“IT” Girl Of The Month: Samaria Leah Smith

Often compared to Ciara and the late singer Aaliyah, Samaria Leah Smith, daughter of LL cool J and Simone Smith has been making waves recently on social media. With her daring and unique sense of style it’s no wonder that Samaria Leah is our “IT” girl of the month. 
Get to know this fashionista on the interview below:
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What sparked your interest in fashion?

Since I was a little girl I was always in and out of my mother’s clothes and shoes. My mom was always into fashion and still is. She was always fabulous and had the latest and newest of everything. I think I definitely got it from her. 

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Did you always know that you wanted to be a designer? 
Absolutely, again as a child I would change outfits about seven times a day. I would sketch non stop. Cut things, tie things together and do basically anything I wanted to make anything cuter. 

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What’s your favorite aspect of the fashion industry?
My favorite aspect of the fashion industry is just that it gives you the ability to express yourself in which ever way you want. Also the chance to make people feel beautiful in what they are wearing. Having the talent to be able to do that means everything to me. 

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Do you draw inspiration from any designers?
I think everyone finds inspiration from other designers. It’s all about learning from others and knowing the history but using that and forming your own stylistic ideas in new, innovative ways. 

Who is your favorite designer and why?
My favorite designer would be Alexander Wang. He completely embodies what I love about fashion. He’s sleek, sexy and simple and minimalistic at times , but he also gives femininity a tomboyish, edgy, street vibe. 

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Your father was a fashion icon in the 1980s and 90s. Has he influenced you in anyway?
I think he influences me in my obsessions with vintage and 90’s style.
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How would you define your personal style?
My personal style is moody I would say. And I mean that by just how I’m feeling. Sometimes I feel like a tomboy, sometimes I want to be sexy or girly. Sometimes I want a bohemian vibe or structured and clean. It kinda just depends on what I’m doing that day and how I’m feeling. But my style is very diverse and I’m always open to new stuff. I’ll mix cheaper things with expensive things, If I like it like it.

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What is your favorite item of clothing?
My favorite item of clothing right now is probably my shoe collection at the moment. I’m a huge sneaker head and I love sick heels so recently I’ve been getting a lot of new dope shoes and it’s growing and prospering!

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What is something that makes you cringe about fashion? 
When people have all the right clothes or bomb pieces but wear them wrong or just don’t know how to rock them. That drives me crazy!

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What current trend would you never follow?
I’m over the camel colored trench coat look. I think it’s been overdone. 

After graduation what are your plans in the fashion industry?

My plan is to start my own company of vintage wear and eventually my very own exclusive collection.

 

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What advice do you have for other aspiring fashion designers?
Go to school for fashion and learn the business. Regardless if you have the talent or not…if you want people to work for you, you have to know how to do everything so you’re able to tell them what you want. You have to learn how to drape and do patterns. I’m someone finds sewing, draping and pattern to be boring and I want to hire people to do that for me but you have to know how to do it yourself, it will only make you smarter and more keen. I’ve hated this throughout college but it’s definitely made me a better designer and it will make your life easier when you’re working in industry. 

This summer we will get a chance to catch more of Samaria as she is featured on EJ and the city, a new show that will air on E!

 

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