Meet Ashanti! This mild-mannered corporate blogger packs alot of punch and influence. Once she start to speak, you are mesmerized by her immense knowledge of fashion and merchandising. On top of that, she’s a real good time! Whenever I see Ashanti at an event, I know it’s going to be worth my while! Read more below, and follow her on her fashion-friendly blog, Sashe Online!
Name and Age:
What do you do, why do you do it?
In my career, I work in corporate America as a Senior Merchandising Operations Manager for a work-wear/uniform apparel company. I went to college for Fashion Merchandising, Marketing and Business and have always had a love for fashion, shopping, thrifting and finding quality pieces at good deals! I definitely enjoy my job but needed another creative outlet, so I started a fashion blog 3 years ago called Sashe Online!
Blogging has given me the platform to express my style, build my confidence, and share my beliefs. I believe that style and beauty are not limited to images that are portrayed in media; style and beauty come in all shapes, sizes, and body types.
When you were asked to do a bathing suit shoot, what was your first reaction?
Ummm thanks but no thanks. I know I’m a fashion blogger, but being in a bathing suit for all to see is not my jam . . . (editor’s note – but then she said yes, and we are so happy she did!)
What made you embrace your curves?
I think I was born with curves! I was chubby as a child and have been plus size all my life, so curves are all I know. I grew up in a family where my parents always told me I was cute and made sure that I was dressed the part. So, I had a positive self image growing up and embracing my curves. Also, my faith in Jesus and knowing who I am in Christ has had an impact as well! That’s a whole sermon to share on a different day.
When did you say, “I’m OK with me?”
I think it has been a process. The older I get there is more wisdom. I’m OK in my skin, as long as I’m healthy and happy – that is what matters. I came to this conclusion several years ago: My body frame will not be a size 6, but as long as I’m healthy that’s most important. Now, I still have insecurities, but I’m learning to embrace them. Confidence is a choice we must make daily!
Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?
No, not really. I have an excellent and supportive circle of family and friends. They are super encouraging and motivating. I feel very blessed by that.
What’s your favorite part of your body? Why?
I like my smile, I feel like it’s the first thing people see and I have been told it can light up a room. I also really like my neck/shoulder decolletage area and my lower legs!
Tell us about one item in your closet you’ll never let go of?
My Sam Edelman Leopard Calf Hair Pumps. These shoes are amazing and can be paired with practically any outfit and even worn all year long. Classic and timeless staple for sure!
What’s your favorite store to shop at and why? (local, online, vintage/thrift, etc)
I really like Bargain Hunt. It’s like a treasure hunt, you never know what you will find and the prices are great!
What plus-size store would you like to see in Nashville?
Maybe Fashion Nova Curve.
What would you tell your YOUNGER curvy self?
Get out of your head and do whatever you want! Don’t overthink it or over analyze.
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