SYT: Tell us about yourself.
Alicia: My Name is Alicia Mitchell I'm African-American and my passion is all things concerning fashion, makeup and home decor .
SYT: What are some of your goals?
Alicia: My goal is to become a successful plus size clothing designer and my future goal is to have my own cosmetic line.
SYT: What are your beauty struggles?
Alicia: We all have things that we would like to better so I choose not to call any of it a struggle. However, I feel like the beauty standards placed on women in society has made it a struggle for them to believe that they are beautiful.
SYT: What is your definition of beauty?
Alicia: Beauty is not something that can just be seen, it is a feeling and is demonstrated in our actions and how we treat other people.
SYT: You recently went viral for putting body-shamers in their place after your Halloween costume honoring the late Aaliyah was re-shared on social media. How did you find the courage to stand up to these internet trolls?
Alicia: I've always been picked on since I was little girl because of my size, it was not easy for me at all. Now that I've grown and matured I found the strength to stand in loving myself through my faith in God. It's not about the outward appearance but what's in your heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
SYT: Were you shocked at how much attention the post received?
Alicia: I was very shocked at the attention my post received because of the hateful and mean comments. The biggest shocker of it all was the amount of love I received from so many different people that could relate and the women who shared their stories on how my picture gave them the courage and strength to love their bodies.
SYT: What advice would you give to other women who are criticized for the way they look?
Alicia: My advice to other women criticized for the way they look is to never listen to what others say especially if they have nothing to bring to the table. If you look at the person that is doing the criticizing, 9 times out of 10 they are going through something within themselves. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life so how others view you holds no value. IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU !!! AND HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF .
SYT: Have you ever felt like you did not belong or left out of the beauty industry?
Alicia: Plenty of times. I felt like I didn't belong and felt left out because there was no representation of women that looked like me. When I would do fashion shows I would be the largest girl in the show, I would sell the most tickets but never had anything to wear because designers had nothing in my size.
SYT: What are some beauty products you have on your bathroom sink?
Alicia: Some of the beauty products on my sink are My Clarisonic Mia 2 ,Neutrogena Cleansing Foam Face Wash, Afriderm Day Cream & Night Cream and my Shea Moisture Lip Balm.
SYT: Do you have a side hustle?
Alicia: My side hustle along with doing makeup and fashion is freelance photography and 1 on 1 makeup classes .
SYT: Best piece of advice you would give to another women of color as she navigates through life?
Alicia: The best piece of advice I would give a women as she navigates through life is “Never let the negative things that people say or do affect you but let the positive things that you do for yourself and others effect them”
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