MANE AMBITION: Draya Michele
We’ve all heard the saying ‘girls compete, women empower’ and we couldn’t agree more. It’s an incredible era to be a successful woman, specifically for ravishing women of edge and flare with an unwavering drive. While Draya Michele reigns in media popularity having acquired upwards of 5 million loyal followers, it’s her entrepreneurial ambition that caught our attention.
Draya’s presence is always felt, and her force is one to be reckoned with. She got her entertainment start in reality TV (and by start we mean catapult), but has since candidly disclosed her reality days are far behind her. Though Draya claims being in a reality show only showcased 10% of who she really was, that 10% was just enough to give young women seeking girl-power an immense amount of inspiration. The 30 year old now finds herself assuming the responsibility her booming social media platforms have bestowed upon her. With a swim line that truly is for everyone she’s making a conscious effort to have positive impact. Timing is everything, and now is her time.
MA: Being a busy women what’s your go to hairstyle?
DM: High messy bun with lots of baby hairs.
MA: When you mean business what’s your power hair?
DM: Straight and polished lets people know that I’m serious. It’s my game face hair.
MA: Any hair style you would love to try but probably aren’t daring enough yet?
DM: A really really short pixie cut like Halle Berry.
MA: What does it mean to you to be a She-E-O?
DM: Being your own boss, running your own company, whatever you do, do it the best you can.
MA: She-E-O’s that inspire you?
DM: Victoria Beckham
MA: What do you think makes a great female boss or bosses in general?
DM: Great leadership skills and confidence. In order for people to respect you, you have to be knowledgeable when talking about your business. You have to be confident so you can lead.
MA: Knowing what you know now what would you have done anything differently when you were starting out?
DM: Maybe I would have handled social media differently, a couple of years ago I would have taken it more seriously. Social media is (one of my) most important tools.
MA: How did being a part of ‘Basketball wives of LA’ effect you?
DM: Being on reality tv in general was a growing experience. You start off green, open yourself up the world, it’ll make you or break you. It gave me a thick skin. I am now a very strong person.
MA: The girl world can be catty and in the notorious snobbery of the fashion world and it’s a whole different universe. Have you ever been snubbed? How did you handle it?
DM: I’ll go places where people don’t know who I am, the workers don’t think I can afford stuff or ask (me) for help – I just keep my head up. You can’t expect for everyone to know what you represent. Dealing with people who know you from reality tv is hard. In this world in order to be successful at anything you have to have some people that doubt you. The key to life is figuring out what to do with your haters.
On Mint Swim…
Mint Swim is Draya’s upscale swim wear brand. ‘The Mint Swim girl, is the everyday girl.’ Draya set out to create a swim wear brand that everyone could relate to from sexy bold cutouts to classic high waisted silhouettes the brand even offers plus size options truly accessible to all.
Photographer/Makeup: Ernesto Casillas
Hair: Adrianne Michelle (Haute Headz Hair)
Bangs: @classy.rebel (Bangs)