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Meet Yayi Dia of Ferguson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yayi Dia.

Hi Yayi, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
As far as where I started, it was from close to nothing. I grew up in St. Louis, moving homes frequently in my childhood, and I actually recall eating cream of wheat almost everyday. I always felt I had no choice but to be the lotus that bloomed from my imperfect beginning. After losing my brother to gun violence in August of 2020, I began my journey in the business industry as well as my spiritual journey in finding who I am and living in my purpose. When I started my business, it was with a company in the network marketing industry where I learned how to properly invest and then turned to educating others in creating some financial success in different financial markets. I learned so much about business foundations, proper money management, and leadership in the network marketing industry. I started to come out of my shell and become more active on social media. Then, I jumpstarted my modeling career and learned to live unapologetically in my purpose by inspiring and influencing through my newly created platform and business, which started as just an Instagram podcast, Mind Over Matter.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am a strong believer in the idea that humble beginnings make for extravagant endings. My road is nowhere near its end, and I believe that my legacy will live on even after I leave the physical realm, God willing. But a smooth road? ABSOLUTELY NOT! As I hinted earlier, I’ve experienced life well below the poverty line, homelessness, depression and anxiety, sexual assault, and some grievances. For a long time, I did not think I would live to see 18 because I didn’t want to. My story is not just an ordinary bottom-to-top type of situation. Life comes at you fast, and I had to learn that work without strong faith is dead. I learned that everything is Mind Over Matter, and I took the initiative to make a choice every day to love God, myself, and others the way God loves me. To know that God heard my cries and prayers years ago means the world. That is what has made this journey so amazing.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Wow, this is a good question because so many people ask what I do, and there is no single answer. But to keep it short, I am myself, and unapologetically so. I am a model. I have been modeling for over a year, starting with an amazing local modeling group called BrandYou Modeling Group. The creator, who is now a sister to me, Armani Griffin, doesn’t know that when she reached out to me, I was in my lowest esteem. I was going through a teenage heartbreak, grieving the loss of my brother, and not feeling very worthy, so I am forever grateful for her presence in my life. I am also a podcaster. I speak about self-improvement and growth in all areas of life and merely from my own life experiences. My podcast, Mind Over Matter, streams on Spotify every week.

I am a leader. And that is through my content on social media, my style, my college academic life, and to other young adults trying to navigate through life at our difficult ages. What sets me apart and what I am most proud of is the idea that no one knows what to expect when I enter a space. I can be a teacher, a student, a fun girl, a smart girl, a sweet girl, or the CEO, but it depends on where I’m spiritually guided in that particular space. I don’t know what I am known for yet, and I don’t know if I am ready to know. I don’t ever want what others see me as be the reason I am no longer unapologetically living as the purest version of myself. I don’t ever want to be ego-driven, so I wonder, but I am not sure.

What does success mean to you?
I define success as not missing your mark for what God has in store for you. It just so happens that the bag always follows!

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Armani Griffin Terriale Moore

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