March has always been extra special for me, not because of the famous "March Madness", but because women across the world are celebrated and recognized.
This blog is a platform that I will continue to use, to highlight women, and women that are breaking every possible stereo type, when it comes to size, fashion, style, etc. Which brings me to my very first highlight of the month: Amanda LaCount
First of all let me start by thanking Amanda, for taking the time out to do this Caribbean Exclusive for Kerai Kreative Style. I want our readers to understand that this is a safe place where we promote growth and women empowerment by expanding our networks and collaboration.
Let us start by finding out WHO is "Amanda"?
Amanda LaCount is a well known hip hop dancer, actress, choreographer, singer, model and influencer. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old. In 2015 she moved from CO to LA to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer and actress. Some of her most notable performances include dancing with Meghan Trainor on RDMA, dancing on The Ellen Show with Keala Settle from "The Greatest Showman", dancing with Disney's "Descendants 2" Cast on DWTS, dancing on 2 Episodes of The Voice, dancing in Katy Perry's "Swish Swish" music video feat. Nicki Minaj, her own National Dance Tour "Amanda LaCount Live", performing at Coachella with Lizzo, performing in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show at NYFW, and most recently performing as Alana (one of Ariel's sisters) in ABC's "The Little Mermaid Live". Amanda has her own movement #breakingthestereotype which promotes body positivity and the belief that any "body" can be a dancer. Amanda's passion is dance, but her goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Women in the plus size industry have been taking over the media, the fashion, the dance industry, just to name a few. What would you say has been the biggest change to date for us?
"One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is including plus size into main stream events. I have 2 personal examples. The first was playing Alana (one of Ariel’s sisters) in the ABC production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Live”.
Another example is when I performed in Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty” Show at NYFW. It was amazing to see Rihanna includes all shapes, sizes, colors, sexual orientation, etc."
Being Plus Size myself, I also have had to overcome negative critics for 'daring'. How have you dealt with the negative stigma that has surrounded Plus Size women for so long?
"One of my goals is to be the the person that young girls and boys can look up to that I never had growing up. I receive DM’s every day from teens, adults, parents, and even grandparents saying they wished they had someone like me to look up to when they were growing up.
Do you think that the plus size revolution is here to STAY or that it is a trend?
I think the plus size movement is definitely here to stay. I know I am!
Can you share with us some of your favorite greatest achievements as a plus size dancer / choreographer?
"Wow! There have been so many. I guess a few of the top ones would be Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty” Show at NYFW, the November 2018 Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, and having my picture up in EVERY American Eagle Outfitters store in the world." (Yasss SHE did THAT!!!)
As woman we fight many battles to try and keep our life in balance. What is your strategy for maintaining balance in your life and keeping yourself grounded?
"I do a couple of things. First of all, I write in a journal pretty regularly. I also like to take a long bath with Epsom salts. Finally, I work out with a trainer a couple of times a week. And, of course I try to take dance classes every day if I’m not in rehearsals, auditions, or shooting something".
If someone was to ask you for advice because they are planning to take a risk as being part of the plus size multi-billion industry, what would you tell them?
If it is something they want to do, go for it. You have nothing to lose, except the regrets you will have later if you don’t follow your dream!
What is your favorite empowering quote and why? “Proving people wrong is my favorite hobby.”
Where do you see the plus size industry in the next 5 years?
"I see the plus size industry becoming main stream and no longer separated in the stores, etc. Slowly the media is including plus size people and manufacturers are making more and more items for the plus size world".
What are some of the things that you would like to change for the plus size industry while using your platform as influencer?
"I would like to see the word fat become a descriptive word without the negative connotation it has now. Some is tall, short, thin, or fat. None of these words should be viewed negatively".
Do you have any encouraging advice for women that are constantly battling insecurities due to their size?
"As RuPaul says “If you don’t love yourself, how can anyone else love you?” People are attracted to people that are confident and love themselves. (Words To Live By!!)
What is your take on plus size models doing nude? Have you done nude and if not would you consider it?
"I think it is great that people feel confident about their bodies and pose nude if this is what they want to do. I have not done this and I won’t because it is not part of my “brand”. I am 19 and I do a lot of Disney projects".
I have always said, that self love is a journey. Amanda has experienced that journey and is willing to share the life lessons gained throughout her impressive multi and diverse career path. It has been truly a pleasure being able to share during the month of March, her perspective and outlook on being "Amanda" without the additional labels.
You can get in touch with Amanda via her various Social Media Handles / Digital Platforms:
Instagram - @amandalacount
Facebook - www.facebook.com/AmandaLaCountLive
Twitter - amandalacount6
Tik Tok - amanda_lacount
YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/amandalacountofficial
Vlogs - www.youtube.com/c/amandalacountvlogs
Website - www.amandalacount.com
Snapchat - amandapanda2684
iMDB - www.imdb.me/amandalacount
Happy March, Where We Will Be Celebrating Women All Month Long!! #generatioequality #balance #womensdaytheme #March8th