Day 4 of team member interviews brings an insight into the enigmatic and exuberant Janae.

WRITTEN BY SONYA HARRIS

How do you describe Janae Gutow? I’ll start simply by describing her typical attire: loose leather jacket, laced ankle boots, and vintage accessories all over. She exudes an airy pizazz that seems to simultaneously balance and complement her funky-punk, off-beat, eclectic exterior.

Social Media and PR Intern Janae isn't afraid to show off her style.

Social Media and PR Intern Janae isn't afraid to show off her style.

She is observant. She is energetic. She is slightly chill, but can go from zen to zealous in seconds. And she smiles. A lot.  

Janae is currently channelling her energetic and engaging nature into her role as the Social Media and PR Intern, at Afrobeatnik. She is not attracted to the narrow confines of what some do in the fashion industry, and desires to see more creativity and diversity emerge in the field.  

So, when the chance to join the diverse and passionate Afrobeatnik team arose, she knew it would be a “match made in heaven.”

Recently, I had the opportunity to inquire into and bask in the aura known as Janae.

So, what are some of your interests and hobbies, besides clothes?

I enjoy writing and I like water coloring. Oh, I also love being with my friends and family!

Any important life lessons you’ve learned? Or are in the process of learning?

Oh, this is so cliche; but doing what makes you happy (laughs). I feel like I can always find a reason not to: “Oh, I’m too afraid, What will they think? Do I have enough money?” But if it’s something you really want to do, you can put your mind to it and do it! I’m not letting anything else tell me otherwise.

Strong lady! Who are a few strong female Icons you admire?

(smiles) Coco Chanel. She paved the way for women in fashion in a lot of ways. She’s so inspirational. Also, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue. She is so confident in who she is -- always has been! For example: her haircut, that is her! It’s an iconic haircut. She has had it since she was 15 and keeps it because she likes it.

Yeah, gotta be yourself, but how do you deal with pressures to conform?

Hmm this is tough (exhales). I think by reminding yourself who you are, and why you are the way you are. Just by dressing differently you are becoming an advocate of self expression. This is such a key factor. Also reminding yourself of your values, what you’re about, and surrounding yourself with people who accept that!

Ok, fun question: What were you like as a child?

A Diva! (laughs) My mom says I came out of the womb wearing heels! Always, always, loved clothes! Oh, and I needed the ruby red slippers from The Wizard Of Oz when I was little. I got them and slept in them for four days straight (laughs). I love sparkles!

Just by dressing differently you are becoming an advocate of self expression.

Clothes and style are more than just what you wear -- find out why it's important to Afrobeatnik in Janae's latest blog, "Your Style is Your Autobiography."

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