Meet Mirian

Full name: Mirian Onyeka Bewetti Deconte Njoh

Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

Current Location: Toronto

Occupation: Freelance fashion stylist / Stylist assistant

Current Playlist: “Ali Bomaye” by The Game. “Legend” and “Know Yourself” by Drake. Quirky yet chill playlists on Songza.

Favorite Food: The West African food my Mom makes: Eba and egusi soup, palm butter and rice, plantain, okra and rice, etc.

Can’t Live Without: Lotion. I need to be moisturized at all times.

Guilty Pleasure: Ratchet reality TV

Special Skills/Secret Talents: I’m a human dictionary and hula hoop extraordinaire.

What made you start Love, Mirian?

Short version: I’m Jigga and this is my Roc-A-Fella.

Long version: As a stylist, but just as an artist in general, I have so many ideas and I didn’t feel like I had an outlet for many of them. I wanted a home for some of my ideas, adventures, and ramblings that don’t necessarily belong anywhere else with the thought that just executing them on my own and sharing them with you guys would be enough so here we go 🙂

What’s your biggest fear?

Right now my biggest fears are not reaching what I feel is my full potential and failure which is I guess are one in the same. I push myself really hard sometimes but even then I feel like it’s not enough. I want to do more. I want to be better. I hate when I can’t do something. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I want to make a name for myself so I fear not having enough time to do that. I’m sure a lot of artists probably struggle with that.

What would you say is the most important characteristic for making it in the fashion industry?

I haven’t made it in the fashion industry just yet so I guess I can’t be 100% positive what that is, but I can say that I think tenacity is one of the most important qualities to have. The fashion industry is oversaturated. It may seem obvious but sometimes we inside of it forget to note that there are tons of other people here all trying to cut out a piece of that same pie. Or sometimes you’re all too aware of that fact. When I get down and start to wonder what I’m even doing here, I just try to breathe and tell myself to hang in there. Like that famous quote by Winston Churchill, “If you’re going through hell, keep gong”. When you’re not making any money, no on has time for you, and you feel creatively stifled, it can feel like hell. The fashion industry has a way of testing people’s resolve. It literally pushes you just to see what you’re made of, to see if you can hang. So hang in there.

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