Kenna Allison; Artist, Wanderer, And Wild One

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I AM AN ARTIST, WILD ONE, AND TEA ENTHUSIAST that loves spending time traveling through the mountains and hiking in the rain,” said 18-year-old, Kenna Allison, via email. “I currently co-own and operate Krowned Clothing Co. with my boyfriend, Kal Leamer as well as create art and take pictures full time.”

“I have been a photographer for almost 3 years since I was a sophomore in high school,” she added. “My favorite things to take pictures of is the outdoors, and people in nature and fashion photography.” Tea enthusiast, wild one, and artist, I get the sense that Kenna Allison is super chill. This girl sounds like someone who I wouldn’t mind to serendipitously get lost with.

“My favorite music is rock n’ roll/punk, but my music range is very diverse going from rock to rap, alternative and more,” she continued. Alas! someone I can relate with—-I’m packing my bags rights now! “Really, the only music I don’t listen to is pop (modern shit radio music) and country,” she concluded. Okay, and not because Kenna is 18,000 miles away and my piggy-bank is as hollow as the caves in Montana, but simply because Kenna does not like Pop music, I think just staying here and writing about her would be sufficient.

18-year-old, Kenna Allison from Butte, Montana produces such breathtaking and tour de force photography that her work has been recognized and published in the Montana Magazine; one of the oldest, privately owned Montana-based magazines in the state, which, for over 5 decades now, features beautiful landscapes, sceneries, and wildlife that are only found in the Northern Rockies. In like manner, Kenna’s stunning and photogenic images of nature, landscapes, and other sceneries can be purchased and transformed into a tote bag, a pillow, an iPhone case, and cuddly blanket at Society6; an online space where you can personify the works of your favorite artist.

If you’re looking for a cool, photogenic, and earthy skin for your laptop or for your mug, or shower curtain, I recommend you visit that site—because I know I certainly will. Lord knows my plain and boring laptop skin desperately needs an upgrade and beautification! For the both of us, I will provide the link to that website at the end of this piece. Likewise, once you see how talented this girl is, you’re going to be glad that I acquainted you with that site.

18-year-old, Kenna Allison, and according to the “about” page on her visually-refreshing website, “has produced and hosted art and fashion events throughout town,” and paradoxically, has been, sometimes, the mastermind in “bringing together a fresh and exciting next generation of artists and creators.”

In view of that, it’s often rare to find someone who is not only creating content but is also creating the spaces or opportunities for other artisans to showcase their talents as well. In that sense, and in only a short amount of time, Kenna Allison has physiognomically transcended the liminal dispositions of what an artist is supposed to be. In laymen’s terms, she’s more than just an artist. “I try to live my life like an art,” she said via email, “being that one of my favorite quotes is, ‘To make living itself an art, that is the goal;” quoted by Henry Miller.

Before we continue any further, I think it’s important to pause, here, and brief you on who was/and what Henry Miller stood for—-I believe it will become appropriately fitting when we resume on Kenna Allison.

The American writer, Henry Miller, amongst many things, was an amateur pianist, a literary genius, and someone who fancied himself with watercoloring—-at the end of this colorful life (pun intended), he managed to produce over 2,000 watercolor paintings. In addition to being married 5 times, Henry Miller dropped out of high school, later traveled to France to be a writer, but once he actually published something, which was recognized in French society, it was banned back in his home country. Both books; “The Tropic of Cancer” and the prequel, The Tropic of Capricorn,” were banned in the U.S. for over 30 years because of their sexually explicit passages.

Naturally, you would think that such anachronisms might have caused him great mental trepidations—-but, no! When Henry Miller returned to the United States, and because of the many controversies surrounding his books, he essentially became not only a cultural phenomena but also a rabble-rouser; challenging American culture, censorship, which all later inspired massive movements, like the Beat Generation and the Sexual Revolution. Henry Miller, a man with many masks, and through a kind of violinist motion, was able to evolve into something bigger than just being a writer.

