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By Robyn Alright

The wait is over. The Ohlivee’ Kollection, pronounced (uh-LIV-ee-a) is back and better than ever.  After a brief hiatus, this premium fashion brand has bounced back with passion and purpose.

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Ohlivee’ is a unique name that is derived from Olivia. Temptest, the company’s founder, says that the brand is named after her late great grandmother, Olivia, who passed away December 9th 2016. “I researched the phonetic spelling of her name and loved the way it looked and sounded,” Temptest shared.

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The Ohlivee’ Kollection is different from other brands of street wear because it blends visual art into the world of street fashion. This brand is poised to have a global reach with plans to release new merchandise that will appeal to a broader audience. The Ohlivee’ Kollection offers merchandise that everyone, no matter their personal style, wants to add to their wardrobe.

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Many pieces in Ohlivee’ Kollection are very versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. The entire collection has an urban chic look that is modern and fresh. It is also a unisex brand that has appealing designs for everyone.

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The Ohlivee’ Kollection is a brand infused with culture. Built with perseverance, this brand will inspire street fashion and urban style for years to come. To learn more about this brand and its impact in the community, go to  https://ohliveekollection.com/.

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By Robyn Alright

KaJhé is a hardworking young lady.  As a full-time student with two jobs, she is driven to ensure that her dreams become reality. Her schedule is almost always booked. Even with a busy lifestyle, KaJhé never neglects her personal style and appreciation for creativity.

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KaJhé’s is a multi-talented artist with great fashion sense.  She enjoys singing, acting, dancing and modeling. Her style is just as diverse as her creative interests. She can easily transition from an edgy tomboyish look to an elegant, high-class boss lady.

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Her ultimate goal is to work in the fashion industry and build a brand that gives back to the community. “I want to help others and give back as I build my platform. I want to be someone that resembles a symbol of positivity and hope. I plan on using myself as a doorway that opens up nothing but opportunities for others,” KaJhé shared.

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KaJhé embraces self-improvement and always keeps an eye on influencers in the fashion industry. “A continuous vision of people doing what I love helps me to push myself. It helps me to become better at what I strive to do,” KaJhé explained.

Her faith is what keeps her focused. “The best advice I’ve ever received is to never lose faith or sight in God. Without Him my soon to be reality would remain a dream,” she says.

It is easy to see that this young lady is going places. Jump on the band wagon early and follow her on Instagram @_Keer_Sten_.

 

 

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By Robyn Alright

Take one look at Audrey and it is easy to see that she is an elegant young lady. Look a little closer and you will see that her beauty is more than skin deep. “Without confidence, others define your worth, your capabilities and the thoughts you have about yourself.  It is very important to be confident for the sake of setting your own standards and belief systems,” Audrey expressed. In every way, Audrey shows that inner beauty is an inspirational force.

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Audrey is an aspiring model, fashion designer and entrepreneur. She has a vision to create quality clothing that is affordable and timeless. Such ambitious goals require great motivation. Audrey keeps herself motivated by thinking positively and staying active. “There is this crazy good feeling I get when I set a task for myself and achieve it.  This feeling propels me to complete anything I set my mind to,” Audrey shares.

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Behind Audrey’s graceful demeanor, there is a little bit of a tomboy that has an affinity for super cars and classic cars. She enjoys playing the piano, playing tennis, watching anime and playing video games. She describes her personal style as a mixture of elegance and edginess. Shopping is another one of Audrey’s hobbies. Don’t be surprised if you find her wandering around H&M, Zara or Nordstrom!

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When asked what inner beauty means to her, Audrey had this to say, “To me, inner beauty is the kindness, warmth and strength you give to others without expecting anything back. We are all capable of having inner beauty. It’s a force that inspires, and drives goodness in this world. Understanding our own inner beauty and allowing it to shine is quite the force to be reckoned with.”

