In the heart of Chicago lives a 5’2″ dynamo named Souk. Don’t let her size fool you; Souk is not only a seasoned stylist (with her own personal lifestyle blog, Savvy Souk), and fashion show producer, but is also a source of tremendous inspiration to everyone she meets. With her nurturing and supportive spirit, you would never know that Souk lost her own mother when she was only five years old. Souk and I talked fashion and the importance of empowerment and mentorship …
MKG: In your blog you say, “You don’t have to be a model size to look fashionable.” At 5’2″ what is it that you would like petite women to know about dressing and their clothing choices.
SOUK: Embrace your body! Find cuts, designs and designers that best flatter. I would love to fit into Theory, but it’s for tall skinny women! Do some research. Try on different brands that best FIT you!
MKG: Where do you like to shop?
MKG: You are from Chicago – what is the fashion vibe in Chicago?
SOUK: Chicago is very brand driven. I’ve seen it grow as far as supporting local designers, but it’s not yet like NYC. However, when you as a designer have your own personal style you really stand out, no matter who you are. And that’s why I love mixing vintage items with modern clothes. I also like to shop at the second-hand shops. There is nothing wrong with that and it’s very affordable.
MKG: What do you think is the connection between fashion and self esteem?
SOUK: There is so much. Wearing something you feel good about shows the confidence in your face, your walk, your entire energy! It is all connected in how you view yourself and your lifestyle. Even one compliment of the way you look can brighten the toughest days.
MKG: Speaking of self esteem, on May 28th you are producing a fashion show that benefits an organization called, Step Up. You are also on its Board of Directors. What is Step Up and why is this connection important to you?
SOUK: Step Up is an organization inspiring professional women to inspire teen girls through after-school and mentorship programs. Mentorship is very important to me. I lost my mother when I was 5 years old; as a result, my father raised 6 children on his own. I am the youngest in the family and women of our community really stepped in to nurture and mentor me through school and life. I love my father, but having female role models was very impactful. I don’t think I would have been where I am today if it hadn’t been for them. These women had other families yet took the time to guide me throughout my young life. They are here for me even now. I identify with this organization and will continue to support them.
Live in Chicago? Check out Souk’s fashion show on May 28; you can purchase tickets here.