Self Love Wins: Jenneva M.
We first stumbled across Jenneva through Instagram. Her feed was a breath of fresh air, unlike others on Instagram she doesn't post selfie after selfie; but instead she mixes in relatable, hilarious memes that make following her even more worth it. The first thing that will obviously catch your attention on Instagram is her glowing skin and how she slays a simple low haircut! Her beauty is remarkable, yet in such a simplistic sense that you think to yourself how does she make it look so effortless. With over 40K followers, Jenneva still remains down to earth, constantly engaging with followers in comments (you might even feel like you know her personally at time). She uses her platform to not only promote her brand, but to inspire other to appreciate who they are. At the time we began following Jenneva, her boutique was featuring a line of body-con dresses and two pieces outfits. With a strong interest from others in her brand, she continued with a line of jewelry (available now) and continues to expand. The 22 year-old student and business owner shows us that not all 'Instagram famous' personalities are cookie cutter. Intrigued by her mix beauty and business, we had to get to know her better.
Growing up, where did you look for inspiration? Who or what inspires you now? (In terms of your daily life, your brand's clothing designs or both)
I’ve always been a go with the flow kind of girl, my inspiration comes from how I’m feeling. Now I’m just the same, not much has changed.
How did the idea of Jennevam.com come about? What's the brand's mission?
JennevaM.com has been budding forever; I've always wanted to have my own retail franchise. I went to school in New York at LIM College and majored in Business Management with a minor in Marketing and then I transferred schools but my major and goal still remain the same. My mission is to provide fashionable clothing at an affordable price for all body types because I can remember wanting clothing that I either couldn't afford or that wasn't my size.
We noticed that you have a large following on Instagram, would you attribute any of your brand success to this?
Absolutely, it is my only brand promotion at this time.
Still staying on the Instagram topic, we see your pictures floating around the internet all the time. What is life like being "Instagram Famous" in a way?
Kinda cool, I’m constantly connecting with people I’d more than likely never come across otherwise. I have been to the post office to drop off orders to Asia and the UK, and I’ve gotten the chance to meet new friends. It’s been an awesome experience so far.
One thing we absolutely love about you is your unapologetic spirit towards your skin color. What advice would you give to others who struggle with self-love and appreciation?
Love from within is so damn important! Our perceptions, our attitudes, how we treat others, they all stem from how we’re feeling about ourselves. It is so important that you learn to love you for whom you are and that includes those ugly parts we aren’t quite ready to face because if anything those are the parts that need our loving the most. Make a list of the things you need to work on and tackle one thing out a time, wake up every morning and love one thing off your list until your list is loved out. Be the women you want to be; A women of your own stature, of your own kind, with your own rules and never let anyone tear you down. Most importantly, the skin you’re in, you have to wake up every day in it; work relentlessly to learn to love it. We’re (black women) so magical, so sprinkle that damn black girl magic and be unapologetic about it.
You've recently shared with your followers your new budding romance. How does having someone in your corner romantically translate to your recent or future accomplishments?
Some accomplishments require you to have a team behind you and Joseph is pretty much 1/3 of my team. Some days are rough, I go through a lot but I always have him in my corner pushing me to keep going. Right now I probably wouldn't have made an active attempt to revamp my brand to what I want it to be if he didn't push me to go after everything I want. If I say no to my dreams, he's that person telling me "Yes, yes you can and it’s yours."
Anything we should look forward to in your upcoming work for your brand?
Definitely! I haven't been very active with my brand as of last year since I've started school and work both full time; it's been rough finding energy and time. I've been working hard over the last few months to revamp my brand from ground up so I'm pretty excited to share that with everyone what I've been working on.
What style trends are you looking forward to this spring/summer?
High rise bikinis, lace up chunky heeled sandals and jumpsuit!
If there was anyone in the world you could collaborate with who would it be? Why?
To be honest off the top of my head I can’t think of anyone.
What your favorite song of all time? Why?
MGMT- Electric Feel, it always makes me want to get up to smile and dance.
Tell us a little known fact about yourself.
I’m probably the shyest most awkward person you will ever meet in person, I'm pretty cool once I warm up to people.