In a society full of copycats, it’s refreshing to see people whether on their own or in business, stand up and take a stand for individuality, for uniqueness, for self. Tastemakers is dedicated to introducing the individuals and businesses who not only have an influence on society, but who are doing it as themselves, without apology, and in their own way. To those who make the mold rather than try to squeeze into one that currently exists, and to whom at the same time we cannot help but to be inspired and influenced by.
“I wanted to create campaigns where women were just allowed to BE.”
FlyDuo: Please tell us a little about yourself:
Eboni: I would say that I’m the kind of woman who is an unapologetic advocate for empowering women. I truly want to make them feel like the true goddesses they are. I’m also a lover of Beyonce, the Black community and an overall ambitious person.
FlyDuo: How would you describe your personal style/aesthetic?
Eboni: I would describe it as a mix of cozy, chic, and grunge. I love Rihanna’s style, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monae, and Solange. I just like minimalist and neutral tones basically. With a lot of jewels of course.
FlyDuo: How important is individuality to you, both personally and professionally?
Eboni: Individuality comes natural to me. I just feel like no one can be you but YOU.
My audience is rock solid and growing because we showcase REAL women.
FlyDuo: How has being authentic and staying true to yourself benefited your career?
Eboni: I’m only passionate about certain things, so I can’t fake it. My audience is rock solid and growing because we showcase REAL women.
FlyDuo: Who or what inspires and/or motivates you to remain so unapologetically you?
Eboni: I feel like I just see a lot of people pretending for the benefit of others, and I don’t aim to please anyone but myself. I don’t want to live up to someone else’s expectations; I just want to become the best version of myself.
FlyDuo: From individuality to the true body diversity of your models, it’s clear that Lost Queens is more than just another jewelry brand. How important/intentional was it for you to include a message of self love and acceptance in your brand story?
Eboni: Lost Queens was named after a Pharrell song titled “Lost Queen.” Part of the lyrics to that song were, “You have to look inward to experience the outer space that was built for you.” That really stuck with me because it aligned with my own self-love journey. I took the time to get to know myself and fall in love with who I was becoming, and that’s when good things started to happen for me. It wasn’t painless but this journey has led me to my passions, new genuine relationships and so much more.
FlyDuo: How does it feel to be considered a Tastemaker?
Eboni: It feels weird because I didn’t think I had an aesthetic, lol.
FlyDuo: Lastly, if you could give your style a name of it’s own, what would it be, and why?
Eboni: Sad Girls Club… it’s an inside joke with my best friend, because I tend to wear frumpy clothes when I’m getting work done.
One thing about you that might surprise people? I listen to hella trap music.
One thing you carry with you at all times? A lighter.
Your spirit animal? Unicorn.
Fashion item you own the most and least of? Leggings. Bras.
Dream collaboration? BEYONCE AND BLUE IVY
Are you or someone you know a Tastemaker? We wanna hear from you!