Today we’d like to introduce you to Dayna Louvenia.
Dayna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m 24 years old, ambitious and I like to consider myself a creative. I have come such a long way. I grew up very shy, timid, and had no type of self-confidence or self-worth. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, where I was the only one in quite a few of my classes. That wasn’t so fun all of the time, because I just felt alone and like I could never fit in.
If you told me at 15 that I would graduate college early and be working in a corporate fashion office for a luxury company, I would’ve told you to stop lying to me. From the age of 16, I knew I wanted to work in the fashion industry and contribute to it in some way shape or form. In all of my classes in elementary and all the way up until my senior year of high school I was always voted most likely to work in the fashion industry by my peers. So I’m pretty sure it was destined for me to be where I am today. It’s all in God’s plan. I’d say I am honestly in a space where I am continuously learning about myself, growing, absorbing information, setting goals for myself, and living life outside of my comfort zone. I think living life outside your comfort zone is when you really learn a lot about yourself!
Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing about my journey has been easy, in fact everyone’s journey is going to always be met with some type of adversity or obstacle when you want to be great. If I have to think back to a time where I struggled the most it would have to be during my junior year of high school and moments here and there throughout college.
In high school I relied on my friends for my happiness and did not know how to be by myself. I wasn’t sure about what I enjoyed, or what truly brought happiness to me. At 16, It took me a while to enjoy my own company, and that was my biggest issue. Now at 24, Netflix and chilling is a great past time of mine, especially with some wine!
Throughout college I just lacked confidence and was still very shy! As a result, I would not always speak up for myself or say what’s always on my mind in fear of hurting someone or someone not agreeing with me. All I really wanted was to be well-liked and to me that meant not speaking your mind back then. I also remember being somewhat of a follower because I didn’t know myself. I am so glad I grew out of that mindset! Following the crowd is detrimental however in the same light you get to learn about yourself about what you like and don’t like. I think it all comes together in the end because I have so much self-love right now in my life than I ever did and I think it’ s only going to grow from here.
My best advice for the ladies would be to practice acts of self-love such as meditating, drinking lots of water, exfoliate, and read great inspirational books. You learn the most about yourself through reading books. That alone time you get to have with yourself is greater and far more beneficial than spending 10 minutes scrolling through your Instagram feed.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dayloustyles – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a corporate fashion chick by day and on the weekends or whenever I get some free time I am a fashion stylist/overall creative, and aspiring entrepreneur. I say aspiring because I am currently in the process of planning my online e-boutique, so I am not there yet, but getting there! I have goals set for myself and I am in a place in my life where I will not stop until I achieve them.
I am most known for blogging, creative directing and my styling projects. I am currently working with a fashion brand now on styling some looks for their upcoming collection. Stay tuned!
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I’d say lack of resources, mentorship from higher ups, and just having a seat at the table to provide input.
The landscape of female leadership is progressing; however, we still have a way to go.
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