Jayla Koriyan
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My Life Behind The Camera

I’ve always wanted to help, teach, and inspire females to reach beyond the stars.

At age 13, I fell in love with the world of fashion. And even then, I knew if I wanted to be a part of the fashion world I would need to leave my home in North Carolina and move to New York City.

 
 

Want to know how I made it?

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My Story

I was raised by a registered nurse and a robbery detective, and my love for fashion and creativity did not go over well with my traditional parents.

But I was never swayed from my true passion—I was only drawn in closer.

Soon I became immersed in the world of YouTube. Through the internet, I could remove myself from my small town and see the world and what it had to offer. After months of watching others, I was able to transform a soft spoken country girl into Glamaholic54. I kept the account completely secret from my friends or family.

It wasn’t until a year later that my Mom found my YouTube fashion videos on the computer. She then realized that I had found my passion, and she was willing to help me succeed.

The summer of my junior year, she allowed me to attend a summer program through the LIM Fashion Education Department in Manhattan, NY. My parents felt that this would allow me the opportunity to see if fashion was something I really wanted to pursue. That opportunity confirmed what I already knew. There, I was able to explore fashion forecasting, visual merchandising, public relations, fashion design and many other related paths.

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) had always been the top college I wanted to attend. My senior year, I started the application process but stopped in fear of not being accepted. Instead I chose to attend a more traditional college with a major in fashion merchandising. Just a freshman in college, I was determined to maintain an above average GPA and to be as involved in campus activities as possible. I had one more shot at going to the school of my dreams and I wasn’t going to mess it up this time.


In 2015, I was accepted to The Fashion Institute of Technology as a visiting student.

I got to live in New York City for a year as I worked on a dual degree. This was the most challenging year of my life and writing about my college experience was my only outlet.

The summer of 2016 I published my first book, Pretty & Educated

I’ve gone on to write another book, Pretty & Paid, launch a series of digital products and the luxury hair extension company GlamTextures, and expand my fan base to over 300,000 followers who watch my glam life through the camera lens on YouTube.

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This is my story, and the pages are still being written…

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