Happy International Day of the Girl Child

Beyoncé confirmed for us in 2011 that girls, in fact, run the world, but did you know that girls had a day to celebrate? October 11 was declared “International Day of the Girl Child” by the United Nations in 2011. The mission of the movement is, "to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential."

In true Asia Milia fashion, it would be crazy of me if I didn't celebrate today. I celebrate women everyday— their accomplishments, their ambition, and more. But, today especially in honor of International Day of the Girl Child, I want to highlight some women that inspire me to continue chasing all of my goals in life. These are 4 women that are the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic and inspire me daily in fashion, my professional life, and fitness.

Claire Sulmers

At this point, everyone that follows me knows that I think I’m Claire Jr. But, for those of you that don’t know— Claire Sulmers is a Harvard University graduate and the editor and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily. Claire is one of the most influential fashion bloggers and Fashion Bomb Daily is the #1 multicultural online fashion magazine. Claire’s style is girly and chic while keeping it classy all the time. She can slay ANYTHING. From a suit, to some killer shoes, or a bomb dress. Let's not forget her blonde hair that is always on point with her outfits. Sulmers' is also known for her events that she does all around the country including "Cocktails with Claire," which is a panel discussion of industry professionals with retail shops, and more. Claire is also a brand ambassador for numerous brands. Her persona exudes confidence and screams boss— it’s no coincidence that we were born on the same day. If I had to choose one person to be for a day, I would say Claire with no hesitation. Today, I celebrate Claire for her style and most importantly, her dedication to her brand!

Gia Peppers

Gia’s dedication to her job is so admirable. From working with BET, ESSENCE Magazine, Hot 97, the NBA, Billboard— the list goes on. As you can see, Gia is #Goals.  I had the pleasure of meeting Gia this summer numerous times, including at my Hot 97 internship and working at the ESSENCE Street Style Festival in Brooklyn, NY. The first time I saw her in Hot 97’s office, I remember being nervous to approach her and someone introduced us. Gia told me words I’d never forget that day, “If your brand is always good, you’re going to always be good. If your brand isn’t good, then you’re not good.” Peppers’ energy is so fun and whenever I see her she always has a smile on her face. Gia was one of the main people who made me consider wanting to be on-air after studying everything she does. Today, I celebrate Gia’s #BlackGirlMagic, and all of her impeccable work she’s done in the media industry thus far.

Shiona Turini

Shiona holds a special place in my heart because she graduated from the illustrious Hampton University, the campus that I walk everyday. Shiona’s story of her breakthrough into the industry is the definition of what drive and dedication looks like. Post-Hampton, she started her career at Yves Saint Laurent as an intern. With no fashion experience, Turini showed up to the PR department everyday at Yves Saint Laurent until they let her stay. Can you say ambition? After a year of interning, she was hired as a PR Assistant. Shiona’s career went soaring after this— worked with publications including Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, W Magazine, and more. Also, did I mention that she was one of the stylists who styled Beyoncé’s Formation video? Yup, she was apart of that team. Today, I celebrate this Hampton alumna and notable fashion industry figure for being a role model to me and showing me that if you set your mind to it, it’s possible..

Lakeitha Duncan

Lakeitha inspires me a bit different from everyone else on this list. This is probably the third or fourth time I’ve wrote about her in a post, but it’s because she’s influenced my life so much in the past 3 years. Duncan is a weight loss coach and a lifestyle blogger. Health and fitness being a big part of my life sparked from seeing Lakeitha start her journey in September 2013. I was a freshman in college and I watched her shed 100 pounds on social media in a year. Lakeitha’s dedication to her weight loss and towards her supporters has always inspired me. Oftentimes people tell me that when they look in their closets they say to themselves, “What would Asia do?” This is so funny to me because a lot of times when I need to push myself to go to the gym or before I eat bad I say to myself, “What would Lakeitha do?” Duncan now coaches women on weight loss and hosts challenges (I joined this summer and lost 15 pounds)! She believes in everyone she coaches and I truly believe that’s what makes so many women successful on her plan. Today, I celebrate Lakeitha for her dedication to herself and to others, and for inspiring me everyday of my life whether she knows it or not.

As you can see, one thing all of these women have in common is their dedication and their hardworking skills. Dedication, ambitious, and go-getters are whom I surround myself with and that’s the type of women I look up to. I hope at least one of these women can inspire you today because they deserve to be celebrated! Happy International Day of the Girl Child Day!

Follow them on Instagram! Claire Sulmers, Gia Peppers, Shiona Turini, Lakietha Duncan