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Meet Shaama Elan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaama Elan.

Shaama, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in London, UK and raised in Miami for the majority of my life. I always had an interest in the arts, modeling, and hair since young. At the age of 13, I set my heart on moving to California. When I got to high school, I pushed hard to get into Florida State University to get a degree in Business. After succeeding, I saved up and immediately moved to California after college. My first year in California was tough. But I pushed through and persevered. I worked graveyard shift in hotels for three years while pursuing modeling and hairstyling. It has been a hard and rough journey but my hard work and faith has pushed me to being able to completely work for myself and pursue my dreams. But this is only the beginning.

We’d love to hear more about your work. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a model and hairstylist. Both allow me to be creative and expressive. I have been braiding hair and having clients from 11 years of age. Modeling has always been a dream from five years of age as I loved fashion and being in front of a camera. Modeling allows one to be confident and love the skin you’re in. It gives you an appreciation of your natural beauty and the features that make you beautiful. I want a louder representation of women of color in this industry and that is a change I am striving to be a part of. As a hairstylist, I am able to make others beautiful and feel beautiful from the inside out. I offer therapeutic services while braiding. It is always amazing to meet other wonderful people and allow them to vent and just get super positive energy from their day by sitting in my chair. I hope to inspire young women to love themselves and I also hope to create something that will have an everlasting effect on the beauty community in a positive way. My art emphasizes the beauty of women, especially black women, and the importance of our beauty becoming a standard of beauty.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I believe the biggest challenge facing artists today is monetizing their craft. Exposure has become much easier due to social media, however, obtaining monetary value for your artistry is still very difficult and makes it hard for many to continue pursuing their artistic passion.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
As of now, I am working on becoming more active on social media. People can find me at Instagram.com/shaama_elan and also at Instagram.com/shaama_elanhair.
I am always open to collaborating with different photographers to create new art and my braiding services are always open to accepting new clients of all genders, races, and hair types.

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Image Credit:
David Zents, Nicole Freitag, Alana Aimaq, and Keif Savage

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