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Meewha Bell X Maria Miller!

Dreaming about diving into the fast-paced industry of fashion? Well, you’re in luck! Our teen writer Maria had a chance to pick the mind of the creative Meewha Bell who has carved out her path in the inspirational field of fashion, style + art.  See the gems of wisdom Meewha left behind with Maria after they chatted it up in NYC!

Who influenced you to choose this particular career path?

I can’t say one particular person influenced me. When I was going to college I didn’t know what I wanted to do and waited until the last minute to declare my major. Then when I declared it, it was too vague so when I graduated I still didn’t know what to do. At the time I had worked a lot in fashion and it became a passion of mine so I decided to pursue a career in fashion. So it wasn’t one particular person or thing that influenced me. It was more of me following my instincts and what I felt was right for me.

What do you love the most about Product Development and Design Innovation?

I like being creative. As a product developer you are the liaison. You are the business designer. You work heavily with the design. They bring ideas, designs, concepts and sketches to you. Then we work with everyone to bring them a product. After that we go through the edits and necessary changes. My absolute favorite part, however, is developing the design.

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You had 3 internships, two in London and one in Paris. Which did you like the most? And which did you learn the most from?

I liked them both. They were both very different. The one in Paris was for a black designer originally from Chicago . He was in charge of the specialty collection for a small company called Lee Cooper. Working with them I was the design assistant. It was very hands on, which is something I loved because I got to be really creative. In London it was very different. It was more corporate and big scale. I made a lot of good connections, but it wasn’t as hands on. However, I built a really good relationship with our designer so I exposed myself to a lot of design projects. I put myself out there. I saw how big corporations would run their office. I learned the most from the London internship because I learned the importance of building relationships. I went from a little intern to an assistant manager. I learned that in order to succeed you really need to get out of your comfort zone.

What would be your dream company to work with at the moment and why?

A small company, but also a company that focuses on the artistry of fashion. I would love to work with companies like Marchesa which specializes in beautiful gowns. There is also a designer based in Greece who is amazing. He makes a lot of beautiful gowns and he recently started doing ready to wear that are based off his evening wear collection. They are interesting looking ready to wear dresses that you could wear in the daytime. Those are definitely two companies/people who I would love to work with.

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Do you someday hope to have your own company?

I’d love to have my own company. If you’d ask me this five years ago or when I graduated college I would have said absolutely not. There’s pros and cons of having your own business, but after being in the fashion industry– in the job market period– and seeing how much time I put into work, I realized I really have to love what I’m doing. And what better way to love what I’m
doing if I’m doing it for myself. What’s the point of putting all your time and energy into something, just to make someone else’s dream come true. It’s definitely a lot of responsibility, but
it’s your baby. If your company is successful than so are you and everyone who helped create it.
But if something doesn’t go according to plan, then it’s your money and hard work gone to
waste. However, at the end of the day if you love what you’re doing it won’t even feel like work.

Has your minor in African, Black and Caribbean studies helped your career?

I don’t think it necessarily helped me in the design aspect, but it definitely helped me in the people, management and relationship aspect. In business you have to know how to deal with people. This minor helped me understand different people and the importance of understanding
different cultures.

Has there been a moment where you believed this career would be impossible to achieve or that you should try to pursue a different career path?

meewha5Many times. There was one specific moment where I felt like pursuing something different. The evolution of my job at that location had me thinking that maybe this wasn’t the right career for me. I wanted to be really creative all the time not just some of the time. I wanted to be be heavily involved in both the creative and business process. I like having my opinion heard. I like giving influential feedback and at the time I wasn’t expected to give my opinion so no one would ask me. It was incredibly frustrating on my part because I have a background in business. Some of the things they were doing didn’t sit well with me, but I had no say in the matter. I needed a different position or a different industry which is something I later realized.

If you had a chance to go back and do something different in your career, what would it be and why?

I definitely would have stayed overseas to explore more, but that’s pretty much it. All my bumps in the road have led me to where I’m now and everything has been a learning experience for me so I don’t really regret anything.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I’m going back to school and majoring in graphic design. I was torn between the graphic and fashion design, but the more I talked to people in both industries I felt graphic was the right place for me. It was something different. It was also something I feel I could tie back to the fashion industry. Many of my friends in the fashion field have told me I don’t need a degree in fashion. I personally know after taking classes in fashion that I like it enough to teach it to myself. I want to pursue something new.