Now then, as we return back to Kenna Allison; when she referenced Henry Miller, she was alluding to—and amongst many other things—-his emblematic historiography—i.e., to be more than just what you are.

In addition to Kenna Allison’s favorite quote by him, Henry Miller, in his book On Turning Eighty, also said, “If at eighty you’re not a cripple or an invalid, if you have your health, if you still enjoy a good walk, a good meal (with all the trimmings), if you can sleep without first taking a pill, if birds and flowers, mountains and sea still inspire you, you are a most fortunate individual….”

At such a young age, Kenna Allison, I feel, has a deep appreciation for the constellations of nature—like, the mountains, birds, flowers, the sea, and much more. Under those circumstances, I wonder; how proud would Henry Miller have been, if he knew that someone as young as Kenna Allison was not only echoing his many idioms, but held the constellations of nature in her heart and in her photographs?!

To give you a sense of Kenna’s deep appreciation for the constellations of nature, I am going to gayfully describe to you a couple of her photos—-that I have fallen in love with. If you could, close your eyes and imagine this; your standing on a sturdy rock, somewhere in the Northern Rockies, amidst a crisp autumn evening; the crackling sounds of tiny critters nearby catches your attention while the melancholic echoes of birds briefly penetrate your eardrums. As you peacefully scan the gigantic fir trees all around you; the rippling mint-blue waters below and in front of you gushes and twirls in excitement. That image, which I just described to you, can be found on her website, under “landscapes.”

Here is another one—this time, from her Instagram, but I must warn you, if you’re afraid of heights do not close your eyes and try to imagine this photo; you’re sitting on the floor of a helicopter as it hovers about 800 feet in the air, your sporting blue ripped jeans and brown Duck boots, there’s tiny rain droplets on the front toe-cap of your boots, it’s autumn season, yet again, so the beech-brown forest trees are liminally in full swing—-as you enjoyably snap a photo of the unmissable scenery.

“My favorite season is fall,” Kenna shared with me via email. “Because I find the most inspiration in the warm tones, and aesthetic[s] around fall. My style of art/photography is very edgy and soft at the same time. I like to create work that has emotional depth and tells a message or story.”

I couldn’t agree more; when you’re thumping through Allison’s photos you certainly get the sense that she is trying to tell you something. When I look at her photos, some of the messages that perambulate my mind runs something like this; daringly-sublime, emotionally-provocative, and aesthetically-true. But, by the same token, Kenna’s work can also be described as something lyrically-inspired—with its many harmonic tones and its sharp intertextualities. Having said that, I wasn’t surprised when she revealed the motivations behind her photos, “My art is heavily influenced by the music I listen to, and I often create an image with specific lyrics in mind.”

When asked; “If you had three words to describe yourself what would those three words be?” Kenna replied, “Artistic, adventurous, and driven.” Coincidentally, those were the same words often prescribed to the eccentric, multi-talented, writer, Henry Miller. Although Kenna Allison is great a what she does, I’m sure her artistic journey hasn’t been all rosy and picturesque. Like Henry Miller, who faced some difficult and challenging situations, yet persevered, so too I imagined that Kenna has done the same. Becoming great at something often requires a delicate balance of chaos and triumph, in my humble opinion.

Whereas other people may sometimes view the art of photography as something simple and visually-monotonous, to 18-year-old, Kenna Allison, the art of photography is more than that; it’s personal and can be a powerful tool for social change. “I feel that [the photography of ] ‘art’ has gotten me through the hardest times in life, and creating beautiful things and indulging yourself in beautiful works of art is one of the greatest joys in life, and forms of therapy.” Then she added, “I truly feel art brings out the most beauty in the world, and it has the biggest potential to change the world.”

