There are some people you come across in life that seriously blow you away. I, myself, am not impressed easily so it’s a rare thing for me to come across. When Abie and I formulated our business plan, there were questions about whether we were being too picky with the brands and people we chose to interview.
But that’s the way we want to do it.
We don’t want to interview people just to interview them. We select our brands/people based on whether or not they inspire us or we feel passionate about what they’re doing. For example, I love working with Defend Paris because of the message they are trying to get out there. At the end of the day, our goal is to expand creative minds and connect artists to one another.
Now, let me finally introduce someone who’s one of my biggest inspirations: Alexa Curtis of Life in the Fashion Lane.
Alexa and I began following each other years ago on Instagram. Over the years, I watched this stranger’s blogging career blossom. As you all know, I’m obsessed with Tavi Gevinson, so I really enjoyed watching another brilliant young teen flourish in her writing career.
We didn’t meet until June 2014. I was at SoHo house with my good friend, Ben, when someone at the table behind us called my name. Lo and behold, it’s my mysterious Instagram friend. We chatted for ten minutes and promised to meet up again soon.
When we finally got together, it was an instant connection. Within 10 minutes, we were talking about everything from fashion to boys to NYC restaurants to living on our own at such a young age. From the way she handled herself and spoke in such a refined way, I assumed she was in her twenties. Her answer shocked me.
“Seventeen”, she whispered with a mischievous smile.
She went up about 10 notches in my book. We talk at least 3x a week and I consider her to be one of my best friends. I am so pleased to showcase her brilliance to my lovely readers. Thank you again, Alexa :*
M: To start, please tell us about yourself.
A.C.: My name is Alexa Curtis and I’m a 17 year old fashion blogger, journalist, and ex- model!
M: What do you do exactly?
A.C.: I’m lucky enough to be able to travel the globe and report on fashion, and I get to call that my job. I began blogging at 12, and have since appeared on shows like Rachael Ray and Access Hollywood, inspiring young adults across the world to follow their dreams, and never give up.
M: Wow! I still can’t get over that you started at the age of 12. We just did an interview with Victor Franco who is another young creative mind finding success. Have you faced any obstacles in your career because of your age?
A.C.: 100%. Age has never really been on my side. It’s such a difficult task in this industry to be underage and have such a strong passion in fashion, since everyone is over 21. Age can also be on my side; when I’m pitching a segment for a TV show, I’m the only 17 year old blogger doing TV segments right now, so that definitely helps.
M: What was your biggest “wow” moment?
A.C.: My mom never really supported my career. When I was a junior in high school, I was sitting in the car after school with my mom and my phone started ringing. It was Rachael Ray, saying she had found my blog and wanted me to come on the show. That was one of those moments where I honestly stuck it in everyone’s face that I had made it. I’ve never been so proud (and nervous!)
M: What was it like being a fashion blogger in high school?
A.C.: Really not fun! I come from such a small town, so fashion definitely is at the bottom of the list of things kids in my school were interested in. I’d rather be writing than at track practice, and everyone in my school knew it. Working in high school definitely taught me who my real friends were, and how to know who is real vs. who is abusing you due to your career.
When I was a junior in high school, I was sitting in the car after school with my mom and my phone started ringing. It was Rachael Ray, saying she had found my blog and wanted me to come on the show.
M: Who would you say is one of your biggest role models/inspirations?
A.C.: My father, definitely. He supported me from the beginning.
M: How would you describe your own personal style?
A.C.: My style has evolved so so much since the beginning, it’s crazy! But I’d describe it as eclectic with an edgy flare. I love rocking a cute skirt with leather boots.
M: You have helped Abie and me with our blog so much! Thank you for that 😉 Do you have any other advice for young fashion bloggers?
A.C.: Love y’all. My best piece of advice is to never ever give up. A lot of things are going to happen if you decide to follow this career path. It’s one of the scariest things I could’ve probably ever done with my life, yet has been the most rewarding. Network as often as you can, and never say no to any opportunity.
M: What are some of your future goals for Life in the Fashion Lane?
A.C.: I’m working on an app that will hopefully be in production by the end of the year! I want to keep growing and inspiring people across the globe. As long as I’m doing that, I’m doing something right.
Be sure to check out Alexa’s blog here and follow her on Instagram @Alexa_Curtis!