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Vixen Chat: Karrueche Tran Talks The Importance Of Self Confidence And Positive Energy

Karrueche Tran stops by for a session of Vixen Chat.

Karrueche Tran is no stranger to the business of Hollywood, and certainly no stranger to living life under the microscope of the public eye.

As her session with life coach Iyanla Vanzant aired on OWN this past Sunday we witnessed Karrueche give her first in-depth account of her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. Here, Vixen chats with Karrueche to talk about her life outside the public eye, her acting aspirations, and the importance of positive energy.

 

To you, what does it mean to be an empowered woman?
I think the key to an empowered woman is self confidence. I believe every woman is entitled to creating her own definition of what that is. That's what makes women strong and beautiful, we are able to become what we want. I truly believe putting yourself first and believing in yourself and knowing what you want makes you a better you.

As March is women's history month, what woman has been the biggest inspiration and influence in your life?
I would say my mother and godmother, as I was raised by both of them. I learned to be caring and giving from my mom. She would give me the shirt off of her back if she had to. My godmother taught me to be a strong, classy woman. She taught morals and responsibility in my life at a young age. I'm very appreciative of it now because it made me the young woman I am today.

A lot of young women seek to imitate what they see in the media as well as social media. What's your advice for females who feel the pressure to conform?
Be original and be natural. All that glitters is not gold. Society is very consumed with the exterior and forgets about the interior. What's important is what's on the inside. There are plenty of people who are beautiful and rich on the outside, but poor and lonely on the inside. Being kind and having a beautiful soul is much more impactful. Live in your own real world, opposed to what you're shown. You can only be the best you.

How would you describe your personal style? And what inspires your wardrobe?
It mainly is based on my mood and energy. I may feel like dressing more casual one day, sporty another or even sexy. I also lean towards what works better for my body type, which is small and petite. I don't limit my style on certain brands or price points. I think one's style should be universal.

You once were a stylist for Nordstrom, are you still interested in styling or is modeling the direction in which you hope to continue?
Honestly, my main goal right now is acting. I want to continue to work hard at it while working with my acting coach and working my way up with different gigs. I still want to model ‘til my face can't take any more pictures. I probably wouldn't take on too many styling jobs because there is so much work and time involved. I'm very hands on so I love to be involved and take control, but it's impossible to handle alongside other gigs I have going on.

We recently saw you guest star on 'The Bay Series.' Is this something you're hoping to continue doing?
Yes, definitely! Acting is something I definitely want to take seriously. I've recently started getting into it within the past year and a half. It's tough competition since a lot of actors have been doing this all their lives, but my goal is to continue to work hard and reach for the stars. The more I keep working, the more I will grow.

Career-wise, where do you see yourself within 5 years?
On a path of growth like a little blossoming flower. I have learned life is one hell of a ride so I couldn't really say where or what I'd be doing exactly, but I know I want to keep progressing and continuing to fulfill my happiness. Keeping positivity, love, and hard work at the forefront of everything I do.

Even though we're 3 months into 2015, what is your motto for the rest of the year?
Keep smiling! The energy you put out is the energy you will receive. I've been telling myself lately to smile more throughout my day. It really makes a difference to me and makes me feel happy. Happiness is the key to life, everything else will fall into place.

 

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