7 Questions with VENA: The Goddess Experience
VENA: I am an accessory designer, writer, and journalist, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, where I still live with my family today. I have no actual children, but I do consider myself the proud mama of my business, VENA- The Goddess Experience, which is to date, the best single thing I have ever created. I also studied Communications at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, during which time I began working at the state media house here, where I spent just shy of five years as a broadcast journalist. Last December, I transitioned into private media and am currently employed as a News Editor at the Trinidad and Tobago Radio Network (TTRN). A gentle warrior spirit is how I describe myself- definitely not the most outspoken person in the room but I speak up for what I am passionate about without hesitation.
Still, I always say my business happened “by accident” because it truly started out as a hobby for me.
VENA is actually my maternal grandmother’s name- she passed when I was 11 but I am comforted in knowing I am helping to keep her legacy alive through this work, while also creating a legacy for my own family that I hope to have someday.
You always feel better to know you’ve actually tried, you know?
VENA: The ideal VENA woman is someone who is passionate about life and walks fully in her power, whatever that might look like for her- because I accept that looks different to different people. I’m obviously very inspired by black women, our stories and experiences, and African/Caribbean culture- the pieces pretty much speak for themselves in that way… As someone who has personally “played small” for a long time, it makes me happy to cater to women who take pride in standing out. My customers fuel me more than they know and as much as I give to them, they have given to me. It’s really like a small community that I’m beyond grateful for and humbled by.
Afrocentric. Quality. Bold.
VENA: We’re currently working on our website which we’re really excited about! In the meantime, customers can find us via our social media platforms @VenaExperience on Instagram and Facebook. We facilitate orders via those platforms or customers are also welcome to contact us via an email
or via Whatsapp 1-868-353-9312