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SE2: 6:- Debbie Shasanya- #FASHIONGIRL: How to have the courage to leave your boring "comfortable" job to pursue your dream fashion career!!

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 6 of #WEARYOURDREAMS, hosted by Alice Oluyitan and featuring inspirational conversations with girls in business.

This week, Alice has a chat with Debbie Shasanya, who is an established magazine assistant at ASOS. Since joining the ASOS team in 2011, Debbie has starred in Coco-Cola print adverts for ASOS, and has modelled for brand campaigns. We LOVE Debbie's inspirational career journey- She started off working in a job that she wasn't passionate about and decided to pursue her dream! Debbie is currently living her dream and working as an ASOS insider, as well as building a successful following on her stylish Instagram

Here’s what we learned from Debbie:

  • Like many graduates coming out of fashion related degrees, Debbie struggled to find a career in fashion. It's a saturated and competitive industry, but you shouldn't let this scare you. Debbie advises our listeners to engage with social media platforms by establishing your brand, voice and identity on Instagram and Tumblr. It's important to make yourself stand out!
  • If you are working a job that doesn't excite you, then ask yourself if it is the right career for you. Debbie found that working in the Police Communicator's Office did not satisfy her passion. She trusted her heart and followed her roots back to the fashion industry, and now she couldn't be happier!
  • Seize the day and make the most out of opportunities. During Debbie's year of unemployment after leaving the police department, she secured herself an internship at ASOS within the fashion team. Her hardwork, passion and eagerness to help others resulted in her referral for more intern work, which eventually led to her being offered a full-time job. Be proactive and don't wait for opportunities to walk into your life! Go pursue them!
  • An important thing that you can do while you are searching for your dream job is market yourself through social media. Connect yourself with other creative individuals, and surround yourself with industry-relevant people! Networking is so important as it makes people take you seriously. Treat your Instagram as a visual CV and make it reflect the type of person you are, and the work that you are passionate about.

Debbie's Triple Love Round Answers:

  • A magazine she loves: Magnify Magazine
  • A quote that she loves: ‘Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.’ - Marilyn Monroe. Debbie believes that life has its ups and downs, but better things are always around the corner.

Want to learn more about Debbie Shasanya?

To learn about Debbie's style ('Solange meets Hillary Banks'), hear about how she changed careers at a crucial point in her life, and how she developed her intern experience to become a magazine assistant at ASOS, listen to the full #WearYourDreams episode!

What did you think of our convo with Debbie? Let us know by leaving a comment below or tweeting at @gbemigirls!

Want to learn more about Debbie Shasanya?

  • Follow her on Instagram (@asos_debbies) and prepare to be in awe of her perfect style!

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SE 2: 9:- Chiara Totire - #FASHIONGIRL: From Pharmacy to VOGUE!!

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SE 2: 8:- Sharmadean Reid - #CREATIVEGIRL: How to have an EPIC launch and Build the COOLEST Nail Brand in Britain!

