A true definition of the term GirlBoss, Tracy Nwapa is an inspiration to the women of this generation. Having built two successful businesses (Interior Culture; a contemporary interior design and furniture firm. Trayciees Pieces; a luxury hair line) in just three years, she is proof that you can in fact have it all; beauty, brains, killer bod and a shoe collection that is to die for. If you don’t believe, delve into her world on Instagram where she delivers fashion served hot on a platter.
While getting ready for the day in front of her self built vanity mirror, the effortlessly cool interior designer and ‘Wigologist’ talked about her personal style citing Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Instagram style star, Rania Fawazz as major style inspirations.
Giving us an insight to her life as a young female mogul, Tracy was sweet and fun to talk to but what was very clear was her passion for success.
Classic Or Modern?
A mix. I like my classic stuff. But I like to think of it like a new classic, classic revamped, classic renewed. I like a classic palette but eccentric accessories. Like the new Gucci collection, Alessandro Michele has taken the whole brand from bland… to snatched! And I love that!
Print or Block Colors?
Block colors. I like my greys nudes, blushes, and metals when I want to spice it up. You can see from my closet there are hardly any printed items. I’m not really here for color blocking.
Murtala Mohammed Airport is my dream job. I really want to to strip down the whole space and start again. And for TP Naomi Campbell – I really want to give her some edges. She follows me and Trayciees pieces on Instagram btw!
What advice do you have for people who were once like you? People who are looking to get into the creative field?
There are a few things one has to do, to work in a field that’s considered “creative’. First of all, you have to realise what your talent is – find your purpose – harness it and think about what you want – research people in the same field as you and with the same creative ability; there is always someone you can relate to. You will find someone who inspires you, look at how they got where they are and at their journey. If their climate doesn’t match your own, then find someone in your own climate/society and find out how they got where they are. Research, study and then start! Whether its with your friends or family and then expand from there. Those are the people who help you promote your business. In fact forget your friends and start with family. I first started my interior company by remodelling the kitchen in my house and re-upholstering some chairs for my mother.
What was the hardest thing you had to overcome in order to be successful in your creative field?
My greatest challenge was figuring out what exactly I wanted to do. Its so hard to focus sometimes. It’s also incredibly hard to quit anything when you’ve put in so much time and effort. Conquering one disappointment after another was really tough but I got through it The thing that I’m proud of is that I tried media and I put all my effort into it and then I realised I wasn’t passionate about it. I discovered what I was passionate about and I followed that path and here I am today, with two companies founded in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Do you think that being a woman made it harder for you to succeed?
No. I recognise that women have it harder in life. However, whenever I’m going into a meeting or making a pitch I completely forget the fact that I’m a woman. I let people think what they want. I don’t dwell on other people’s ideas or projections of me. For me being a woman is an advantage rather than a disadvantage.
Women you admire?
My mother. Adoabi Stella Nwapa. She’s goals man.
My Late Great-Aunt. Flora Nwapa