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Rising Stars: Meet Celena Le

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celena Le.

Hi Celena, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always had a passion for fashion since growing up. I would say I didn’t get into fashion until it all started in high school. I went to Gateway STEM, the best years of my life actually. I was the Asian girl known for “being fly” & who sold Jordans.

I used to flip shoes when I lived with my grandma & uncle to help make me some extra money, I didn’t know it would become a huge part of my life today because back then I was trying to hustle for any money possible because growing up we didn’t come from a silver spoon.

Therefore, if you see me, I would have on some type of Jordans & stylish clothes, I also have to give credit to my brother because he influenced me in dressing up. I realized then, that fashion makes me feel good, it’s a feeling of confidence just like when people say “dress to impress”, it’s true! You feel much confidence when you wear what you want, it’s an expression!

As I kept flipping shoes in school I was getting bad grades also. I knew my home life was affecting me. My grandma was like a mother to me since I didn’t have a father or mother figure around. Therefore, I would usually roam around my neighborhood on the streets after school, hang with friends, and do dumb shi*t, I didn’t know any better honestly. Then, my grandparents passed away.

Next, my uncle came along to take care of me, I had my own room & I would remember bleaching my clothes, distressing them, sewing them, I love making clothes & seeing the outcome. Fast forward about 2 years ago, I had the courage to start my own clothing brand. Therefore, I was scared to show my designs at first because I didn’t want to be judged but I got out of my comfort zone.

Free Game Essentials is my life. I design mostly dark art because I love the grunge aesthetic. I also incorporate spirituality, sex, magic, divine, into my pieces because I’m very spiritual. I love my universe!

Overall, I can finally say I found an outlet for my pain. I now found my purpose.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think the beginning is the most challenging because you are starting fresh in a business, you don’t know what people will say or if people will even buy from you but the beginning is all a test.

Once you pass it, so many opportunities come to you effortlessly.

Overall, I think our mindset plays a huge part because our minds are trained to think the worst but I promise if you think abundantly & keep putting in the work you will be rewarded.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I look at myself as a multidimensional person. By day, I work in real estate and by night, I work on my clothing line. Therefore, I never thought I would like real estate as I do but I love helping families & interacting with new people every day.

I started my real estate career almost 1 year ago, it’s been a lot of ups and downs but I find myself filled with joy when I can help someone in need of assistance to find a place. Also, when I help others find a home, It reminds me of growing up. I never had a place called “home” because I would jump from place to place.

Overall, after working a day in the real estate world I find true peace in expressing myself in my art. I am known for designing dark art. I love dark, mystical, grunge art because it is the unknown & some people are afraid of the unknown but in reality, stepping into the unknown is what will set you free.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite memory has to be when my 2 brothers, my uncle & I went swimming at Castle-wood Park. It was the best time of my life.

We would just go swim and hike, and I remember on our way back home since it was a long drive we would buy sunflower seeds & a large gulp of soda for the ride home.

Those memories live forever in my heart because even though we didn’t have a lot of money, my uncle taught me to appreciate the small things in life.

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A Shooting Starr Co, Corey Watson

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