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Nana Agyemang, also known as, @Everystylishgirl hit the scene a little over a year ago, showcasing young black women kicking ass. Nana has created a platform that allows women to share their stories and sprinkle their Black Girl Magic somewhere outside of their own network.
@EVERYSTYLISHGIRL, A.K.A., NANA AGYEMANG
TA: What is your current hustle?
NA: Besides being a full-time graduate student at Columbia University, it's Everystylishgirl, it's working at ELLE and carrying on so many positions all at once. I currently am CEO of ESG, multimedia fashion start up that captures the stories of stylish women and that's my main focus. I love being an advocate for women's voices and bringing them to a major platform where others can read and relate to their stories.
TA: So out of all those jobs, what's the hardest to wake up for?
NA: Ha! My current one. Working at ELLE, I wake up at 6AM and I get to bed at 2AM. I'm up early researching ground breaking news to send to my editors before the rest of the world wakes up.
TA: And what would you say is the difference between your 9-5 and your 5-grind?
NA: Luckily for me I would say they're similar. I'm still working with women and still focusing on fashion whether I am at ELLE or in my apartment, I am constantly interviewing women and bringing their voices to a larger platform and I love that. I love that my job is so intertwined with my start up.
TA: And who has given you the most memorable career advice?
NA: My brother Kwasi, when I was in the 10th grade he told me a quote that I never let go of. "A short time of sacrifice for a lifetime in a paradise." It means grind and grind until you can't anymore, don't give up and keep applying pressure. There were so many times I thought I was going to give up in my career but I thought of that quote and kept pushing because I know one day, I'll be able to enjoy all my hard work, but for now the grind continues.
TA: Speaking of progress. What has been your favorite project, so far? Why?
NA: It was creating a platform where women can share their voices and fashion. ESG looks to inspire and uplift other women inside and out. Best project I've had thus far...
TA: Dream collaboration?
NA: I would love to work with Teen Vogue! Maybe on a Black women's voices multimedia piece with video and photography. I would love for them to incorporate that on their online presence!
TA: I love Teen Vogue! They've done a great job "revamping" themselves in 2017. Speaking of, how has your 2017 resolution been treating you?
NA: Welp, honestly, I told myself I would be in the gym twice as much like everyone else did and eh let's just say I'm slippin' (LOL). I also wanted to be more selfless this year — I would say I'm still a work in progress but I'm trying.
TA: Two quick fun questions — When your first direct deposit hit, what did you buy? And what do you listen to on your way to work?
NA: I'm corny, I think I actually put it all in my savings and invested in a bond. And I'm Ghanaian, so of course I'm bumping Wiz Kid and Mr. Eazi.
For more of ESG, follow them (her) here.