Natural Chica | Digital Diversity: Episode 1

In the premiere episode of Digital Diversity, we’re talking with Maeling Tapp, the fabulous natural hair blogger/vlogger known online as Natural Chica. She started her blog in 2009 as a way of documenting her transition from relaxed to natural hair. Since then the site has blossomed into a place where she shares tips & video tutorials to help others with their natural hair journeys.

Mae has built an audience of over 130,000 YouTube subscribers, over 90,000 Facebook fans, over 30,000 Twitter followers and a community of loyal readers. Along the way, she’s the been featured in The New York Times, NPR and EssenceEbony highlighted her a “natural hair blogger you should know.”  On top of that, she’s pursuing a pursuing a PhD in materials engineering and she’s a newlywed!

So how does she do it? Tune in to our conversation to find out:

  1. How Natural Chica launched her blog
  2. Tactics for “crowdsourcing” content
  3. Tips for getting started on YouTube
  4. Encouragement for finding you voice to stand out in a crowded (digital) space
  5. Advice for moving past your fear to follow your dreams
  6. How to leverage relationships to build your own blog or brand

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Natural Chica on Finding Your Voice

Natural Chica and Lauren Thomas on the Set of Digital Diversity, Photo Credit: Dimitri Crowder

Fear can hold us back in so many areas of our lives. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of rejection. Fear of abandonment. Fear of not being “good enough”. Fear of not living up to our own expectations – or someone else’s. So many of us walk around with lists of fears that are too long to count. And it can stop us in our tracks. The challenge is that you have to move past your fear to do anything great. Let’s face it: there are times when you have to step out of fear to do anything at all!

When I sat down with the fabulous Natural Hair and Beauty Blogger/Vlogger Natural Chica, she shared her insights on fear and gave us some encouragement for moving past it.

So what are you waiting for? What’s one thing you have been putting off, or avoiding or denying yourself? Whether your thing is landing a new job, starting a side hustle, asking that special someone on a date, or something else…  It’s time to take another baby step in the direction of your dreams.