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Summer Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist Ryan Nickulas


There is no such thing as too many beauty tips, and when you can get them from a celebrity stylist, it’s even better! Ryan Nickulas is the owner of the Ryan Darias salon in NYC. He has styled some of your favorite A-list celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Isaac Mizrahi, and more. Here, we found out Nickulas’ favorite hair trends for the summer, his inspiration, and how he juggles it all.

Cliché: How did you get started as a celebrity stylist? What inspired you?
Ryan Nickulas: When you’re a hairstylist in NYC, opportunities can come knocking at any time, which is why I believe in always being ready, willing, and humble. I met my first big client in a CVS. She was crying and trying to figure out how to cover a major salon mistake with box color. I ended up inviting her to my apartment and fixing her hair. I felt so bad for her. This woman was so thankful she sent me to her boss. She was an actress on a major television show. I still do her hair today.

Who has been your favorite celebrity to work with?
Pamela Anderson is one of the most iconic blondes in the industry. She always keeps it sexy, which is classic in the beauty world.

What is your favorite hair or beauty trend for summer?
Embracing and owning your natural texture is a must this summer, especially when it comes to rocking those beach waves and sun-and-salt-kissed curls.

One thing we all need to know is how to deal with humidity and our hair. Do you have any tips?
Humidity peaks in the summertime, so be sure to learn the best way to air-dry hair. Start with a damp bun, pigtail braids or a beach wave spray; allow to dry naturally into beautiful texture.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?
Trust your gut, because it’s always going to be right. When you are not right, always remember the joy is in the journey.

Embracing and owning your natural texture is a must this summer, especially when it comes to rocking those beach waves and sun-and-salt-kissed curls.

It’s hard to balance a business, twins, and a fitness routine. How do you juggle them all?
Time management and learning to prioritize are priceless, as is going to bed early and getting adequate rest. And having an amazing nanny doesn’t hurt!

We understand that you work for charitable organizations such as God’s Love We Deliver, Green Chimneys, and the Ali Forney Center. What made you work with those organizations specifically?
I chose these organizations specifically because they provide aid for people who are unable to help themselves in their specific capacities, such as homeless LGBTQ youth, which is a cause near and dear to my heart.

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Summer Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist Ryan Nickulas: Photographed by Marco Ovando

Loving Your Hair After A Long Winter


Winter is a hard time for your tresses: the wind is brutal and the dryness in the air does nothing to help. Cotton hats and scarves suck out the little moisture that you have left, and it is simply not the time to go without bundling up. With warmer temperatures approaching, it is vital that you know how to nourish your hair after those cold winter months for some luxurious softness and moisture.

First, you want to moisturize your hair starting with shampoo. Everyone has a different type of hair, and everyone’s hair reacts differently with different ingredients. For example, I use SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention shampoo. It has pure and organic ingredients that are good for my hair, and I feel good putting it in my hair. There are no parabens or sulfates for the ultimate hair experience.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, $11.49,

Second, and most importantly, deep condition often. It will not hurt your hair to deep condition it at least once a week. I use the Palmer’s Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Mask. It is only about $1.95 for one pack and it works wonders. My hair is softer, bouncier, and bigger because of it! It’s very simple: just apply it to your hair, focusing more on the ends (because that’s the oldest part of your hair that needs the most love), place a shower cap on it, sit for 15 minutes, and wash it out. Just like that, your hair is rejuvenated and moisturized.
To top it all off, I use the LOC method. LOC stands for liquid, oil, and cream. This method seals all of the moisture into the hair. The liquid can be any liquid-based product of your choice. I simply use water because it is the ultimate moisture. I then use an oil-based product, such as olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, etc. I prefer a mixture of olive oil and coconut oil. The cream-based products vary even more; there are moisturizing creams, leave-in conditioners, and everything in between. I prefer a leave-in conditioner of virtually any brand. Allowing your hair to air dry after all of those steps will leave your hair with an optimal amount of moisture and softness.
Last but not least, try everything! There is nothing wrong with being a product junkie. You’ll never know what combination of products leaves your hair feeling its best until you try a bunch. Be adventurous and moisturize!
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Jane Iredale’s Spring Collection is a Blooming Beauty


It’s time for some spring cleaning. And yes, I mean your makeup bag! It’s time to put your blues and grays to rest and adopt some fresher and rosier palettes in your collection. With the transition of the seasons, it is important to find a brand that not only makes you feel beautiful, but ensures your skin remains beautiful underneath. Jane Iredale’s Spring Color collection will allow you to bloom for the spring.

