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

Hi Maeva, how do you think about risk?
I think risks are necessary! My career as a creative thrives on mostly calculated risks and honestly sometimes not so calculated risks. If you want a big pay off, you have to take a big risk. It’s the only way to level up. Taking risks and challenging yourself goes hand in hand.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Every part of my art excites me! All my accomplishments thus far definitely keep me motivated and able to continue to believe in myself , but nothing excites me more than not knowing what’s next! That means that they are endless possibilities to where my career could go, what I could create and the people I can touch with my art. Getting to where I am now definitely hasn’t been easy, learning about the business has been the most challenging! I’ve definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I will continue to learn and apply all the lessons. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is to be consistent with your work and communication and to keep your word no matter what! I want the world to know that my mission with my art is to normalize and redefine black beauty. I want everyone in our communities to feel represented at all times , to see themselves whenever they open the magazine or watch TV & know that they are valued, they matter, and they are needed! .

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?
I’m still getting to learn Atlanta myself! I’ve only been here for a year. But some of my favorite spots are definitely the Belt line for a nice walk, dope scenery and food. Little five points for the culture, Arabia Mountain for an amazing hike and scenery and I take everyone who visits to Osha Thai galleria!! Amazing food and an experience to remember!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As cliche as this will be , the first person to come to mind is my mother. I dedicate everything to her to be honest ( sorry dad)! She is the coolest person I know, the most hard working, loving and creative as well. She inspires me in everything I do. Everything I am is because of her. She really is the greatest lol

Website: https://www.maevatheradiant.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maevatheradiant/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/maevatheradiant

Image Credits
The one photo of me was taken by Inari (@inaribriana) all the other photos were taken by me (@maevatheradiant)

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