Who are you, what do you do, and who do you do it for?
My name is Natasha Nurse and I am the Owner and Co-Founder of Dressing Room 8, Lifestyle Editor of Plus Model Magazine, Host of Our Voices on 90.3 WHPC, and the Co-Host of WokeNFree. As a New Yorker, born and raised, I am used to bumping into people from all walks of life on a daily basis, which makes it easy for me to accomplish my goal of meeting someone new or learning something new each every day. Having been a victim of bullying as a child growing up, I learned to seek out fashion as a source of strength early on and actively uses it as a personal means of empowerment; because of my own experiences with bullying and my strong desire to help others within the plus size community, I started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through my fashion and lifestyle focused blog, consultation and coaching services. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose.
How did you get to where you are?
I became the woman I am today because of hard work, strong work ethic, a supportive husband, reliable support system, and my desire to change the world. Growing up, it was very clear that I needed to work hard in life. If I received a 98 on an exam, I was always asked why I didn’t get a 100. If I received a 100, I was also asked if I could have earned extra credit points. This parental approach clearly doesn’t work for everyone. But, for me, it forced me to always push forward, never give up and never settle for anything less than excellence. Having this mindset has served me well in my schooling and in my business. In addition to my strict Jamaican parenting, I am honored to say that I have reliable and supportive friends, family members and incredible husband in my life. Having a strong support system has allowed me to have a touchstone through the ups and downs of life. As I always say, “Your net worth is made up of your network.”
Why are you doing what you're doing?
I have always loved helping other people. I started Dressing Room 8 to offer personalized coaching and consulting services to help women on their individual journey of achieving personal and professional dreams. What is more important than empowering women to live their best lives? You spend more time working than anything else in life. Thus, what you do in this world matters. Why not be in the business of improving the lives of others?
What advice would you give to other aspiring Women2Watch?
What a great question! Here is my list of 8 wishes I have for other aspiring Women2Watch:
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