Jane Iredale’s collections are all geared towards skin care benefits. They are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. In fact, they were one of the first companies to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
The spring collection features new PurePressed Eye Shadow Triples in two different peach, pink, rosey combos; PureMoist Lipsticks in two new shades; In Touch Cream Blush; and the new Peaches and Cream Bronzer for a natural spring-like glow.
The two PurePressed Eye Shadow Triplets come in two palettes called Pink Quartz and Soft Kiss. Pink Quartz features a matte light pink, shimmery soft pink, and shimmery cool plum, giving an elegant spin to an edgy look. Soft Kiss features a matte warm mauve, shimmery port wine, and shimmery smoky that’s especially beautiful for a night out.
For a pop of lip color, the PureMoist Lipsticks come in two new shades of Susan and Lisa. They have the soothing properties of moringa butter, which provides vitamins A & C, along with coffee seed extract that infuses even more antioxidant protection. Susan is a soft cool pink that is a bit sheer. Lisa is a creamy rose beige for a more nude lip.
Bronzer and Blush are like the icing on the cake—literally. The In Touch Cream Blush comes in a tone called Candid. Candid is a warm, rosy neutral color that is great for easing your way into the spring palette. The Peaches and Cream Bronzer is just that: warm, peachy pink. It’s great for eyes and cheeks to contour and highlight for a luxurious look.
The new spring collection is light, airy, fresh, and blooms with the flowers. As Jane Iredale says, “Let the real you shine through!”
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Jane Iredale’s Spring Collection is a Blooming Beauty. Image courtesy of Jane Iredale.

Hues for Women of Color


Beauty is a vivacious industry: there are thousands of brands, thousands of recipes, and hundreds of things that could be perfect for you. The beauty box is an extremely popular product that gives a woman the opportunity to try new products and figure out what works for her. Makeup, soaps, lotions, and teas are just some of the things that one can find in a beauty box. Reducing product hoarding all while trying every product is a woman’s dream! However, a lot of companies don’t include women of color in that dream; the products don’t complement their skin, work well with their hair types, or reflect the diverse cultures amongst women of color. Worry no more, ladies, because we now have the HuesBox! 

A family-run business, sisters Jasmine and Janae along with their mother Robin Harris have created a box by women of color for women of color. Everything in their boxes is even created by companies run by people of color! They have realized that there is not only a need to have beauty products for African-American women, but for Native American women, Asian women, Hispanic women, and everyone in between.
For only $12 a month, the HuesBox features health, beauty, and wellness products. For example, Carol’s Daughter hair products, whipped shea butter, and herbal teas to name a few. If you find that a product works particularly well for you, then simply go to and order the full size! It’s that simple!
The HuesBox has found a niche that other companies have not yet explored, which gives them an edge. Not only will the HuesBox have success, but the companies that make the products will be catapulted into success along with them.
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Hues for Women of Color. Photos courtesy of: Celisia Stanton Photography

Landry Bender Talks ‘Best Friends Whenever’ And What’s Next


As a bright-eyed and impressionable child, it is everyone’s dream to have his or her very own show on Disney Channel. In my day, we all wanted to visit the Tipton Hotel in Boston while hanging out with Zack and Cody. Now, times have changed and we have some fresh, radiant stars to admire. One of those newcomers is none other than Landry Bender. As bubbly and girly as can be in real life, Bender stars as Cyd on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever. From the normal things like getting into trouble with your best friend all the way to time traveling with your best friend, Bender leads a normal teenage life. Here, we get to know her a little better.