Audrey believes in living your life the way you want to. “You have to live your life the way that will make YOU proud and feel at peace. Put aside the thoughts and expectations of others. Do some solid research on what’s out there and choose something you will love waking up to every day,” Audrey explains. She is a firm believer that we all have to power to pave our own pathway. Perhaps, we should believe that too.

Follow Audrey on Instagram @audreyutti.

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By Robyn Alright

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.  Take one look at Queyoun and his style speaks volumes.  Almost immediately, one can tell that this dapper gentleman is confident and cerebral. He’s a classic man.

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As a professional in the field of education, Queyoun could teach us all a lesson in style.  It would definitely be an upper-level class where prerequisites apply. Professor Q would need you to come in knowing the basics as his style is undoubtedly elevated.

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Don’t let the suit fool you, Queyoun has some moves. He is an avid basketball player and trainer. Queyoun makes being athletic and stylish look easy. Try defending him and you might end up with broken ankles.

 

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Queyoun carries himself with dignity and self-respect. He puts unlimited effort into making sure his style communicates exactly who he is.  He has a great sense of fashion and a decent beard too.

Follow on IG @Queyoun.

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By Robyn Alright

It is my pleasure to present to some and introduce to others, Houston model, Katie Smith!  

Becoming a model was not an initial part of Katie’s plans.  However, a friend needed her to model for a brand.  Katie was a little uncertain, but she went ahead and took the gig. That is when the modeling bug bit!  After the photo shoot, she explored more opportunities to model and eventually was signed to an agency.

Katie has big hopes to expand her brand beyond modeling.  Her desire is to grow into photography, blogging and eventually fashion design. With a Master’s degree in Entertainment Technology, her creative skills are unlimited.

Katie shares her story with Rocky Mae Style™ and gives excellent advice to anyone considering the modeling profession.

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RMS:  What inspires your creativity?
KS:      Everything!  I continually seek out inspiration to keep my creative fires going.  I love traveling, learning about history and cultures, frequenting art museums, exploring boutiques, seeing as much live music and live performance as possible, attending events, and connecting with other creatives.

RMS:   When you are not involved in fashion, what are some of your other interest or hobbies?
KS:      Art and music are my loves.  I try to absorb as much visual imagery of all kinds as possible.  I’m a graphic designer, so I nerd about graphic layouts, typography, and color theory.  I sing occasional open mic nights and follow friends’ bands.  

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RMS:   How do you stay motivated to reach your goals?
KS:       I like to surround myself with positive people who are equally as passionate about pursuing their goals.  You can’t operate in a vacuum.  You need a community.  For me it is as much about connecting and supporting others’ goals as it is about pursuing my own.  Other creatives growing and building their brands give me so much hope and inspiration to grow my own.

RMS:  Where do you like to shop?
KS:      I am a brand loyalist and have a few brands that I adore.  Lane Bryant, Lineagewear, Torrid, and Eloquii are my favorites.  I am completely biased towards brands that support plus size, even though now at a size 12/14 I can crossover into brands that only extend up to a 12/14.  If you didn’t want me to wear your clothes when I was a size 28, I’m not so sure I want to wear your clothes now that I have more options.       

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RMS:  What words of wisdom would you give other inspiring models?
KS:     Don’t take it personally.  The goal of the industry is to sell clothes, not to make you a star.  Think of it like a businessperson.  Brands and designers are your clients and you need to be the look they want, have the skills they need and act like a professional.  You won’t be a good fit for all brands and all designers, and that is ok.  You will face a lot of rejection, harsh criticisms about your looks, and you have to find a place within yourself to be ok with that.

 I think some aspiring models get into it for a confidence boost, but actually it will shake your confidence to its core.  You have to love yourself first.  If the industry finds you to be a marketable product they can use for their purposes of selling clothes, then great.  If not, then let your passions take you in a different direction.  Give it a shot if you’ve got the drive, but given how few models actually make a living modeling, I wouldn’t advise anyone to make it their only career goal.

