A SATURDAY WITH CLAIRE SULMERS
When you put Ayo Thomas, Claire Sulmers, Tamiko White, tastemakers and DC's finest in one room you get one bad group of empowered people. This weekend I was invited to the WOE (Women Own Excellence) Magazine Cover talk and fashion show where Claire Sulmers, the beauty and brains behind Fashion Bomb Daily, was celebrated as the cover model. The event was held and in sponsor with Lord and Taylor's. The runway was set up between the shoe department and women's so you know I was in heaven! There was fashion, food, desserts and drinks courtesy of Chef Christine Hazel as seen on FOX's Hell's Kitchen Season 14, Basket Treats and Shoe Crazy Wine, discussions and empowermennt. I had the chance to interview Claire and this is what she had to say:
ONDIA J: First let me say, congratulations on all your accomplishments!
CLAIRE SULMERS: Thank you!
OJ: How do you know when to pivot?
CS: When to pivot. Um. When you get bored. When you’re no longer inspired. When things seem a little stagnate, then you pivot. I think I work a lot off of intuition, and um, when you’re kinda just doing the same thing you’ll know when you’re not inspired anymore and when it’s time to evolve.
OJ: Any tips, tricks or secrets for locks?
CS: Um, WELL! [laughs] that’s a good question! I don’t do my own hair… [both laugh] So um, I would say consult with a professional [chuckles] and wear a head scarf. [laughs]
OJ: Wear a head scarf. [Laugh] I’ll allow that! In a market that is over saturated with everyone who wants to be a blogger or insta-famous, how do you stay relevant and gain followers?
CS: I stay relevant because i’m not just a fashion blogger. I also have this great platform where I give people great information and they’ll write in and they’ll ask me questions or we’ll report on fashion news or i’m giving them some insight on who Dapper Dan is or any fashion history. So we’re not just a fashion blog or fashion magazine. I’m not just a fashion blogger, i’m a motivational speaker, i’m an author, and I think that, ya know, in order to stay relevant you have to continue to evolve and do different things and have events and diversify,um, and do things that other people are not doing. Like if everybody is going to New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, i’m gonna go to Dacar Fashion Week and go to Haiti. You know like, the world is vast and you have to kinda stay ahead of the curve and do things that are little bit different from everybody else in order to stay relevant and interesting.
OJ: Last Question. It’s the end of the world. The internet is gone [both laugh] and your digital footprint is gone, what do you want your legacy to be?
CS: I want my legacy to be a black women in the world who battled adversity but still succeeded even without being a basketball wife, being on reality tv, being a stripper. I wanna show young black girls that it’s possible to have all you want and be fabulous without compromising your morales and your values.