Many people believe fashion design is one particular field. That there are not other areas to tap into. If that’s true, could you give examples of what you could do if you’re not actually designing in the fashion field?

There’s a lot of different avenues and ways to be creative. It all depends on what you like and are good at. We have fashion marketing,PR, technical design and so many other options. It’s also up to the company and its role. One thing I did learn is that you don’t necessarily have to be an artist to be in the fashion field. That was actually one of the reservations. I’m no artists and there are definitely some designers who can’t draw, but have great ideas. It’s all about finding ways to communicate your ideas and working with people who could draw.

If you had to give advice to any young person who might be interested in the fashion industry what advice would it be?

There are ways around things you may think you are not good at and could potentially stop you from succeeding in a particular industry. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to know what you’re good at and use that to your advantage. Be confident. Whatever you do, you will learn something. Whether it’s by hitting and missing or succeeding, it doesn’t hurt to just go for it.

 

Interview by Maria Miller

Featured Girl Of The Week!

Name: Semhar Solomon

Age: 17

City: New York City

Grade: SENIOR

 

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What is your dream job and why?
My dream job would have to be a pre-teens counselor. I love working with kids and acting as a support system for them. I know what it’s like to form a great bond with a counselor/mentor and I want other kids to have that experience.

Which hobbies do you enjoy?
Some of my favorite things to do would have to be binge watching old t.v series on netflix, listening to music (R&B and hip-hop), and shopping.

Who is your biggest crush?
My biggest crush would have to be Jesse Williams, A.K.A Dr. Jackson Avery from Grey’s Anatomy!

What’s your fave song to jam out to right now?
Right now my favorite song would have to be Caroline by Aminé.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about the world it would have to be the new president of the United States. I wish Obama could have stayed in office forever.

What does Empowerment mean to you?
To me Empowerment means realizing one’s strength and confidence. Using that power to positively voice any issues or concerns.

What are your plans after high school?
After High School I plan on going to away for college, preferably to an HBCU but I’ll be keeping an open mind about that.

Who is your role model and why?
My role model would have to be Madam C. J. Walker. This woman was an African American entrepreneur and was the first self-made millionaire. Walker started off with nothing and built an empire selling hair products. Being both black and a woman definitely made it harder but she didn’t let that stop her future success. If she can do all of that in the early 1900s I feel I can do anything I set my mind to.

How have you helped someone in your life lately?
I’ve recently been busy helping a close friend plan her 18th birthday party, which I believe should turn out to be a huge success!

Beautifully Bold Recap!

CORE Magazine was thrilled to host our Beautifully Bold NYC teen panel event at Unarthodox in Chelsea during the holidays! On Saturday, December 17th from 1p-4p we had an afternoon of interactive tutorials, a panel of beauty influencers, and flavorful favors geared towards young ladies. Check it out!

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Photo + Video Credit: EJ White

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#NYC Teens! Get ready for the holidays with CORE Mag at our Beautifully Bold NYC event on December 17th from 1p-4p! Dope tutorials, beauty panel and of course fresh goodies will have you kicking off the New Year right!

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Not a teen or don’t live in NYC? See how you can sponsor an young lady to enjoy an afternoon of empowerment + beauty when you RSVP at BeautifullyBoldNYC.eventbrite.com.

 

Featured Girl Of The Week!

Name: Maria Miller

Age: 17

City: Brooklyn, NY

Grade: 12th

What is your dream job and why?
My dream job has changed a lot over the years, but for now I think I would like to be a columnist because I like to listen to people’s problems and try to give them advice. I feel as if I would be able to help individuals and hopefully change their life for the better.

Which hobbies do you enjoy?
I like to read(mainly on wattpad), listen to music, watch movies/T.V shows, and hanging out with my friends.

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Who is your biggest crush?
Chris Hemsworth

What’s your fave song to jam out to right now?
It’s so hard to choose only one song so I hope we could compromise to two songs. The first being Weight in Gold(Ekali remix) by Gallant. And the second being You Don’t Own Me by Grace.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would change the effect media has on people. Media is a great thing, but sometimes it portrays unrealistic things that has a negative effect on young girls. That leads to so many issues that range from low self esteem to eating disorders and so many other problems.

What does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means not letting others put you down. It means confidence and self appreciation.

What are your plans after high school?
After high school I will go to college. I’ll figure out the rest of my life as I go along since the best things are unexpected. Hopefully my life will be full of exciting adventures. I would hate to get to a certain point in my life and realize that I have done nothing except play it safe.

