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Asia'Lynn Harris

Asia’Lynn Harris is an entrepreneur with two fashion lines to her name — and she about to start her senior year in high school. Her two clothing brands A’cole and Polished (my world my way) are her way of spreading positivity. She wants everyone to know that there is more out there for them, and to go after your dreams and never stop. Her clothing brands will be featured in Acadiana Fashion Week in July, so she is busy getting ready for her first runway show.

Asia’Lynn also competes in pageants, with National American Miss next on her agenda. She is a cheerleader, and has just been accepted into the Think Like an Entrepreneur Virtual Summer Academy at Rowan University. This girl is busy, and her summer is packed, so of course, she is choosing to document it all and put it together for a Student TED talk so she can inspire others.

Out of all the things she does, inspiring others is what drives her, and she’s only just beginning her journey. She was raised by a single parent and knows the struggles that people go through. Next week in this column, we’ll meet that parent, her mother, who is all kinds of impressive, too.

You can find Asia’Lynn’s clothes on, on Facebook (Asialynn Harris) and Instagram (Asialynnnicole). I’m excited to see where she goes; there are no limits.

What was your first job? Entrepreneur! I have my own business! Never had a job before!

Describe a typical day in your life. Meeting with others to discuss business topics about entrepreneurship while staying on top of my game as an honor roll student is a very much typical day in my life.

What advice would you give the younger you? Never be afraid to try new things. You never know what opportunities are coming your way.

What event in your life most shaped who you are now? Growing up with a single parent is a struggle. Watching my mother become an author and owner of her own publishing company is very inspiring to me. Despite all the complications we have had along the road, I watched her grow stronger. When I became of age, I realized I wanted to follow along in the same footsteps. It was not easy, but the outcomes are great. She recently graduated with her master’s in business.

What values do you live by? Positivity, gratefulness, as well as being humble are the three values I live by.

What do you most appreciate? I most appreciate my drive to be the best I can possibly be in everything I put my mind to.

What is your favorite journey? My favorite journey, which is still ongoing, is becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Where is your favorite place to be alone? My bedroom

What living figure most inspires you? My mom! She’s an author, publisher and an MBA graduate.

What was the best advice you were ever given? “Be the change you wish to see in this world” — Mahatma Gandhi. This quote has helped me make many differences in my life, so I love to share it with others.

What book would you tell everyone to read? I would advise people to read “Working from Within” written by Shaquana Jackson. It tells different stories that others understand and gives a positive outlook with every story. I believe this book can inspire many.

What did you want to be when you grow up? A successful entrepreneur.

What is your motto? “Polished My World My Way,” one of my clothing brands' styles. Simply means present yourself how you chose. Be you, not anyone else.

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as someone who went through life with positivity despite all rough situations in my path.

What do you say to yourself when you doubt yourself? Try again tomorrow. There is always another day.

What three things are vital to being YOU? I am a 17-year-old entrepreneur who is talented in music, passionate and strong.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Girl, what”?! “oh, no” “hahaha”

What food could you live on for a month? The bread and butter from Texas Roadhouse.

What would you change about yourself? I would change how I look at different situations. While I am an incredibly positive person, I tend to slip up sometimes and forget the bigger picture.

Describe yourself in five words. Strong, short, brave, quiet, passionate

What is your idea of happiness? My idea of happiness is to be able to truly accept yourself for who you are. Be different and not be afraid to show that.

What is your favorite movie? "8-mile" starring Eminem is my favorite movie. It shows the life of someone who struggled throughout living and stayed strong even when there was a feeling of no hope.

What music defines who you are? Music that tells stories and has meaning behind it.

What do you most regret? Doubting myself in different activities or events.

What question do you wish I had asked? Do you think your older self is much stronger than your younger self?

What would the answer be? Yes, I do. I have learned so much since then and now have a better outlook on success.