In May 2020, Mariee Revere, CEO of MoonXCosmetics, became the girl who made one million dollars in under eight minutes. According to headlines surrounding the 21-year-old’s entrepreneurial success, it seems as if that is all she is known for in the media world. But ever since those eight minutes, Mariee’s career has blossomed as she continues to explore new products, expand her team, and come into her brand.

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Fashion today is made up largely of big-name designers and models who create hype around the emphasis of product. Designers rely heavily on celebrities to promote their product by wearing it and have become more concerned with endorsements over the actual quality of their product. Not often is there a background accompanied with a stylistic piece, or somewhat of a story that is being told through the art. However, the founder of the Brain Dead apparel company Kyle Ng works alongside his partner Ed Davis to change the way we perceive the clothing that we wear. 

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“I am a confusing artist to someone who’s not paying attention,” Baseera Khan tells Wide Rainbow Studio during a virtual studio visit. “I make sculptures, I do performance, I like photography, and writing and I kind of try to swerve all over the highway and try to make as much different kinds of work as I can.”

The artist grew up in Denton, Texas, as a child of Indian immigrants. They describe being the bridge between America and her parents, putting them in a position of intersectionality between being Indian and Texan, Muslim and American (an identity often considered paradoxical in America), and identifying as queer in a patriarchal society.

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Throughout my 21 years of life, I have learned there are a multitude of ways that people eventually “make it.” There are individuals who become well known accidentally, some who have been perfecting their craft since their younger years, and then there are a few who simply want to find a way to provide for their families. Creative Director Teddy Santis is one who became successful due to the latter possibility mentioned, through fashion. 

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The first two years of Angela Scott’s entrepreneurial endeavor were spent working tirelessly by herself with one goal in mind: making shoes by and for women. She wanted to challenge herself while also making sure her message of empowerment grew. After two years, she found an intern to assist her with the growth of her company, The Office of Angela Scott. Now, celebrating their ten-year anniversary, Angela Scott, has grown far beyond two employees and a dream for a better way to produce and consume shoes.

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