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Check Out Mariam Kamara’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariam Kamara.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Well, hello. My name is Mariam Kamara, I am West African. Growing up in America I had to move around a lot. My mother and my siblings moved to New York from Minnesota where we faced a lot of struggles, living in a shelter at one point to moving to a house. When my mother realized that New York was too much to raise a child, we then migrated to Little Rock, Arkansas, What a big change for all of us. I went through a really hard depression, but one thing I always notice was how hard working my mother was. She opened a salon where I started to work for her at the age of 14 years old. Everyday after school I would go to the shop to help my mother do hair, and also make some cash for me to put in my pocket. Doing that, and watching my mother work hard made me realize that I never want to work a 9-5. I knew that I wanted to own my own business one day. I wanted more for myself and my family. At the age of 19 I took the leap of faith and had my own first ever fashion show (mk_heartfashion). That was a big eye opening for me, because I realized how much potential I had within myself. The plan was to continue to have fashion shows every year, but God had another plan. I experienced my first ever mental breakdown after my fashion show, my mother was scared so we moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family. Moving here in 2019 my mother opened another salon, that women is a chance taker for sure. I decided that I would take a break from the shop & get a 9-5 job. After a year of working for someone, I knew I am not built for this. I wanted more and I must put in the work to get more. I decided to start my own online boutique store call (TopShopNyc). The reason I named it TopShopNyc is because of everything we went through living in NY. I am currently still working my 9-5 but eventually once my business start to take off a little, the goal is to focus on my boutique & eventually start back putting on fashion shows, my original plans.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely been some struggles along the way, the fact that I just started. I’ve only been living in Minnesota since 2019, so being so new to the state it has definitely been hard to network with others. Or to get people to trust me with my plans, ideas. Eventually, everything will work out. I know the type of person that I am, I really believe in myself. I believe that anything worth having in the long run, is worth the struggles. I am in love with the process. Every bit of it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I consider myself as a businesswomen, an artist/creative etc. Why? Because I am capable of a lot, so I don’t or cannot box myself into one title (lol). I am currently working as a banker my 9-5. I have a boutique where I’m running that online & in person. I have my fashion production company. I also do photography/modeling on the side, and do YouTube videos. Right now I am proud of everything that I do, but if I was to choose one I would say I am must proud of starting my online boutique for sure. What set me apart from others is that I don’t settle for anything. No matter how long or how hard, or how many breaks I might take, giving up is not an option for me. I am willing to fail & getting right back up to continue.

How do you think about luck?
I wouldn’t say luck is the term for me. Prayers and manifesting has played a big role in my life and business, and of course putting in the work.


  • 30(dresses)
  • 45-65(two pieces)
  • 60-80 (dresses)
  • 100(dresses
  • 40( outfits)

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: TopShopNyc
  • Facebook: TopShopNyc
  • Youtube: Mkamarafashion
  • Other: Mkamaraofficial

Image Credits

Tina Keita
Ursula clarin
Shiah Sanders
Isaiah King

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