When I visualize 18-year-old Kenna Allison; artist, wanderer, and wild one, hiking in the rain, somewhere in the Northern Rockies without a whole heck of a lot, except for her deep love of nature and her sophisticated camera, I think of one final quote from Henry Miller; “I have no money, no resources, ” but, yet “I am the happiest man alive.” It wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagine, I think, to say that Kenna Allison would also feel that same way while traversing the mountains of the Northern Rockies.

In the end, I asked her; “Where and what do you see yourself doing in 5, 10 years?” and she answered, “It is so hard to say what I think I will be doing in the future, especially a mass amount of years. I struggle with this because I am aware of how quickly things change, and truly whatever greatness is to come I think it is far beyond what I will ever expect, or can imagine. But, if I had to say, I think in 5-10 years I will continue to be working on my clothing company (Krowned Clothing) and pursuing my photography/art more, with possibly publishing a few photo books within that time. I really want to get more into cinema-photography as well, so I hope by the next 10 years I am progressively making videos.”

To see some of Kenna Allison’s wonderful photography, click the following link to her Instagram; @kennaallison

To purchase her artwork for your laptop, iPhone case, shower curtain, or otherwise, click the following link to Society6; www.society6.com/kennaallison

To visit her clothing company, click the following link to her clothing Instagram page; @krownedkrew

To see one of the photos that I referenced in this piece and much more, click the following link to her website; www.kennaallison.com

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Bhavisha Badiani, “One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin”

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15-YEAR-OLD PHOTOGRAPHER, BHAVISHA BADIANI, is onto something; to not only capture the moment but to remind the rest of us to slow down and observe the many subtleties of life. When we grow weary of our settings, when the aesthetics of life takes on a humdrum form in our minds, and when we miss the softness, gentle, and even picturesque moments on our daily commutes, is it that our environment lacks excitement? Or is it our senses and reveries that needs resuscitation? Such inquiries are not only present in Bhavisha’s mind, but are also in her photos. When you look at them you’re forced to ask, “Is it I that lack receptivity or is it the environment that lacks enchantment?” For most of us, 15-year-old Bhavisha hopes its the former.

When acquainted with the latter conundrum back in his time; the late 18th and early 19th century, the essayist, social critic and philosopher, Marcel Proust responded by stating, “The reason why life may be judged to be trivial although at certain moments it seems to us so beautiful is that we form our judgement, ordinarily, not on the evidence of life itself but of those quite different images which preserve nothing of life—and therefore we judge it disparagingly.”

In other words, the extent of our unhappiness or lack of aesthetic appreciation is not the result of something inherently deficient in life itself, but may lie in our dull and disabled ability to be receptive. At such a young age, Bhavisha is already aware of that—and that is deeply impressive. Organically then, it’s only natural to speculate—quite confidently—that that is what 15-year-old Bhavisha Badiani is slated to add to the world.

Before we explore the motivations and uniqueness of the young 15-year-old, I want to first accommodate your imagination with a few visually tasteful photos that she sent me. The first one is breathtakingly simple; there are black and brown cows playing and eating by the countryside, a bridge that crosses a small creek with the subtle reflections of a gigantic street light, and endless, earthy landscapes in the background. The second image is symbolic and sort of folklorically inviting; two horses, one black and one white, are chasing each other down the countryside, while surrounded by a stupendous amount of greeneries and leafage.

If the latter sparked your curiosity and you would like to see more of her photos, I’ve provided a link to her Instagram at the end of this piece. I recommend that you not only view them but also “like” and comment on them as well. Here is one final picture from her Instagram that I really liked; it’s an image of a small, white Maltese puppy sporting an orange jacket. It’s adorably simple and visually refreshing.

15-year-old Bhavisha Badiani is from the United Kindom. Her passion for photography developed when she would take photos on the holidays with her parent’s point-and-shoot camera. Seeing that her photos were actually turning out nicely, she started to take it seriously—and began to teach herself all sorts of photography techniques. Like, lighting, shooting with the correct aperture, and knowing when to utilize natural sunlight. As time went on, not only did her knowledge improve a great deal, but so did her pictures.

