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Meet Trailblazer Kai Scates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kai Scates.

Kai, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like everyone else in this world, I’ve been in the same skin since I was born. I went through a phase in life where I didn’t understand my body size. I really didn’t understand why I was shaped the way I was, why couldn’t I wear the same clothes and styles that my classmates and relatives wore. It became discouraging at times. The adults in my family would say things like; “you’re just big bone” … “ya hips are too wide” … “ ya bust is too big”. Although they were not saying these things to inflict self-hate upon me. It just sounded like a big inconvenience, and I felt like a big inconvenience…. Literally.

Eventually, I got tired of going to department stores and feeling let down because they did not carry the styles in sizes that I could wear. Or the clothes that did fit me were super unflattering. I would just ask my mother to give me my allowance and have her take me to a thrift shop. I developed my own sense of style of being in thrift stores piecing clothing together. From hats, boots, vintage blazers I was created my own style. Slaying every outfit I put on. My classmates and family members were asking me where I shopped at. When I told them, they wanted to come along with me and that’s where my love fashion came from. Making it my own.

It doesn’t matter the body size! If you’re comfortable in it! That’s comfortability and body goals for the soul

Great, 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?
“Nothing in life worth having comes easy” I came across this quote almost 7 years ago and constantly repeat it to myself, especially when times get rough. The road definitely is not smooth, however, what’s a rainbow without the storm?

I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2016. I truly did not know what I wanted to do. So, I did an internship in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. After completing my internship I learned so much, but I also learned that working on the Hill was not for me. I returned to the town my college was in and used my degree and worked at a New Station. My plan was to find my niche in TV and branch out to do my own media and entertainment reporting. However, that was not in the cards where I was. Sooner than later I seen no growth where I was at. I was not happy, at all, I was actually struggling with depression pretty bad. I figured because my job was in my career field I could stick it through. Finally, I woke up one morning, wrote my two weeks noticed and decided to move to Dallas.

My advice to any woman out here on her journey to becoming a better her, know when something is no longer serving you. Know when it is time for you to leave. Please don’t allow depression to keep you. Quit that job, move to a new city, pick that hobby back up, go back to school, anything to get you in a better state of mind. Things are seasonal in our lives for a reason, just remain strong enough to be able to weed out the good and bad.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kai Michelle – what should we know?
I am the founder of Urban Flow Magazine,

During my sophomore year of college, still obsessed with fashion and how others created their own styles I began to create blog posts showcasing other students. This soon went from my campus to more campuses. Eventually, I was featuring students from Spain. I was amazed at my reach in 2013. My colleagues then would come to me and ask if I would be featuring anything other than fashion. That’s when the idea of me taking Urban Flow from a blog to a Magazine. I’ve featured musicians, poets, designers, boutique owners, and influencers.

I am a Blogger
I find myself always sharing with my followers, friends, family members and even strangers details on outfits and places to go eat and have a good time at. So I decided to launch my own personal blog, Ms. Kai Michelle Blog. Where highlight all my latest fashion reviews, new styles, and trends and even amazing new foods I’ve tried. I go to a lot of black-owned businesses for dining and even coffee dates. I’m also really big on Black history so you will find some very moving pieces on my blog on individuals like Trayvon Martin and Kalief Browder.

I am a, Plus Size model; featured on Runway, Print and Published

Moving to Dallas I had the plan to expand myself and my audience and really grow in my craft. I took a leap of faith and began to model. Modelling really blew up for me. I went from walking in my first runway show wearing clothing and accessories from 6 different designers to being booked 2x a month for additional fashion shows and photoshoots. Even now I still catch myself saying “WOW Kai, you’re really out here doing it”

I am a Brand Ambassador and Influencer

Always having a passion for fashion and a great sense of style, soon boutiques and companies began reaching out to me. These have been great perks because who doesn’t want free clothing! Sometimes these perks include pay, free clothing, and social media/ website features. The biggest company I worked with as so far has been Citi Trends. I landed a sponsorship with them from simply posting an outfit I got from them on my Instagram page. I tagged them, and from there great things happened. The most rewarding Brand I Work with has to be NCMPRBL. NCMPRBL is a Black Owned watch company based out of Houston, Texas.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I feel like all opportunities open, women are well qualified for. I’m sure 20 years ago no one would have pictured me as a college graduate, with her own publication, a full-time model and brand ambassador for multiple companies. I believe if you can see it, if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

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