Meet 9-year-old Leia Monroe, owner of the online children’s boutique, House of Monroe. It’s a fun, stylish collection for kids that she says represents her personality. Supported by her mother, Stacia Mac of the Mac Agency, and rap artist brother Polo G, Leia grew up knowing the value of hard work.
How did you arrive at this career choice?
My career choice was very natural. I come from a family of entertainers and entrepreneurs. Music and hard work have always been a part of my life. So, it’s fitting that I became an entrepreneur and artist. I look up to my mom and older siblings a lot, and they encourage me to be the best version of myself.
How do you stay at the leading edge of your craft?
As a kid, I know what we kids love to wear. We like to stay up with the latest trends while making them playful and age-appropriate. Many of my clothing inspirations come from TikTok, looking at my peers’ fashions, listening to what my supporters like, and just being a kid.
Who do you consider to be your peers in your field?
I’m still young, so I don’t have many peers. My family and I are very close. I would say the peers I have in the field are other music artists [and] actors. I look up to other multitalented stars such as Keke Palmer, Kyla Pratt, China McClain and Skai Jackson. Two of my top role models would be China McClain and Skai Jackson.
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
I am strong, favored, unique and wonderfully made. Success is my birthright.