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Rising Stars: Meet Tamara Panton of Prince George’s County Maryland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamara Panton.

Hi Tamara, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Hi! My name is Tamara Panton; I go my Mara for short! I currently live in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I married my soulmate and best friend, Kwamy, a few months ago in Cancun, Mexico. I am enjoying every moment of marriage life! We currently have no children, yet we have a spoiled pup named Penny. Several years ago, I started my own business as a wig maker. I ran a successful business making nearly 6 figures a year, but after several years of having my own business, God led me to a different path. I continued the wig business only for the money at one point in time and did not feel fulfilled. I knew it was time for a switch in side hustles (I am a full-time teacher shoutout to all my black teachers). I have always been a fashionista. Shopping and putting outfits together is a hobby that has become my passion. After leaving my business to rest, I embarked on a new journey as a style influencer. I love to positively influence women to dress up and always look their best through style, trends, and overall fashion. You can always count on me to post irresistible sales at your favorite stores on my Instagram story!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road so far for me has been very smooth. I feel like when you walk in your true purpose (words from the “Know For Sure Podcast” by B. Simone and Megan A. Brooks), you become your true self. Because I am on a journey and what I believe to be an assignment by God to influence other women through fashion and style positively, there have been no struggles. Because I know that life is not perfect, I understand that some challenges may come my way. I plan to cross those obstacles and hurdles with the strength of God and prayer.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in style and influence. As a small influencer, I have earned revenue on apps like like to know. By being consistent, posting items that I know will attract girls and young women, and posting things that I TRULY LOVE myself. I also review clothing items and show some lifestyle habits on my YouTube channel to show young women how to pair outfits, catch good sales, and, most importantly, look/feel great! What sets me apart from others is that I’m not doing this for the money; I’m doing this because this is my true purpose, and I honestly enjoy it.

What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
The most important quality is constantly being authentic to myself. We live in a world where social media heavily influences people. Unfortunately, that can make people alter who they are set out to be. My goal is never to be that. I love who I am, and I want to always stay true to myself. Being authentic is important to me as I continue to succeed. I always want to be relatable and for people to recognize me as the same genuine person from when I started influencing to my highest peak.

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