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Ariam Geffrard

The Menswear Blogger on a Mission to Empower Women

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Ariam Geffrard moved to New York as a teenager to study architecture. But plans changed when she created her blog, A Dapper Chick, which began as a place to share her personal style and evolved into a resource for female empowerment.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

“I’m an artist who uses fashion as a tool to create. I consider myself a feminist who’s passionate about empowering women. I’m introverted, reserved, usually pretty quiet and socially awkward. In one word, I’m a Pisces.”

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“Ha, I’m still trying to figure that out. I had my first inclination when I was in 8th grade. The last line of my graduation speech said, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a fashion designer.’”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“To me, my work is never good enough. It could always be better.”

What are you most grateful for?

“God and the universe continuously working in my favor. I’m grateful to be alive and able.”

In today’s Instagram world, how do you stay original?

“By consciously staying true to who I am and not changing my voice to resemble others. I shift my focus on me and what I want to share.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Don’t give up, even when you feel like you just can’t win. Just keep doing it. One day you’ll look back sans regret only to realize you accomplished your impossible.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“Myself. I’ve come to realize that I’m the strongest person I know.”

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