New York Times: Get with the Times with Ashley Graham

Apr 2 2019

A conversation on beauty, entrepreneurship, and breaking stigmas.

I draw a lot of inspiration from entrepreneurial women in the creative industry.

It's been a crazy few weeks for me in the business realm, and I've been looking to study and learn new perspectives from different women who advocate for a variety of social issues, while using their voices and influence to spread awareness.

Ashley Graham is a supermodel, designer, author, podcaster and television host. She’s also a body activist who has reshaped the fashion, media and beauty industries by encouraging everyone to celebrate their authentic selves — no retouching required.

I've had the opportunity to work with The New York Times to be a part of "Get With The Times", a live event series for college students, dedicated to exploring some of the most provocative and timely issues that students face today. The series pairs some of our top journalists with famous figures, who will share their stories and answer questions live the event takes place on a college campus and is broadcast to watch parties hosted on other campuses across the country.

After taking part in the lifestream with Ashley, here were my main takeaways:

  1. It's about the direction you're going, and finding the areas where you can to improve.

    Always ask how you can be be a better version of you every day, everywhere, even when you think you're the best.

  2. You don't have to explain what you're doing to anybody, show them.

    Tell people your dreams, and show them how you've acted on it.

  3. Terms like "plus-sized" divide people.

    Names and narratives put structures in place that set different expectations.

  4. Not everything is going to be yours.

    And that's okay. There's a time and a place for you.

  5. Vocalize how media images bother you, especially as consumers.

    Because brands, businesses, and people really care and listen.

I've been getting back into the habit of listening to more podcasts and interviews for business inspiration. Ever since I've left my first venture, I've been more motivated than ever to continue to learn and gain perspective to build a long-term structure for the next one (which I'm hype to share soon). I've needed a much needed break from agency life, and the transition from agency life to freelance + event planning life has been such a nice and easygoing one. I'm learning a lot about the people I surround myself with, but that will be another blog post for later.

Until then, it's back to the drawing board. I'm crazy excited to meet and learn from other amazing women who own their own voices, businesses, and creativity.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The New York Times Get With The Times and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.