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Meet Stacey Hogan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Hogan.

Hi Stacey, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My name is Stacey Hogan, fashion creative and the owner of Styled by Stacey-Jay. SBSJ is a fashion blog I created in college to share my personal style with other fashion lovers and show others how what I wear gives me confidence. Over the years, my style has changed, but my one rule in fashion has stayed the same, “There are no rules in fashion,” and that’s something I firmly believe. I am known for pairing different pieces together that most people might not like together, but that’s the fun of fashion, being able to experiment and share along the way. As long as you feel as great as you look then you’re doing fashion the right way, even if you break a few style rules along the way. Lately, SBSJ has really been focusing on sharing the struggles many women go through, body positivity. My goal is to teach women through fashion how to feel beautiful in their own skin. I believe every person is a work of art, and your body tells a story, so why not adorn it?

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Two of my biggest struggles along the way were being a black creator and forcing myself to be so vulnerable with my audience. It’s unfortunate to say but being a black creator, in general, is a challenge. People and brands will make an opinion about you based on how you look before even getting to know you. And sometimes you “don’t fit the look” of a certain type of target customer brands tend to look for. However, this only makes my successes even better, and I like to use my little platform to share and vocalize about what I go through.

As for being vulnerable when talking about body positivity and sharing my personal testimonies feels scarier than standing naked in front of 100 people. People know me as this fun and confident person, but when I share the story of how I got there or even moments of insecurity is not easy to post on social media for thousands to see! But then I get messages or meet people and realize even if I make one person feel fabulous, then I’m making an impact.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
When it comes to the work side of things, I am a social media marketer, custom fashion designer and entrepreneur, sort of a jack of all trades. I take my blog and content creating very seriously. It’s actually because of my blog that I have the day job that I do in the fashion industry. As for my designing, I hope to launch my full-scale alterations business and custom fashion line within the next year. All of which you can keep up with on my blog or social media.

Can you talk about how you think about risk?
I think risk-taking is important when it comes to success. Growing up my mom always told my sister and I to “just put yourself out there and try, the worst thing to come is that now you know.” I have such a supportive family, that each and every one of them have taught me how to be fearless in different ways. Risk-taking is something I struggle with in my business life rather than my personal life. I tend to put a huge amount of pressure on myself to be successful, as I am a first-generation college graduate, so all I want to do it make my family proud. However, I am learning that we can sometimes be our own worst enemy. Better to take risks than have regrets.

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