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

Hi Erica, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Multiple things play a role in keeping me grounded. A clear mind and positive attitude is the foundation of success, then consistency. Once you’re able to block things that can potentially blur your focus, you’ll then be able to ground yourself and work on your goals each day …. this is where consistency is built. If I don’t follow these habits that have helped me before, I feel like I won’t have success. Life is about what you make it so if you want a successful one, positive energy and consistency or the most important habits to have.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One thing I can say is it wasn’t easy for me. Being a woman who went through sexual abuse and a dysfunctional upbringing, life matured me early and made me very strong. I always envisioned my highest self, so I knew If I kept being positive and focused I could eventually become that. Sounds so simple the way it’s said but it’s been rough for me. My past and who I am as a person is why I’m an Influencer/ Natural Model/Entrepreneur. I’ve worked consistently to become a monetizing model and social media influencer. It has really paid off and it’s only the very beginning for me. While I am building a career in being a successful influencer I’m also working on recreating my brand EP Too Pretty LLC. We launched the summer of 2020 selling lash strips, but am now turning it into a beauty service that will start in Atlanta. I named my LLC based off me and my experiences. “Too Pretty” is something I always called myself from Twitter to now IG. It didn’t derive from conceit but instead misery. It always upset me when people would say things like I’m “too pretty” to be hurt, when I have one of the most disturbing childhoods, or I’m “too pretty” to do something someone “pretty” wasn’t capable of being for example , a hard worker/hustler, humble, or smart. Funny how beauty can mislead a person’s expectations of who you are as a human. Me always being misperceived as someone else is why I starting using “too pretty” and actually being pretty. The E & P are my initials for my first and last name. That’s how I got my business name. Also since the brand is for women I wanted those I serviced to feel that much more beautiful from getting serviced through my business,

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Places I like to be in Atlanta for a chill spot and decent food is Hide. I love the aesthetics and experience at this new lounge called Goligarden… they have the best hookahs in Atlanta. When I’m exercising and want fresh air I enjoy the beltline.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to Akini of ATLSTALENT for always booking me whenever they’re in need of a model for either videos or commercials. I also wanted to give a shout-out to director Des Gray for encouraging the influence of deeper toned models in the industry. Being a model/influencer of a deep melanin complexion is challenging, but people like Des have influenced me to continue to respect my complexion which allows me to also encourage others alike to as well.

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Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC7_ay26iDRFiEnlCCIB-Hnw

Image Credits
Elijah Davis, Marioshotme, Bqalex

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