About You

When we say we're nothing without you, we mean it. Your stories, your perspectives, and of course your creations, are the true DNA of Laudi Vidni. No matter who you are or where you came from, we celebrate everything that makes you an individual.

Ting

@tingmystyle


Who are you?

I am the content creator to @tingmystyle, mother to my two handsome sons and wife to my loving husband.

Have you always been you?

It took me 20 years to grow into myself gradually and to be confident in my own skin.

charlene

@charlenecarruthers


Who are you?

I am a Black Chicagoan who loves my people. I am a writer and lover of food. I am a daughter, a friend, a sister and a comrade. I believe ra...

Have you always been you?

I grew into myself through reading, community organizing and spending time with people who sharpened my leadership.

Erik

@erik.mars


Who are you?

I am a human who likes to create. People call me Erik Mars

Is there a quote or motto that you live by?

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you - Frida Kahlo

Yasmeen

@yasmeen.sheikah


Who are you?

I'm a journalist and multimedia blogger. I started my own website called "She Speaks Diversity" and have a podcast series as well as a new Y...

Have you always been you?

It took me a very long time to learn to accept myself. I always wanted to be as perfect as I can be. I’m far from it but I learned to love t...

Chufue

@chufue


Who are you?

I'm Chufue. Chufue Yang. I'm an actor, model, artist, and empath.

What event in life has shaped you most as a person, and how?

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and seeing my parent's hard work has definitely shaped me the most as a person. It’s their perseveranc...

Brandon

@mrbrand1


Who are you?

I am Brandon Dorsey, also known as the artist/dancer Brand1. Chicago is my home and Circle Theory and GOOD DOODS are the collectives I ride...

Was there a moment when you realized you were you?

I'm still realizing who I am I'd say! That being said, every time I take the opportunity to do something I WANT to do, artistically and/or w...

KC

@kayceeortiz


Who are you?

I am KC Ortiz, a Chicago based rapper.

Have you always been you or did you grow into yourself?

I had to grow into myself. I have always had people sticking their badges and stickers on me, always trying to tell me who I should be.

Adit

@aditmarciano


Who are you?

Someone who isn't afraid of being himself.

Have you always been you?

I grew up struggling finding my identity but being in college allowed me to explore and accept the person I am today.

Max

@speedo_tuxedo


Who are you?

I'm figuring that out every day. I sing, I perform, and I'm always trying to discover new ways to express my creativity.

Was there a moment you realized you were you?

I can't recall a distinct moment, but I definitely started realizing pretty early on who I was. I forget who we were studying, but I remembe...

Rob

@robwoodcox


How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is sophisticated but fun, I like to push boundaries while remaining somewhat grounded in reality. If we're talking about m...

Have you always been you or did you grow into yourself?

I would definitely say I've grown into the person I am today, however I've always maintained some qualities along the way. Life is constantl...

Susan

@fashionablyfifty


Who are you?

I am everything. I am a wife, mother, professor, comedian, confidante, artist, and, most importantly, an individual.

What event in life has shaped you most as a person, and how?

Becoming a mother of two daughters has had the biggest impact on my life because I was responsible for shaping and guiding two human beings....

Nneka

@africanjawn


Have you always been you or did you grow into yourself?

I started being myself after high school, and modeling gave me a lot of confidence.

Was there a moment when you realized that you were you?

Yes, when I stopped shrinking myself to make everyone comfortable.

David

@davheo


Who are you?

I'm a visual artist in Chicago.

Have you always been you or did you grow into yourself?

I think I've always been me even when I was a kid. But the definition of "me" has substantially changed the older I get. I'm definitely lear...

Fatima

@fatima.b.ibrahim


Who are you?

I am an optometrist and a lifestyle blogger. I am a city girl who loves the color pink, capturing moments on camera, going on adventures, an...

Have you always been you?

Becoming who I am is an ongoing process. The woman I am today is one that I grew into and love and one that will continue to grow with time.

