We had the good fortune of connecting with Amira Ashley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amira, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Washington State. I started my business at 9yrs old in the midst of the pandemic, so I bet you can guess my background and upbringing had a major impact on who I am today. My mom (who’s my biological Aunt) is raising me, my brother, and older sister as a single parent. She gave up a lot to keep us together so we wouldn’t be split up into foster care homes. Watching her give her all to us, pushing herself to go for her dreams, all the while telling us we can be anything we want has truly inspired me. She’s taught me the value of family, what a real mom is, how to trust God, and that I can be anything I want to be.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the 10year old business owner of my own lipgloss business called Boujee Vegan Girl. So many things have contributed to getting me where I am, but one that has really pushed me was when I was asked with a bunch of kids what we wanted to be when we grew up. I was so excited to answer because I knew exactly what I wanted to be. When it was my turn, I smiled my biggest smile and said “A boss!”. The adult looked at me like I had spoken a foreign language, cleared their throat and said “Little girls that look like you can’t be bosses. You need to pick something more realistic like a cashier or something”. My heart was crushed, I even cried. After I was done crying, I decided I was going to be a boss and I wasn’t going to wait until I was a grown-up to be one. I told my mom I was ready to launch my business, but she was hesitant. Being that we were in the midst of the pandemic and didn’t have everything ready (why is it that grown-ups want everything to be “perfect”?) she just wasn’t sure it was the best move. I told her I was ready and she gave me the green light. So, I went for it and I’m glad I did, because I’ve been selling out ever since and inspiring kids and adults to go for their dreams and start that business! Your business won’t work, if you don’t work it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here’s what me and my bestie would do if everything was opened back up: I’d have my mom take us to eat breakfast at On the griddle, then we’d get our hair done at my favorite beauty salon called Hair Goals by Jazmin Dominique (because we have to look cute while we’re out), then we’d go to the bowling alley, we’d have to eat at my favorite vegan chinese place called Yuan Su Vegetarian, we’d go visit sephora or ulta to play in makeup, go to church, go to seaside (that’s our beach) and wrap up the trip with a visit Mt.Hood,

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to send a shout-out to my Mom. She’s my super hero, without her love and support I wouldn’t be where I am today. Without her taking a chance on 3 kids, well I don’t even want to think where I would have ended up. I love her so much!

Now, that I shouted out my mom. I need to give the BIGGEST shout-out to God. Being his daughter has changed my life and without his love, grace, and favor I wouldn’t be the girlboss I am today.

Website: www.shopboujeevegan.com

Instagram: @BoujeeVeganGirl

Image Credits
Adreon Willingham

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