We had the good fortune of connecting with Porsha Key and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Porsha, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Black women make me happy. Sincerely. Wholeheartedly. I love being one. I love that I come from them. I love being around them. I love what they embody. I love that my business caters to them. I love how they transform things. I love how they push people to be better; like literally everyone they’re around. I love how they compliment each other in a language only we speak. I love how they love. I love what they embody.
Everyone is better off for having a black woman around.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My name is Porsha Key and I am a civil engineer, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m also the owner of and curator for La Femme Rebelle Clothing, a Saint Louis based eBoutique.
La Femme Rebelle literally translates to The Rebellious Woman and that’s exactly what it means to me. I am my brand and I think the women that shop with me are like me in that they are a feminine, free spirited and little bit rebellious in fashion. Whether it be mixing prints or showing some unexpected skin. Elbows can be sexy; collar bones and arms can be sexy. Wearing La Femme Rebelle Clothing is showing who you are without showing everything. I understand that being sexy and showing skin empowers some, but so does being demure and mysterious and alluring and suggestive. How ever you own your body and your space is good with me.
I think La Femme Rebelle Clothing has grown immensely just by trusting my instincts and from loving and supporting other women. It’s kind of like the ‘Law of Attraction’. I don’t even do it for the pay back. The same women that I support don’t always support me, but the universe sends the support of other women. It’s weird. When I show love, I get love. I empty myself and some other woman fills me right back up!!
Being in business has definitely changed the way I define success. When I first started my online boutique, I didn’t even look at myself as an entrepreneur. I really struggled with self doubt and imposter syndrome. I am a first generation entrepreneur so I had no idea what to expect. It took me a few years to even buy my domain and really take ownership of what I was building. But I quickly learned people only see what you SAY you are. I had to really learn to take control of my story and create the brand I wanted people to see. I kept saying I wanted my sale demographic to be strong, confident women but I wasn’t even BEING strong and confident. I honestly no longer look at success by the amount of money I make but instead by the relationships I’ve build. I’ve built a community of funny, stylish, smart, silly, professional women who just so happen to shop with me every week.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am based in Saint Louis, MO. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely Black women; who without a doubt push my business forward, recharge me when I feel drained by speaking life into me, my craft/creative AND my calling.
I am a queer Black woman so I also have the privilege of going home to a Black woman. I am loved immensely by a Black woman who is my cheerleader and affirms me everyday and ensures I am being my best self even when no one is looking but also when everyone is looking.
I am inspired by and want to dedicate my shoutout to all the Black women in my circle, who are Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Entrepreneurs and Creatives and therefore make me feel like I am such because I am in every room they are in and they show me what is possible by seeing what they accomplish.
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