Align Magazine sits down with prominent businesswoman, radio personality, hostess, plug size model and entertainer Kendra Dee for an in depth one on one interview about her career path, past, present and future, inspirations and more! Read all about her in this interview and tap into the mind of this Charlotte, NC based mover and shaker.
Could you tell us about yourself, your organization or creative pursuits and what got you started? Kendra Dee, a Charlotte, NC native, started her brand in late 2017. Initially, she wanted to be a radio host and started a Vlog on YouTube – The Journey To Eden and a podcast – The Kendra Dee Experience on Big Woo Radio, to start branding herself as a local entertainer. Now, the brand has grown to be more than a Vlog and Podcast; it will now include a T-shirt line, Vlog, Podcast and much more.
“What competition? I am one of a kind “Kendra Dee
Has your journey been an easy one so far? If not, what are some challenges you’ve had to overcome? No, not at all. Like most entrepreneurs, we have ups and downs. I’ve had to overcome many adversity’s- death, being broke, having to start over and reinvent myself, personal issues such as anxiety and depression – which has had its own identity in my life at times. I have to fight through it every day but it’s really what makes me strong and gives me the ability to keep going.
What’s one thing we should know about you or your business? I’m one of a kind and very unique. I’m a plus sized common girl from NC who is tapping into an industry that’s very superficial. We have made some strides and I want to be one of the front runners who continues to lead in being innovative and changing what society coins as “beautiful” especially when it comes to body types.
What sets you apart from the competition? What competition? I am one of a kind lol. I say this because the only competition I have is with myself. I strive to be better than what I was at every turn. Yes, of course there is competition in the industry and everything is very saturated however, we have 7 billion people in this world, there is an audience I can touch that no one else can, I believe that!
What has been your fondest moment in your career thus far? I would have to say when I first launched in 2018. I had a live podcast launch and I had soo much fun! I planned the entire event – and I really like to plan. Everything that could have gone wrong, it did but the outcome was so worth every headache!
What do you like to do in your free time? Mostly read.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? Very successful in some capacity in entertainment. Honestly, the path I’m on now is much different than the path I thought I was going down but it’s so much better. I don’t want to limit myself so, wherever God takes me, that’s where I’m going.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? I would have to say both of my grandmothers- maternal and paternal. They are the epitome of strength. They have overcome so much in their lifetimes – things that I have witnessed. I get my strength and resilience from them!
How were you as a child?I was a talkative kid lol, didn’t meet a stranger. I loved music and being around people- that’s why I love what I’m doing!
Is your city a good place for what you’re doing? Actually, yes! Here is a great start. Charlotte is up and coming – so many businesses, black businesses at that are here. It’s a melting pot. I don’t plan to just be a local celeb though. I’m looking past Charlotte.
What would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? That I just never quit, I was resilient! I came, I saw and I conquered!
What plans do you have for 2020? Lots of plans – launching a new business venture, a few things that I have signed NDAs for so I can’t say anything lol, relaunching my T-shirt line and just a few other things!
Facebook: Kendra Dee