I can’t exactly remember if I first discovered Zoe on YouTube or Instagram but either way, I’m so glad we were able to connect. On the day of our photo session, Zoe had such a welcoming spirit from the moment she stepped into the studio. She greeted me with a hug and a huge infectious smile, and from that moment, I knew that she would be a pleasure to work with. From modeling on the runway to sharing her natural hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube, Zoe is a great role model to her tens of thousands of followers. Zoe inspires me because she has incorporated what she loves (fashion, beauty, and style) into her career, and is using it to connect with and inspire other young women.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT YOU DO, AND YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
My name is Zoe Allamby, born and raised from the beautiful island of Barbados. I moved to Miami about 5 years ago to build a career in the Fashion Industry. I graduated with a BA in Fashion Merchnadising from the Miami iInternational University of Art of Design, and currently work for a Miami-based designer as a Fashion Marketer overseeing direct and electronic campaigns.
My Youtube channel is an online hub for girls like myself who have a penchant for beauty and fashion. I also try add a fun element by incorporating tags and question videos.
WHAT PUSHED YOU TO START YOUR OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR CHANNEL?
I was once addicted to watching makeup tutorials online and thought one day maybe I could do this haha. When I moved to Miami in between classes it became a habit to pull out my laptop or digital camera and film videos. When I got lazy thankfully my roommate Ryan pushed be a lot to be consistent. What started out as a hobby has developed into a 30,000+ online following.
WHAT (OR WHO) INSPIRES YOU? ON DAYS WHEN THINGS GET TOO STRESSFUL, WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
My parents. They have sacrificed so much for my brother and I. They are a true illustration of hardworking, dedicated, and passionate individuals. One of my top goals is to retire them, and I will make sure of it no matter the cost.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
When I was younger, I encountered a lot of insecurity issues with regards to my body. I was a late bloomer, extremely tall, and skinny. I didn’t love myself. Looking back I’d remind myself that ‘You are perfect just the way God made you. It’s important not to listen to and believe negative words from people. Accept your flaws because they make you who you are, and that in itself is a beautiful thing.’
BONUS: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING FROM BARBADOS?
The people. I never get tired of going home and talking to my fellow Bajans. Bajans have such a warm and welcoming presence about them and are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever encounter.
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