Hat: Designer of Everrything RRouge
School: Tuskegee University
Major: B.A, Psychology
Melody Asherman’s path to being a designer was not an easy one. In fact, all the road blocks she encountered throughout her journey were only preparing her for the greatness she was destined to obtained. A native of Newark , New Jersey of Liberian descent, Melody’s love for passion peaked when she first designed her prom and graduation dresses in high school. Her willingness to go against the odds is a demonstration of this well-known quote “If Plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 more Letters in the alphabet.”Find out more below about the Designer behind Everrything RRouge.
Where were you 6 months after graduating from college?
Couple months after graduation I was back home in NJ working at Lane Bryant, that was the only thing I could find in at the time.
What is one thing that you’ve find out about yourself once you graduated from college, that helped you grow?
I’m very determined and ambitious. When I put my mind into it, I will do it. It doesn’t matter how long it will get me to achieve my dreams.
As you are aware, the blog focuses on one’s personal journey to success, have you ever encountered some obstacles and how were able to get over them?
Absolutely, 2011 was the worst year of my life. We are sold this dream that we are guaranteed a job after college. When I realized that I wasn’t able to find a job, I applied to a fashion school in Atlanta, that didn’t go according to plan, I got rejected. I was upset, but I didn’t let this erode my drive. I went forward with my plan B and I invested in myself by taking sewing classes in at Parsons. This helped me tap into my creativity and also helped me meet people in the industry I wanted to be in. In the beginning of the year, I told God that everything was going to be great because I knew that my troubles was not going to last forever. Couple of months later I was working 2 jobs. By putting God FIRST, remaining humble and trusting God, I watched my vision become reality.
My advice for anyone having a tough journey is to trust God and focus on your journey.Our generation tends to compare their lives based on what others post on social media. Though it is very easy to fall into that trap, we may never know what people are going though.
What does the phrase ” Freshman Year of Life means to you?
Freshman Year of Life is investing in yourself while still learning from the process. It’s being able to learn from mistakes and let the one above plan your journey.
Who do you think is the ER Woman? What defines the Everrything RRouge woman?
Everrything RRougge woman is bold, unapologetic and very confident. It doesn’t matter whether she’s 65 pounds or 365 pounds, when she walks into a room she commands attention and respect.