Bukie Amos Talks the Driving Force Behind Her #BlackGirlMagic
Houston, Texas native, Bukie Amos is a young entrepreneur who exudes black girl magic to its fullest. At a young age, her brothers, Ade & Remi, taught her that she didn’t need the validation of others to be great. Her brother Ade also inspired her to create her clothing line Raw-ish and continues to help her along her new ventures. As a result of her determination, she is now a successful business owner, and is continuously working on new ways to make her brand a force to be reckon with!
Check out our interview with her below and see what she’s working on next!
How was it growing up in your household? What experiences, positive or negative, helped shape who you are today?
Growing up in my household I was never bored being that I had three older siblings: my older brothers Ade and Remi, and my older sister Wendy. Remi and I were close and still are close; anything with my brand I always get his input on it, same with my older brother Ade. Growing up I was very much a tomboy. I loved playing video games, playing outside (which explains why I’m so dark) and had no problem getting scraped up or dirty. Anything my brother Remi did when we were young, I wanted to do, like play baseball, be on a swim team – I mean anything. This shaped me into being a tough girl; I was with him so much he taught me not to be weak, not to show emotion, and what it truly meant to be determined. This has shaped me to the person I am today, I don’t take nonsense from anyone. I do anything I put my mind to. I know the sky's the limit and I put myself first.
Do you have any insecurities? If so, how have you overcome them or how are you dealing with them today?
My biggest insecurity growing up was being a dark skinned girl. While attending elementary school people would joke around and say, “You’re so black” and in my head I would think I’m not even black, like that’s a stretch. It would make me feel so insecure because everyone around would laugh and egg on the joke. I would come home and tell Remi and he would always say, “Don’t listen to them they are just mad that your skin is rich and you don’t bruise easily.” Since he was my best friend it meant so much to me and made me realize that I’m perfect the way I am. As I got older I started to love the skin I’m in and realized that not too many people are blessed to be born with such luscious chocolate skin. Your skin doesn’t make you who you are, your personality does. For all the dark skinned chocolate girls out there, don’t let anyone make you feel like you're not beautiful enough because of your skin color. Embrace it. Wear it proud and slay!
What inspired you to start Raw-Ish?
Ade and I were having conversation and I told him about my dream to start my own clothing line. He gave me so much positive feedback and told me I should start my own, “but just know it won't be an easy road, I know with you being determined you can do it.” I took a trip to Los Angeles with Ade that summer. He went to get his Wanderluste clothing mass-produced and I got to get a hands on feel on how it would be to have my own – ever since then I never looked back.
Do you have a mentor and if so, how has your mentor helped you, especially as a business owner?
My mentor would have to be my oldest brother Ade. He has taught me so much about life and having my own business. Ade owns several businesses in Houston including Prospect Park, Freshii, Engine Room and others. As a serial entrepreneur, he knows what it is like to be your own boss. Everyday I’m learning so much from him, and I’m forever thankful for that.
What do you hope to accomplish with Raw-Ish?
I plan to be a solid unisex brand that will one day hold weight when the brand is mentioned. I've been working on a lot of new pieces like jewelry, outerwear, and basics shirts. I want my brand to be a staple in anyone's closet; something that can go with anything someone is wearing.
As a college student and a business owner how do you balance doing both?
I have a planner for both my schoolwork and business, so it keeps me on track to not slack behind.
What advice do you have for women in college, thinking about starting a business?
Never sell yourself short on anything you want do in life! You will never know how far you can get, if you never try.
Learn more about Bukie on her Instagram @bukieamos and be sure to check our her clothing line at raw-ish.com.