RMS:   What is the best advice you ever received?
KS:       Learn to rest, not give up.  You will get kicked down, face failures, and be discouraged.  Step back, look at the big picture, re-strategize how to reach your goals.  Find support and keep going. 

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RMS:  Share your view on the importance of being confident and having inner beauty.
KS:      Beauty is so subjective.  If you live for validation from others to feel beautiful then you are giving away your power.  It really is none of your business whether or not someone else finds you beautiful.  You cannot be all things to all people and not everyone is going to see your beauty.  Find the things in yourself that you love and hold on to that tight.  If you love yourself, it radiates out to the world as confidence, and confidence in more attractive than superficial beauty.

RMS:  Is there anything else that you would like to share?         
KS:      I’m often told “You’re too small for plus size”, even though at a 12/14 I am definitely in the plus size range.  I have been plus size my entire adult life and before losing 140 lbs. I was a size 28.  I have been every size of plus size.  It is very much a part of my identity and I love being a part of the plus sized community.

 

For more information or to book Katie, visit  www.modelkatiesmith.com. Follow her on Facebook and IG @modelkatiesmith.

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Having a conversation with Ms. Victor is like having a pep talk with your very own motivational speaker. As an entrepreneur and model, she is a force of inspiration.  She uses her brains and beauty to challenge others, especially women, to recognize their self-worth and value. “We are mainly focused on the outside and forget the internal space,” Ms. Victor shares.  She is a testament to the fact that true beauty comes from within.

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It is no secret that Ms. Victor loves to model. She is in her element when walking on the runway. “I feel confident that I’m giving the crowd the best show with class, style and grace,” Ms. Victor says.

For all of the upcoming models and fashionistas, here is Ms. Victor’s message to you, “Do it, regardless of your look, your height, your weight.  There is a market for you.  The wonderful thing about being you is that you no one can do you the way you do you. It’s beautiful seeing a wide range of individuals that can bring something fun, unique and new to the table. Don’t ever let the doubt of uncertainty cloud your mind. That will keep you from living.  Don’t let your dreams die still clutched to your heart.  Go for it!”

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Two things that Ms. Victor enjoys outside of modeling is Broadway and belly dancing! She swears that belly dancing is a liberating experience and that every lady should try it at least once. “It’s sensual, electrifying and it awakens your inner divinity. It will change your life!” says Ms. Victor.  Regarding Broadway, who knows, me might just see her in The Lion King someday!

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Ms. Victor stays balanced by meditating, reading and listening to classical music. She enjoys spending time with her family and running her business.  She is ambitious, adventurous and motivated to win.  “I live my life with intention and purpose. Tomorrow isn’t promise to me. I have much to gain and little to lose. My future depends on the work I’m willing to put in today. I have an example to set for the ones coming after me,” Ms. Victor said.

To learn more about Ms. Victor, visit her website, For the Royals, and be sure to follow her @iamneima on IG.

 

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If you ask Beth for life advice, she is going to tell you one thing, “Go big or go home.” This is the attitude that has helped Beth achieve her goals as a working model. It is evident that her strength and determination has paid off.

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“My personal style is very versatile. I like to wear both ends up the spectrum. For example, I like to wear either very formal clothes or workout clothes. I like classic looks and bold/unique jewelry,” Beth shared.

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Beth said, “I believe you should put all of everything you have into what you do. The only thing you’ll regret is missed opportunities.”

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Meet Rastik Bily, an aspiring model and true gentlemen (Seriously, he helped carry photo equipment on set). Rastik describes himself as an easy going man who is deeply rooted in his faith. Take a look at some of his best shots!

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Fashion designer, Hardy Amies stated, “A man should look as if he bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and forgotten all about them.” Rastik epitomizes this quote as he is very dapper in this stylish suit.

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To learn more about Rastik, you can find him on Facebook or Model Mayhem.