William Shakespeare, whom is also from the United Kindom (specifically, London), once said, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” His reference was a sort of call-to-action for the societies of his time to never lose sight of the subtleties of nature. Fortunately, majority of the citizenries during Shakespearean time were not plagued with the advent of social media and other modern technologies of insane distraction. They needed not go too far to re-baptize themselves in the wonderments of nature.

Our contemporary generation, however, seems to have abandoned that great call-to-action by William Shakespeare. But as majority of us, myself included, traverse aimlessly with our smartphones into the abyss of bottomless distractions, luckily there are few people like Bhavisha who are trying to rescue us with their aesthetic photos of earthy imageries. In this context, not only is Bhavisha’s conquest admirable, but it also cements the importunity of her entire existence. Nature and, even certain subtleties of life, I imagined Shakespeare would say, can be captivating and seductively-worthwhile.

That is why “Within my photography,” Bhavisha said via email,  “I always try to have the message of ‘go out and venture. Try new things and make the most of your day. Appreciate the people, nature and happiness around you and don’t get caught up in negative things.'” Then, she later added, “I try and make my photography either quite bright and happy, or green and filled with nature.”

Together with her fine works, Bhavisha has also managed to showcase her skills, elsewhere, professionally. On the 6th of August 2016 she was asked to take photos for Rhu, the dangerously-adorable Maltese puppy that I previously mentioned, so that the owners could share the photos with the world on Instagram. Then soon after, she was asked to do some videography work for a local business; Caroline’s Cookery. In addition to that, she designed logos for local businesses, and she was also tapped-on-the-shoulder to take pictures for a young girl’s 15th garden party.

Inasmuch as 15-year-old Bhavisha has been able to help other people with her self-taught and refined photography skills, what can end up missing in her multi-talented personality, is how normal she is. Like most 15-year-olds, she likes to hang out with her friends, go on adventures, and explore her neighborhood—the parks and even the woods. When she’s not doing any of that, she likes to play the piano. “[It’s]…a great way to destress from all my schoolwork,” she said.

Getting out there and taking photos of nature, landscapes, and unique architectures, has “opened my eyes to see that we all have so much to seek and experience in the moment,” she said. “We don’t have to wait to be a certain age or wait for a certain person to come with us. I learned to just go and create moments to look back on rather than dreaming about moments in the future and waiting for them. This mindset is inspiring and it plays a huge part in my photography; the willingness to try new things and capture moments.”

Comparatively, how could anyone hear those humble motivations and not feel inspired by it? You would have to have been multitasking or brain dead to have missed it. But that’s okay, because it is precisely people like that that 15-year-old Bhavisha wants to visually resuscitate with her earthy photographs.

Additionally, and not only has she found wisdom through her photographs of nature, but her selfless endeavor—to make the rest of us appreciate the moments in our lives through her photographs—is exciting and makes me impatient to see where it all takes her.

When we grow weary of our settings, when the aesthetics of life takes on a humdrum form in our minds, and when we miss the softness, gentle, and even picturesque moments on our daily commutes, let’s never forget to slow down and remember that “We could all have a little more exploration and adventure in our lives,” says Bhavisha. And perhaps, maybe we don’t have to worry ourselves to death or feel overwhelmed that we’re disconnecting from nature—-and that we need to rush out to the countryside to relief such anxieties—but maybe instead, we can still achieve aesthetic appreciation by just looking at a photograph?

If you’re considering that option, look no further, because that is what the photographies of 15-year-old Bhavisha Badiani is all about. “I try and capture this exploration and adventure in my photography,” she said. “Whether it be simply capturing a landscape to show people how beautiful our earth is, or venturing to a flower field to show people the local treasures they could find.”

