The Conversation: Randa Salloum

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Randa Salloum and this is my last year in my blissful 20’s! I’m the youngest of two, born and raised in Vancouver B.C. and am currently the Marketing & Social Media Manager for the Robson Street Business Association. I’m a self-professed cat lady that spends her extra hours as a Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger.

What’s something people don’t know about you and you wish they did?
I wish that people knew that I’m more of an introvert than I am! My boyfriend says that I’m an ambivert, meaning that I can be a social butterfly but cherish days when I can become a hermit. I wish people knew this about me so they can understand the balance that I strive for in my social and personal life.

When do you feel the most beautiful?
I feel the most beautiful when I’ve made my friends and family laugh! It truly begins from the inside.

 Do you think society has a standard of beauty right now?
Absolutely! Sometimes I worry about raising a child in a world where the lines between real and fake beauty is blurred due to social media. I try my best to relate back to the core values my parents instilled in me about beauty but can understand why some people fall to the ways of the media standards. We live in a day where a 17-year-old looks older than myself at 29, only to relate to “followers” of all ages, that they do not even know. It can take only a few minutes to edit a photo of yourself for Instagram but truly takes a lifetime to appreciate your actual beauty.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far in life?
Some may disagree, but fake it till you make it! I was once told that if I was asked in job interview if I know how to do something, to say yes and learn it later. I’ve done that with most of my life and have only gotten ahead and learned along the way.

Advice for women/young girls out there?
It’s okay to not know what you want be when you grow up. It’s okay to not do what everyone is doing. It’s okay to not be married with kids at an age that you thought you would be. These things take time and just remember to walk your own path.

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