Dani J. Talks 9Mag, Being On Reality TV, and Fashion

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The voice of reason for VH1’s Black Ink Chicago, 9Mag, is none other than the laid-back, sexy, out spoken receptionist Dani J. She started working at 9Mag because of her relationship with one of the most sought after female tattoo artists in Chi-town, Kat. “I’ve known her since 6th grade; we went to high school together, and we were roommates in college. When she moved back to Chicago to start working at 9Mag, I would visit her at the shop all of the time. Overtime, I got closer to all of the guys who worked there. After building a relationship with all of them, they decided they wanted me to work up there, and I gladly accepted”.

When she looks back at herself on television the toughest thing to see are her interviews. “We were asked those questions months before the show actually aired, so by the time it plays back, you forget what your responses were! That’s always interesting AND funny because I’m someone who always speaks my mind”.

Constantly being asked for advice and guidance, “The best advice I’ve ever given is that you have to live your life for yourself. Be your biggest fan and don’t care what other people think. If they know you and love you, that’s one thing, but strangers, f*** em! We only have one life to live and you can’t worry about what anyone else wants you to do. Always do what’s best for you”.

Dani wasn’t always crazy, confident, and cool. “In college, other than my education, I gained a confidence in myself, in terms of being self-reliant. It was the first time I was 100% accountable for my actions, expenses, and managing my life in general. Maintaining my own schedule for class, working, partying as well as budgeting my money, were all things that helped me adjust to the real world”. Being obligated to accept responsibility is the first step into adulthood. Your attitude during that process is what establishes your character and defines your individuality. College is more than partying and networking. It’s an opportunity to see and experience life from a whole new perspective.

Fashion, style, and trends. We all got a glimpse of it watching her on the show, and if you’re one of her thousands-upon-thousands-upon-thousands of Instagram followers then her great fashion sense has also blessed your timeline. She’s a college educated reality star and business woman, however what is dear to her heart is FASHION! Dani got excited when asked her current fashion obsessions.  “definitely the nude color palette- from the camel waterfall coats, to the two piece mini crop top and pencil skirt.  I LIVE for nude. I’m also really into bodysuits, bomber jackets, leather, and mini dresses. In terms of jewelry, I love choker necklaces, they’re so edgy to me!”

For all the busy and gorgeous ladies living and shopping on a budget…no worries Dani has you covered with some frugal fashionista advice.  “Some tidbits I have for young fashionistas on a budget would be online shopping! You’d be surprised how many online boutiques are out there with super trendy pieces at an inexpensive price. I almost never go to the mall anymore, because most of my clothes are purchased online. In my opinion, it offers you more options, and it is time-efficient because you can narrow down your search”. Remember, price tags do not make you beautiful. It may be cliché but beauty is within. “Owning your flaws yet still realizing your worth; being confident, strong, kind, and humble…that’s what makes you beautiful”.

A low-key foodie, Dani wants try travel more! Not only to try different foods, but to experience different cultures as well as historical monuments. Wondering what a lady like Dani has on her bucket list? “To visit every country at least once in my lifetime would be dope! In terms of fashion, it’s my passion, and I’m constantly doing things that will set me up to be in the position to take over fashion in the near- future. Starting with my blog ‘iamdanij’ coming out this spring!” Keep an eye out for this stylish diva , Dani J is making moves and all about self-expression, fashion, and 9Mag!

-B. Simone

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B.Simone studied literature and theories during her undergrad at USF and graduated in 2012. Sheis the co-founder of a literary and artistic social site, Cempst, launching soon as well as a North Florida ministry leader for WeIgniteTheLight Ministries on top of being a proud single mother to my daughter London J.

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