How have you helped someone in your life lately?
I gave my fries from Mcdonalds to a homeless guy who was asking for money to buy food.

Who is your role model and why?
My role model is my mother because she always encourages me to do better. Even when we argue I know she only wants the best for me.

Welcome, Maria!

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Dope Girl, Xandria!

We’re swirling with tons of fresh energy and bloggers at C.O.R.E Mag this year! Xandria will be dropping knowledge on personal + social issues that teens constantly deal with on a daily basis. We’re excited to have her thoughts and tips on board for C.O.R.E Mag!

Let’s get to know Xandria a little better…

Name: Xandria Remi Milligan
 
Age: 17
 
City: New York City
 
Grade: 12th
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What is your dream job and why? My dream job would be a television or radio show host because they get to speak their mind and have a lot of confidence to present to a large audience face to face.  They also meet lots of different interesting people which I think is a nice part of that job.
Which hobbies do you enjoy? Playing video games, specifically Sims 3 and Grand Theft Auto, and making snapchats.
 
Who is your biggest crush? Chris Brown
 
What’s your fav song to vibe out to right now? Thank You Biggie by Dom Kennedy
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 If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I would take away negativity because I think that is what’s ruining the planet.  People feel negativity towards other people, who are also negative to the environment.  In a positive world, relationships between humans, animals and nature will prosper
 
What does empowerment mean to you? Empowerment means to positively impact ones life in which uplifts them to continue to contribute positively to themselves and society.
 
What are your plans after high school? After high school I plan to go to college to get my Doctor of Pharmacy degree so I can practice pharmacy in the United States.
 
How have you helped someone in your life lately? I helped someone who was lost, find their destination.
 
Who is your role model and why? My role model is forever going to be my mother because she is really strong.  She has made so many sacrifices just so her children could have a chance at a better life and for us to be happy.
Welcome, Xandria!
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Dope Girl, Ryan!

It’s time to kick off 2016 with fresh energy + hot style here at  C.O.R.E mag! We’re thrilled to introduce Ryan as one of our stylish fashion bloggers for this year! She’ll be keeping you on board with the hottest trends and style secrets to keep you fresh throughout your semester.

Now, let’s get to know Ryan a little better…

Name: Ryan White

Age: 17

City: New York

Grade: 12th

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What is your dream job and why?

I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer because I love art and I think it’s even better when you can wear it. Who doesn’t want to strut around in an art piece !?

Which hobbies do you enjoy? I enjoy both drawing and sewing.

Who is your biggest crush? My biggest crush is Adonis Bosso. <3

What’s your fav song to vibe out to right now? My favorite song right now would be Luxury by Azealia Banks.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I would change the way the world views young women, mostly the double standards.

What does empowerment mean to you? To me empowerment means strength, courage and wisdom because those are the important things needed to grow in life.

What are your plans after high school? I want to go to college and continue to focus on my career in the fashion industry.

How have you helped someone in your life lately? I participated in giving out canned food for the less fortunate on Thanksgiving.

Who is your role model and why? My mom because she works hard while being feminine & that’s how I want to be.

 

Welcome, Ryan!

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Meet Tai Beauchamp!

Stylish, smart + business savvy  are all of the qualities of veteran journalist + editor Tai Beauchamp! Known for her savvy sense of style and ability to deliver inspiring and aspirational insights, women of all ages recognize her as the voice of stylish living.

Hailing from NYC Beauchamp earned a B.A. in English literature from Spelman College and attended New York University’s Television Production program.

Beauchamp launched her editorial career interning at Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and went on to work as a beauty editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, Suede, and Seventeen. She later served as the deputy editor of VIBE Vixen and style contributor to www.ivillage.com.

Today, Beauchamp is Style Ambassador of InStyle, a lauded host, beauty and style authority, and CEO of Tai Life Media, LLC. Tai has partnered with some of the most reputable consumer and retail brands including Dior Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Tacori, Target, and Proctor & Gamble where she served as spokesperson of P&G’s My Black is Beautiful Movement. She appears regularly as a correspondent on network and cable television for the likes of ABC, CBS, BET, TV One and shows including “The Today Show,” “Good Day New York,” “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Talk”, “Bethenny” and the “The Wendy Williams Show.” Tai has also hosted The Grammy and Academy Awards red carpets and is a powerful public speaker.

She is also a social entrepreneur and champion for causes, most of them aimed toward youth and education and empowering women through fashion and beauty.

