Vara Ayanna

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Name: Vara Ayanna

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Age: 24

Title: Fashion Designer, Owner at Maraduer$ World Wide

Married/Single: Single, relaxed and carefree. (My future husband will get a kick out of this when he reads it.)

Kids: No kids! But eventually I’d love to have kids. My dad is low-key psychic and always says I’m going to have two kids!

City you live in: Phoenix!

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up, saying my prayers & heading to work downtown at my day job, equipped with my iPhone, iPad and a thousand ideas for designs, styling gigs and fabric orders. I am lucky to have a job that allows me to work on my creative endeavors and business. After work I usually head to ASU, where I study Fashion Design. I’m especially busy right now because I just came off of LA Fashion Week and my styling business is blowing up.

I was born…

on October 23rd (Scorpio/Libra – cusp!).

My favorite thing about Arizona…

how quiet it is. Phoenix is a very serene town with so many visually beautiful places to shoot, hang out and visit.

I’m listening to…

a lot of Sampha, Young Thug, Drake, Rihanna, a lot of The killers, Paramore, TV On The Radio, Santigold and PartyNextDoor.

My family…

is the best! I have 3 siblings and my parents are awesome – they’ve been together almost 27 years! My family is my biggest support system and I would be nowhere without their help! My grandmothers and cousins, aunts and uncles, I love them all and we’re all very involved with each other.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama! They would be awesome to speak with; I’d love to grab dinner with them!

One thing I cannot live without…

my family, friends and my iPhone.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a veterinarian, a wedding planner or a fashion designer. Look what happened!

I’m inspired by…

music, people and situations.

The one person who motivates me is…

myself. Only I can accomplish my dreams. It’s important to have a strong sense of self and recognize you can do anything you put your mind to.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

racism and discrimination. The world would be a happier place if everyone learned to accept differences and respect people with different beliefs than them. Where’s the love?

The perfect day would be…

waking up, getting ready for a destination photo shoot or music video, traveling to the shoot and making it happen with an awesome crew.

My first job was…

working at Sunsplash!

My favorite escape…

I love getting massages and facials – and taking long hot baths to relax. I love traveling as well! It’s so inspiring going somewhere you’ve never been before and taking it all in.

My life…

is crazy, fun, exciting and all mine. I really believe you can have it all if you work for it.

I’m currently working on…

another clothing line, and my next collection for my brand Marauder$ coming this spring! I’m also re-launching my styling and wardrobing business, and continuing to work through all my creative avenues. I’ve worked a lot lately as the Fashion Editor for Blūm Magazine and Creative Director & Stylist for Malakai Creative (my sister’s company!)

Always…

do what you want. It’s your life, no one can live it for you, never regret anything that makes you happy.

Never…

be scared to speak your mind.

Favorite Quote…

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” -Michelle Obama

Biggest Dream…

to grow my business, start a family, travel the world, have lots of fun and make lots of art.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

when people are all talk and no action, waste others time, or make fun of others. Let’s love more!



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