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Meet Veena Venkersammy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veena Venkersammy.

Hi Veena, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
In 2015, I tore my ACL and I was unable to walk because of an accident. I hit my foot against metal. I didn’t realize that it was a sprain. All of a sudden, it became a muscle tear and I was immediately hospitalized for three months I was put in a boot and unable to walk. During this time, I was admitted to therapy three times a week because I was in crutches for six months. I ended up really sad and alone and unable to drive. I spent hours watching motivational videos on Versace, Dior, Chanel, and Valentino. Previously, I spent two years in fashion school and decided it was my time to start my own swimsuit line and jewelry line.

I finally got a sewing machine online and while in my boot and crutches decided to sew and learn how to make gems on bras. I think because I was in PJS and ugly clothes the entire day, I wanted to motivate myself to make a sexy line.
I got my first successful show in 2016 and 2017 when I did New York fashion weeks and debuted my swim line. Then in 2018, I started to make jewelry and sell them at hotels and tradeshows nationwide. My line is for the modern and fashion-forward women that is not afraid to be bold and daring. It’s about making girls not be afraid to be themselves and take a stand to support one another. All my team of girls that help my brand are genuinely themselves and express healing their inner fear with style. My motto is to heal yourself through fear.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Yes. I would say working with the wrong people and also working with artists that try to drag you down is bad. The struggle as the competition of women that try to use me or tear me down is apparent. Also, being a West Indian and feeling the pressures of not working a normal job and being married sooner was always a red flag in Guyanese culture. When you are an artist, you are broke a alot. You sometimes don’t know where you will live next.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Cleoblvd is all made in LA and eco friendly. I made jewelry and swimwear. I’m most proud of my line being in New York fashion week. I’m proud about being able to make girls feel better about their self-esteem and confidence when they wear Cleoblvd. All my fans are dedicated to sustainability and a healthy mental state of mind. All my followers and brand message is targeted toward the real modern, hardworking women.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I would say find a person that has similar interests to you that is in a similar business and is already successful.

Pricing:

  • 30 mins of a free jewelry styling session
  • $150.00 glam makeover for special occasions
  • $250.00 for a event jewelry makeover session

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Image Credits

Makeup – Anniessa Burke @anniessaburke @blendbruleebeauty Photos- Lara Del Arte @laradelarte

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