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Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Nadia Peña had no idea that she would become a model. As a kid, she was thoroughly content singing and dancing on a kids TV show. Years later, in a New York City spa, the director of an agency asked her if she wanted to model.  Nadia did not take the inquiry seriously at first. Like many of us, when we hear the word model, we think of someone who is a size zero and tall enough to play center for the Miami Heat.  Nadia quickly learned about modeling opportunities in the plus size industry. She jumped at the chance and has maintained a modeling career for over 15 years.  

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A successful career does not come without its obstacles. “There wasn’t much diversity back then,” Nadia shared, “There were very few Latinas in the industry working at the time. I felt I needed to work a little harder than other girls, because I was representing a large group of women that didn’t have much representation.” Nadia proves that it takes more than curves and cuteness to be successful in the fashion industry. Her longevity is evidence that hard work and determination are key survival factors. She is definitely a trailblazer.

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If you aspire to become a model, Nadia offers this advice, “Prepare. Learn your best angles. Learn body movement and celebrate your best features.” She says that you should invest in a good portfolio and don’t give up! It is important to have faith too.  When things get a little challenging, Nadia encourages herself with these words: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

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As a busy wife and mother, Nadia balances her career and still manages to stay stylish on a daily basis. She has a versatile sense of fashion and her style changes based on her mood. “I can one day be sweet and romantic, the next day change to urban chic or sporty. It all depends on how I feel that particular day.  Sometimes the inner goddess wants to come out and my style becomes elegant and sophisticated. My feelings translate into my daily fashion,” she said.  One thing that is a definite staple in her wardrobe is a great pair a jeans. Whatever she chooses to wear, it is a safe bet that Nadia looks great in it.

To earn more about Nadia Peña, follow her on Instagram @iamnadiap.

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Meet Jeremy Niederheiser of H-Town. A social media pro and Shawn Mendes aficionado who says that The Hangover is the best movie title that describes his life. Jeremy spends his free time planning vacations he can’t afford, bar hopping in Midtown, and watching foreign films to make his roommates think that he knows different languages. Obviously, Jeremy is intriguing. Read more to understand what makes him so awesome!

RMS: What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
JN: It’s gotta be my black Guess coat. I remember when I bought it. I was still living with my parents and finally started making a little bit of money on my own. This coat was one of my first “Treat yo’ self” purchases after college.

RMS: How do you describe your personal style?
JN: I feel like I dress very basic. Solid button downs with skinny jeans. I aim for looking nice, but not standing out too much.

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RMS: What are you most likely to become famous for?
JN: Probably some dumb viral video that everyone will get tired of hearing about within a week. I’m always catching something funny on my Snapchat.

RMS: What job would you be terrible at?
JN: Anything dealing with phone calls or having to think things up on the spot in front of important people. Right now, my job is in social media and I love it because I’m given at least a little time to really think about what I want to say. I’m definitely one of those people who thinks of the perfect thing to say in an argument like 5 minutes after it’s over with.

RMS: What skill would you like to master?
JN: Piano. I want to be that guy in the airport or mall that just walks up to a piano, plays something really good for a few minutes, and looks up to see a big crowd gathered with a roaring applause.

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RMS: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
JN: A concert, or better yet, a music festival with a lineup of artists I love and drinks that aren’t like $15 each.

RMS: What is the best advice you ever received?
JN: “Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness.” Thanks, Kanye.

RMS: What is something most people don’t know about you?
JN: I actually have no clue what I’m doing most of the time. Fake it ’til you make it pro.

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RMS: Who inspires you to be better?
JN: All of the successful people who are younger than me. Like y’all are awesome.  Let me know how I can do it too.

RMS: What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
JN: Definitely traveling to new places and experiencing new things. I just got my very first passport in the mail last week and I’m so excited to fill it up with different stamps. I’ve been following a few travel bloggers on social media for years, so I’m pumped to finally stop living a fun life through a tiny bright screen and see these places in person.

Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter and IG @JeremyKwae. You will be thoroughly entertained.