Cliché: You have been a part of several big productions, such as The Sitter and Best Friends Whenever. What has been your favorite role thus far and why?
Landry Bender: I always go to The Sitter first because it was my first role. To have that experience and be able to work with Jonah Hill while everything was so fresh made it my favorite role thus far. Jonah was a mentor and an example to me as to how to handle myself on set and in this business overall. I’m forever grateful to that.
Do you have a favorite actor?
There are so many! First, I really like Betty White because she was my age when she started her career and has maintained longevity. I love Audrey Hepburn, of course, because she’s classy and very iconic. Also Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote Hamilton on Broadway.
Is it true that people called you Laundry Blender when you were in second grade?
I was having a conversation with my agent about it and we decided it was funny to put it as my bio on Twitter. It was just a joke between second graders. I would always laugh it off. It was all in good fun. [Laughs]
What is the best part about being an actress?
I just love the atmosphere on set and I feel so lucky being able to grow up in it. After a while, people really do become a family. It’s super cliché. [Laughs] Everyone says that, but it’s true. I love the atmosphere and the people.
You have done some voice-overs on Lost in Oz and the upcoming season of The Lion Guard. What is the hardest part about doing voice-overs?
I don’t know if I like it better because being in front of the camera is my main love. The hardest part is that it’s almost like doing theatre. Because they can’t see you, you almost have to be even more animated with it. I’m always using my hands and arms to get into character.
You’re only 16 and you have been very successful thus far. With so much potential, what is your dream role?
I have actually been thinking about this lately and I don’t know if I have a dream role. If I had to choose, I would choose someone strong and empowering like a Disney princess or a superhero—something for young kids to look up to would be a dream role.

I just love the atmosphere on set and I feel so lucky being able to grow up in it. After a while, people really do become a family.

In your spare time, what is your favorite thing to do with your real best friends?
It’s so funny when I get asked this because I’m very average. My friends and I watch movies, we go shopping, and we do everything regular teens do. But my life is also unique in that a lot of my friends are also actors, so we oftentimes find ourselves bonding at work and at events for charities we are involved in.
How are you similar or different to your character Cyd in Best Friends Whenever?
It’s cool because I initially auditioned for both parts of Cyd and Shelby. I’m split down the middle. It’s kind of like an “opposites attract” kind of thing. I’m very bubbly and girly while Cyd can be more dark and tomboy-ish. I want to play roles that are unlike myself. What I love about my character is that she’s a go-getter and sets a very good example.
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Landry Bender Talks ‘Best Friends Whenever’ And What’s Next: Photographed by Russell Baer. Hair and makeup by Chechel Joson at Dew Beauty Agency

The Fab Life of Bianca Espada


This past season on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, we all welcomed Bianca Espada onto the scene of figuring out life and success. She’s a fabulous addition, to say the least! Espada has not only taken over our televisions, but she is taking the blogging and fashion world to a whole new level. Assistant to celebrity fashion guru Sonja Benson, Espada can sure teach us a lot about being a successful working woman on the go. Here, we chat with Espada as she continues to make her mark on the world. 

Cliché: How has joining the cast of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills influenced your professional career?
Bianca Espada: It has influenced my career in many ways, such as brands wanting to promote through me and people sending me their products. That kind of stuff has gone up drastically since the show aired.
What was your biggest motivation for you to get into fashion design?
I’m most inspired by travel, street style, and different cultures and backgrounds. Traveling has opened my eyes to the way people dress in different places. Also, New York City is huge and very influential. There are so many creative outlets here so I think my day-to-day life is inspiring.
What is it like being the assistant to a celebrity stylist?
Being an assistant to Sonja is so much fun. It’s the first job I’ve ever had where I get up and I’m excited to go to work. We work with some really fun people and we work with the most beautiful clothes. It’s like playing dress up all day.
Who is your favorite designer?
Hedi Slimane from Saint Laurent. He’s no longer with Saint Laurent, but I think he is amazing.
With tons of options in both New York and L.A., what is your ultimate career goal?
My ultimate career goal is to work on my blog full time and to be able to work with different companies and different brands to promote each other. I think that would be a really fun and exciting job.
Your blog is absolutely amazing and aesthetically pleasing. What are your inspirations?
What qualifies as a good post for me is something that people are asking about on social media—everything from skin care, fragrances, or even the outfits I’m wearing in an episode. I get a lot of feedback from my followers, so that’s the direction I tend to go in.
What are some tips you have for a working woman on the go like yourself?
Always keep a pair of flats in your purse, as well as a nice pressed powder in your cosmetics bag. Also, lip liner goes a long way.
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Photographed by Solmaz Saberi

