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Meet Candice Nikeia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candice Nikeia.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After graduation from college, I decided to spend a summer in Madrid, Spain. It was a beautiful city and I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to do with my life. After my summer away I moved back home to Indiana, which was really hard for me. To be honest, I compared myself to my college peers who got jobs right after college and seemed extremely happy on facebook. Through tears and frustration I came to a realization that I wanted to go into the fashion industry. My parents encouraged me to apply to fashion schools and the one school that I feel in love with was the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in Los Angeles, CA. I packed three suitcases and my dreams a moved to LA. During my time at FIDM, it was extremely hard for me to get a job in the fashion industry. I applied everywhere but only landed a job working retail at Fossil and I also landed an internship at Entertainment Tonight.

A friend of mind I went to FIDM with knew my struggles with finding a job and she suggested to me that I start blogging. She told me about a new app called Instagram and who these women were making money working with brands and posting on their websites about fashion and fashion tips. I was hooked. I had a friend create my website, I downloaded Instagram, and began my blogging journey. One of my first jobs I got through Instagram was actually a styling job. I began working for a boyband and dressed them. For a while I grew my Instagram through styling others and then slowing transitioned to just “styling myself” and sharing my journey. Even though I was making little to no money, I really loved what I was doing and I knew if I just kept working at it, my blog could become a full-time job. After giving up my styling jobs I subsidized my blog by becoming a nanny. I lived with a family for two years and saved $10,000. I moved out and took a leap of faith and began blogging as a full-time job. That leap was the best decision I made. Today I work full time as an influencer and have an amazing team of photographers and a wonderful manager, Haley! It was a lot of patience and perseverance but I am so thankful I kept pushing through.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It was never a smooth road. There were smooth moments but I would say that my biggest struggle were my finances. When you start a new journey or a business most people have little to no money. Looking back I had a lot going for me. I had a roof over my head, I had food to eat, parents that loved and prayed for me often, and brother to always lift my spirits and friends to keep my encouraged, but when you are struggling you can only see the lack. When I focused on the lack – the lack in my expanded. When I learned what I focus on grows, this is when my life changed for the better!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a life and style blogger/influencer. I blog about fashion, beauty, skincare, and inclusion. I am most proud of my story and my journey. I love talking about inclusion in the influencer world. I believe this sets me apart, being an African American women from a small town of Indiana moving to the big city of LA and using my platform to bring inclusion for those around me. I am also proud of my new venture of doing speaking engagements. I believe they are great opportunities for me to share my thoughts and build a foundation for my future.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Some people call it luck but I call it faith. I had a lot of faith in God and in myself that I could get through the struggles of life and still make my dreams come true. I believe in the law of attraction and setting my intentions. I believe that everything works out for our good and that God knows are desires and will make them happen according to His plan. I believe in the power of gratitude. It’s so exciting to live in the unknown of what the future holds for me.

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Ali Foster, Emily Ely

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