21 Aug Empowering Style. The Celebrity Wishmaker Simonetta Lein Meets Design Student Kate Massih
Hello everyone. I am exited to be back with such a young and striving soul, Kate Massih. Kate is a student, and with all that there is in the world regarding education I was happy to hear her speak out. She helps The Wishwall Foundation as well and she works hard. She reminds me of me when I was her age, never accepting no for an answer.
Who are you?
My name is Kate Massih, I am a 21 year old business and design student, living in Philadelphia, PA.
What’s the mission of your business?
Currently, I am a senior in college studying for a dual degree in Marketing at LeBow College of Business and Design & Merchandising at Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.
I hope to eventually work for a production company as a designer or production lead, as it exercises my education in both marketing and design.
What are your thoughts on virtual learning?
As a business student virtual leanring has become slightly redundant, however professors have found ways to make the lesson structure more engaging. As well, teachers are always available for assistance. As a design student, it is disappointing to have to finish school without having labs or workshops in person with a professor.
Are you a Millennial? What do you think about Millennials?
Yes, I am. I think millennials began to set the tone of globalization and versatility in the workforce. Many people, like myself, look for diverse career experience to practice adaptability and to gain a plethora of tools under their belt. I’m currently in both business and design school, with work experience in public relations, styling, personal and production assistance, sales, photography, and graphic design. My goals are to be as capable as possible across multiple disciplines, in order to build myself as the most valuable asset possible, for any company.
If you are here it means that you love fashion. Why?
I have always had a strong interest and passion for design, especially being raised by an engineer. I naturally am a very meticulous person and I often enjoy finding creative mediums for self expression. Fashion being one of them, is also an amazing application of design and overall appreciation for the human form.
Please show us your “Empowering Style”
What cannot miss from your wardrobe?
For me, pants set the tone for any outfit, as they strongly affect a silhouette. If you don’t have a proper fit to your pants, proportions are too easily thrown off. Pants also tell a lot about your intentions for the day.
Your favorite pair of shoes and why?
A classic strappy heel that can be worn with any evening attire, and a clean pair of sneakers to hype up a casual day fit.
What cannot miss from your skin care?
I am someone who tries to let me skin be as untouched and natural as possible. I don’t wear foundations, I rinse my face with water and at the most will use a little bit of witch hazel to smooth my skin tone.
What is your style, and what can you not stand for in people, inside and out?
My style is versatile and confident. I dress based on my mood, not the occasion. I hate to conform to circumstance rather than listen to my own inner voice and what it would like to express that day. Staying true to yourself by listening to your inner self is so important. I am frustrated by people who lie to themselves or others and fail to seek their most genuine form.
What is your fashion mantra?
Strive for confidence in self presentation and harness your energy to exude it.
What is that magic word that speaks about you?
Aggressive. It’s something I’ve always been called, both negatively and positively. I’ve learned to own and harness what once would place a lot of self doubt in me. However it’s true, I will always go for what I want at full force. It often throws a lot of people off at first until they realize I don’t actually have a huge ego, I just genuinely know what I want for myself.
What is a wish that you would commit to grant this year to someone paying it
I would love to help someone find a voice they’ve felt was lost for a long time. Whether it be through art, performance, or interpersonal. I think the most important attribute for any leader is inspiring people to gain confidence in themselves and motivate progression.
You are the youngest woman I had the pleasure to have here with me, onward for more. I count on you to fight for what you feel is right and to always stay a good soul, no matter what. They will try to corrupt you, change you. Ultimately what I have learned is that YOU are the key to you own success, and remember to go and “prove them wrong”.