Getting to Know Genneya Walton


At the exhilarating age of just 17, Genneya Walton can be seen on Nickelodeon, Disney, Netflix, CBS—need I say more? Everything from roles on Netflix’s Project M2 to a role on CBS’ Extant, Walton is being shaped into a multifaceted actress that is raising eyebrows everywhere. A word of advice: book her while you can! We got a closer look at who Walton really is, and of course we could not forget to get a couple of summer hair tips from her! 
Cliché: How did you know you wanted to be an actress?
Genneya Walton: After I finished my first acting job, I knew that from then on this was what I wanted to do.
How are you and your character Bryden Bandweth on Netflix’s Project M2 alike?
We are both very energetic and love social media—Bryden is only more extreme in both ways.
We’ve also seen you on Nickelodeon’s Thundermans, Extant, Jessie, and more! How are you handling all of this success at such a young age?
Success is very subjective in the way that I will not consider myself successful until I reach a goal, but I find that I am very pleased with what I have done so far. It’s super exciting, and I am very grateful that I have been able to do what I love and live a calm childhood.
Is there an actress you admire?
Zendaya! She is not only an amazing person, but she is very talented and I look forward to seeing everything in her future. I would love to work with her one day.
What has been your favorite role thus far? Do you have a dream role?
My favorite role has been Terra on Extant. It was such a different character than what I have ever played, so it made for a very enjoyable challenge, and the cast was amazing and so helpful in my time there. A dream role would be a main in a movie like The Maze Runner.
When you’re not on set creating magic, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love dancing, hiking, and going to the beach.
We couldn’t help but notice your beautiful curls! Care to share some of your summer hair secrets with us?
First off, thank you for the kind words. I use DevaCurl Decadence shampoo and conditioner with the Camille Rose Curl Maker gel and let my hair air-dry!

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Photographed by Lesley Bryce

Adina Porter Talks ‘Underground’ and ‘The 100’


Adina Porter is an exceptionally talented and versatile actress. From her role on HBO’s The Newsroom as Kendra James to her most recent roles on The 100 as Indra and Underground as Pearly Mae, she has had an Obie Award-winning career to say the least. Here, we get a closer look at Porter to get her inquisitive, realistic view on Hollywood and the things that inspire her the most as an actress.

Cliché: Underground has just been renewed for a second season. How do you feel about that?
Adina Porter: I’m very proud of being a part of Underground and what we have accomplished. I think WGN would have been crazy not to renew it because of how successful it is.
Your role in The 100, which is in a post-apocalyptic setting, is very different from your role as Pearly Mae in Underground. How do you channel them both?
Well, I’m no rookie; this is not the first time I’ve had to juggle two different characters. I mean, I didn’t film them at the same time. At the hiatus of The 100, I did Underground, so I didn’t have to shoot them at the same time this time, unlike when I did True Blood and The Newsroom. That was challenging because I played two completely different individuals. In one way, it’s easier now because Indra is a warrior and Pearly Mae is also a warrior, but a different kind of warrior and she needs a different kind of strength. Indra needing a more physical strength and Pearly Mae knows when to take risks and when to pretend. I love that line that [Aldis Hodge] has in the premiere: “We’re all pretending.”
On Twitter, you’ve stated that you are an advocate for equality in Hollywood. What is your take on the lack of representation of certain groups of people?
It was in a response to some fans asking me about the lack of actors of different sexual orientations. I was responding that it is hard for everyone to get a job in Hollywood. I have been able to work pretty consistently in Hollywood and before that in theatre back home in New York. I think we live in a very exciting time where I have survived reality television. This is not an easy business. The nature of life isn’t fair. Don’t give up and be the best you can possibly be, no matter who you are.
What advice do you have for young aspiring actresses?
Because I get asked that a lot, I’ve decided to ask them a question. Why are they aspiring to be an actress or actor? And I would formulate my answer to that. The fame and fortune should not be their motivation. That’s not a good enough reason to be an actor. It is not a good enough reason to keep you going when you have to deal with all of the rejection. I wonder, do people ask surgeons the same questions? If an aspiring brain surgeon asks a brain surgeon for advice, they would say: “You know what you need to do. Study hard; you need to go to school for it. Once you get into medical school and then go through internships, become the best surgeon you can be.” Study all of the intricacies. That’s the way I went. I went to college for it and I studied acting before that, too. Study and continue to practice.
What has been your favorite role as an actress?
My favorite role is always my next role. I am more excited about making sure that I am working again and that I am challenged by the work. Indra, for example, was a different challenge for me. I didn’t realize how physical she would be. Speaking a different language was also very challenging. I just want to be challenged and that way I think I can continue to be good and continue to work—so my next role is always my favorite.
Who is one actor or actress you’d like to work with and why?
Meryl Streep would be the first one I think of. I worked with her daughter on The Newsroom and I was a bit star-struck when I met her. When she shook my hand, I thought, “I’m never gonna wash this hand—this hand has touched Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep’s DNA ran through that hand!” Meryl Streep was quoted in her new biography saying that, “When I heard them call my name, my reaction was that all of the world took a collective sigh and said, ‘Oh no, not her again.’ Being considered the world’s greatest living actress is not a compliment—it’s a curse. It is the bar that has been set that you then have to try to rise above every single time. And it is such a burden for a working actor.” I would be thrilled to work with Meryl Streep because she doesn’t sit on her laurels and she is always trying to be her best.
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Adina Porter Talks ‘Underground’ and ‘The 100’: Photographed by Quavondo

