10 min­utes with fash­ion­de­signer Ro­mani

Ro­mani a.k.a Hay a Jar ra rs its down with Emi­rates Wo­man for an hon­est chat

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We are cel­e­brat­ing our hon­est is­sue; can you give us some truths about the dif­fi­cul­ties of be­com­ing a fash­ion de­signer? I haven’t been given a lot of this ex­pe­ri­ence in school, the ba­sics of run­ning a busi­ness. What you learn in a de­sign school is at times not enough to ap­ply to your own busi­ness. It’s a big chal­lenge. Creativ­ity on its own is not enough to launch a fash­ion brand. Is there a se­cret you can tell Emi­ratesWo­man that you don’t usu­ally share? I am cur­rently work­ing on a brand ex­ten­sion that is very close to my heart and that I will be re­veal­ing very soon! Who is your style in­spi­ra­tion and what do you think gave you the as­pi­ra­tion to be­come a de­signer? My main in­spi­ra­tion is ‘beauty’. I find cer­tain de­sign­ers tal­ented and ad­mire their work, how­ever my muses have al­ways been peo­ple I en­gage with. Ev­ery per­son I meet has some­thing beau­ti­ful about them which, in most cases, they aren’t aware of. This is when I re­alised I would like to de­sign pieces that made in­di­vid­u­als feel con­fi­dent and at­trac­tive in their own way. If you ob­serve my first col­lec­tion, the jack­ets I have de­signed can be worn dif­fer­ently by all types of women, how­ever re­sult in the same feel­ing of beau­ti­ful. Do you feel peo­ple take this re­gion se­ri­ously when it comes to fash­ion? To be very hon­est I don’t feel peo­ple take this re­gion se­ri­ously at the time be­ing. How­ever I truly be­lieve that we are work­ing to­wards that. Arab women are some of the most ex­otic and beau­ti­ful women in the world. Our style is very unique and em­bod­ies a mix­ture of rich cul­ture with de­serve a mod­ern global recog­ni­tion twist. There and are a I lot have of no de­sign­ers doubt that in the one re­gion day they that will! truly What did you dream you would be­come when you were a lit­tle girl? I al­ways dreamt of be­com­ing a model. I got sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to pur­sue my dream when I was liv­ing in Lon­don, but I de­cided to cre­ate art by launch­ing Ro­mani. How do you de­fine beauty? Beauty is any­thing that has a pleas­ing ef­fect on peo­ple. Beauty to me is both in­ner and outer beauty, since both have the po­ten­tial of pleas­ing my heart! Do you have days when you feel like you can’ t do it all? If so, do you ever ad­mit it? It’s been hard and I’ve had mo­ments where I al­most gave up. How­ever, my be­lief in my­self and the fact that I can't ever imag­ine do­ing any­thing else other than cre­at­ing kept me go­ing. How im­por­tant do you think Inst agra mis or do you feel some­times it has a neg­a­tive im­pact on young peo­ple? Very im­por­tant! It al­lows de­sign­ers such as my­self to put my cre­ations out there for the world to see. The doors it opens are end­less. What is your favourite thing about work­ing in fash­ion? Apart from the fact that I en­joy all as­pects of de­sign­ing, there’s al­ways some­thing ex­cit­ing to look for­ward to. Is there any­thing you wish you could change, if so, what would it be? (be hon­est) I wish the re­gion would sup­port more up­com­ing ta­lent who do it from the heart, and not just in­ter­na­tional lux­ury brands. There is a lot of ta­lent here that is go­ing un­no­ticed.

“I take it one cir­cum­stance at a time. I con­tin­u­ally re­mind my­self that it will get bet­ter and what­ever tough time I’m go­ing through, it shall pass”

Joan, wel­come to Jan­uary! Are you a big or small goal set­ter? I am a big goal set­ter. It takes more time and pa­tience but the out­come pays off. The re­ward is worth the wait. And it teaches you de­ter­mi­na­tion. It’s ex­tremely re­ward­ing when you ac­com­plish your long-term goal. It’s al­most like a wish come true. When you first en­ter­tained the idea of be­ing a model, what kind of re­sponse did you get from your friends and fam­ily? I en­ter­tained it when I saw that mod­els are able to travel the world, get paid for do­ing it, and hav­ing the free­dom to choose your sched­ule when need be. My fam­ily was won­der­ing how can I make a liv­ing off of it. Noth­ing about fash­ion made sense to them at the time. But I had their full sup­port and love so it made it easy to stay de­ter­mined. Did you your­self al­ways know you could do it? I was al­ways hope­ful, but chal­lenges along the way made me doubt my­self at times. For the most part I re­mained op­ti­mistic in know­ing I would make my own mark in the in­dus­try. I’ve been for­tu­nate to have a group of peo­ple in the in­dus­try that saw some­thing spe­cial in me, and helped me de­velop. What do you tell your­self to keep go­ing when times are tough, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally? Re­mem­ber why you started. And the hard­ships make me stronger. I take it one cir­cum­stance at a time. I con­tin­u­ally re­mind my­self that it will get bet­ter and what­ever tough time I’m go­ing through, it shall pass. Now you’ re at the top of your game. How do you stay true to your­self and your be­gin­nings? I stay grounded and re­main

fo­cused with fam­ily. I don’t think of my­self as be­ing at the top be­cause then there’s no fur­ther growth. I re­main hum­ble and push my­self to go fur­ther and strive for my dreams. Tell us about your Puerto Ri­can roots – where and how do you bring your cul­ture into your every­day life? Be­ing Puerto Ri­can has al­ways been a pride and grow­ing up in­clu­sive of all races since we are a mix our­selves has been part of my DNA in every­thing I do. So, it’s been nor­mal to me to see peo­ple for who they are and not their cul­tural back­ground. To re­main open minded is how I in­ter­grate my cul­tural be­liefs into my every­day life. What would you like to change in the mod­el­ling in­dus­try?

Is there any­thing that has af­fected or has af­fected you? To have a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity when de­cid­ing the mes­sage they put out to their con­sumers and not just do it be­cause they are rid­ing the wave of trends. Also to have trans­parency in jobs/ con­tracts – it has be­come much more than just show­ing up. There are so many vari­ables that I think agen­cies should be more di­rect and hon­est in some in­stances. What’s the most hon­est thing some­one can be or do to be a good per­son? To stay true to them­selves and do good by oth­ers. Have a good heart and be kind. And fi­nally, what’s the one res­o­lu­tion you have kept? Or if you don’t have one, what is the one res­o­lu­tion you would like to keep? To eat less sweets. It’s a hard one to keep be­cause I have like four sweet tooths. I need to med­i­tate more of­ten and I’m look­ing for­ward to mak­ing it a daily rou­tine for 2019.

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