"Who's Hot?" Interview
By: Omar Cook
This week's "Who's Hot?" Influencer of the Week is Paris Hatcher, owner of My Classy Closet Boutique and ParisMHatcher.com! Paris is a 31 year old blogger and style influencer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and also holds a masters from Southern University in Baton Rouge (SUBR) in broadcast journalism! Paris has a very inspirational story where she speaks about her former platform, wheresexymeetsclasy.com and how she evolved this into her newly launched website which she hopes will help people to live their best life!
We talked with Paris Hatcher in an exclusive interview, check it out below!
QUESTION: How long have you been blogging and what made you get started?
Paris: I’ve been blogging since 2010 and it stated off as just a fashion blog. I would talk about my outfits of the day and what inspired each look. I was so inspired by the fashion blogs I would read and then came to the realization that taking pictures of my style was something I’ve always done before I knew about blogging. I was already taking pictures of what I wore; I just didn’t know that I could create a platform and showcase my style. I’ve always been into fashion, beauty and style so naturally, my blog started off as a fashion blog.
QUESTION: What is the purpose of your platform and what are some things people can look forward to by going to your site?
Paris: The purpose of my platform is inspire you to create the life of your dreams, enhance your knowledge and motivate you to live your best life. Some of the things people can look forward to is transparency and knowledge about various topics such as: Self-Care + Self Love, Mental Health, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Money + Credit, Fitness Spirituality and so much more.
QUESTION: What motivates you and how do you define success?
Paris: Seeing my visions come to life motivates me. Everything I’ve ever accomplished or created started off as just an idea. The motivation comes from me wanting to see just how big I can dream and just how much I can create. I’d define success as having the freedom to do the things you enjoy.
QUESTION: Where do you see yourself and your platform in 1 year? 5 years?
Paris: In one year I see myself traveling more around the world for business and pleasure. I also see my platform taking me around the world to speak on panels and different media outlets about the brand I’ve created while inspiring others to believe in themselves and create the life they desire. In 5 years, I see myself married with kid(s) and continuing to travel around the world. I see my platform growing into a place where people are given the tools to launch their own platforms by utilizing the products and services my team and I have created.
QUESTION: Traveling is a big part of your life as well. Where are some of the most interesting places you’ve been to and where do you see yourself going in the future?
Paris: Some of the most interesting places I’ve traveled to would have to be Italy, Jerusalem, Israel Egypt and Dubai. I see myself traveling to Bali, Paris, Africa & Jamaica.
QUESTION: How would you describe yourself to people who don’t know you?
Paris: I’d describe myself as a confident and genuine person who’s optimistic about life and helping others!
QUESTION: Who is your greatest inspiration?
Paris: My parents are my greatest inspiration because of the sacrifices that they made for me to have the best education possible and constantly motivating me to be the best that I can be! My dad helped me a lot with my confidence by always giving me the confidence to do whatever I wanted to do in life. He told me that I could be anything I want to be, and I still hold onto that to this day.
QUESTION: What aspect of creating new content excites you most?
Paris: Seeing something that was just an idea at one time come to life excites me so really all aspects of creating gets me going
QUESTION: Let’s speak this into existence so you can come back and read this and say it actually happened. I will work with ____ (brands)?
Paris: I will work with Brahmin and Southwest!! (any airline)
QUESTION: What advice would you give to other influencers or bloggers who are trying to brand themselves as well?
Paris: I would tell them to stay consistent no matter what. It doesn’t matter how many likes you may get on a post, keep posting. People may not “like” but they’re definitely watching. As far as blogging I would say be yourself. Don’t try to create something the exact same way in the exact same tone of voice as someone else because they “seem” to be successful. Figure out what makes you unique and build from there. Believe in your content and have confidence in yourself. Never compare yourself to others because you have no idea what people had to go through to get to where they are. Have confidence and take risks, both will take you a long way.
QUESTION: What are some of the challenges you have had to face as an entrepreneur and what sacrifices have you had to make along the way?
Paris: One of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face as an entrepreneur was when I lived in LA. I had to figure out how I was going to pay rent as an entrepreneur during the moments when business would slow down. I had to become really creative as far as how I marketed my business but no matter what, I pulled it off every single time. It was scary during that time but it always worked out in the end. I feel as if I’ve had to make plenty of sacrifices to make my dreams a reality but one of the main things I’ve done was worked three jobs just to save up the money to start my online women’s boutique.
QUESTION: What would say is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
Paris: Outside of blogging, my greatest achievement has to be being able to buy my mom her dream car! I am working towards buying her a house.
QUESTION: Is there anything else you would like people to know about you or your platform?
Paris: I would like people to know that I’ve started over a few times to get clarity and figure out which direction I’d like to take my platform. You are looking at someone who has total confidence in God and herself and no matter how many times I have to go back to the drawing board or how much adversity I must face, I WILL NOT give up!!!