Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Huante.
Hannah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My blog started, at first, as a way for me to cope with the fact that I hated college my freshmen year (I am now going into my senior year at USD). I missed home (Orange County), even though it was close and I hadn’t made any friends so I was very lonely. No one understood why I hated it so much or why I was struggling so much, so I created howhanseesit as a way to tell it how I saw it and be real. I took a break for a while because I made some friends and started actually enjoying myself and the summer going into my junior year I studied abroad in Paris. I got a lot of alone time and realized that I wanted to start blogging again. I have a huge passion for writing and I have always loved fashion. I got home and launched howhanseesit.com in October. I blog about mostly fashion, but I also address lifestyle, travel, beauty, and random subjects that I subtitled “Personal Thoughts”. It became a hit faster than I thought and got 1000 views in the first week. Ever since then, I have slowly grown and now I am just working towards becoming bigger. Now, I collaborate with small boutiques and clothing companies in San Diego and Orange County and dream of becoming more exposed and working with the big brands that I love.
Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. There are tons and tons of unread messages or “no’s” from companies that do not want to take a chance on a small, up incoming blogger. It is so hard nowadays becoming an Instagram/fashion blogger and a lot of people that want to focus on the people that have already made it, which can be discouraging at times. But, I have just learned to focus my energy on my dream. It is my dream to become a big-time blogger/fashion inspiration for girls. Part of the journey is your own confidence. I would be lying if I said that I haven’t had a few meltdowns this last year, but I always take a step back and realize that this is about what I love and my dream for my self-brand. I have learned that confidence and drive is more than half of the job; my advice would be to be 110% confident in what you want and go for it because if you don’t, you won’t get there. It takes patience and drives and without those, you won’t make it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with howhanseesit – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
So I consider myself a blogger. I run my own blog howhanseesit.com and my Instagram @howhanseesit. I shoot twice a month usually, and those shoots consist of a few hours of outfit changes and running around downtown haha. This doesn’t include the random photos I take throughout the week. I would just shoot an outfit every day, but I am working at Nordstrom and I am a full-time student, so it makes more sense to do it this way until I graduate. I focus on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and travel on my website and my Instagram focuses on fashion. My goal is to be unique and different among bloggers in today’s social media and be known for that; I stress extensively on my blog, and I have on my Instagram, how special and important fashion actually is. We have the power to show who we are and what we are feeling through our wardrobe and that is a power. I really want to inspire women to not be scared to take chances with their fashion choices and to not be afraid of standing out and creating trends and not always following them. Don’t get me wrong, I love staying with the trends, but I will throw things together that some people may think is crazy, but I like it so I am going to do it. I try to stress this mentality because I feel like, we as a society, have stressed that we need to be like everyone else or everyone we see on Instagram which just isn’t right to me. I want to be known for this mentality and for keeping it real with my followers. I want people to trust me and that’s why I will never accept a collaboration with a company if I do not believe in it or like it myself. What sets me apart from others is that I work to inspire others and make a difference. I don’t take photos and put outfits together because I feel like everyone should be wearing what I wear or because I think this is what everyone should be wearing currently. I do it to inspire other women and men to wear what they want and be bold. If someone copies my outfit.. awesome, if someone gets inspiration from my outfit, awesome. If someone decides to wear something bold, and interesting because they saw me do it, even better. I want to empower people to be bold and unique.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I think the biggest barriers among bloggers in this industry is not being given the right compensation for our work. I have worked with many brands, without pay, and shot in different pieces of their collections, but then my pictures were never featured on their page or website. Especially, in the beginning stages of blogging, like I am in now, it is hard to receive pay from companies, which in my opinion, is fine for the beginning stages, but If I am going to be shooting your clothes and pieces, I would like to be featured on your page for my work. This is what turns into a barrier, a lot of up incoming bloggers, don’t know what their work is worth. I work hard to put outfits together and shoot, which is full day project and I at least want to be featured if I am featuring your business. Anyway, I would say the biggest barrier is figuring out agreements with different brands, especially in the beginning stages. Another barrier is sometimes Instagram itself; one, it is hard to be seen and keep the content seen by all your followers because of algorithms and just being in a pool of millions; its hard to get a big break. Also, it’s hard to not be hard on me and compare myself to others. I constantly have to take a deep breath and keep the end goal in mind and remind myself what I try to stress to all my readers and viewers – we are all different, unique, and being original is so important.
- Website: https://howhanseesit.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howhanseesit/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCed4Tm4D_-rtoySV1Lw48vw
Hannah Huante @howhanseesit, Shireen Shahidi @shireennikiphotography