A born and raised New Yorker & global citizen, Nneya Richards is a fashion maven, starting at 15 years old as a contributing editor of TeenVOGUE magazine, currently running Double N Rich Creative Consulting where she consults with emerging fashion designers, styles for major publications, brands and VIPs and writes about fashion, beauty, and lifestyle for magazines and websites.
Her passion for cultural explorations led Nneya to launch ’N A Perfect World… a curated intersection of travel, food, fashion and geopolitics inspired by the global-citizen lifestyle of the millennial.
I met Nneya Richards many moons ago through my dear friend and frequent collaborator, Sophie Elgort. The picture above captures the essence of Nneya, she is full of life and laughter. It makes perfect sense that Nneya would choose her own adventure, traveling the world, as she is one of the most energetic, vivacious people I know. This contagious spirit of hers is reflected throughout her new blog. Nneya is a multi-tasking critically-acclaimed stylist, writer, publicist, advisor, curator and that’s why we’ve chosen her to be our muse of the week!. Learn even more about Nneya below in my BTS Q&A interview xo Stacy Igel:
1. Are you a Subway or Car (via, uber, lyft or other (bus/walk /etc) girl?
Well I’m a Brooklyn girl, so naturally, I have a bicycle. Weather and distance permitting, I’ll walk or bike everywhere. If I have to, I’ll hop on the subway or in an Uber if it’s really late at night or I’m running late. Also, Uber is a godsend during early morning call times for photo-shoots.
2. Favorite spot to be creative?
Nothing gets my creative juices going more than exploring a new locale. Whether it's across the world in a place like Singapore or in my hometown, NYC. If I have writer’s block or feel like I’m in a bit of a creative slump, there’s nothing that makes me happier than riding around Brooklyn on my bicycle.
3. Causes you advocate for?
Sometimes I think I really overextend myself with how many committees I’m on / causes I care about. After loosing someone very dear to me and one of the kindest, most gentle souls to gun violence it really hit close to home. From local to world news, sometimes it’s frankly exhausting to watch / read about what we’re doing to each other. That’s why I really love the name of your Peace Please tee. It seems like the simplest request but so crucial now.
I am also passionate about working with children with special needs, like autism, and victims of abuse / domestic violence. I used to volunteer regularly with children via New York Cares, however, my travel schedule lately makes it hard to volunteer weekly and one of the things these kids need is consistency. Through Mary Alice Stephenson’s Glam4Good organization I am able to give my time to victims of domestic violence and do my small bit in empowering these women or just spreading some positive vibes, kindness and love to them that day. I started volunteering at a domestic abuse shelter in college and was a Women and Gender studies major. I'm a black woman, so hell yea, causes like social equality for everyone is pretty high on my agenda. It’s in my best interest.
4. Favorite quote?
So hard to pick! I live for a doomed romantic F. Scott Fitzgerald, or really his prose and observations on people in general but I think, especially pertaining to my life in the last few years, I’ll have to go with a quote from Pico Iyer.
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
5. Tell us about your last moment you shared with someone?
Another hard one. From that extra hand-squeeze from a friend to say, “I’m here” to my daily commentary about the weather with my building janitor, these moments make up life and are pretty incredible when you stop and think about them. As a travel blogger, I frequently travel alone, and there’s nothing better than exploring a place in the hands of locals, so often, I seek out these moments. They can really make or break your trip. I was just in Peru for a wedding and one of these moments happened, while I was live streaming via Periscope in the Lima neighborhood of Barranco. A very handsome German man said “Good motif!” while I set up my camera to take a photo. He walks past and says Hola at minute 14! https://katch.me/
I melted a bit when he smiled at me and we began chatting. The awkward part was that I was still live-streaming as I had propped my phone up while taking the automatic picture, and I felt a bit strange saying, “hold on, let me say goodbye to my Periscope friends!” So my terrible flirting was caught on camera. It was pretty funny to look back later on and read people’s comments. Even my mom watched! Oh! And the conversation went well :). We explored Lima together the next few days.
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