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 8 of #WEARYOURDREAMS, hosted by Alice Oluyitan and featuring inspirational conversations with girls in business. This week, Alice has a chat with Sharmadean Reid, a London-based Creative Consultant & Stylist, and Founder of the ultra trendy business, WAH nails. Sharmadean is passionate about beauty, art and technology, and this is reflected in her self-made business! The visually creative and psychedelic nature of WAH nails reflects all things Sharmadean, including her taste in fashion and her personality! As a female entrepreneur, she has stayed true to her brand, and is the definition of a #girlboss! Here’s what we learned from Sharmadean: Before creating her own business, Sharmadean worked in fashion as a Stylist and Brand Consultant. She was surrounded by fashionable and creative influencers, and this inspired her to launch her own successful brand. She received great experience and picked up valuable skills that enabled her to make her creative vision possible. She learnt how to create a name for herself and how to market her brand!  From working in fashion, Sharmadean developed an appreciation for colour coordination and accessories. She appreciates prints, patterns and textures. She especially loves transforming her favourite art into unique nail designs. Sharmadean is fearless in her creativity; she loves to create new, innovative designs that no one has been brave enough to try before! Sharmadean encourages our listeners to keep talking about their dreams! Be excited about your brand, and other people will be excited too! By throwing herself into different work environments, Sharmadean learnt how to get influential people interested in her brand. She created a tight network of people in fashion, art and music, and was able to get everyone talking about her brand!  Sharmadean's entrepreneurial journey is one huge learning curve. It is both a creative and self-developing process! Being your own boss means teaching yourself whilst also teaching the people around you. It's a hands on job, but a completely worthwhile effort! Sharmadean's Triple Love Round Answers: A book she loves: Zero to One by Peter Thiel. This book gives great advice on how to start your own business, and is a must-read for any budding entrepreneur! A quote that she loves: ‘Sleep is for billionaires’. Sharmadean explains that business is a hustle and you must ALWAYS be proactive- you haven't got time to rest! A woman who inspires her: Lynne Murray, she's a businesswoman who works on projects surrounding augmented reality technology- such an innovative and exciting idea! With Sharmadean's passion for digital, it's no surprise that she finds Lynne inspiring! Want to learn more about Sharmadean? Check out the WAH nails website for awesome nail art inspiration! You can also follow Sharmadean on Twitter and Instagram! (@sharmadeanreid). What did you think of our convo with Sharmadean? Let us know by leaving a comment below or tweeting at @gbemigirls!
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SE 2: 7:- Allia Al Rufai - #FASHIONGIRL: Self taught fashion stylist is India's most sort after Fashion Influencer!

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 7 of #WEARYOURDREAMS, hosted by Alice Oluyitan and featuring inspirational conversations with girls in business. This week, Alice has a chat with Allia Al Rufai, a Fashion Stylist and Consultant based in India. From working on a Bollywood Movie set, her skill and passion was instantly recognised and she soon started working as a Fashion Assistant at Harper's Bazaar India! She has since worked her way up the ladder, working impressive roles as Chief Stylist and Fashion Editor, whilst simultaneously managing the Magazine's Mumbai office! Here’s what we learned from Allia: Don't give up on your dream. Although Allia was passionate about fashion from a young age, she never studied fashion. Instead she completed a Masters degree in Commerce and an International Understanding Course in India. An opportunity came along to intern for a Bollywood movie, and Allia decided it was the right time to pursue her true passion. The movie was about the fashion industry. Not only was Allia exposed to the world of fashion, but she got to work with the best models, photographers and designers in India. Although the hours were long and the work was hard, Allia always worked with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. This resulted in Allia being recommended for more brilliant job opportunities!   Always work with a positive attitude and be willing to adapt to new situations and environments. Soon after Allia's costume design internship, she was approached to work for Harper's Bazaar. She worked her way up from a runner, to a fashion editor to a fashion stylist! Naturally, this involved a variety of roles and challenges, each of which Allia accepted. She valued the different learning experiences that each role offered!   Always be a step ahead of the game! Allia discusses the competitiveness of the fashion industry and how you have to make yourself really stand out in order to get noticed. Allia advises girls that want to break into the industry to do their research and stay on top of the latest trends. Be attentive to relevant blogs and magazines to constantly expand your knowledge of the fashion industry!   Watch and learn from the people around you. Always look for opportunities to learn more and develop yourself into the best you can possibly be. Allia's Triple Love Round Answers: A blog she loves: Whowhatwear! A relatable blog that every girl can identify with. A quote that she loves: “I believe that you should give away everything that you know, and more will come back to you.”  Allia loves to share her knowledge and inspire people. She believes holding on to things doesn’t leave room for growth. The more you give away, the more you keep your mind open and free, and allow room for new knowledge! A woman who inspires her: Her mother! A key figure in Allia's life who has constantly guided, encouraged and supported her dreams. Want to learn more about Allia Al Rufai? Check out Allia's website to see her exciting work projects and advertising campaigns! You can also follow her on Instagram to see her own personal style, which we absolutely adore! (@alliaalrufai)