To see more of Bhavisha’s breathtaking and visually-tasteful photographs, click on the following link to visit her website; Bhavisha Badiani

To see the photos that I referenced in this piece, click on the following link to visit her Instagram; @bhavishaphotography 

If your not satisfied and you would like to find out more about Bhavisha, check out her Youtube channel; ItsBhavisha

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Nadine Khalil, A Head Start To Greatness

nadine khalilWHAT DOES THE ACTRESS ANN HATHAWAY in the movie “the intern” have in common with Nadine Khalil? Well, their both insomniacs, into fashion and e-commerce, and their goal—although quirky and sooo twentysomething—-is to take the fashion, business world by storm. The only difference between these two is that the latter is a fictional character while the former is a three-dimensional person.

Although the opening statement sort of imposes that the rest of this piece will be about the similarities and differences of Ann Hathaway’s fictional character, Jules Ostin, and Nadine Khalil—-it’s actually far from it. Instead, this literal investigation—if you will—into the highly creative and hardworking mind of Nadine Khalil, is the pontification that when life gives you a head start you better find some way to commodify it. Also, people that are business-minded, are usually extremely patient—meaning, they aren’t just going to put out a product if it isn’t ready; they’re also meticulous, and unafraid to take risks. As you may soon discover, Nadine Khalil embodies all of that.

“I went to Pace University in Manhattan business district, she tells me as we spoke on the phone. “I double majored in International Management and Marketing and minored in Middle Eastern Studies.”  She then adds, “My parents are both engineers. My dad is the head product manager for one of the biggest engineering firms in the world.” Hence, “I have serious pressure underneath me!”

Before we continue any further, I want to give you a sense of this familial but yet professional “pressure” that Nadine was talking about, by drawing your attention to the former; Pace University is a very prestigious private school and is home to the likes of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a radio host, author, attorney and environmental activist—whose uncle is John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who once famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Also, you have people like Rachel Ray, the American television personality, businesswomen, and proprietor of three successful food network series. Then, Joy Mangano, an American inventor, entrepreneur, and business tycoon—who, just recently, had the movie “Joy” played after her by one of the biggest female actresses of our time; Jennifer Lawrence. Moreover, Joy Mangano is such a household name that I wouldn’t be surprised if you have one of her products in your home; the easy-wringing Miracle Mop.

Pace University, success, and greatness—all goes together like hand in glove. Something terrible would have to have went wrong for someone from Pace university to become anything just shy from the latter. In fact, and having said that, I would even argue that the word “pressure” in this context would be a huge understatement. What the parents of Nadine and every other person who sent their children to Pace University understood, is that if you want your child to have a head start in the race towards greatness, you better send them to where great people are made. Conversely, this is what Nadine was referring to—and, not only something that she is extremely aware of, but also something that she is ready to capitalize on. Moreover, how does Nadine square up to all of that? And what has she been up to that qualifies her as someone who is preparing for greatness? Let’s continue.

Nadine is 22-years-old and Egyptian, she’s very learned and cultured. She lives in New Jersey, and she’s really into fashion and modeling. She draws her inspiration for her fashion ideas from the many art galleries that she visits and the listless summer trips that she takes abroad. This girl loves to fly! Recently, she’s figured out a way to infuse all of that into a digital space, which enables her to exercise complete creative control. That digital space is her fashion gallery website, called Lumiere Noire—a constellation of high-end, contemporary, and vintage attire. If you’re interested in giving her website a look-see, I’ve provided the link at the end this piece. And I highly encourage you do so because this girl’s got some serious taste! Her outfits and her keen eye for what’s fashionable looks something like this; a grey vintage blazer—which, used to belong to her father but she sliced the arms off and turned it into a vest—a black jumpsuit, white brush earrings, and some black Kylie high ankle heeled boots. Although simple and eloquent, the latter picture which I just described to you shows a fair amount of skin, can be considered scandalous, and dangerously sexy—in a good way.