The Future of Journalism


Did you know that the percentage of minorities in today’s newsrooms are at a mere 12%? Lacking diversity, different points of view, and cultures, NABJ/NAHJ was put into place to combat these low statistics. NABJ stands for National Association of Black Journalists, while NAHJ stands for National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Every year these organizations host a massive conference and career fair to increase the opportunity for minority journalists. MSNBC, CBS, Time Inc., Hearst, NPR, ESPN, and many more are in attendance every year to dole out jobs and internships for qualified candidates.

I had the pleasure of attending the conference this year in Washington D.C., and if I had to sum it all up in one word, I would use “game-changer.” Okay, I know that’s two words, but there is no one word that could sum up this amazing event. Not only was every major news company in attendance, but the very people we see on TV reporting news were there: Melissa Knowles of HLN, Cari Champion of ESPN, and Roland Martin of TV ONE just to name a few. It was inspiring and eye-opening to learn how they rose to success. It made us feel like we can actually do this thing. We can actually reach our goals as long as we stay as focused as they did!
Along with these wonderful journalists, you’ll never guess who came to speak at the conference! Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, and Hillary Clinton came to speak! The Hillary Clinton: democratic presidential nominee. Her support of the conference and her inspiring words validated how important this conference was and how essential diversity is for all of us in all careers. Hillary wasn’t the only household name in attendance; we were able to meet Gabrielle Union and Nate Parker from the upcoming film The Birth of a Nation. I’m not ashamed to admit it: I was absolutely star struck! You don’t just see these people walking down the street every day!
I walked away from this conference with a new found confidence in the career path I have chosen. I walked away with a new plan for success. I walked away having had contact with people who work for and hire for the very companies that I dream to work for.
Next year, the conference will be hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 9th – August 12th. By then I’ll be going into my senior year of college and post-graduation plans will need to be made! I absolutely cannot wait to see what it has in store for me!
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The Future of Journalism: Photo courtesy of Yunuen Bonaparte/NABJ NAHJ

Not So ‘Bad Moms’ Take Over


Let’s face it. Being a kid in today’s world is very difficult and very different than it use to be. That makes being good parent that much harder! Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis (Amy), Kristen Bell (Kiki), and Kathryn Hahn (Carla) was inspiring, hilarious, comforting, relatable, and everything in between. It made me appreciate my mom, her crazy rules, her leniency, her mistakes, and all the love she gave me growing up.

