Author Lakeysha-Marie Green is no stranger to tackling style dilemmas. A fashion stylist and former women's fit technologist, her extensive experience in the fashion industry taught her the importance of fit, fashion, and effortless style. Her penchant for creativity led to her work in editorial magazines, international film premieres, and advertising. Passionate about helping women to look their best, Lakeysha-Marie has contributed her style expertise on television and in print publications. Inspired by her own roller coaster ride to self-discovery, Lakeysha-Marie began writing to illustrate the potential for transformation that lies within us all. She holds a degree in fashion design & merchandising, with continued coursework in styling & photography from the London College of Fashion.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
The Seeds of Beauty shows how to makeover your personal image and negate feelings of low self-esteem by defining your beauty from within. Part One lays a foundation of self-love through lessons on resilience, acceptance and discovering who you are as a woman. Once the foundation is in place, Part Two reveals how to take these new aspects of who you are and incorporate them into a stunning wardrobe that flatters your body type.
Each lesson is pulled from my own life experiences, so I ended up with a book that’s relatable, often humorous and easy to understand.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
Some of my clients would look phenomenal after our image consultations, but the light in their eyes never seemed to linger no matter how perfect the look. It was a feeling I recognized from my own past, and I wanted to share what I learned with the hope of inspiring another. During our shopping trips we began to drill down deeper into the topics of self-love and esteem. With each conversation I saw a strength emerging. Whether it was finally learning to say no or finding the courage to let go of the past and move forward.
It was then that I began to see a lasting transformation and I realized that before a make-up or fashion consultation begins, her real beauty needed to start from within.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
When you struggle with self-esteem and defining your image, it’s invaluable to have someone there to guide you through the rough patches based on their experiences. It’s how we learn. However not everyone has that. The inspiration behind this book is to be a voice and let the reader know that she is not alone in the challenges she may be facing and that she possesses the power to overcome them.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My parents would win hand down. Something tells me that no matter how old I get, this will never change.
Your biggest critic?
I can definitely be my own biggest critic. I think it’s a bi-product of loving what I do and wanting to do it well. Over the years I’ve learned to simply give it my best and then let it go. Otherwise I’ll never finish anything!!
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I am most passionate about empowering young women who live in impoverished regions to succeed in life. It’s something that I have always been drawn to. I think it’s because throughout my life I have encountered many individuals who told me I would not succeed as a result of my gender, race or where I was from. I contribute most of my success to those who continued to encourage me and refused to let me give up. I think we often underestimate the power of simply letting someone know you believe in them or telling them guess what –you really do have a chance. It’s amazing to see these girls excel in these programs and even return to help their communities.
In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?
In the last year I have improved on my Italian language skills. It’s crazy how a few new words can open a world of doors. That...and it’s refreshing to talk about more than being hungry, thirsty or asking about the bathroom.
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Yes. Once I finish a piece of work I set it down and forget about it for at least a week. It really helps me to mentally refocus and refresh.
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
Unlike other fashion and beauty makeover books on the market, The Seeds of Beauty challenges you to discover exactly why you are uniquely beautiful on the inside. Once you have embraced your own brand of beauty, you’ll master the fashion fundamentals to accentuate your appearance. It’s a powerful combination that resonates beauty from the inside out.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
The most important lesson I have learned in life so far is to never limit yourself due to fear. I got tired of missing out on important things because I was worried about what people would think of me or what would happen if I didn’t succeed. Whether it’s working up the courage to tell someone that you love them, dying your hair a new color or embarking on a new career. DO IT. This is your life, not a rehearsal. Every day is a new chance to take to center stage and shine in a way that no one else but you, can do.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Trust your ideas enough to step back and let them grow. Not everything can be inked out in an outline. If something has inspired you, it’s for a reason so don’t be afraid to journey down the path as it unfolds before you.