Meet Shani Michelle of Genesis 7 Image Consulting

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this weeks Sister With Vision! We have made it to Week 9 yall!!!! 🙂 This beautiful Queen is a Certified Image Consultant in the DFW area. She makes it clear that she is not just focused on your “image” but the empowerment of women as well. Which I believe is absolutely amazing! Everyone do me a favor and meet, Shani Michelle of Genesis 7 Image Consulting.

Tell me a little about yourself.

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My friends call me Shani Michelle and I’m an Austin native living in Dallas, TX. My passion is supporting women in their efforts to be their best selves. I travel between Dallas and Austin on a regular basis to meet clients for Genesis 7. I love exploring both cities, meeting new people and finding new boutiques, stores, restaurants, and lounges. One of my favorite activities is attending live music shows. I try to go to at least one or two music festivals every year. I love the energy and seeing all of the great festival fashions. I also have an appreciation for art and dance. I danced for 11 years and I was a photographer in high school. I’m starting to get back to those passions and incorporate them into my business as well.

Now tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start? Where did the vision come from?

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I’ve been styling myself, friends, and family members since I can remember but I turned it into a business in 2014 and recently became a certified image consultant. I’ve always enjoyed helping women feel and look their best. In the beginning I had this very holistic approach to providing women with services to be their best selves. I offered coaching in health, wellness, beauty, fashion, fitness, and it was all about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. After a while I decided that I needed to focus in on just one so I went with the one area that came most naturally to me– style.

Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I reach out to other entrepreneurs in the community, so that we can support one another in our work. I’m the organizer of two meetup groups in Austin and Dallas called “Simply Stylish Austin” and “Simply Stylish Dallas”. In late fall, I will start working with non-profit organizations in Austin that help to provide low-income women with clothing and accessories.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

When God places a passion in your life, just run with it. Don’t ask how or why just do it! Walking in faith toward your destiny empowers you and it empowers others. Second, be grateful for the people and the resources that show up to help you with your business.

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How important do you think it is for us Black people to support other Black owned businesses?

There’s a lot of power and value in the Black dollar and it’s important that we recognize that and support one another. The only reason we have made it this far is through unity and by supporting one another. Black business women have the power to change and uplift their families and communities. Business for me is not just about money, but it is about serving and coaching others to be their best selves holistically. My spirituality encourages me to serve and support women, but I’m also inspired by women like Madame C.J. Walker and others who took risks to make their businesses a reality when Black people faced so many challenges. Black people have to be willing to use their money wisely to build business and to support our businesses. Last year during Blackout Black Friday, the nation saw the power of Black buying power.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

Website: http://www.genesis7consulting.com
Email: michelle@genesis7consulting.com
Instagram: @_genesis7_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genesis7consulting
LinkedIn: Genesis 7 Image Consulting
Meet Up: Simply Stylish Dallas Simply Stylish Austin
Thumbtack: Genesis 7 Image Consulting
About.me: Shani Michelle
Twitter/Periscope: @Genesis7Style

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Any upcoming events?

We have an October 24th meetup and fashion shoot for women who need photos for their websites, blogs, social media, modeling portfolios, or women just wanting to get some pictures in their best fall outfits. They’ll showcase suede, fringe, lace-up tops and vintage inspired prints. It will be a lot of fun!

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes, style is so empowering for women. Style is something for everyday and not just for events. I consider it a privilege to support women who are choosing to make their lives better every day. One of my favorite quotes is, “Personal style is accepting who you are.” The work I do helps women to appreciate and assert themselves in a world that is always trying to force them into a fashion box. Genesis 7 is about liberating and encouraging women to love and represent themselves in a positive way. For me, style is all about self acceptance and it’s an unspoken language. Your style speaks before you even have a chance to say a word. It’s so important and I truly love helping women live their lives in style.

Shani Michelle
Genesis 7 Consulting
Image & Style Consultant
(972) 674-1023
“Live your life in style.”

Meet Thee Black Bradshaw Carrie Sierra

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this week’s Sister With Vision. Let me tell you how this young lady has helped me through some of my most recent darkest of hours. She has truly an amazing spirit and a smile that can light up a room. And she has style out this world. She was my inspiration and gave me the push I needed to actually jump start my blog. So please meet Thee Black Bradshaw, Carrie Sierra.

 Tell me a little about yourself?

I am Thee Black Bradshaw CarrieSierra. I am a blogger, wardrobe stylist, and Inspirationist. Optimistic goal digger who is constantly evolving as I figure out this thing called life.

Have you ever dealt with insecurities? If so, how did you overcome them?

Yes, I’ve definitely dealt with my own share of insecurities. To be honest I still deal with some to this day. Once I started to figure out who I was in Christ my insecurities started to minimize themselves. I fully grasp the concept that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. There’s no one on this planet like me and I am a daughter of the King. I’m not going to say that I still don’t have my days, we all do. I just constantly remind myself that I am worthy and those insecurities are minuscule compared to the gifts the Lord has blessed me with.

What does being “perfectly imperfect” mean to you?

Being 100% comfortable in your own skin. Knowing that it’s okay to not be perfect. Not harping on those insecurities, doing so does nothing but destroy any self esteem and self
worth one does has. No need to b perfect we serve a perfect God and that’s all that matters. Besides He’s not looking for perfection, He loves us regardless in our stages of brokenness and that’s what makes being “perfectly imperfect” so perfect.

 If you had the chance, what would be one thing you would tell a young girl dealing with low self esteem or insecurities?

To remember that there’s no one in this world like her. She was in fact fearfully and wonderfully made. Hating yourself or dwelling on those insecurities does nothing but breed more insecurities. She can convert that negative energy into something else positive. Try pointing out things she loves about herself. All in all the heart that’s meant to love you will see those “insecurities” as perfect.

carriebabyNow tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start? Where did the vision come from? Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I own my own blog and wardrobe styling business. My brand is referred to as Thee Black Bradshaw. It’s crazy how it came about, growing up I’ve always been into fashion and I was semi obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw’s closet off of Sex in the City. In the beginning my business was solely suppose to be about fashion but over time as I slowly found out who I was and what my purpose was it blossomed into so much more. I aim to be more than just a wardrobe stylist, I want to transform people’s lives. By sharing inspiration, being completely transparent, and walking in my purpose God has destined for me. I have reach out yet within my community but I do have many ideas that I’ll be putting into affect on the near future.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

Don’t over think it just start. I think the hardest part about starting a business is actually making the first step. We become so overwhelmed thinking about everything we need to accomplish that we never start. Break everything down to the simplest form. Ask yourself daily, “What can I do today that’ll put me one step closer to making my dreams a reality?” and do just that. Remember slow progress is better than no progress at all. Another important factor is never compare. Comparison is the thief of joy. How can you water and nurture your own grass when your worried about what’s on the other side. You can’t enjoy your own meal if your focussed on the next mans plate. Find your purpose, create your “Why”, and stay in your lane. You’ll make it to your destination.

How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?

It’s critical that we support one another. Imagine how many more jobs will be created if we supported more black businesses.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

http://www.theeblackbradshaw.com
TheeBlackBradshaw@gmail.com
IG: @TheeBlackBradshaw

Any upcoming events?

I’m currently working on a website release gathering as well as starting my own YouTube channel. Wish me luck xoxoxo