The Ultimate Dream Of A Fashion Queen: ‘Passion For Fashion’ With Grambling Alum, Raven LeDay
Fashionista Raven LeDay has had a ‘passion for fashion’ since she was in the third grade. Nearly a decade ago, she decided that she would pursue a career in the fashion industry and she’s been ‘stylin’ ever since!
The Dallas native is a true young fashion icon on the rise, where no matter the occasion she tends to turn heads and catch the eyes of so many with her one-of-a-kind fashion sense. She recently created her own fashion line called ‘Nevar Style’ that has unique collections for all target markets.
Since making the huge decision to pursue a career in the fashion industry, LeDay has been extremely busy doing whatever it takes to make her dream come true.
In addition to becoming a fashion mogul, she plans to become the editor-in-chief of her own magazine. She has the personality, determination and even the gift of writing to get it done, but about two years ago, she thought not having the necessary funds would stand in her way of becoming successful, but she continues to strive and chase her dream.
LeDay describes herself as a ‘serial entrepreneur’, but education has been one of her focuses the past few years. She has obtained three degrees, one being an A.A. in Merchandise Marketing from Wade College where she learned so much about marketing her brand. She gained more experience while working at several retail jobs including Talbots, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy and Nordstrom.
Currently LeDay is working towards her Master’s in Public Administration to eventually start her own non-profit that enhances the lives of low-come families.
With great love for fashion, but an even stronger love for her family, a few years ago her mother was unfortunately diagnosed with Muscle Myofibrillar Myopathy, so she cut her work schedule down to 10 hours per week to help take care of her.
At a young age with so many dreams, you would think all of the curve balls that were being thrown at LeDay would make her want to give up on everything, things definitely did get challenging, but each challenge made her want to work ten times harder to better her craft.
The trendsetter later created a fashion blog that she would write in every day, she researched the fashion industry cover to cover, taught herself how to sew and even started her own seamstress business.
The past two years LeDay has been in grind mode. She is currently a graduate Media Relations Assistant at Grambling State University and earlier this year one of her articles ‘Get Real: 5 Ways to Deal With Being Black in America’ was featured on the Pink Productions website, a site for women around the globe who seek to positively influence the world around them.
Her photo was also featured on Claire Sulmer’s New York entertainment website The Bomb Life’s Instagram page ‘Fashion Bomb Daily’ , 1 of the top 50 influential style sites in the world with over 1 million followers.
And of course with fashion comes modeling, and LeDay being the huge supporter she is, she has modeled several outfits including clothing from Ruston, Louisiana’s shopping and retail store ‘One Wardrobe’ owned by another Grambling alum, photographer, and teacher, Katrina Harris (@pepperann22).
QUICK FACT: In 2015, LeDay tried just about everything to get to New York Fashion Week. During 2017, she has already been on quite a journey and is working on ways to prepare to leave her imprint on the fashion industry. She is expected to make an appearance at NYFW 2018, so be on the lookout for that!
FUTURE GOAL: “In the next year, I would like to open an online boutique catering to women between the ages 25-40,” she said.
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.