Amy is a mom raising her kids in the suburbs of Chicago who can’t seem to catch a break. Being late is her middle name (like my mom lol). A lot like most of our moms she’s trying to make sure her kids are happy, her husband is happy, and her boss is happy. If it isn’t spilling coffee all over her work clothes, it’s side swiping another car and knocking the side mirror off, if it’s not that, it’s falling completely out of love with her husband.
As active as she can possibly be in her children’s lives, Amy is a member of the PTA. Let me stop right here and say that I have never seen a more luxurious PTA in an elementary school in my entire life. It includes 2-3 hour meetings after school, strict bake sale standards, and elaborate powerpoint presentations all hosted by the president, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate). The most perfect mom of them all.
Tired of being judged and walked all over by Gwendolyn, Kiki and Carla decide to be bad moms. They decide to stop doing all of their appointed mom duties, stop going to PTA meetings, stop their kid’s homework, and just live a little for themselves (by a little I mean full on boozed up party animals). This is where it gets really good. Amy decides to run for PTA president and end the perfect standards that Gwendolyn has put into place and ease the lives of busy moms across the land!
Her speech for presidency is what really brought the entire movie together. She basically says that it’s okay to take things one day at a time. It’s okay to have no clue what you’re doing sometimes. It’s okay that you make mistakes and it’s okay that life is constantly changing. What matters is being a good person and pushing on through whatever obstacles we face. For every bad day there is an even better day.

I strongly recommend this movie of course!  It’s totally a chick flick so it would be perfect for a girls night out (without the kids for once lol). I walked away feeling like even though I’m not a mom, it’s okay to be absolutely clueless about where life is taking us. As long as we stay positive and find a silver lining.
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Not So ‘Bad Moms’ Take Over: Photograph courtesy of STX Entertainment

Meet Selfie Queen India Westbrooks


With over 2 million followers on social media and a TV show The Westbrooks on BET, we’ve all been dying to know: who is the real India Westbrooks and how do we get our selfies to look like hers?! From our perspective, she is an inspirational, trailblazing socialite whose future career endeavors, alongside her sisters, will be a force to be reckoned with. Here, we get a closer look at the life of India Westbrooks and her take on the things we’ve all been dying to know.

Cliché: Your social media presence and new show The Westbrooks on BET has opened many doors and opportunities for you. With you only being 20, what do you want to do when you grow up? What is your dream career?
India Westbrooks: Indeed The Westbrooks on BET did open many doors for me and my career. A reality show is definitely the start of my “dream career,” which I don’t really have a name for. I’m 20 and have a great big itch for greatness and success. I aim to one day inspire my generation and all of the young girls and boys who don’t have the confidence to be themselves and just be amazing at it. I haven’t found my specialty in life yet, so for now, my dream career is building my brand. My brand is very important to me because that is my dream “job.” From inventory, to modeling, to speaking to the youth, to endorsements to charities—I mean, my dreams for my name and my brand are endless… and I set goals to achieve those things and work towards it every day.
Who are your major idols and role models?
A major role model in my life is definitely “CrySTALLL,” aka my sister Crystal. [Laughs] Her style, her uniqueness, and her ability to maintain herself in a world full of tornadoes of trends is really something I salute, so I definitely look up to her and her ways. A major icon in my life is obviously QUEEN RiRi herself. Her presence speaks for itself and that’s exactly what I aim to be. Not only is she crazy successful from just being her and doing whatever she wants in life, but she’s also stamped in the fashion world as well and that’s a major goal of mine. I am inspired by everything about Rihanna, and I definitely respect her as a person.
Social media has such an impact on our day-to-day lives, whether they are positive or negative interactions. Do you ever receive negative comments on social media, and if so, how do you handle it?
I’d say my social media comments are about 78% negative, which sucks by the way. [Laughs] But there’s honestly nothing I can do about it because I’m just being me. I learned the best way to deal with negative comments is not to. I may read the harmful words people may say about me, but I’m very confident in the woman I am and what I stand for, so nothing anyone can say can change that. I’m on a mission to better myself every single day. I do make mistakes—sometimes a lot of them—but I can tell you one thing: I’m definitely learning. And I feel like my growth from learning who I am and seeing the bigger picture helps me to navigate my energy away from hateful and harmful things. Instead, I focus on being great.
Your Instagram is filled with gorgeous selfies. Do you have any tips on how to take a killer selfie?
You need amazing lighting, a clear camera, and camera angles on fleek. Also, confidence SHOWS. Take 100+ selfies at a time just for options and choose wisely. Many may look the same, but trust me… There’s that one winner in the bunch!
What do you love most about your career and lifestyle? Is there anything you’d like to change?
What I love most about my career and lifestyle is that I built it on my own. I started building my brand at a young age without me even knowing I was doing so and ended up really creating a position for myself in life to inspire others and make a name for myself. That has created such a pedestal that my followers and fans put me on that I am still to this day trying to live up to.
If there was something I could change, it would definitely be learning the importance of privacy in life at younger age. I was the “I love it so much I wanna show the world” type of person and that definitely has had an effect on my life today, but I’ve definitely learned my lesson. It’s kind of a little too late for too much privacy now with the career I chose, though.
How has The Westbrooks impacted your personal and professional life?
The Westbrooks has first and foremost brought my entire family closer together and hungry to achieve success as a unit, so that is something I’m truly grateful for. My family and I have all grown into true hustlers trying to brand our family name, “Westbrooks,” and seeing that is so dope.
Viewers and reporters have compared you and your family to the Kardashians. Do you think you have any similarities? What about differences?
Being compared to the Kardashians is of course a compliment. My family is greatly inspired by the family hustle they all have and what they’ve grown to be. However, I do feel my family is a lot different than theirs. We’ve built our family name from being an inspiration to the audience and getting people to gravitate towards us, and then we as a family took off from there. We all share the fame and stand as a family
What advice do you have for girls who watch your show and follow you on social media who want to be as successful as you are?
Some advice I have for the youth is to look in the mirror and realize who you are and own it right then and there. It’s so important to understand the importance in embracing yourself and learning what it is YOU want out of your life. Set goals to work towards it and really fuckin’ do it! Once you reach your success, then learn how to keep bettering yourself. There’s always room for improvement. Keep being a better you.
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Best Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day


