Starting a business at 15 is no mean feat and Lauren-Nicole Coppin Campbell, is a spectacular example of the benefits of just doing it.
CEO, Model and Founder of Fashion Killer, Lauren-Nicole is quietly building an empire. Her Instagram is an empowering swoon-fest and her Fashion Killer website, provides insightful articles that delve into everything from singledom and why we care, to identity outside of your job title.
We chatted to Lauren-Nicole about turning your passion into a business, staying healthy and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Lauren-Nicole Coppin Campbell
Where are you from?
Born in North West London, raised in West London. Heritage: Bajan, Jamaican, Panamanian.
What do you do?
Content Creator, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Killer and plus-size model.
What is your typical day like?
It really varies from day to day. Either working out in the morning or attending a breakfast event; creating content, or doing admin work in the afternoon; editing, writing and arranging shoots in the evening, or attending an event. And sometimes doing all of those things in one day.
How did Fashion Killer come to be created?
At the age of 15, I launched FK as a personal blog. I wanted to be a fashion journalist and my mentor advised me to start another blog (I launched my first blog at 12/13) to build a portfolio.
What has been your greatest achievement in your career so far?
The fact that I was able to turn my hobby into a full-time job still blows my mind.
How do you stay healthy (body and mind)?
In the last two to three months, my main aim has been to get my health right. For me this is working out regularly, whether that be in the gym or at home, eating healthily, and having a strong support system. Having all of that really keeps me feeling good, strong and healthy.
What inspires you?
The women in my life - especially in my family. I grew up surrounded by strong, intelligent and independent women; not to mention they were the top ladies in their sector. When those types of women are your relatives, there's nothing that pushes you more, to achieve your goals. My mother, grandmother and aunties are the ladies who inspire me to this very day.
Who is your beauty muse?
Of course, Rihanna; Tracee Ellis Ross, Desi Perkins and Priscilla Ono.
What advice would you give to other girls and guys looking to get into creative industries?
Do it. Do it without hesitation. Do it without thought. Do what makes you happy, and ignore the white noise around you. Had I listened to those who doubted me when I started my first blog when I was in secondary school or Fashion Killer, I wouldn't have the career I have now.
What are your experiences of diversity in the industry?
As a black, plus-size young woman in the industry, I can say I've experienced both feeling isolated and secluded from the industry, and have also experienced being the token black, fat girl. For me, I can't wait for the day when we just see a cast of models in an editorial or campaign and don't think, oh she ticks that box and he ticks this box, but just see them as people who represent what we see in the real world.
What are you working on this year?
A lot! I'm trying to build an empire over here. The aim for this year is to launch something that represents who I am as a person and what I'm all about. Can I share anymore? No. But, I hope everyone will love it. And hopefully, you'll see more of me...on all of your screens...
Individualism. And accepting ourselves for who we are in that present moment.
If you could only Slapp on one beauty product, what would it be?
Only one....damn!!! Brows. I need good brows.
Follow Lauren-Nicole: @laurennicolefk