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BB Girl Boss Exclusive: Mia The Fatshionista Talks Her Humble Blogging Beginnings And Offers A Few Pointers For Fashion Stans On A Budget

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“A fatshionista is a fashionable, stylish, and well put together plus size woman. She is me, she is my readers.” – Mia The Boss

When I think about the examples of confidence I’ve encountered one way or another in my life, Mia Taylor, also known as Mia The Boss, will always be a part of that list. Through her blog, Instagram, and YouTube channel, she displays to teenagers and women all across the country how to truly be comfortable in your own skin. Not only does she know the ins-and-outs of fashion, but she knows how to do it (and slay might I add) on a budget! Ever since the day I came across her blog and felt a surge of inspiration, I knew I had to share.

In our exclusive interview, Mia discusses confidence, how she began her blogging career, the origin of her incredible fashion sense, and much more. Since you finally decided to join the party, let me take a minute and introduce you to the ever so trendy Mia The Boss.

How did you begin your career in the blogosphere? Was blogging something you always aspired to do?

I started blogging my sophomore year in college in 2008. As a print journalism major, I wanted to focus on fashion and beauty. My blog allowed me to hone my writing skills and express my love of fashion. 

I love your style! You’ve definitely become one of my go-tos when it comes to what’s hot and what’s not. Where did you get your incredible fashion sense from? 

My personal style is a combination of high fashion, streetwear, trends, and inspired by celebrities. I jokingly call myself the plus size Kim Kardashian. I love being uber glam while exuding confidence and sexiness. I love how her style has impacted retailers and trends.

Do you have any fashion role models?

Definitely Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, June Ambrose, Rachel Zoe, and Rihanna.

Looking back on Mia The Boss 5 years ago, did you ever imagine yourself inspiring and having the major influence you have upon young women the way you do today?

Five years ago was when “Mia The Boss” was created. I always loved Rick Ross and thought he was the biggest boss, so I wanted to be a female version of him. I incorporated his hustle, attitude, and grind into my own brand. I never in a million years would’ve thought I would have so many women inspired by what I do. I remember the first time I got an e-mail from a high school girl and she said people teased her because she was fat. I remember I was there once, but I never had an older sister or role model to help me with issues like that. I answer every e-mail I get to this day. I take great pride in being relate-able and down to earth. To know that through fashion I could teach and show young girls and women to be confident is such a blessing. Blogging is a vessel in which I’m able to positively impact others and that’s why I love this so much. 

What would you tell someone struggling to find their inner fashionista?

Find inspiration and try to incorporate it in a way that makes you comfortable. Don’t be afraid to be bold or push the envelope. Fashion is the way you introduce yourself without having to say a word.

With social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter determining the standard of beauty for so many teenagers and young women, what would you tell the girl who believes she’s not pretty enough, too dark, or just simply not good enough?

I’ve been told I’m pretty for a big girl, which is such an insult. I have so much confidence and stuff like that doesn’t bother me, but I know it affects others. I would tell that girl don’t let society’s definition of what’s beautiful define who you are or dictate your life. You have to look in the mirror and be happy with who’s looking back at you.

Do you have any tips for fashionistas on a budget?

You don’t have to have a million dollars to look like it. I’m so creative when it comes to shopping. I’m an online shopper, so before I purchase anything I search for promo codes! Saving a few dollars here and there adds up!

What can we expect from you at the CIAA event coming up?

To shed light on who I am, what I stand for, and also the beauties and the beasts of building a brand.

Mia’s Blog: Diary Of A Fatshionista

Craving some more Mia? Catch up with her at “The Literary Experience” CIAA Edition February 27th! The event will feature bloggers, celebrities, and authors in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina on February 27th, 2016. Additional ticket information can be found on eventbrite.com

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