Inspirational Women: Haya Maraka

Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

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Name and role:

Haya Maraka, I wish I had one answer to that! Writer, stylist, consultant anything creative.

What do you do on a day to day basis?

No two days are the same for me! Sometimes I spend the day writing, others I am with a client shopping, and some days I am casting models! One thing I do do consistently is walk my adorable puppy Cleopatrick every morning.

How/when did you know you wanted to do this as a career?

Clothes were my first love in life, ever since I was tiny I always remember how much I loved clothes and shopping. So being in the fashion industry was never a decision I had to make it was just what I always knew I was going to do.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere of course! To me inspiration doesn’t generally have to be something beautiful or a place! Sometimes I will be walking down the street and see a construction man with paint all over his jeans and I will go home and decide that I need to paint my jeans.

The good thing about inspiration is you never know when it’s coming, but when it does, only good things come out of it.

Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?

I don’t have a mentor per say, I do have a lot of people that I admire that are sadly no longer with us, that I have never even met.  Reading about them and what they did is almost like having a mentor! I am obsessed with Diana Vreeland. As far as advice I go to my mother, she is very supportive and gives the best advice always!

What are your goals for the future?

I have so many goals for the future that I could never just sit here and list them in this interview. One of my major goals would be to get my book published.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

I would say let go of what you think you want, and let the universe guide you, and also always listen to your intuition.