The Inspirational Woman Project: Skyler McCurine

11/23/2016 04:48 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2016

The Inspirational Woman Project believes that every woman is inspirational. It’s our mission to tell their stories.

Skyler McCurine is redefining the look of leadership as a personal stylist, public speaker, wonder woman, and founder of Le Red Balloon. Driven by the lackluster stereotypical portrayal of women in the media, she leads workshops for teenage girls and professionals around conscious media consumption, leadership, self­ acceptance, personal branding, and of course, style. Skyler’s passion for fostering leadership and courage in young women led her to be invited to TEDx, SD Business Journal “Emerging Generation Award” and her invitation to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit as Swiss Luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier’s guest of distinction. She was a finalist for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the social entrepreneurship category. She is a native San Diegan and received her BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and MA in Organizational Management from Ashford University. When Skyler is not busy trying to change the world, she is brazenly venturing through it, getting lost in the beauty, and leaving a trail of red balloons behind her. She enjoys jazz, laughter, bare feet and occasionally indulges in copious amounts of champagne…all the time.

When do you feel most powerful?

{McCurine} After I’ve done something I’d once sworn I could not do; and, when I’m crossing the street wearing a killer outfit.

Where do you go / what do you do when you’re in need of inspiration?

{McCurine} I first need to ask myself what kind of inspiration do I need – the inspiration to be tender with myself, to have a difficult conversation, to complete a project, or to conquer a fear? I also try to surround myself with inspiration so that it isn’t something I need to retreat to, it’s something that is always there. If that doesn’t work, Marvin Gaye’s I want you album pretty much always does the trick.

What is your mantra?

{McCurine} “Let no one come to you without leaving better or happier.” —Mother Theresa

“People will forget what you did, what you said, but never how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

Just do the next right thing.

Yes Queen, Go Queen.

Talk to me about your girlfriends.

{McCurine} I just celebrated my 30th birthday, seated at a long table filled with really fucking incredible people. My friends are as diverse as our world—our ages ranging from 30 to over 60, my girlfriends bring the real. We speak of vulnerability, despair, triumph, we tell the truth— we go there for each other. Having this kickass tribe of intentional high caliber women has increased my level of depth and purpose. My friends do really courageous, exciting, daring things in their homes, lives, offices, and hearts. They look at the path filled with terror, fear, self-doubt and struggle and say “okay, I’ll do it” because they know they need to. They inspire me to do the right thing for Skyler. They let me be big, huge! I feel safe, challenged, loved and blessed to have good ass girlfriends. They encourage me to take up as much space (with my mind, ass, mouth) as I feel I’m being called to, as much as I want.

What does creation mean for you as a woman?

{McCurine} Creation is whatever you want it to be. Define sexuality for you. Define style for you. Leadership on your terms. I mean this to say, there are so many influences and voices telling women their bodies, thoughts, skin, etc. is not our own. Creation is the space for exploration. YOU decide. I have to work very hard to keep peeling back the layers, to tell the truth to myself, that womanhood is penned by only you. I’m only 30, ask me next week and let’s see how that pans out!

What does your self-care routine look like?

{McCurine} Isn’t this a timely question; I enjoy healthy pleasures—naps; top-shelf green; a great book; stand-up comedy; Prosecco; anything written/spoken/thought of by Maya Angelou; doing squats to loud ass rap music; spending time with my Grandma; giving my Goddaughter squeezes filled with love and celebration for her; rich conversation; yummy sex; sometimes all of these things in one day.

What’s one thing you want to tell the women who will read this?

{McCurine} There are multiple ways of being. Thousands of ways more than what you are shown everyday on the TV and radio. Who dares question that your way is an inappropriate way or the right way. Your friends, work, clothes, haircut - if they don’t make you walk taller, lift your head higher, and live a life of purpose then they don’t deserve to be in your world any longer.

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