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Style Diary: Wearing a Balmain Blazer, Rayar Jeans, and Tom Ford Python Padlock Heels to Speak at BET/Centric’s The Round

So earlier this week, I was tapped by the producers of Centric TV’s the Round to tell my story on how I Broke into the Fashion industry.
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Breaking in wasn’t easy! I got my first fashion magazine internship at Paris Vogue, and as I said in my talk, I was tres tres poor.
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I was on the street style beat for Vogue, which meant meandering through the streets, taking pictures of stylish passersby. Because it required a good amount of walking, I wanted to do my rounds in a pair of comfortable yet stylish sneakers. I remember telling one of my co-workers of my desire to get a pair of Comme des Garçons x Converse sneakers that cost about $100 at the time. My coworker breezily said, “If you want it, go and get it.” But I couldn’t afford it. I couldn’t afford anything!
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A few years later, Fashion Bomb Daily became profitable and I was finally able to buy some of the things I drooled over in magazines. I chose this particular outfit to show that even though I was tres poor at one point in my career, I was still able to thrive.
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When I was an intern making 500 Euros per month, wearing anything by Balmain, Chanel, or Tom Ford simply wasn’t possible (as the French love to say, c’est pas possible!).
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But with patience, passion, persistence, and prayer (!), you can have all you want and more.
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Even if you’re in a tough spot or you’re not able to make ends meet, trust that those situations are only temporary. When I was an intern, it felt like I was going to be eating $2 crepes with jambon and fromage for the rest of my life! But if you stay focused on getting better and better each day, you will get there–eventually.
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Love + Light,
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*For my talk, I went for my interpretation of Parisian chic in a Balmain blazer I scored at Net-a-Porter, a Haute Hippie Gold top, and Rayar Jeans chain distressed jeans. I accessorized with Tom Ford Python Heels (also from NAP, I used the APP10 10% discount code via their App!), Chanel Earrings, and a Chanel Bag.

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