We had the good fortune of connecting with Corlisa Hockless and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corlisa, what do you attribute your success to?
Sacrifice is most definitely the most important factor behind my success. Overcoming many trials and tribulations as a college student, survivor of many traumas, as well as homelessness it taught me to work hard and continue to be passionate about advocacy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am excited about being a first generation college student. First and foremost, in life I have understood that you cannot choose your family nor can you control things that happen to you that are out of your control. Without much support, I am grateful to have started my business and use it as my pageant platform. Getting to this point in my life was a working progress but God still has his hands on me. I have been homeless, struggled while in college, trying to pay for school out of pocket, overcome all forms of abuse, became a domestic violence survivor, and battled with anxiety. I truly prayed to God and found ways to cope. My way of coping was to continue to be a Social Work student, start my business with little to no income, and continue to compete in pageants. I have learn to control only what you can and never worry about the rest. I want the world to know that it’s okay to have layers and it’s okay to go through hidden struggles. My brand creates a pathway for those who struggle with hidden traumas, mishaps, and even those who are fearful of stepping in their truth. I choose to advocate for those who are afraid, and I am also here to help them become “unmask”. There is nothing to be afraid of.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a photogenic person so of course I would take them to Dream Haus and allow them enjoy the aesthetics of the area and take pictures with them. I would then travel to Red Robin or Chili’s for the meal for one so we can eat good, on a budget. We love to save money. The last place is near the trinity groves area, to take a long walk because that is the best place at night to walk and catch up like old times.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will most definitely say my late grandmother Gertrude Hockless was my inspiration and motivation. She had shown me what true love was and I am grateful for her.
Photographer : James Edward Pinkston Makeup Artist: Devonna LaRoche