VERSAFI MAGAZINE: I WANT TO FIRST SAY CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW BOOK MY BIG CURLY FRO. WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THAT?
ALYSSA: It started because I did not feel comfortable wearing my hair in natural styles. I did not want other kids feeling the same way so I asked my mom how we could help other little girls like me to feel confident when wearing their natural hair.
VERSAFI: I LOVE YOUR NATURAL HAIR! IT’S AMAZING THAT YOU WANT TO HELP MOTIVATE OTHER KIDS LIKE YOURSELF TO HELP THEM EMBRACE THEIR NATURAL HAIR AS WELL. SO ALYSSA WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR NATURAL HAIR?
ALYSSA: I love how my natural hair curls and when my mom washes it, it curls even more. LOL
VERSAFI: I BET! LOL. THAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING NATURAL. YOU GET TO EXPERIMENT THE DIFFERENT STYLES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CURL PATTERN AS WELL. HOW DID YOU OVERCOME YOUR SELF-ESTEEM INSECURITIES?
ALYSSA: I started wearing my hair in different styles, like the “fro” style and “bantu knots” just to get more comfortable with my hair. During this time, I started liking my fro.
VERSAFI: THE FRO IS VERY UNIQUE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO MUCH WITH IT EXCEPT PICK IT OUT. LOL. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ENCOURAGE OTHER LITTLE GIRLS LIKE YOU TO BE HAPPY ABOUT THEIR HAIR AND THE SKIN THEY ARE IN?
ALYSSA: My mom and I are creating more books to help kids build confidence.
VERSAFI: THAT IS SUCH AN AWESOME PLAN! I LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE WRITING BOOKS TO HELP OTHER KIDS TO BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE. SO ARE YOU PLANNING TO WRITE OTHER CHILDREN BOOKS IN THE FUTURE?
ALYSSA: Yes, I plan to write more books for kids like me.
VERSAFI: SO FOR THE LITTLE GIRLS READING YOUR BOOK, WHAT DO YOU HOPE THEY GAIN FROM IT?
ALYSSA: I hope they gain confidence and not care about what everybody has to say.
VERSAFI: THAT’S A GREAT MESSAGE! WE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK OF US WHEN WE ARE LIVING IN OUR NATURAL STATE. NOW TELL ME, WHEN YOU AREN’T WRITING OR COMING UP WITH NEW BOOK IDEAS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
ALYSSA: I like to play Barbie dolls with my cousins and friends. I also like to spend time with my family.
VERSAFI: WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I LOVED PLAYING WITH MY BARBIE DOLLS AS WELL! THEY ARE THE BEST! LOL. AND SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WELL. SO NOW WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
ALYSSA: Well, LOL I have been following a girl on Instagram by the name of Celai West! I think she is so cool and confident! She has hair like mine, just much bigger. I would like to be like her one day.
VERSAFI: OH REALLY? I CHECKED OUT HER INSTAGRAM PAGE AND HER HAIR IS HUGE! LOL. SHE IS VERY PRETTY LIKE YOU WITH BEAUTIFUL HAIR. NOW TELL US HOW WE PEOPLE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK?
ALYSSA: My book is available on Amazon and also on my website at http://www.melaninmerch.co
VERSAFI: AWESOME! I WILL DEFINITELY GETTING MY COPY! SO I WAS READING YOUR BIO AND YOU MENTIONED YOU WANTED TO OWN YOUR OWN COMPANY SOMEDAY. WHAT TYPE OF COMPANY WILL IT BE?
ALYSSA: I like to dress up so I would love to design clothes one day. I would also like to own my own make-up line.
VERSAFI: WELL I WILL BE LOOKING FOR YOU IN A FEW MORE YEARS SO YOU CAN DESIGN ME A DRESS SOMEDAY! LOL. YOU ARE DEFINITELY A BRIGHT YOUNG LADY AND I WANT TO SAY KEEP DREAMING BECAUSE ALL OF YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! BEFORE WE CLOSE AND FOR ALL THE READERS READING THIS INTERVIEW, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THEM?
ALYSSA: Thank you for supporting my book “My Big Curly Fro” and making my dreams come true.
VERSAFI: YOU ARE VERY WELCOME AND THANK YOU AND YOUR MOM FOR ALLOWING VERSAFI MAGAZINE TO INTERVIEW YOU AND TO GRACE THE ONLINE COVER AS WELL! MUCH LOVE AND SUCCESS TO YOU!