I brought that up because Nadine is Muslim and sometimes being Muslim requires a different set of cultural etiquettes than the rest of society. “I can show a little bit of my body and still be comfortable with myself and in my skin within society, ” she said. But because she didn’t grow up in a typical Muslim community and is very cultured—but yet has a deep respect for tradition, she said, “I started making more of an effort to wear and start blogging about things that could be translated into Hijabee fashion.” But, she admits, “at the core, I’m still gonna go for my denim shorts and a T-shirt any day!”

Here is another visual from her website; she’s standing in front of one of those famous New York City Townhouse apartments while sporting a blue top, a white skirt from Naked Wardrobe, heels from EGO, and a white Fendi inspired monster bag. This girl’s got style! Her high-end and vintage taste stems from the many experiences that she acquired while working as a senior stylist at Artizia; a Canadian women’s fashion boutique.

Nadine also worked in marketing, completed an internship with a fashion company in Manhattan, and worked in a corporate position. Not too long ago, she started making her own jewelry, earrings, and “more recently I’ve been designing shoes,” she said. “It’s a long-term project…because I am a perfectionist, so I don’t want to release anything until the packaging is perfect, the shoe itself is perfect, the labels, and everything else is perfect.”

Inasmuch as Nadine is all about perfection, she’s also into authenticity, numbers, and details. She does not like to miss anything—a typicality of greats and business minded people. And trust me, I should know—-because, and before our interview began, she asked me to send her a screenshot of my subscribers and also the views on my blog. I suppose, this kind of formality—in her mind—was too valuable to pass up. Although I was taken by it—-because it was the first time that anyone had made such a request—-I still respected her for it.

And that’s exactly it; people like Nadine who are preparing for greatness are not in the business of taking chances on anything. Also, such an approach is what gets them to where they are destined to be.

I am only going to make this last comparison of Nadine and Ann Hathaway’s fictional character, Jules Ostin, in the film “The Intern” because I think it will solidify Nadine’s approach to her fashion and upcoming business idea. For those of you who haven’t seen the film, Ann Hathaway’s character was very meticulous, wanted complete creative and intellectual control over her fashion business; “About The Fit,” and had a keen eye for fabric. She could tell, within seconds, what would look great or what would be an absolute disaster. Also, and because she didn’t sleep, she spent all that extra energy in improving her website and her brand. Additionally, she had a great sense of what her generation were into—-and, being a woman in a such a high position, she also understood quite well that she was under a lot of pressure because such positions were usually reserved by men. Yet, and despite all that, she persevered. It’s a really good film. If you’re now considering it—-you should go and see it because, and according to Pete Hammond, author and film critic from Deadline, It’s “Funny, smart, warm, wise and completely winning.”

“Knowing your audience is key,” Nadine says, “That’s the smart way to create an effective brand and product. And that’s something that I’ve been honing in on lately—-rather than just throwing things out there that I like because it could be a hit or miss.”

In view of Ann Hathaway’s fictional character, Nadine is the same way; she knows her generation, and because one of her relatives deals with fabrics, she’s developed a keen eye for what type of fabric would be great or an absolute disaster. She uses all the extra time—when you and I would be in bed—to improve her website and her brand, and she’s not only particular about how her product would be constructed but she likes to do everything by herself.

“I find a base design that I like for the shoe and I work off of it,” Nadine said. “Then I shop around for rime stones, tassels, fringe or feathers—or whatever the case may be. And then, I kinda go from there…..and everything is done by hand.” She pauses for second. Then adds, “The nice thing about my design is that theirs one or two made and that no one else would be wearing the same shoe as you. But the downside of that business model is that the longevity is difficult because how could you—essentially—do crazy numbers if you’re only producing one or two items at a time….compared to someone else who can pump out hundreds?”

But, and although I understand her concern, I disagree with the longevity part. Quantity aside, if you can create something that has quality—even at a lower scale—you will become successful in no time. And then, eventually, you can go on to teach other people how to recreate your products with the same passion and sense of detail you had put into it in the first place. Also, someone who is pumping out crazy numbers—especially in the beginning phases of their start-up business—will loose something that you valued the most, Nadine; authenticity. Not only is that what Ann Hathaway’s character did successfully; pumping out a decent amount of numbers while maintaining the authenticity of her products, but so did Joy Mangano who graduated from Pace University.

