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Life and Work with Malori Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malori Clark.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Malori. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my blog, A Walk Through My Closet when I was a junior in high school, 5 years ago this May.
I was encouraged by my close friends; they loved my style so much they suggested I should start a blog. I was inspired by their confidence in me even though I had probably little to none. Being plus size at such a young age was really a struggle because I didn’t have any friends who had to shop at adult women stores to find clothes that fit. I wanted a place to share my own trial and errors of finding affordable clothes that are stylish. What first was just a hobby to help me gain self confidece, has grown to be a part time job working with amazing companies and influencers.

Has it been a smooth road?
I grew up hearing the saying: “if it were easy then everybody would be able to do it.” The biggest struggles I have faced are mental ones. Becoming a social media influencer there are these invisible expectations.

In becoming a social media influencer, their many expectations both visible and invisible. Getting your content and ideas for postings and making sure everything is perfect. While getting started you may not recieve the recognition for your work or get the likes, reshares, commments, etc. that you would like. This can cause you to feel like you are not doing enough or not doing things right in reaching your goals as quickly as you would like.

My advice – follow your passions! No one is scanning your work with a magnifying glass beside’s yourself. It’s okay to take breaks and come back with fresh eyes. Don’t forget why you started to begin with and have fun because that is what we are all here to do!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with A Walk Through My Closet – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I mainly specialize in plus size fashion, focusing on affordability, and college student lifestyle. I also dabble in beauty, and home decor.

I think my proudest moment would be my first collaboration with a brand called Stylzoo. They were the first company to give me an opportunity and trust my creativity. More recently, I worked with brands like Avenue, and Loralette creating outfits with their spring line, I created a wedding inspired outfit with The Black Tux wedding guide, Included in Dia & Co’s project confidence campaign, I was featured in FabUPlus magazine in their December ‘Fashion Do’s & Don’t article, I covered the Conception Art Show at The Duce in Downtown Phoenix, and collaborated with JORD Wood Watches on a giveaway campaign.

I would say what sets me apart is that I radiate confidence, am genuine and relatable! I want to make a difference even if it is just putting a smile on someone’s face because I told a funny joke in a caption or post. When some read my content I hope that they can find comfort in not being alone in body struggles. And most importantly I’m someone that will give the honest truth on my experiences with products.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
The keyword my own mentors have taught me is: Engagement. Engaging with other influencers has helped me connect with mentors who helped guide me if I ever had any questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out to make friends through social media! I have made some really great connections this past year with people all over the world. It is important to be respectful to your peers and considerate of their time as you would want them to do the same for you.

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Image Credit:
Charly- @charlyyyyy_, Danielle- @beautifulyeti

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