Urban Girl Mag | Shelah Marie is Using her Skills as a Trained Actress to Build a Brand on Teaching Self-Love
If you're anything like me then you love the infamous #blackgirlmagic movement, you love natural hair, self love, spirituality, wellness, self care and you'd love to see all of these things combined into some sort of ultimate experience. When I stumbled across Shelah Marie's instagram account (@theshelahmarie) and saw how cohesively she expresses all of the above through her brand Curvy Curly Conscious I was elated. CCC expresses all forms of wellness, black girl magic, spirituality, and more all blended into one event experience.
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Shelah Marie is Using her Skills as a Trained Actress to Build a Brand on Teaching Self-Love

If you’re anything like me then you love the infamous #blackgirlmagic movement, you love natural hair, self love, spirituality, wellness, self care and you’d love to see all of these things combined into some sort of ultimate experience.

 

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When I stumbled across Shelah Marie’s instagram account (@theshelahmarie) and saw how cohesively she expresses all of the above through her personal brand and her newest brand Curvy Curly Conscious I was elated. CCC expresses all forms of wellness, black girl magic, spirituality, and more all blended into one event experience.

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Shelah , is a professionally trained actress and theater instructor, who’s using her talents to curate her brand Curvy Curly Conscious, which will help to spiritually heal, inspire and empower women of color.

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Shelah is that bestie we all need to have. If you’ve taken a peek at her instagram account then you have seen she is well versed in yoga, meditation , self love, health and wellness. The transparency she offers of her personal self love journey is a fraction of the basis for her popularity, that and, well her adorable viral photo of her and boyfriend Ace Hood practicing yoga together didn’t hurt either.

 

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Shelah’s brand Curly Curvy Conscious is a tribe of dope women who come together in major cities around the U.S. Women who are able to attend get to experience meditation classes, panel discussions, learn self love practices, and more. Umm… And if you’re anything like me again then you’re thinking you need to sign up asap!

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Shelah spoke to us about how she began her journey of self discovery, what inspired CCC, and how her boyfriend Ace Hood got involved in yoga, and it wasn’t as hard as you would probably imagine.

 

 

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“I’ve always admired people who are strong and flexible, so yoga to me was a good way to achieve that…yoga was a great way because it really focused on the mind body connection and I loved the idea of breathing as you’re moving because it helped me with my anxiety”. A lot of people think I came in and was like ‘Ace try yoga! But he was already like a little caterpillar that wanted to be a butterfly anyway… Ace trains like professional athlete so he already had strength but no flexibility. I had the flexibility and needed the strength so it was a natural compliment.”

 

Shelah said she expanded into the YouTube space by way of her Soul Study with Shelah sessions she held every Sunday live on periscope. Her soul study sessions were open to anyone who was interested and she covered topics that addressed personal development and growth. The sessions became very popular but she noticed her audience having a difficult time accessing the videos following her live stream, so YouTube naturally became the next option as an online place fit to house Soul Study with Shelah. To view her YouTube channel click here.

 

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“People were saying ‘I love this content but I can’t access it again’ because with periscope it would delete after a while… I ended up pushing myself to get comfortable enough to create content that will live online forever.” She also said “YouTube made me challenge myself to be consistent with weekly content and then also being with people to like and share. It was really like my community asked for it”

 

 

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Mediation is something Shelah practices religiously which explains her release of her very own guided meditation mix tape. Yes a mix tape of meditation music, how awesome is that?! This mix tape is oozing #blackgirlmagic, and makes it so easy for women to connect with her voice, for those who may need a little assistance meditating. Shelah explained her mix tape was conceptualized by hearing other guided meditations and her inability to connect with the voice.

 

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“To start my meditation I did guided meditation and I found that I just couldn’t connect with the voice… I would want to do meditation but then I’d hear the voice and cut it off… a mix tape that I would want to hear to make meditations that I would  want to meditate to. And that in turn just spoke to the #blackgirlmagic, it spoke to them in a different way…”

 

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You can stream it on iTunes, or purchase it on her website by clicking here.

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So let’s talk more about CCC and how her idea of the brand was conceptualized after using a particular hashtag.

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“I started out by using the hashtag #curvyandcurly and I would use that and I would share pictures of my body talking about self love, being bold, not being ashamed all of these things… and I talked about my struggle with depression and anxiety and a lot of women were like ‘man I struggle with that also’. So it was then when Shelah had the light bulb moment and realized she’d built an online community of conscious women of color with so much in common. “I had this online community of women who are interested in personal development and growth, yoga, and meditation…So I was like alright I would love to have a day where we get together and work on some of these issues in person and that’s how Curvy Curly Conscious was born.”

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So of course my next question was if CCC will be making an NYC stop.“We’re not coming to New York this year but you never know what the future may hold”.

 

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As a professional actress Shelah has been featured in multiple films such as The Transporter , Miami Vice, Underground President, and featured in the following television shows Black Jesus, CSI Miami, and SMASH among other projects. Her skills as an actress is part of what’s leading her success as an entrepreneur and owner of CCC.

 

 

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Some of her favorite actors include Meryl Streep, Kate Blanchett, Viola Davis and Amy Schumer. Shelah revealed to us that although she no longer sees herself as a traditional actress, she’s utilizing her skills to build her own lane and company.

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“I don’t see myself as a traditional actress anymore. I see myself as someone who has training as an actor and I take that in everything that I do… I may have some visibility as an actor but it’s in a different way… I can see myself on a panel or so… And that is why I really love Amy Schumer because I love that Amy produces, writes and directs, because I produce, write and direct as well… I can resonate with a girl who’s like you know what if no one is going to hire me I’m going to hire myself. That’s what I did with Curvy Curly Conscious I made a company where I have something, I’m not going to wait for someone to hire me.”

 

 

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As far as the future Shelah says she sees herself having more of an influential impact, her brand CCC will have expanded even more, and she’ll find a way to connect her love of acting and entertainment to wellness and health.

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“There’s so many possibilities. But in 5 years I’ll definitely be married, I’ll have 2 kids I think and my brand would have expanded, I’l definitely be a bigger influence and so  by then Curvy Curly Conscious will be a full fledged brand that has products, and services and we’ll have like healing retreats for women of color. I can see myself expanding into TV, bringing wellness and health to entertainment somehow. So having a show that talks about it or something along those lines.”

 

To learn more about Shelah visit her website shelahmarie.com  and for more information on CCC and where their next tour stop will be visit Curvycurlyconscious.com

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