Father’s Day is literally next week (Sunday, June 19th to be exact) and if you’re like me, you’re panicking because you totally forgot and you have no clue what to buy for Dad! The real question is what does one get for a man who has everything? Well, look no further! We have compiled a list of fantastic (within budget) Father’s Day presents that will make this Father’s Day one to remember.


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Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has not only become a fashion statement, but it has become just as essential as the smartphone itself. The smart watch is elegantly built, compact, and has tons of features Dad will love, like a 10-day weather forecast and receiving a phone call on your wrist. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Price: Starting at $549.99

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Sports tickets
Although his favorite sport might not be in season currently, it doesn’t hurt to give him something super fun and exciting to look forward to! Tickets to watch his favorite team in his favorite sport not only creates lifetime memories, but it creates an excellent bonding opportunity for you and your Dad. I suggest starting on
Price: Varies

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If your dad is more of the dapper debonair type of guy, you can never go wrong with cologne! Sneak it into conversation one day this week about his favorite cologne and go for it. I suggest a Ralph Lauren cologne. They come in different warmths and spices. With all of those options, Dad is sure to love one and everyone will notice how great he smells!
Price: Starting at $48

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Amazon Fire stick
The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device with huge capabilities. Dad can enjoy over 4000 channels, apps, and games including Netlfix, HBO now, Hulu, and more! All you have to do is stick it into the HDMI port in the back of your television and you have endless movie streaming at your fingertips.

Price: $39.99

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Ugg slippers
Soft, comfy, luxurious, soft, and did I mention soft!? Those are just a few things that come to mind when I think of Ugg slippers. Ugg has an entire line of boots and slippers for men and it goes totally unnoticed! Every step you take is like walking on a cloud. What better way to get on Dad’s good side than to make sure he’s walking on clouds?

Price: $100

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For the Dad who is creatively in tune with himself and loves amazing visuals, features the perfect gift for him. Mapiful provides the technology that allows you to choose from any place in the entire world and create a map of it in poster form! If that’s not already super cool, you can get creative by choosing his hometown, his favorite city, or simply the place that makes him the happiest. Every time he looks at it, he’ll think of how lucky he is to have a kid like yourself.

Price: Starting at $60

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