“See you guys next week!” my professor shouted as our class packed up and stormed out the adjacent doors on a Monday afternoon. My team and I waited outside as students slowly started exiting the building; we were all dressed in relatively casual clothing for an early morning class: sneakers, sweats, messy buns, and hoodies was what the majority of us sported. All of us except our fellow classmate and fashion blogger Kahren Torosyan who strutted out last wearing a chic ensemble with a pair of over-sized black frames covering his face.
Karl Lagerfeld approved might I add!
A 20-year-old promising innovator, Kahren Torosyan is more than just a fashion blogger; a second-year communication student at Woodbury University, Torosyan intends to incorporate his education and what he describes as his “hobby” as a fashion blogger collectively.
Before beginning the photoshoot, we all talked about our mutual classes we were taking this semester before beginning with our photoshoot. I thought the photoshoot would be tougher than the interview itself, however, posing for photographs came natural to Kahren. His confidence and personality oozes out of the photographs that my team snapped of him. I had to share my observation, so I told Kahren he was a natural and model-like; he smiled and cheekily replied, “Thanks, I take thousands of pictures professionally during my photo shoots for my fashion blog, so I am used to it by now.”
After running around all over Woodbury University’s campus trying to capture the perfect shots of Kahren, we finally got to the interview portion of our endeavor. We needed to find a quiet place since the campus was full of faculty and students mingling, so we constructed the interview at the sound stage room; keeping it as professional as possible, we sat on two interview chairs with professional lighting glowing down on us. Kahren specifically looked like he belonged on that chair, like he was being interviewed for the Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) magazine.
My questions for Kahren were fairly straightforward, I wanted to know everything and anything about his fashion blogging and his aspirations he has in life. We talked about the core and challenges of his blog, his fashion inspirations, his proudest achievements and failures, and his overall personal style.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
So, my blog is about mainly street-wear and a lot of products like hair care products, skincare products, grooming products- what I like about it is that I get to share about these things but on a larger platform, so for me, I like talking and sharing about things which is why I use the blog to do so; the clothing is more for men, because I do primary only wear guys clothing, but the products I use are unisex, so I guess anyone can really take advice from that.
What inspired you to start your blog?
Well, I love fashion and I just wanted a bigger platform than Instagram to write and share more because you can have a bigger platform to post in a greater amount; so I knew having a blog would be the better thing to do because you can’t really do it all on Instagram. I made this blog by myself and I launched it in November of 2017.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently or professionally?
It is definitely hard because I am a full-time student and have a job, so I don’t post consistently; but I do post as much as I can. What drives more traffic and gets you going is Instagram which my blog is linked too.
What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger?
It is just really fun to share; I like everything about it from the clothes to the photography, and even posing sometimes. It is just like you get to do everything in one; and people’s comments that give support and feedback is really positive and I like it a lot.
How would you describe your personal style and is a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?
My personal style is really reflective because I’ll wear something from every style you can think of- from street ware, to like more luxury, to 90’s to grunge, to more urban inspired. So definitely a little bit of everything- I like mix and matching everything!
For inspiration, I don’t find inspirations from celebrities – I find inspiration from more of the people who work in editorial or who are bloggers themselves. Fashion icons like Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Demarchelier, Anna Wintour. I am more into the industry itself and not what stylists put on celebrities.
Can you name some of your favorite fashion designers and explain why they are your favorites?
My favorite fashion designer is Tom Ford because he has always been really unique and passionate in what he does, he has never copied or mimicked what any other designer has done- he worked for Gucci and now he has his own brand which is really inspiring and amazing.
What is your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
I don’t have one specific one, but anytime you want to work with a brand and for whatever reason they don’t give you that opportunity yet; it does not make me feel like a failure, but it makes me feel like I need to work harder. Some brands want to work with you and some brands don’t and when you get that “no” response, its kind of is like that feel of rejection.
Tell me about your proudest achievement?
Definitely working with some of the brands I have got to work with so far, which is like- Anthony Skin Care, Daniel Wellington, Aesopskincare – you no these are actual brands you can buy from huge department stores- kind of working with brands like them and having them trust me with their products.
What was the most challenging moment?
My most challenging moment was trying to grow into what I am now; I do want to keep growing and keep getting bigger. I am still by no means at a huge professional level. The start is a lot of work, you know when you do a lot of you want people to see it- getting that traffic and engagement was harder.
"Hopefully in the future when I become big and successful I will have my own team; I know what I envision for my blog to look like, so I feel like other people won’t really get that vision I have...that is why I like doing it on my own."
As a full-time student, Kahren Torosyan balances his blogging and his education simultaneously, however, at a young age he has already carved his prominent future through his love for fashion and his confidence to make it to the top of the fashion blogging world.
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