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Meet Trailblazer Synah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Synah.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is an acronym for “So You New Around Here?” I’m a singer-songwriter and plus size model. I’m originally from Georgia; I came to LA with my mother who was a Female MC.

I moved around a lot as a kid, so I always felt like the new girl and being an introvert didn’t help much either. The one thing that being an introvert did help with was being able to keep myself busy in a household of a single mother, raising four kids, while pursuing a career as a female rap artist. Fast forward past the childhood trauma and stage mom stories to being kicked out at 18 and dealing with depression and anxiety. I started performing and making music anywhere I could; recording with friends and writing for other artists. The only thing that made chasing my dream a nightmare was my body image issues as a kid, I was always told that if I wanted to be a successful entertainer I had to be skinny which I was not. I developed curves at a very young age and got in trouble often for my clothing. I started making my own clothes because there wasn’t “age appropriate” clothing available for my age range.

Constantly being told my body was wrong to lead me to BELIEVE that my body WAS wrong. My crippling body image issues and severe depression and anxiety lead to dizzy spells in dance class and multiple suicide attempts. Creating had been my only outlet, so I started releasing music in the hopes that someone else would hear my music and relate. I started modeling as a way to make myself look at myself again. My confidence was so low that I stopped looking in the mirror I was unhappy with myself because I didn’t know what loving myself felt like. I thought it was something I was supposed to get from someone else. I remember seeing plus-size models like Tesse holiday and Ashley Graham promoting body positivity and it made me look at myself in a positive light. I modeled as a kid as a hobby, so I figured I’d start posting photos on Instagram which lead to a partnership with Forever 21 plus, Fashion Nova and more. Modeling has become such a healer and something I really enjoy doing. Speaking openly about my struggles mentally has taught me so much about myself. I used to be afraid of being judged or called crazy, but all I ever needed as a kid was someone to understand my pain. I believe at the end of the day, I’d rather be that person who understands for someone out there. Releasing my music independently and being able to openly express myself has truly been my saving grace.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oftentimes, life has felt like one roadblock after another. I was kicked out for the first time of many at 16, battling depression, eating disorders.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about your business – what should we know?
I’m a singer-songwriter, plus-size model. I love challenging myself to try different genres of music, but right now, I’ve created a lot of R&B and pop music. As a brand, I’m proud of not being afraid to try things that go against the status quo.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
The women who have inspired me the most is my Grandmother – Carrie she is such a beautiful, wise, and loving woman. She’s taught me so much about how to love and she’s inspired me to be a strong confident woman.

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Image Credit:
Jimmy Grande, All thingsTall.com, Forever21.com

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