Fly, fresh & fashion forward describes 23 year old blogger, Amber Alexander! Originally from Brooklyn, New York Amber is the creator of the dope blogazine Beauty & The Street. In an efforts to fill a void of online publications for eclectic urban young women of all shades who are passionate about style, music, beauty, and women’s topics, she launched Beauty & The Street.
Amber’s blogging has earned her an honorary feature in legendary designer Thierry Mugler’s ‘Womanity’ campaign, Orbit Gum’s blogger campaign, a slot to do exclusive coverage at Rebecca Minkoff events with selected bloggers, Fashion Week, and a cameo in The New York Times blog ‘The Local’ in 2010.
She’s also held internship positions at various companies within the fashion/beauty industry including Purple Lab NYC, Funky Fanny’s Vintage and Teen Diaries Online in addition to personal assisting for former high-fashion model Lois Samuels on her self-titled line The Vessel by Lois. Being passionate about music and culture Amber also regularly contributed to ground-breaking movement Afropunk’s official website and Brooklynbodega.com. Recently she’s been featured on The Fashion Bomb, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and Ebony.
Let’s get to know Amber a little better….
What originally motivated you to jump into the creative field of fashion & blogging?
Initially I just wanted an outlet to talk about celebrity style and gossip, so I started a blog. At the time it was simply for fun!
Beauty and The Street is a dope fashion and lifestyle blogazine, what inspired you to launch your site?
Why thank you! At one point I used to read a million blogs and though I enjoyed them all, none spoke directly to me. As a young woman of color with multiple interests and an unconventional perspective on style I felt it was my duty to fill the void.
In fashion it’s important to stay fresh and current, how do you keep your creative juices flowing?
Well, I don’t watch tv or read magazines so I just allow my everyday experiences to inspire me. I enjoy people-watching in NYC, reading a ton of books, watching retro flicks, and listening music (my favorite). Those things get my juices flowing daily.
Describe your style.
Wow that’s such a hard question for me, because I look different all the time. I would call myself urban-eclectic. I tend to pull from different types of style whether it’s street, punk rock, bohemian, etc and blend them all together. I’m pretty much a chameleon.
What has been the highest point of your career so far and why?
Thus far the highest point in my career honestly is hearing great feedback from readers who felt like they never fit in anywhere. I’ve always felt like an odd-ball and it is nice to know that young women like myself can connect with Beauty & The Street. It’s the best feeling in the world!
We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?
I admire my parents because they taught me the importance of entrepreneurship, my twin sister because of her impeccable style, and my young sister for not giving a damn what anyone thinks. Those are all great characteristics to have, especially in the fashion industry.
Where do you see yourself and Beauty & The Street in the next 5 years?
In 5 years I see Beauty & The Street as THE go-to online destination for fashion and culture with staffed contributors on board. There’s more but you will see for yourself 😉 Personally, I would like to be deeply active in my community there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the inner city.
We’re all about empowerment at C.O.R.E Mag, what does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means to know who you are, ignoring naysayers and going after what you truly deserve. After all, no one else will do it for you!
Fun Faves!!- Food? Song? Artist? Celeb Crush?
Roti and Jerk Shrimp, I’m West Indian so I love Caribbean cuisine.
I don’t have a favorite song but as of late I have been listening to Frank Ocean – Pink Matter often.
Ehhh, I am not crushing on any celebs per se but Nas is pretty hot lol
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