In our view, values and principles are the foundation upon which our lives, careers and relationships are built. So, we asked folks we admire to open up to us about the values and principles that matter most to them.

Dolapo Akinkugbe | Artist & Lawyer

Ownership. This has guided a lot of my decision-making in life over my music career, from pursuing and obtaining a law degree and focusing in IP law, to maintaining ownership of my masters and publishing as I independently build my brand and leverage with which I can then demand a deal that is favorable to me. Read more>>

Tymarri Holmes | Model

The most important value to me is being true to myself and enjoying what I do! I feel like if I’m not enjoying myself then why model. If you stand for nothing then you’ll fall for anything. I only participate in shoots that align with my personal beliefs and how I feel about myself. I know how I would like to be represented and I won’t participate in a shoot that presents me in any other way. Read more>>

Ashley Jones | Embroiderer

One thing I do not believe in is failure. However, I do believe that when things do not go as planned it is because a piece of the plan is still missing or that timing is off, but I never tell myself I failed at something. No, I do not believe I am perfect, but I do believe that what is meant to be will always be. If I have a new idea about something it is up to me what I do with it next. No one lives your life and have encountered the same visions you have that’s why they are your visions. Read more>>