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Gentleman's Corner: Ray Edwards Talks About Taking Control


We caught up with the always busy, Ray Edwards to chat about his clothing line True Ink, and how he manages to excel with so many great career moves. Mr. Edwards was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and was able to transition into the world of boxing and kicked off is career undefeated. And his rap sheet doesn't end there. He has plans to start representing boxers. Read on to find out why Ray loves being very hands on and taking control.

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Ray-Edwards-BoxingVIBE Vixen: Where did you come up with the idea to transition from sports to fashion design?
Ray Edwards: I came up with the idea after seeing a lot of shirts that I didn’t like. I’m a very positive person and I thought I could design a shirt that’s very  uplifting.

Nice. So, what’s the meaning behind the name True Ink?
It’s a reflection of the sayings that I personally feel are true. I feel that since the shirts inspire people I wanted the collection to be about being real and truthful. You don’t have to tell a lie and you don’t have to live a lie.

Right. How heavily are you involved in the production? Do you come up with the sayings, or the style of shirts that are used? Are you a part of the manufacturing process?
I’m very hands on. I have a team that I work with that comes up with sayings they feel can attach to the whole community. I work together with them. Even with the manufacturing process, I tell them how I want it packaged and how to get it out to the people. I’m very hands on with it. I’m not someone that just tells people what I want and just try and make a name. I hosted my first fashion show I had for the line and that’s just me. I’m very much a hands on person.

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Ray-Edwards-NudeSometimes society teaches us that we have to choose one thing we’re going to be for the rest of our lives and stick with it. What do you feel is the main thing that has helped you to escape such limitations? 
I had to just be myself. Don’t let anyone tell you who you need to be. You know society is always trying to tell you this is who you need to be and this is what you need to do. Just be you. That’s how I was raised—to always be you and speak my mind. Always be positive, do what you want to do, and you’ll succeed at it. A lot of people told me I would never make it to the NFL, but I made it due to my perseverance and my strength and faith in God. A lot of people don’t really want to see you succeed unless they’re close to you or truly in your circle.

Do you have advice for the Vixens who may feel trapped by certain limitations right now?
Stay faithful. God always has a plan for you and as long as you’re putting in the work, he’s going to help you succeed at that plan. Also stay disciplined. Don’t get caught up in the limelight and partying when you get your success. You need to keep working as hard as possible to keep the success. And lastly, stay focused. If you already know where you want to go in life and where you want to be stay focused. Always have that drive to prove people wrong and that’s why you have to stay hungry and stay on top of your game.

So staying disciplined and focused is your secret. Is there a special lady that you’re focused on?
Uhhh. I’m single, but dating.

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