This year it felt important to not only honor mothers, but the powerful relationships that can exist between mothers and daughters, especially when that bond allows for each of them to thrive as individuals. The mother-daughter founders of StyleLikeU, Elisa and Lily, are my idols because they don't feign perfection. I have grown to admire how much their hearts are open books about the daily struggles of maintaining their mother-daughter ties while working together to run our website. To shine the light on their trials, tribulations, and successes, Adaeze Elechi, one of our many super talented video editors, and I made this video.
Some parts of society may want us to believe that we need to break away from our family and roots in order to be free and find ourselves. However, years of observing Elisa and Lily have taught me the opposite. I've come to realize that by sticking with our deepest alliances we can be pushed to become our fullest selves.
When they first started SLU, Lily was shy and worried about being in the shadow of her outspoken mom. Now she is the well-deserved "boss," and, in my eyes, a leader of her generation. She lives for over-seeing the fruition of the disruptive ideas of our platform and is coming into her own personally by speaking out for body acceptance, having struggled for so long with her own body image. For Elisa, she is regularly confronted with having to be totally honest with herself while managing the blurry lines between business and tenderness, concession and authority. I admire Elisa's ability to give Lily both space and boundaries and license to bring the past into the future with SLU. I admire Lily's ability to learn and question the knowledge that her mother has gained from her remarkable fashion industry experience and life in general. Mostly, I admire how they are acute mirrors and constructive critical eyes to each other and a model worthy of showcasing.
Happy Mother's Day!
-- Ramona (Mona) Canino, Executive Editor of StyleLikeU
Video Edited by Adaeze Elechi