude, obvious enthusiasm for food and learning, and her educated views on life, Mijune is certainly a figure to look up to when you’re not sure how to love yourself or your current path. YHM: What is “Follow Me Foodie” all about? Mijune Pak (MP): “Follow Me Foodie” is a restaurant, food, and travel blog. My sister inspired the blog while I was traveling in Europe, where I spent my last semester in university studying and experiencing life abroad. When my sister asked me what I was going to do with the photos I had taken of the foods, I told her I just wanted to remember what I ate! She …

Jennifer Hsieh; Inspired By the Girl Next to Me

Fashion blogger Jennifer Hsieh is an inspirational young woman to look up to. Whether it’s her chic wardrobe that’s got you heading to the mall or her talented photography skills. Hsieh is making a strong statement when it comes to following your dreams. She dishes on her blog JenniHsieh and her plans for the future. YHM: What is your blog about? JH: My blog focuses on my growth in terms of both my personal style and who I am as a person. For the most part I post about the outfits I wear on a day-to-day basis, including outfit details, and what’s going on in my life at the moment.  YHM: Why don’t you blog about celebrity and other fashion bloggers? JH: I see my blog as a personal outlet and I guess I don’t really have an interest in what celebrities are wearing. I do notice what other bloggers are wearing since a lot of their styles tend to inspire me. However, I usually post my inspirations on my Tumblr or Pinterest boards. It’s easier to keep track …