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Readers Tell Us Their Favorite Go-To Accessory That Makes Them Feel Like A Lioness

What makes you feel unstoppable? We asked female entrepreneurs what accessory made them roar, we take a peek at their fierce staple, go-to accessory.

What makes you feel unstoppable? Recently we asked female entrepreneurs what accessory made them roar. In a mashup of style and confidence, we take a peek at their fierce staple, go-to accessory.


Name: Taj Hunter Waite

City: Miami, Florida

Go-to Item: Curly Hair

Why: “I feel most in my element, my truest self, when I refuse to tame my mane and let my curls fly.  There is no other fashion item that makes me feel more like a Lioness.”


Name: Linda Lynch-Johnson

City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Go-to Item: Chameleon Pin

Why: “I am a professional speaker and published author and the chameleon is my mascot – he’s even featured on the cover of my book!”


Name: Nicky Gelin

City: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Go-to Item: Necklace

Why: “Wearing my Sunu Africa necklace makes me feel bold, confident, and proud — like a lion. It lifts my melanin to a higher level which causes an up-roar when heads turn. I’m a Queen of the Jungle.”


Name: Danielle Stedman, founder,

City: Miami, Florida

Go-to Item: Jacket

Why: “The one item that I love to dress up and dress down is my favorite Paper denim jacket that I bought two years ago. This item enhances my lioness-ness because it’s the one item that I can rock with pretty much anything and feel that hint of edge that I sometimes need.”


Name: Ashlee K. Thomas, president of MUCE

City: Miami, Florida

Go-to Item: Hot Red pants

Why: “When I wear my hot red pants with a pair of fierce shoes, I feel bold, sexy, confident and ready to take on the world.”


Name: Tracey Hamilton

City: Jamaica

Go-to Item: Scarf

Why: “This scarf makes me feel like I can take on the world times 10.”


Name: Ramona Dandridge, vintage store owner, Flossy’s Suitcase

City: Detroit, Michigan

Go-to Item: Hat

Why: “Black Veiled Vintage Hats, always make me feel like a Lioness in a Film Noir from the 1940s.”


Name: Tricia Norquist, Scout & Molly’s of Glen Eagle

City: Glen Mills, PA

Go-to Item: Dress

Why: “The Karen Zambos ‘Colton’ dress makes me feel like a Lioness: it’s flexible, feminine, fun, and fashionable…perfect for the woman on the go!  As a busy mom and business owner, I need that one piece that takes me from a play-date to business date, to dinner date with a few quick modifications. This dress says it all and I feel unstoppable in it.”


Name: Letty Alvarez, Chef Coat

City: Miami

Go-to Item: Chef Coat

Why: “When I have my chef coat on, I feel proud and accomplished yet beautiful in a male dominated industry.”


Name: Alison Hinds

City: Barbados

Go-to Item: Outfit

Why: “I feel like a lioness when I am wearing this outfit because I know I look good in it, and when I look good, and I feel good, everything else kinds just falls into place and I feel as though I can really conquer the world.”


Name: Brittany Bearden

City: Washington, D.C.

Go-to Item: Dress

Why: “I love this outfit, because it is a good, bold color, without being harsh.  I feel like a “lioness” in it, because I feel both confident and feminine – for me, it’s the perfect color for striking a balance between powerful and feminine. As a publicist, I believe every female entrepreneur should have at least one fabulous TV outfit that will show up well on camera – a strong color, without a pattern, and definitely covering one’s arms– and make you feel self-possessed in what can be a nerve-wracking experience.”

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the go-to news source for everything female entrepreneur. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs and moderated panels at a number of national accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences such as The Lean Startup Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Women Empower Expo and Smart Cities Connect. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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