Stella Simona of Haati Chai Jewelry and Amarilo Jewelry
What Does Being South Asian Mean to You?
Just because we are all South Asian doesn't mean we are going to be passionate about the same career paths. There's, unfortunately, a lot of pressure for many of us to follow a path that is more "secure" or "sophisticated" from our communities and families. At the end of the day, we all need to do what is right for us. Representation matters. Being a South Asian in the fashion and beauty space allows me to pave the path for those after me. It allows consumers to finally see products and campaigns that speak to them and their features.
What Does It Mean to Have Style Right Now?
Style is timeless — it's not focused on trends. For me, style has always embodied confidence. It's knowing who you are and what you like — it's an extension of your personality.
The Best Piece of Career Advice You've Gotten?
You know your business — always stick to what you feel is best.
Something You Wish You Knew Before Starting Your Business?
I honestly wish I understood the importance of self-care. Everything you go through, your business goes through. If you are not fully present, your business will suffer. Maintaining balance at all times should be your utmost priority and not something to be pushed off for later when you're "more available." Shop The Brand: Haati Chai Jewelry and Amarilo Jewelry