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Community Highlights: Meet Alyssa Liu of Rainbow Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Liu.

Hi Alyssa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started out as a teenage missionary. I published a couple of books and then felt like I wanted to try out the Hollywood scene. To this day, I still have no clue why. When I started dancing, I was the worst. But I stumbled into circus and eventually found my niche. I became a world-traveling burlesque circus performer for a few years. Now, I’m in the process of developing my own swimsuit and lingerie line inspired by the burlesque world that’s all about women empowerment.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road. Like all artists, I had to pay my dues. Some months were financially great and others were pretty dry. Coming from a Christian background, I also had to deal with a lot of criticism for becoming a burlesque dancer. Some was from outside sources, others were from myself. Ultimately, I really had to learn to love myself and be true to myself regardless of what other people thought or said.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Rainbow Phoenix?
I’ve started designing clothing as a statement. I want women to be able to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. For me, I’m often on stage or online with minimal clothing. It comes with the territory of what I do. But my hope is that my confidence will inspire other women to be comfortable and confident in their own skin as well. My company’s tagline is Be A Badass Babe. It originated from me hiring girls to eat fire and do aerial silks at 4am in the morning in an underground club. I thought that was pretty badass. But as I’ve grown, I’ve really begun to believe that being a badass just means being confident in who you are no matter what you’re doing or what you’re wearing. The clothing just represents the idea.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
The book Think and Grow Rich is a huge inspiration to me. I also regularly listen to The Mindset Mentor, especially when I start getting discouraged. It’s essential to remember that it’s SUPPOSED to be hard so it’s important to constantly fill your mind with positivity, encouragement and knowledge.

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Pedro Rodriguez Ben Clark Andy Kovalsky

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