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Rising Stars: Meet Aaseya Saifullah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaseya Saifullah.

Hi Aaseya, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve been considered the creative of my family all of my life. I started out expressing myself through my clothing and hobbies. Anything you could imagine creatively, I found an interest in. I remember dressing up for career day as a pastry chef/tattoo artist (t-shirt and jeans) while other kids dressed up as doctors and police officers. I took up obsessions’ with anime and sketching out the facial expressions of the characters of my favorite Studio Ghibli films. Fast-forward to high school, and after years of maintaining me and my sister’s hair, I naturally took up the task of styling the hair of my classmates as a side hustle. My Junior/Senior year of high school, after it was brought to my attention by our family hairstylist that I could have a career as a Cosmetologist, I began seriously considering making my side hustle into my full-time job after graduating high school. Now, over ten years later, I’m licensed and still creating and expressing my artistry through hair and makeup.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course, it hasn’t been a smooth road, there’s been plenty of times I wanted to quit but I always come back because I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. Like most creatives, I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome and feelings of my artistry not being worthy of sharing with the world. But, I have a voice and when ego tries to tell me otherwise, God reminds me of the impact I’ve had and will continue to have. I love what I do and how I can positively have an impact on my community. For me, it’s more than just makeup or a blowout, my expressions of creativity are connected to spirituality. My philosophy is health is beauty, and beauty is spirituality, they’re all connected.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from others is my intention behind my work. For me, it’s not money at the forefront of my mind but the influence my work has on the person I’m servicing. Health is my main concern, down to the ingredients and sourcing, every detail and its impact is considered. I’m known for my glowing skin and focus on natural beauty, glowing from the inside out.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve learned from this time spent as a creative in Covid-19 the importance of relationships and our connections to others. It’s vital, and I knew this prior to this past year, but being able to see the effects on a more intense scale has made me appreciate those simple interactions even more. Something as simple as eye contact when you speak to someone or asking a stranger how their day is going can be a catalyst for positivity in a deep period of doubt and confusion.

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