Today we’d like to introduce you to Ponsée Saa.
Ponsée, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Before I moved to LA, I was living in Columbus and had worked at a financial institution for eight years. I was always someone who loved fashion and trying new hair or skincare products so I decided to create an Instagram where I can show that and give people my honest opinion on stuff I have tried. Now I use my platform as a way to connect with other people and show them the products I use, the exercises I do or even what I’m cooking for dinner that night. I love that I’m able to help answer questions or even give recommendations to women.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It wasn’t the easiest transition for me. I moved to a brand new city not really sure what I wanted to do. I wasn’t really active on social media before moving to LA, I didn’t even have an Instagram account. I created one and just started posting pictures of what I was wearing, eating, cooking and doing during the day. Women would reach out to me and ask me questions all the time about my hair, skincare, my weight loss and exercises, where I buy my clothes and even the recipes I would post on my stories. I think that’s what really helped me to grow was how open and honest I was.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I think it’s really important for women to help other women – and that’s exactly what I do on my Instagram. I’m always posting content from how to achieve certain hairstyles to healthy recipes, or even my Arabic music playlist and kitchen appliances! I have created a space where if a woman wants to know something, all she has to do is message me and ask. I love being open and sharing stuff with my followers and I can see that they appreciate it as well.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would’ve taken social media much more seriously had I known the opportunities it could’ve presented to me. I love that we now live in a society where anybody can express their creativity however they’d like. I also think that social media makes it easy to connect with people anywhere in the world. Being that I’m Middle Eastern, I have a pretty big Middle Eastern following and it’s so cool how I’m able to speak with women in Jordan, Palestine, or Lebanon. I never would’ve spoken to or helped any of those ladies had it not been for Instagram – it’s a great way to really bring people together.