We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Sharpe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was ownership and creativity. I wanted to create a space where I am able to control how I want to design or manifest my styles and visions on camera and off. Rather it is someone wearing my clothes or I inspired someone to start their own business; one of my goals is always to make an impact through art and creativity. I know it was going to be hard and it still is, however I am determined to work and hustle for my dreams.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Fashion has always been apart of my life since a toddler when my parents enrolled me into Tori Lynn School of Dance at age 4 years old. At age 9 years old I was already performing in local theatrical plays with local schools and theaters. From the unique and artistic costumes, to the brightness of the stage lights, and the long hours of practice, I was addicted early to performance, fashion, music, and the diverse ways of communication through the arts. I dance for 15 years, including multiple competition events throughout those years. Dance was a great skill in on the theater stage and help me land roles into plays such as Bugsy Mallon, Singing in the Rain, A Raisin in the Sun, and just recently a couple of years ago, landed a lead role in an original play called NAPPY by a director and writer (Laura Oliver) from LSU. Nappy, was the first play with an all black female cast and director to be shown at the Louisiana State University’s Blackbox Theatre. Right before college in 2015, I begin my fashion career and started modeling for local boutiques, agencies, and walk in many runway shows such New Orleans Fashion Week. Then, out the blue I get a call from a stylist (Ell Marie) that I previously work with and landed my first feature in Baton Rouge’s 225 Magazine. From there it took off, and I begin getting published in multiple international magazines such as Moveir Magazine in Paris, Gezno Magazine, Imirage Mag, Faschic Mag.
I loved fashion so much I decided to start my own fashion business. – My thought process behind starting my own business (house of Terriane LLC) was ownership and creativity. I wanted to create a space where I am able to control how I want to design or manifest my styles and visions on camera and off. Rather it is someone wearing my clothes or I inspired someone to start their own business; one of my goals is always to make an impact through art and creativity. I know it was going to be hard and it still is, however I am determined to work and hustle for my dreams.
On a communication level, I have always been able to talk to others, not afraid of public speaking, and love being involved with the community. Because of this I started working with local non-profits within my community, building relations with political figures, and now I am officially working for my first political campaign as the social media manger. I am proud of this, because as I am growing my fashion business and interest, I would also like to grow and participate in other interest of mind such as being a communication specialist/ host for networks, events, or a business. This is where the motivation to run for Miss Black America 2022 was birthed. Currently, I am representing Louisiana as their Miss Black America, however I believe I am a great candidate to become MBA 2022 Queen. Because I am not afraid to give a helping hand, I am knowledge in my field of business, communication, and fashion- I would love to share with others so they can be as well, and I am great at public speaking I can utilize these skills in the position of being MBA 2022 Queen! Wish me luck beautiful people!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
“Is that my bestie in a testie?!” I would definitely enjoy my best friend coming into town. The first play we would go is Flamingo A Go-GO in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Yess, I am from the 504 but the Kenner City Side, haha”. Then after lunch, we would walk to the river walk and enjoy a little shopping their and maybe rest our legs from all that walking down canal street. After shopping, find where we park our car because mostly likely neither one of us pin the cars location to remember. “Hahaha”. It’s not evening time, so we would go to city park, visit the New Orleans Art Museum enjoy the amazing a.c because Louisiana heat is nothing to take serious. Then we would go to the lake in the park and maybe canoe or do a paddle boat to wrap up the night. Because we spent all that money and might of went over our budget, we would go to canes chicken and fingers drive -thru and get the “caniac combo” instead going eat dinner.
1. Flamingo A Go-GO at lunch 12p
2. Walk down canal street To river walk
3. Rest our legs *canal street long lol
4. Shop at the river walk
5. Loose the car
6. Drive to city park
7. Visit the NOAMuseum
8. Paddle boat on the river
9. Realize we went over the budget
10. Eat at Canes instead of Bobby Hebert Restaurant
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the community leaders and business owners of Kenner, Louisiana who continue to inspire and motivate my strive for success. I would also like to shoutout, my sponsors for the Miss Black America Pageant 2022 who was dedicated in sponsoring my pageant journey until finals in June of this year. Lastly, I would like to shoutout my family and close friends who has been a huge support system in my career and goals.
First photo: The Nappy Show Emily Sharpe owns the credentials Second-third, 6th photo: White Outfit House of Terriane LLC and Emily Sharpe Own credentials photographer: Debra Sharpe Clothes: House of Terriane LLC 4th-5th photo: 225 Magazine BTS Photos Images by Debra Sharpe Photographer ; 225 Magazine personal photographer Clothes: House of Terriane LLC 7th photo: Behind the scenes shot 225 magazine BTS shoot Photographer: Jordan Helfler Stylist: Elle Marie @ellemariebrand Make up: Katrina Liz @chasingkatrina hair Stylist: CeKeisha Williams @keishadastylist Clothes: London Boutique 8th-10th photo: stairs and waterfall wall Photographer: Kevin Fides Styled and hair by: Janet Hammonds @_janjan_ Face: Christin Sibley @dragfacemua The personal photo: Behind the scenes shot at @KaysBoutique in New Orleans, La. Photo shoot for the campaign at the time. *This campaign made it to a billboard.