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Hello my fellow readers,

Happy 2017! It is a new year, and for me, a new year associates with a new attitude, a fresh perspective, and possibly a new look. As 2016 came to a close, I have compiled a list of resolutions that I would like to accomplish this year, whether it’s something more personal or blog-related. One of the resolutions related to the blog is to produce more distinct content, which would not just differ from my regular posts, but also from other bloggers’ sites. I won’t stop posting lookbook posts, nor will I conclude my NYC Diary section, but instead, I will experiment with my content; playing it up whether it’s in terms of photography or locations at which I will be shooting at. Besides, it is always interesting to rediscover yourself, attempt to rejuvenate your personal image or blog content. However, some changes could be inspired by your favorite celebrities, and I am sharing with you my role model-Beyonce.

It might seem typical to some, yet Beyonce’s music, as well as her personal image, have had a grand impact on my life. I grew up in a relatively small city of Odessa, Ukraine, and I moved to the United States almost six years ago. There were plenty of hardships, as well as challenges that might have been of different proportions, however, Beyonce’s music and image have always guided me through many struggles that I could have possibly experienced. When I needed an extra boost of confidence when I was applying for my first job with shaky hands, I listened to “Run the World” to give myself an extra push, as well to not forget the power each individual, especially a female has. When I had doubts in my self-esteem, “Flawless” was always there to reassure me and tell me that I woke up “flawless.” Yet, when Beyonce released her most recent album, simply titled “Lemonade,” she not only produced music, but she also provided a story, filled with personal experiences, as well as combined with poems from young writers. Lemonade became a modern poetic and musical masterpiece of some sort. Besides, Beyonce reinvents herself with every album and every tour, whether it’s her style or the genre of music she is flowing into. The constant reinvention in order to improve oneself or one’s talent is one of the main reasons Beyonce inspires me and pushes me to pursue my goals and work through my challenges.

Beyonce’s style is just as revolutionary as her music. Whether it’s going against the previously-established rules and wearing all black in the heat of summer, or mixing and matching prints and toning them down with one element of clothing, such as a belt, Beyonce causes the press to buzz, yet create a stylish, as well as a positive image of herself. Beyonce is strong, powerful, and independent, yet she also knows how to balance a successful career and family. She is a style icon, which was confirmed by the CFDA 2016 Fashion Icon award, but she is also a performer, who manages to engage with her fans every time she is on stage (I have footage to prove it). She knows her value and worth, which is something every young woman needs to learn and never forget, and that is one of the reasons why she is my role model.

As previously mentioned, Beyonce isn’t afraid to take risks with fashion, which is something I am working on. I love statement pieces, such as the faux fur coat I am wearing because they tend to be that one piece in an entire outfit that show your true persona, however, I love mixing them with something more toned down, such as a black turtleneck and jeans, which are the basics in my wardrobe. In addition, I try to play up with my accessories, but as of lately, I’ve been loving my watch and chain bracelet with simple rings. The little accessories play up the look without overpowering it.

As I begin listening to Beyonce, or put on my one of my favorite statement pieces, such as my faux-fur coat, I stop wearing my doubts and start wearing my confidence, and hence the title, I won’t be sorry for that.

Outfit Details: Faux-Fur coat-H&M (Similar Here, Here, & Here), Turtleneck-Asos (Similar Here), Jeans-Zara, Boots-Michael Kors, Backpack-Rebecca Minkoff (Similar HereHere, & Here), Watch-Coach (Similar Here), Chain bracelet-Purchased at Beacon’s Closet (Similar Here & Here).

Photography by Vanessa Flores.

Videography by Vanessa Flores.

Play up the confidence, my fellow readers.

Yours Truly,

Sophia for Fashion Caption.

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