You are a woman who stays busy year-round. What are some of the projects you are currently on?
I am currently working on several projects with Model/Actress Dalila Torres, owner of D’Martiphotography, Daniel Martinez and Chicago performing artist and hair stylist Alicia Ya Yah Banks. We actually just finished a photo shoot for my Danaya Designs 4U ad [which is] featured in the latest edition of K4S Entertainment HFLMagazine. I am also working on some promotional projects with Lady Survivor, including a new collaborative called Global Media Branding with Ali Joseph owner of Phaze Events and Promotions, Ebony Brinson owner of Diva Spot Ent and Paul Muhammed owner of Identity 12 Branding. I am working with a new Chicago reality show [titled] “Real Mommas”, for which I will be sponsoring the jewelry. I am also a host on Nexxlegacy Radio Network just to name a few.
You host a radio show and design jewelry, which comes more natural to you? Why?
I would have to say jewelry design, because I am creative I have been creating things for years. Whether it be writing songs or poems, co-choreographing dances with Nazaree Azure or re-writing a curriculum to help students learn better.
You have interests in two industries people often refer to as very superficial (fashion and music), how do you insure that the focus stays on your skills and talents?
I’m an artist. I have always been an artist. I survived school only because I was allowed to express myself through art. Fashion is about expressing yourself which is why my motto is “Express What Makes You Unique”. I create pieces that make a statement, pieces that cause conversations, pieces that make people feel proud to wear them and most importantly pieces that are affordable, but not inferior because they can last over four years for our jewelry and over 30 years for the dazzlers. We create pieces that are truly one of a kind.
Do you follow trends when you design your jewelry, or would you say you have a signature style?
I have my own signature style. I don’t really follow trends because trends fade, but a quality product will never go out of style.
How much time do you invest in a line of jewelry, from the planning stage to actually creating a piece?
It depends. Some lines come about from me just playing around with different shapes. However, some lines have to be more thought out. For instance, [for] The Sorority Love Collection I had to do a lot of research of the Divine Nine before I launched, to make sure every symbol was accurate and the meanings behind the symbols as well.
Who or what are your style influences?
I love all things that sparkle! I have always looked for unique jewelry and I know how it feels to find that perfect piece that fits you just right. I feel blessed to be the person who can now give someone that amazing feeling and the ability to do exactly what my motto says “Express What Makes You Unique”.
Where would you like to see your jewelry line in the next five years?
I would love to see Danaya Designs 4U featured in a major movie, on every red carpet and on Broadway.
If you could send a specially crafted piece to anyone in the world, who would it be?
Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah or Michelle Obama
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