Joy Mangano, like Nadine, worked a few odd jobs after graduating but was always inventing things and knew that if she could sell a few of her products, she would be great in no time. In 1990 Joy Magano created 100 prototypes of her invention, the Miracle Mop. And with a little advertising and a lot of boots-on-the-ground salesmanship, Mangano managed to sell a few thousand of her mops that first year, with her children helping her fill the orders. The product—whose simple premise paired durability with easy wringing—was getting a small foothold in the market, but the next step would take the Miracle Mop and Mangano to the next level.

The next level was found on TV, when in 1992 Mangano pitched the Miracle Mop to QVC executives. It hit the air without its creator and didn’t do very well, so Mangano suggested that if she appeared on the broadcast the next time, the mop would move. And move it did: Her first appearance on QVC helped the Miracle Mop sell out—more than 18,000 mops in less than a half an hour. And just like that, Joy Mangano had arrived!

“When you love something and when you want something so bad, the hours go by and it doesn’t feel like work,” Nadine said. Also, when asked how come she doesn’t take pictures and style other models for her fashion website—especially because she was once a senior stylist, she said, “I feel like that will take away from the authenticity and the voice behind the person who’s representing the brand.”  This insight is what people like Joy Mangano understood quite well when she suggested to appear on QVC alongside her Miracle Mop.

If you browse through her website, you will see that Nadine has lots of great ideas and knows how to put fabrics together. What she needs now is to launch her new business idea, stay true to her product, and with a little bit of luck, attack the fashion, business world and wait for success. With this in mind, and having accommodated my ears to her passions and dedications, there’s no doubt in my mind that Nadine will become a great business woman in the world of fashion.

How does one become great at something or great in a certain field or industry? Well, sure, one most possess the usuals; passions, creativity, and an extreme sense of determination. But, what people typically leave out—especially in their many references of greats, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and even Joy Mangano for example, is that they all had some kind of head start. For Bill Gates; his dad was an attorney and an avid philanthropist. Steve Jobs; his parents had lots of resources and he grew up in an affluent neighborhood. Joy Mangano; she went to Pace University. By all means, such an honest observation is not to play down their hard work and many contributions to society, but to rather demonstrate that—because they were aware or their headstart—they learned to capitalize on it by commodifying their resources and talents into something profitable.

In like manner, Nadine is no different; she’s very cultured; goes to art galleries, did an internship with J.Mendel, a super high-end fashion brand that prides itself in it’s taste for “extraordinary luxury, exceptional quality, and unparalleled style.” And she’s also continental; travels to Egypt and other places every summer. In retrospect, she’s certainly has had a better head start than most of us, but with her strong sense of determination, focus to details, a keen eye for fashion, and hard work, she, too, is preparing to commodify her talents into something profitable. If you’re into fashion like I am, it would be wise to stay tuned for when Nadine Khalil goes public!

In the end, when Nadine goes viral someday and everyone starts to talk about her success, her brilliant eye for fabrics, and how she managed to take the fashion, business world by storm, I want you to remember this piece—i.e., anyone who is great simply learned to do what you and I often neglects; commodify their head start. When asked, “where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?” she replied, “In 5 years I would own my own clothing store and brand. In 10 years I see my company growing quickly both domestically and internationally. I will definitely have my fashion boutique in five major cities, like New York, L.A., Dubai, Beirut, and London.”

To see more of Nadine’s beautiful and dangerously sexy outfits, check out her website: Lumiere Noire

If you would like to follow her to see all her latest fashion shoots and inspirations, check her out on Instagram@NadineKhalil

Resources for this piece: Pace Univeristy, Joy Mangan’s Bio, J.Mendel Fashion, and Aritzia.

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