Name: Asha Mone
Current City: Los Angeles, Ca
Hometown: Newark, Nj
Occupation: Photographer, Designer
Asha Mone, LA-based fashion and music photographer, writer, and designer kicked off her career in fashion production at the age of 16. At one point, she even worked as the seamstress for Tyler The Creator's first fashion show for Golf Wang. From there, she received a Fashion and Business Degree from FIDM and then quit the production lifestyle to be a freelance creator as a 23rd birthday present to herself.
"I am a huge music and sneakerhead and could talk about both topics for hours," adds Mone.
When Asha isn't attending concerts, like's been doing every year since she was four, you can catch her traveling around the globe or trying to learn something new.
Read on to learn more about her story.
Between working as a photographer, fashion designer, stylist and writer, you're a remarkable woman of many talents. Let's start by diving into the world of photography. When did you first pick up a camera and what do you like to shoot?
I became interested in photography in 2011 when I moved to Los Angeles. When I started college all of my friends at FIDM were graphics and digital majors while I was a fashion design major. Since I was always helping with others projects, it just came naturally.
I love shooting concerts and street style. There's nothing like going home after a show and seeing the perfect shot upload on the computer.
Next, you're a fashion designer who has debuted her collection at a handful of events like Amber Rose's Slutwalk LA, Complex Con, N.E.R.D, and more. Where does the inspiration from your line derive from and what are your aspirations for the future?
I haven’t showcased any designs here, but I have photographed all those events and that does bring me inspiration. Streetwear and music are my biggest inspirations as they mix so well together. There is so much history and culture that can be learned from both topics/genres.
There is nothing like going to another country and bonding with someone that doesn’t come from the same background as you or even speak the same language over the music you are listening to or the kicks you are wearing.
My aspirations for the future are to create clothing that is eco-friendly, limited quantity and projects my ideas vividly.
What are some challenges you've hit at this point in your career and how do you navigate through them?
#1: Being a woman of color that shoots concerts without a big publication behind them, without being friends with the artist. I like to do things my own way without limitations and without feeling the need to ask for favors to get to where I want to go.
#2: Wanting to work for success and being told that I should just befriend someone to gain success in this industry or “just be pretty”.
In both situations, I just work harder. I learn new skills. I take whatever I am doing to the next level. I remind myself that as long as I am happy with what I created, nothing else matters. With 100 no’s, there will be 1 yes. That is all that matters.
Do you have any other projects/collaborations on the books you'd like the readers to know about?
A wise person said that you should never talk about something before it happens, so I will say stay tuned.
If money and time were not a factor, what career would you pursue/how would spend your days?
If those weren’t a factor I would probably move to Tokyo and open a small clothing store. I would enjoy life whichever way the wind blows.
Discuss the importance of female friendships in your life.
In my life, genuine friendships are key. I’m big on supporting those that support you as well as learning and growing together. It’s a beautiful thing when that happens naturally.
Who are some of your greatest influences?
Pharrell Williams, Zoe Saldana, Yoon Ambush, G-dragon, Tupac, Halle Berry, Margaret Zhang.
If you could have dinner with any woman in history, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Dorothy Dandridge. We share the same birthday and I don’t think people speak or know about her enough. She was Marilyn Monroe before Marilyn Monroe was created.
What are you grateful for?
That I am happy with my past, present and where I am going in the future.
Do you have a personal mantra or quote that inspires you?
“Wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket.” - Pharrell Williams/ Billionaire Boys Club