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ATWG Interviews The Manigazer Iman

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Very few bloggers manage to effortlessly merge style and substance. It’s even something I struggle with from time to time. Out of the handful of young women that I follow who do manage to serve up style and substance, Iman of Manigazer happens to serve up inspiration that I aspire to. Her effortless, Parisian girl style is enviable but it’s the way that she uses her personal style as one facet of a greater lifestyle focused on female empowerment is what really hits home for me. I mean, that’s pretty much exactly how I feel about style and creating an online platform for women on the rise but I digress. Iman is fierce, unapologetic, and 100% true to who she is in dress and in life. While I can go all day on this amazing young woman, I’ll let her tell it herself. 

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My name is…. Iman.

You might know me from… My blog/Instagram, Manigazer.

I am most passionate about…

Working – hard – on my flaws and struggles, and developing the things I’m good at. Seeing myself as able to evolve into a better person, watching my own progress and being in control of the whole thing (since nobody is going to make it happen for me but myself) is just bae.

My days are…

Filled with User Interface/User Experience design, cookies, and Instagram.

My nights are…

The time when I suddenly feel super-energized and want to tick off everything on my to-do list – and then sorely regret it when the alarm rings the next morning and I need to participate in life.

I am most inspired by…

People who are truly at peace with themselves and others.

My favourite item of clothing is…

Probably my black coated jeans. Them and I are practically besties by now.

Words I actually live by…

“Protect your peace. Get rid of toxicity. Cleanse your space. Cultivate love.” I’m definitely a work in progress in the matter but that’s the one I remind myself of everyday.

The one thing I miss about Paris is…..

Besides from my friends and fam’, the foooooood.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make in transitioning from Paris to the US?

Getting around without a car or driving licence.

What do you think of American girls’ obsession with Parisian style?

Haha, I think it’s funny because they and I often have completely divergent perceptions of Parisian style.

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Like me, you’re all about encouraging young women to live their best life. What does “your best life” look like for you?

Definitely, a life where I’m 100% at peace with who I am, what I want in life and what I stand for. A life where I’m doing what I love and getting better at it every day. Finally, a life where I contribute to other people’s happiness at my level.

How do you keep self-sabotage, fear, and stress in general at bay on the daily?

By being aware and reactive about it. If a start dwelling on a negative thought I’ll stop myself, and reformulate it in a positive way. I find affirmations to be a very good way to deal with that kind of situations.

What is your end goal for the next five years? Where do you want to be?

I want to be happy. I don’t have a set “where” or “how”, but that is my goal.

How would you describe your personal style?

Fluid. I try different things, and I keep what I feel best in.

Where do you get your sartorial inspiration?

Everywhere! Insta (mostly because I’m a little bit addicted to that thing), people on the street, my family, Pinterest, Tumblr… The list goes on.

What are some of your travel must-haves?

A few good books, a pair of sneakers (or 7), and a comfy sweater. #teamalwayscold

What does #BlackGirlMagic mean to you?

To me the #BlackGirlMagic movement acknowledges, honours, gathers and empowers Black girls and women. It’s a tribute to a part of our identity that is often and unfairly shamed, rejected, and ridiculed – to the point where some Black females feel that their blackness is a weight they have to carry and/or something to be embarrassed or apologetic about. So it goes without saying that I’m all about #BlackGirlMagic, not just as a hashtag – but as a movement.

Where can readers keep up with you online?

On my bloggity blog, www.manigazer.com and on my Insta @manigzer

Photos: Manigzer

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