Today we’d like to introduce you to Nargis Bahaduri.
Hi Nargis, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My online clothing boutique, ShopNargis.com, is something I have been dreaming about for years. I knew I always wanted to be my own boss and own a clothing boutique, I just knew it was going to be a lot of hard work and patience. I learned everything I needed to learn about starting my own business when I attended FIDM in Los Angeles and got my Bachelor’s in Fashion Marketing. At that point, I just had to apply everything I learned from school into execution. I kept putting it off until the 2020 pandemic hit and I was stuck at home with nothing to do. I noticed a trend of a lot of people creating their own business so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to start as well. From the very beginning of even thinking of starting my own business, I knew I wanted to incorporate a message of giving back within the brand. Because there are so many causes that need help, I thought of the idea of rotating causes every few months so that I can give back to multiple charities. As of now, with everything going on in Afghanistan, giving back to my family back home and others in need of support is my main focus.
Aside from owning my own business, I am an Associate Talent Manager for a talent agency, Image Is Everything. I have always been passionate about the societal disapproval for women of color so when I found out that Image Is Everything promotes diversity and inclusivity in the beauty and fashion industry, I knew this was the perfect company for me. This job gives me the opportunity to be part of the influencer world without having to be an influencer and it’s very rewarding to see such amazing women of color do amazing things wit the biggest brands in the industry. I love my job and I can’t wait to continue growing in this aspect of my career.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road whatsoever. There are many days that you feel defeated and think the worst but it’s those days that really motivate you to push harder. The financial aspect can be challenging as well especially living on your own and being financially dependent from your parents. I just try really hard to remind myself that the bigger the risk, the higher the reward. Not only am I doing this for myself but for my family in Afghanistan so there definitely is a lot of pressure but thats what pushes me to continue going the most.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My online clothing boutique, Shop Nargis offers trendy and affordable clothing. The most important thing everyone should know is the message behind my clothing brand and the many ideas that I want to incorporate into my business in the future. While it continues to grow, I wish to include clothing for all body types and sizes and feature women from all around the world. I also hope to someday include my own designs with a touch of Afghan culture.
What sets me apart from others is my strong passion for activism and justice in everything I do. I am so thankful to not only be able to create my own brand from scratch with a message of giving back but also working for a company that has a message of empowerment for women of color. I am doing everything I have always dreamed of and I am so passionate about my career that I can’t wait to see where else life takes me.
Everyone please check out my website, ShopNargis.com and @Shopnargis on Instagram to see the latest updates and new arrivals. Be sure to check out the donation spotlight on the website to see which organization/charity/cause I choose to donate to.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I remember being very quiet and insecure. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood where people tend to judge you and your personality just based on the color of your skin. Because I wasn’t white or even white-passing, I had a very hard time fitting in and finding my voice. I often felt out of place and defeated but I remember the only thing getting me through this tough time was thinking of moving to LA and making all my dreams come true. While I wouldn’t ever say that I was bullied, I definitely felt like an outcast in my hometown. I used to despise my experience but now I am thankful for it because it made me who I am today and pushed me to become the woman I always wanted to become.
It wasn’t until I hit college where I started to feel more confident and comfortable in my skin. I often get triggers remembering how I felt growing up and how insecure I once was but I use that as fuel to continue my journey. I am so happy that I was able to grow out of my childhood insecurities and became a strong, confident woman with a career-oriented mind and activist heart.
- Black Open Tank – $15
- Cross Halter Top: $20
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.shopnargis.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shopnargis/
Photographer: Jennifer Hoehn – Instagram: @jenhoehnohotography Models: Anna Johnson Lei Phillips Britany Hernandez Marinela Villanueva Jocelyn Rodriguez