Abby

@thepennydarling


Who are you?

ThePennyDarling!

Have you always been you

I grew into myself, for sure. I went through a hippie phase (Beatles tees & paint covered jeans), a 'Jesus-Freak' stage where I donned only...

Ronald

@themaleprepster


Tell us about your bag.

I needed a backpack so I went with that style. When it comes to bags I usually like color ways that will go with everything which is why I c...

Have you always been you?

I think I've pretty much always been me, but I notice that as I get older the less I care about what other people might think or assume abou...

Fernando

@fduarte91


Have you always been you?

Yes! I've always been different but I knew I was myself when I realized how much I like dressing in women's clothing!

What's one thing you wish people understood about you?

I wish that they understood that just because I like wearing skirts or make-up, that I don't want to be a woman. Men can wear dresses, hair,...

Chaya

@mechanicshopfemme


Who are you?

I'm a queer femme, a former foster kid who was raised in a Chasidic home in Milwaukee, WI. I'm an automotive educator and writer. I'm an emp...

Tell me about your business Mechanic Shop Femme.

Mechanic Shop Femme www.mechanicshopfemme.com, is an education and empowerment...

Kiarra

@drkiarraking


Who are you?

I am an OB/Gyn and a mom trying to help reduce the issue of maternal mortality for black women.

Have you always been you?

I've always had a sense of self and purpose in life.

Todd

@toddunger


Who are you?

Chief Experience Officer at the American Medical Association and of my own life.

Have you always been you?

I've always been a late bloomer and continue to grow into myself.

Ebony

@brownskinbeautiful


Who are you?

I am a wife, mom of two, career woman and the owner of BrownSkinBeautiful, LLC which is a beauty, lifestyle and fashion brand.

Have you always been you?

I definitely grew into who I am today. As a child I was very quiet and very shy and struggled with communicating with others.

Monika

@monika.pardala


Who are you?

I am a human being, a woman, a daughter, a sister, a mother, and friend. I don't want to be an influencer. Who am I influencing? Don't follo...

Have you always been you?

Life is a constant learning process and I feel like I'm still growing and there is so much I still need to learn. But because I know who I a...

Vickee

@veryvickee


Who are you?

I am a style therapist and wardrobe consultant based in Chicago who specializes in helping people find themselves through fashion. My love i...

What does it mean to be one of a kind?

Being one of a kind means unapologetically being yourself and not letting the opinions of others dictate the way you look, act and feel. It...

Dustin

@dc_hogue


Was there a moment when you realized you were you?

Army basic training was a time in which I learned a lot about who I am and what I am capable of.

What do you wish people understood about you?

I strive to live outside of my comfort zone. This doesn’t mean I am careless or reckless, I just believe success is derived from taking chan...

Laura

@lauralacognata


Have you always been you?

I've been growing into myself. I feel like every day, I improve in thinking and I learn to be a better version of me. Looking back just two...

Is there a quote or motto that you live by?

“You always go back to your roots.” I strongly maintain that your soul always goes back to your origins to find peace and recove...

Hannah

@mimosasandlipstick


Who are you?

I am Hannah May Wilson from @mimosasandlipstick

Was there a moment when you realized you were you?

Even as a child, I've always been encouraged to be myself. But I think after a bout of severe anxiety and a traumatic experience that left m...

Kori

@thechicagolite


Who are you?

I'm a creative strategist by day at an experiential marketing agency. In addition to my 9-5, I'm the founder and curator of the black chambe...

Was there a moment when you realized you were you?

I first realized I was me when I went to Spelman, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). It was the first time I was surrounded...

Steven

@straightfunction


Was there a moment when you realized you were you?

Yeah, helping guys know about great brands helped me know myself better and helped me know what I like to do.

What do you wish people understood about you?

Not only am I a blogger I’m a marathon runner as well. Total gym nut.

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