GRL IN PHOTOS: MERLYN
TELL US WHO YOU ARE
My name is Merlyn, I'm 24, Jamaican born, Brooklyn raised. I would describe myself as a strong minded individual with a outgoing personality, who is currently inspiring others to chase their dreams while I chase mine.
Tell us about your career and your goals
I'm the Social Media Manager of IMAN Cosmetics and Jay Manuel Beauty. I want to pursue all my career interests, including that of event planner, socialite/media maven and brand manager in the fashion/beauty world. As long as I’m happy and I have no regrets...that’s all that matters.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING IN SOCIAL MEDIA?
Creating! I never expected me to be a content creator and it’s not easy but I really enjoy it. Social Media is a competitive world and you have to create compelling content to get the engagements you want. In the cosmetics world, there’s endless things you can do with makeup and I’m constantly thinking “how can I recreate this?” or “how can I make this better.” My mind is always on the go and I’ve grown into a visual person… I love it! Social media is always changing and you have to have the mindset of knowing when to switch it up in order to keep up or stay ahead with of competitors creatively.
who's account would you like to take over for a day?
There’s so many! I would choose the Essence brand overall. They ALWAYS have celebrities come in their office and do quick Facebook lives that are chill but informative. Their Instagram is full of inspiration, girl power and black beauty. Also, I read their Snapchat discover stories every morning and I would love be a part of the creative process.
GIVE US 5 PIECES OF ADVICE YOU'D TELL YOUR 14 Y/O SELF
Step out of your comfort zone. Be curious, try new things: It’s the only way you will learn and discover the endless opportunities waiting for you.
Stop being shy. From a young age, I was always quiet and got overlooked by teachers and peers. I had so much potential then and I wish I knew it at that age.
Be grateful, life is good (right now). You might think high school is hell, but there will be more good days than bad ones.
Being a nerd is cool, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Wearing glasses will always be on trend, ok!
Don’t quit ballet! Dancing is one of my favorite hobbies but I wish I was more skilled in ballet or even tap.