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Hidden Gems: Meet Kimberly E. Stone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly E. Stone.

Kimberly, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started sewing at age four and have read fashion magazines all of my life. I started POSHGLAM in college as a way to bolster the fashion community, specifically young designers online, through globalization and journalism. I have now segued the company into a burgeoning social network and look to grow it among fashion insiders and hopefuls around the world through quick connection.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. It’s been hard to blaze a trail as a woman of color and I’ve found myself having to self-motivate constantly. Many companies want free press but don’t necessarily want to sponsor a website regardless of popularity or appeal. That’s why I believe many sites have started to go to premium and begun to charge a monthly fee to readers. We may be going that route.

POSHGLAM has been really exciting to many and the people that have worked for the company, but we are changing and beginning to explore new ways to monetize.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
In terms of business, we are an editorial outlet phasing in a Social Network. We are excited about the next phase and want to spread the word. POSHGLAM will be quickly connecting the fashion community and helping people find each other online. In the past, we were a media outlet showcasing emergent brands and we’ve decided to grow into a platform for them. There’s so much talent in the world; we are excited to showcase fashion, beauty, luxury and art.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Reading the business publications and reaching to the people at the companies is a good way to find mentors. At first, they may say no but you can always move on to someone else or check back later. Mentorship is tricky, not everyone has the time but many find it fulfilling to give back.

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