We had the good fortune of connecting with NiKii Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi NiKii, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Leaving an imprint in someone’s thoughts and experiencing forever cherished moments are such delicate yet defining, irreplaceable and priceless gifts.
A moment with anyone is a potential moment to be remembered. In every interaction we are simultaneously leaving and creating our legacy. I hope what is remembered is felt. I hope the legacy I am creating daily inspires feelings that will spark inspiration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been really focused on creating and building my eponymous brand. It’s a curation and artistic expression of my experiences, lifestyle, and journey as stylist and designer. My hope is to inspire confident, dope a$$ vibes mentally and physically through style and wellness.
Having an innate interest and fundamental understanding in the psychology of fashion and style motivated me to study psychology “traditionally”. So, as I complete my last year in my psychology of leadership master’s program, I am excited to thread that experience and knowledge into the fabric.
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?
I absolutely love nature and art and those are some of the best things about LA to me. Some of my favorite things to do is hike and go to the beach – LA has some really beautiful views. I honestly don’t visit museums as much I would like to, but the city also has a lot of museums that would be cool to check out.
For me, having the best time with someone is really just enjoying each other’s presence and creating memories.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this to my sister, Simone Michelle Watson. As a younger sister she always looked up to me, but she was so amazing that even as her older sister I am still looking up to her. She was diagnosed with Lupus and lost her battle to the disease, however her beautiful and extraordinary spirit will forever deserve credit and recognition.
She always boasted about and supported me, so with this platform I can only do the same for her. Even while fighting her diagnosis and taking time off from school she was still able to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average and her Masters of Arts in Accounting with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, making her the Salutatorian of her class at Clark Atlanta University. She was in the university’s Honor Program, WISE Program, Summa Cum Laude, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars, and in the National Association of Black Accounts.
My sister was the most ambitious and beautiful soul I’ve ever known, and I am eternally grateful for and inspired by her.
All images are self portraits by NiKii Watson.