Hey! I’m Leslie but some call me Frizzy. I’ve always been very passionate, from just a little girl. I was always searching for my purpose in life, what made me happy and what soothed my soul. I went through many phases in life, trying to discover what and who I wanted to be.
First, there was the singer phase, I’ve always been obsessed with music. I remember recording myself on cassette tapes as a child, singing my favorite tunes. I could always “hold a note” lol but I didn’t quite have those Mariah Carey vocals I always wished for. Then there was the acting phase, the rapper phase, and the fashion designer phase. Let’s just say none of those were it. Still, I longed for something to connect with, a way to express myself.
Little Leslie Hughes camera ready!
‘Frizzy and Free’ after college, soul searching in California.
Fast forward to after college. First off, let me say college was great! But after graduation, I was back home, in the real world, still unsure of who I was. I had gotten a job as a retail manager, which I loathed, settling in relationships that weren’t beneficial, and partying A LOT . I needed a drastic change, that’s when I decided to drop everything and move to Los Angeles. I quit my job, packed up my stuff and drove to LA. I literally had a dollar and a dream. I didn’t know what I was in search of but whatever it was I thought moving away from home was the answer.
Around this same time, I decided to cut off all my relaxed hair and started my natural hair journey. I know it sounds cliché but in the words of CoCo Chanel, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”. When I started rocking my natural curls, that was honestly the most free and the most myself I had ever felt. I was ready to take on LA and my new life.
What I thought would be this new amazing chapter of my life, actually ended up being the most dreadful. During the 3 1/2 years I lived in LA, I lost my grandmother, both of my aunts, and my mom. Man, did I think I was lost before? No other pain or uncertainty compared to this.
Losing my mom left behind a serious void in my life. She was my motivating force, biggest fan, and she loved the hell out of me, unconditionally. So here I am, yet again and more than before, lost with no passion, no motivation, no purpose, no sense of self.
I decided to pull myself out of the space I was in. I had to be happy for me, for my mom, for my family. I couldn’t give up, I believe God knew that I would make it through. I had a story to tell, I had gifts to give, I had a purpose to inspire. I am a woman who has suffered but I am also a woman who has triumphed.
Young Frizzy with her brother and late mother.
I started Frizzy By Nature, LLC a nonprofit organization with the mission to encourage self-love and inspire confidence among women, as well as created Frizz Fest, a natural beauty festival. Frizz Fest is my heart on display. It is an environment where everyone is free to be themselves, express their uniqueness, celebrate their natural beauty, and indulge in self-love. It is a colorful and versatile event that supports local businesses and spreads positivity throughout the community.
Frizzy By Nature, LLC and Frizz Fest has helped me regain my sense of self and I am now even more passionate than the little girl who recorded herself singing on cassette tapes! I am passionate about women’s empowerment, unconditional self-love, and the pursuit of happiness. Life is continuous learning and growing and I am blessed to have you all on this journey with me.
P.S. My mom is hella proud of me 🙂