Kween Krush alert!! This is where we celebrate everyday women for being complete badass Wonder Women.
Natasha, we have a crush on you because you’re completely slayin’ the game. To quote Drake ‘You started from the bottom now you’re here’. You went from model to blogger to YouTuber to influencer and now the world is at your fingertips.
What’s the hardest thing about running your own empire Bisous Natasha?
Lol, thanks. Now I just need to start making Drake money! 🙂 The most difficult thing about running my empire – as small as it is – would be time management. I currently do not have an assistant and work with people on a temporary basis, so I have to make the most of each day and not procrastinate.
What do you identify most with? Being a blogger, influencer, model or business woman?
For now, I would say an influencer. I used to model but now I do this full time; my goal is to make it into a successful business and be a business woman.
Have you found you’ve had to fight to be seen or heard as a woman in your industry?
My industry is dominated by women, which is a good thing but I still have to fight to be seen, to be paid fairly etc.
What are some of the biggest challenges? Is it as competitive as it seems?
Some of the biggest challenges start with securing a project over someone else, so it does make the industry competitive. There are many friendly and helpful women in the industry but there are always a few who are in it for themselves.
What’s a day-in-the-life of Natasha Ndlovu?
It varies. Some times it involves me in my pyjamas on the computer all day doing admin but some days I go out to several meetings with potential clients for work. Once in a while I am shooting several street style looks or travelling with a brand when there is an upcoming product launch.
Your Instagram account natashandlovu has close to 100 thousand followers! What’s the secret? Is it more hustle than luck or timing?
I have been on Instagram for a while now and many brands and accounts repost my photos. Nowadays, with the algothrithm change, you have to be consistent with posting and keeping followers aware of the content you produce.
How did you come to live in London? Have you found it difficult at times?
I moved here initially because I was scouted for modelling. I then did some interning at art galleries in between before falling into fashion and blogging. It has been a tough journey, especially when family and close friends live abroad, but it has its amazing moments.
You’re away from your Mum and family who live in South Africa. Do you miss them? What’s it been like to build a trusty support network here?
I do miss my family and only see them once a year. The distance and cost of travelling halfway across the world makes it difficult to see them often. It also therefore makes it important for me to build friendships with people I can trust, not just hang out with on weekends.
Do you have any insecurities or anxiety when it comes to being in the public eye?
I am a quiet person when I am at public events where I don’t know anyone so I avoid going alone haha.
What’s more important to you, being recognized as a brand or a role model?
At the moment, honestly, as a brand because I am trying to be a reliable source of content and information but I have always wanted to help other women with the knowledge and experience I have working in fashion.
What is the one thing people don’t know about you?
Oooh, that’s a secret. Ha! To be honest, I am not that mysterious.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I would like to do a beauty collaboration, so I am focusing on beauty content a lot.
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Who do you look to for inspo? Would it surprise us?
I look at 90s fashion for inspiration these days. The Calvin Klein – Cindy Crawford era.
Any advice for women/men following in your footsteps? What does it take to be the ultimate #BossKween just like you?
I say keep creating content, work hard, give yourself a little break (Netflix) but keep the momentum going. It’s so easy to look at someone on Instagram and feel like you will never be as successful as them but just focus on your work / content and you will have a breakthrough.
Natasha was Carmela’s first London flatmate. They lived together in a charming little place in Notting Hill, in a street behind Portobello Road. Most of their time was spent watching Netflix, drinking rosé while discussing boys and going for brunch at their fave spot ‘Mike’s’. Carmela will always cherish those days.
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