The great thing about the Internet is that everyone has an opportunity to share their voice. The explosion of blogs (how many of your friends don’t have one at this point?) is an exciting result of the interwebs, but it can also foster some stiff competition. What I love about Dāsha Guyton, is how supportive she is of other bloggers. If she’s not featuring a someone on her blog, Windy City Wardrobe, she’s sharing great resources and opportunities on Facebook or tips on Instagram.
In a world that keeps trying to pit girl against girl, Dāsha is a wonderful example of what I want to be – a badass woman supporting other badass women.
When someone asks you what you do, what do you say?
I usually say “I’m a blogger,” which then garners, “Oh, what do you blog about?” Then I elaborate on all the things I do in the fashion, beauty, and photography industry. Sometimes I say, “9 to 5 I provide resources and assistance to low income seniors.” No one ever has a follow up question to that one.
What are you proudest of? How did you accomplish it?
Designing a life I love. I’ve always been a decisive person. As a kid I decided 3 things. I’d be valedictorian, the first in my immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree, and I’d move away from Oklahoma. Today, all three are true. Now I get together with my better half and we write a list of goals. We revisit that list once a year to see how much progress we’ve made and hold each other accountable.
Do you believe in soul mates?
I didn’t always, but now absolutely! I believe there is someone for everyone. My marriage is proof of that. She’s my best friend, lover, and favorite person.
Which category do you fall in: girls with weddings planned before they have a fiancée, or girls who wing it?
I wing it all the way. I was almost late to my own wedding, but I arrived in the knick of time fully dressed and loved every second of the attention I got on the bus ride over.
(Psst – read the amazing story of Dāsha’s wedding here! And can we talk about how adorable Dāsha and her wife, Michaela, are? I mean, come on.)
When did you decide to start your business?
I didn’t really decide to start the business as much I’d like to take credit for it. I decided to start a blog, but the opportunity to monetize presented itself. I feel as if I had an unplanned pregnancy that gave me the gift of a child I never knew I wanted. Now I actually get paid for doing things I love to do.
What was your favorite moment of 2015?
My birthday. I turned 20 something for the last time this year, and I did it in style living it up in Manhattan with my favorite person in the world. On the way back home my role model, Tanesha Awasthi sent me an email agreeing to be interviewed for my blog. That was the icing on the cake!
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I am starting to see myself as a feminist more and more each day because it’s hard not to be when I put on my shoes and walk out into the world each day as triple minority. The inequalities in the world constantly remind me that I am a black gay woman. Which means there are obstacles in achieving my goals based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
When do you feel most beautiful?
A week after I dye my hair, when my toes are freshly painted white and my skin has that summer glow.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My favorite telenovela, Devious Maids!
What’s your favorite lipstick?
What’s your favorite store?
What is your favorite book?
If you were a stripper, what would be your signature song?
“Body Party” by Ciara. Is it weird that I didn’t have to give this question any thought?
Not at all, Dāsha. Not at all.