Mya: Owner of Plus-Size Vintage Fashion Business, Stylist, Fashion Blogger

Name: Mya Price

Age: 28

City: Washington, DC

Main Hustle: In my full-time position, I work for a national hunger-relief non-profit called Feeding America. We serve more than 200 food banks across the nation to fight hunger through various hunger-relief initiatives. I serve as a Program Associate and am responsible for overseeing our child and family-focused hunger-relief programs. I work with our Summer Feeding Program to help food banks to develop strategies to combat hunger throughout the warmer months.

Side Hustle: In October 2017, I launched my business More Than Your Average. MTYA has both an online and in-store vintage boutique presence that specializes in one-of-a-kind vintage finds for plus-size women sizes 12+. As a plus size woman myself, I was inspired to launch my business because of my personal passion for thrifted fashion and due to a lack of clothing selections in the fashion industry for plus-size women. MTYA gives me the space to highlight this lack of representation and bring a voice to one-of-a-kind vintage fashion.

In reference to lack of fashion representation, MTYA is about bridging inequalities in the realm of vintage, plus-size finds. In addition to using my business as a platform for plus-size vintage selections that are specifically curated by me, I also use my platform as a space to uplift women through styling tips featured on my blog and featured experiences from others.

All women should be celebrated, no matter their size, shape, or color, and I believe everyone should be given equal opportunity to shop and select pieces that fit their style, size, and interest.

In addition to my curated vintage selections available to shop online and in-store, I also offer both styling services and additional tips on my blog.

How did you get started?: I have always enjoyed thrift shopping and have found much self care in styling myself and others. Over time I saw myself develop a skill set around navigating thrift stores, specifically finding plus-size selections. Despite being scared to take the risk, I decided to turn my passion into a business that so many women can benefit from, who are struggling to find selections that fit their ‘More Than Your Average’ selves.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I devote upwards of 30 hours a week to my business from my apartment in Washington, DC and in my home state of Kentucky. In addition to operating online and in store, I also participate in weekend pop-up markets depending on the season. Having the opportunity to dedicate this time toward MTYA has also given me the opportunity to develop greater organizational and self-care management skills.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Balance can be extremely difficult for me at times. I’ve always been one for seizing opportunities as they come and don’t enjoy saying “no!” to invitations I feel will positively impact myself or my business. By scheduling my weeks in advance, I’ve learned to combat feeling overwhelmed or that I have to say “yes!” to every opportunity that comes my way. I’ve learned to give myself grace outside of the operation of my business by reading a favorite book or magazine, watching a movie, and spending times with family and friends.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I enjoy receiving messages from women who have been impacted by a styling tip I’ve given, words of encouragement and power, or through other models I’ve featured on my platforms. These messages keep me going and makes me appreciate that I’m supported by a community who recognizes and understands my business mission.

Who is your greatest supporter?: I have had a team of close supporters since starting my business. My mom, my sister, Aja Price, with her own business, Notably Gray, and my business consultant and photographer Sarah Caton with her own business, Space, Place, and Southern Grace. MTYA wouldn’t be in the same place it is now without their support, dedication, and time spent helping me to design, implement, operate, coordinate, and capture the entire essence of my business. These women are truly powerhouses. They support me with my business, and it’s my priority to support their business journeys as well.

I believe all women should uplift, celebrate, and support each other. Collaboration over competition!

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My greatest inspiration comes from a place of passion, motivation, and power within.

I recognize I have the opportunity to reshape the plus-size conversation by empowering women, building encouragement and confidence, inspiring women to find their originality, and building a community of love, support, and inspiration. I’m empowered to continue pushing, motivating, uplifting, and encouraging women around the world.

Have you received recognition for your side hustle?:

Please see below for MTYA media features:

Herald Leader, Lexington, KY

Good on You

DC Refined

Ravishly

Tortoise Conduct

Please see below for MTYA blog features:

JCP Eats

Bright on a Budget

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: Launching MTYA has always been a dream of mine, and I’m so excited that I had the courage and self confidence to pursue this journey. I look forward to opening a MTYA brick and mortar in the future and also expanding my brand into other cities across the country.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?: My advice is to keep going no matter if you’re having a bad day, sales aren’t where you might like them to be, you don’t know where the next opportunity may be, or you don’t know what direction your business is headed toward. I’ve been given opportunities I never saw coming and have also experienced days where I didn’t know where I was going.

As an entrepreneur and in life, we have to learn to take the good with the bad and make lemonade out of each experience.

Cheers to us, and go and become your ‘More Than Your Average’ self!

If you’d like to learn more about Mya, check out her website, follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate.

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