Let’s get to know Tai a little better…

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You’re an amazing journalist and editor who has worked with a variety of top media outlets! How did you first dive into your career?

Interning is the most critical experience a young person can have when pursuing any industry or career. And not just for the obvious reasons. Sometimes you are fortunate as I was to find something and an industry I loved but sometimes interning can be about learning what you don’t want to do–it can be a process of elimination. Interning is also about building relationships and meeting people in your industry who might be future bosses, colleagues, mentors, etc. Internships also help individuals understand how to operate in a professional environment. My first internship in publishing was a full summer internship at Good Housekeeping. At the time Hearst Magazines had an organized summer internship program for about 30 young people. I worked really hard and built solid relationships during that internship that I still have today. I interned the following summer at Harper’s Bazaar. And when I graduated the following year, O, The Oprah Magazine was just launching and that’s where I began working officially in publishing as the fashion/beauty assistant.

Having an extensive background in style & beauty what is one fashion & beauty tip that you live by?

True style is individual…there is no set formula for style. Use your style to say something fabulous to the world.

Life can become stressful specially when you’re achieving your dream, how do you regroup & stay focus?

This is a tough one because I believe that no matter how perfectly wrapped things may seem on the outside, nothing is perfect! It’s certainly challenging for everyone, no matter where you are in life. Whether you are a company CEO, a manager, or an intern, there are and will be challenges. There are a few things I do to recharge and stay focused.

1) I pray and meditate daily.

2) I workout at least 4-6 x a week.

3) I surround myself with people who believe, champion, and support me and my dreams. These are my “riders”! When I don’t have the strength or vision on a day, they remind and ultimately rally me.

4.)I take inventory and stock of my goals at least quarterly. This is a good way to not only evaluate your progress but to determine if there are other avenues I should consider.

5) I get out of dodge! I love and know how to check out. I can’t do it often but I’m a big believer in taking time away from it all! And I do it as often as possible.

6) I mentor. People think that to be a mentor is all about giving. Truly, mentoring is as much about giving as it is receiving. I learn so much from the young people that I mentor. And at the end of it, however, these young people are also my inspiration to keep going.

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What is your ultimate goal you would like to achieve in this lifetime?

There are so many things I want to achieve…spiritually, personally, and professionally. All my goals for the most part, center around touching as many lives as meaningfully as possible. I do look forward to being a wife and mother…it’s about that time.

Being a teen can be tough when you’re growing up, what was the most vital lesson as a teen you learned that carried into your adult life?

The most critical lesson I learned as a teen that I didn’t necessarily believe at the time but know it is true today is cliche that so many parents still stay “you are the company that you keep”. I’m still best friends with two of my childhood best friends. But even more than that, I know that the people I surround myself with are a reflection of who I am andmy style. Keep good people around you!

We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?

I don’t know if I “pull characteristics” from others as much as there are qualities I respect and admire in others. Some of the people who inspire me are my grandmom, Oprah, Ryan Seacrest, a dear friend who is like a little sister to me, Clementine Wamariya and so many of my friends that are truly too many to write. They all inspire me for different reasons. My grandmom inspires me because she has always been a beautiful spirit with a warm heart. She’s also the strongest and most resilient person I know! Oprah because I so admire her as a business woman, philanthropist, champion of women and brilliance. He has redefined what it means to be a super producer. Clementine is like the Buddha come to real life…she exudes peace, love and grace and makes me to want to be more peaceful, loving, and gracious. And I’d also say my godchildren because their happiness is contagious.

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Time for the Faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

Celeb…hmmm Brad Pitt, I think. I can be a bit fickle…after “Happy” came out, it was Pharrell…I’m sure it will change again.

Favorite artist, I’m blasting Beyonce, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, and Pharrell right now…I wish I could get them to put something out together…all four of them.Sushi, I could each sushi everyday!

The Bourne Series is my favorite movie…

TV Show…Scandal.

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Weekend Steez!

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Happy Weekend, babes!

*Art of War Event NYC *

C.O.R.E Mag & Creative Dreamers hosted  the Art of War Art Battle fundraiser event to aid us to fund our on-site programs for teen girls! It was held at China Latina lounge in Manhattan, NYC and featured 4 different visual artists and 2 musical guests. The full recap vid is coming soon! Check out all the fun and support that was shown for our cause!

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Our amazing artists with C.O.R.E & Creative Dreamers

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Ja’Shayla, our musical guest

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Life of Riley band musical guests

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