IMANI FASHION STYLING
My name is Natanja Trenidad and I’m a young entrepeneur. Since february 2017 I am founder, CEO, and creative director of Imani Fashion Styling.
Where it all began
The dream of starting an own business in fashion started in 2011. When I was doing my internship at the parole and probation administration in the Hague for my Social work study. A colleague of mine, at that time, she was working at the administration and she asked me: “What are you doing here?” I laughed and asked her what she meant. She said: “you are always stylish at work! You have to do something in the fashion industry”. I will never forget how my heart was beating and my face was glowing. From that day on I said to myself finish school and then chase your passion in fashion (that actually rhymes!).
But like every love and life story, everything doesn’t go like you’ve planned. My life was like a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs. But I survived and came back harder and stronger. In december 2016 my cousin, a friend and me were talking about our goals for 2017. I told them I want to become a Personal Stylist! I love, breathe and dream fashion and I also live to make people happy with fashion. My cousin’s response to me was: “Natanja year after year you talk about becoming a stylist. Why don’t you take the first step to search how to become a stylist and search how to build a network”. I was so motivated and when I was heading home on the train I was searching for fashion stylist courses. A week later my cousin asked me if I wanted to style her for a shoot in Brussels. As you can imagine; I was so excited!
Why being a stylist is my dream job
The preparation for the shoot in Brussels was amazing, I felt so great and full of energy. I knew that working as a stylist is the right job for me! From that moment my preparations to build a website started. I looked for a photographer, clothes, a logo for my website and business card. I went to Cape Town to shoot some fashion pictures. I came back with so much energy and new ideas. It was a trip that I will never forget! I am proud of what I have achieved already. But the sky is not the limit for me, it’s just the beginning. I want to thank everybody in advance, those who support me, helped me and those who believe(d) in my dream and vision.