We had the good fortune of connecting with Myah Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up, I used poetry, play writing and storytelling to express myself. When I got to highs school I discovered my love for fashion and used clothes, my hair style choices and make up to make statements about who I was, These creative outlets became a part of my identity and slowly matured. I now use my gifts to create and to tell stories of underrepresented groups.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Zeal Life is a publication aimed to amplify the visibility of marginalized groups is fashion, art and culture. Focusing on intersectional identity, TZL showcases the stories and images of Black and Brown people. Building the platform has been in no way easy, and it’s has taken a lot of trial and error, introspection and even some rebranding, but one of the most powerful and brave lessons I’ve leaned is to ask for help when I need it.
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.
As a foodie we are hitting some of the best spots in Atlanta to eat. For brunch we can do Ms. Iceys or Twisted Soul. We are definitely going to Desta, an Ethiopian restaurant in Decatur. At some point. we are getting margaritas and tacos from taqueria del sol. Bon Ton for drinks and good food on Sunday night. Weather permits and post pandemic we are going to the Beltline for bike riding and Jenis ice cream. We’d go to the museum and or go thrifting and stopping at local crystal shops. At night we are hitting comedy shows and open Mics. Apache and Hell Yeah Comedy show are a couple of my favorites.
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?
My mother, grandmother—who is no longer —with us and my partner have been so valuable throughout my journey of creative pursuits. They each in their own unique way have given me strength and confidence to do what I love, and I am forever grateful for it.
Photographed by: Joelle Rosen Models: Christian Cody, Nile Rondon , Sade Ashekun, Jasmine Rice MUA: Jarrah Comer, Akech Allolding Styling: Myah Jackson, Joelle Rosen, Creative Direction and Production: Myah Jackson Photo Assistant: Trace Taylor Set Assistant: Corinea Austin