My journey into fashion began with a pivotal moment. While serving as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, I had a vivid dream that I would one day own a women's shoe store called Wild Women Wear Red. One week after that vision, I was evacuated from my site in Okongo, Namibia due to civil unrest and I was given a one-way ticket to Washington DC, where I proceeded to work for a children's non profit. But that vision kept haunting me. Two years later, Wild Women Wear Red was launched. At 27 I was married, owned 4 homes and had a successful business that was lauded in both national and international publications. On the surface I was an international human rights lawyer turned boutique owner, but underneath it all, I had a yearning that wasn't satisfied.
The origins of my discontent led me to nurture my creativity and forge my own path. I am a self-professed multi-hyphenate creative.
Beauty is Universal is an extension of the web series, in which I offer personal shopping + fashion & lifestyle tours in Uganda and Rwanda. It is an organic result that stemmed from viewers of my Instagram and Facebook posts entreating me to select, purchase and ship East African produced shoes, clothing and accessories. I'm happy to do it and I hope that you experience sheer delight when you receive what I have in store for you. The unintended benefit is that you are also supporting the African economy, the small business sector, women owned businesses and independent designers. This is how we create real, sustainable change by sowing into businesses that honor and represent us.
I have lived, worked and played on 4 continents. It gives me life to observe how women throughout the world adorn themselves. I pay close attention and adopt aspects of the stylistic rituals that resonate with me.
As a young girl growing up in Los Angeles, California, the beauty paradigm was extremely narrow. Throughout my travels, I have seen beauty manifested in women, men and children all over the world. Those personal experiences led me to create Wild Women Wear Red, Off the Beaten Path and Beauty is Universal. Now I present them to you. By breathing oxygen into this project, you are in fact acknowledging that beauty is transcendent and exists in many forms.
-Toddre' DaLaura Monier