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Conversations with the Inspiring Ohn Myint

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ohn Myint.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ohn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I work as a full-time tech lead but my mom’s an entrepreneur and it’s in my blood. I ran an online store called a few years ago. I started my blog, Instagram, and all the social networking accounts to promote my store. But having a full-time job and running a business turned out to be harder than I thought – especially when I tried to do everything on my own – from purchasing merchandise to doing photo shoots, updating the website, shipping, and return, etc. One day, I decided to take it down. But I decided to keep the social media accounts. They slowly turned into my personal style blog. Brands reached out to me for collaboration. I was invited to a few events where I’d meet my fellow bloggers, photographers, and brands. And before I know it, I was doing 2-3 photo shoots a week and working with all different kinds of lifestyle brands. One thing I enjoy the most about this is meeting new people and make connections. Being in tech, I’ve met mostly guys and people with a particular interest. Being an influencer allows me to meet all different kind of people from different background.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are always challenges in any given career or industry. Being a woman in tech, I constantly have to prove myself every day. Fashion is no different – especially at a place like New York. In the beginning, it was very difficult to get recognized. I think it does help that I did have a full-time job while I pursue blogging and modeling. I’m able to be collected about which brand I work with.

My advice is to stay true to yourself – whether if it’s your style or the presentation of your social media. The only way to stand out from the rest of them is to NOT follow what everyone’s doing. Nowadays, there are so many face-altering apps, filters, presets and more. Before you know it, every person and image start to look the same. I say set the trend. Be the person that people want to follow.

what should we know about What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I travel a lot. For business and for pleasure. I’ve worked with many different professional photographers from all over the U.S. I’ve shot all my collaboration with a professional photographer. I prefer quality over quantity. Collaboration with me means your product being shot in a different location with a different photographer each time. I’d like to keep my account fresh!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
We are doing much better than the old days – especially in tech. But there are still struggles as you climb higher on the corp ladder. Unfortunately, it’s still the boys club in most of the big companies. You just need to work harder, stand your ground and push forward.

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