Q&A with Model, Blogger, and Stylist Sruthi Jayadevan

You know how you always have that one friend who is drop-dead gorgeous but also happens to be extremely nice and smart at the same time (ugh why)? Sruthi Jayadevan is exactly that friend.

This 21-year old model and stylist is making waves on Instagram by flawlessly sharing her glamour and realness at the same time! Though she may be gaining thousands of followers by the day she manages to stay humble and connected to those she serves which is so admirable.

Let’s dive in and learn more about Sruthi!

Meet Sruthi Jayadevan

+Introduce yourself 🙂

Hi there! 🙂 My name is Sruthi Jayadevan. I’m a Dallas-based digital influencer, model, stylist and a senior in college pursuing my Supply Chain Management and Logistics degree. I was born in Saudi Arabia, spent most of my childhood in a rural village in a South Indian state called Kerala, and moved to the U.S when I was 11 years old. I was raised by a single mother who taught me so much about compassion, hard-work and consciousness. My family is everything to me, and they keep me grounded and support me through all of my ventures! My goal in life is to truly embrace who I am, and help others do the same.

+Tell us where it all began! How did you start creating such a successful personal brand?

I was always into designing and styling outfits and I never imagined it to be a career! Same with modeling –it simply began with my friends and acquaintances asking me about my outfits and styling tips. I figured if I posted photos on Instagram and tagged the brands, along with some styling tips, some of my then 700 followers could possibly benefit from it. I had my best friends take pictures of me and I would post them on Instagram whenever I had the chance.

As I progressed in my journey, I started working with a lot of local photographers, makeup artists, and brands. At that time, I was only posting about western clothing and clothes that I wear on a daily basis but one day, I decided that I wanted to post a photo of me in traditional Indian attire, as that was also a huge part of my identity and style. I received a lot of comments and messages from people telling me that seeing my photos made them proud to be Indian and helped them to feel more comfortable in embracing their roots. That’s when I realized that there was an audience that would connect with a message that has been inside of me for as long as I could remember.

I went through a lot of struggles in my teenage years due to feeling “different” and being bullied, but I wanted people to know that it was okay to be different. I started to share my experiences with my audience, and they really resonated with it. After that, everything kind of just fell into place. I started a journey towards self-love, self-discovery, and self-acceptance, and I am extremely grateful to have a whole community of amazing people follow along as well.

+How do you balance school, modeling, and all of your other ventures?

Honestly, it gets really hectic at times, but I have been trying to master the art of time management and productivity every single day. It’s really all about prioritizing my tasks and being on top of everything. . Being organized is also a huge aspect of balancing my work, school and personal life. I’m not naturally an organized person, so I use many apps and websites to keep me on track. My favorite organizer app is called Evernote. It helps me take detailed notes and make extensive lists.I also have an app installed on my computer called RescueTime that tracks all the details of what I spend my day doing, whether it be on the computer or outside work. It gives you a productivity rate at the end of the day and week, so I always make sure I hit at least 95% productivity every day.

+Share your wellness routine with us!

I have to admit, going to the gym is my least favorite thing. I would much rather take a walk outside, do yoga or light and simple activities around the house. However, I do heavily focus on eating clean, fresh, and healthy foods. I rarely ever eat any processed foods, mostly because I have a very sensitive stomach, and I can’t handle most fast foods or processed foods. As for meals, I usually have steamed veggies and some type of lean protein such as fish. On the weekends, I treat myself to whatever I’ve been craving during the week, like baked potato chips or some Talenti ice cream! I don’t believe in following strict diets. I listen to my body, what makes it happy and figure out what to eat based on that.

+When you are not working you can be found doing what?

I love to travel! So any free time I get, I try to catch a flight somewhere in the world, usually with my loved ones. Even with a hectic schedule, my number one priority is ensuring that my loved ones feel supported and loved. The thing about working for yourself in a creative field is that it gets hard to differentiate between work and play. For me, a lot of my work is so fulfilling that it simply feels like I’m being me and having fun. Although photoshoot days are hectic, I still have so much fun getting dressed and meeting people. I’m so grateful that I get to do something that I am so incredibly passionate about as a career.

+Who is your biggest role model?

This is the easiest question for me to answer: my mother. She is a single mother who raised three kids all while working 40-hour weeks as a nurse and finishing up 3 masters degrees. Although she has been through so much in her life, more than being strong and resilient, she’s kind, fun, and graceful. I hope to live my life with just as much grace and kindness as she does.

+Spill your beauty secrets! What’s a beauty hack you can share?

My favorite way to keep the skin on my body smooth and soft is by dry brushing! It’s done by using a gentle, natural bristle brush and brushing your entire body in the general direction of your heart. It helps to improve blood circulation and helps to unclog your pores and excrete toxins from the body. It helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and blemishes on my skin as well.

+Do you live by any mottos or mantras?

Yes! My favorite motto is “kill em with kindness”. I always make it a point to be a nice person no matter what situation I am in. Most of the time, when people are being mean towards you, it’s due to their own insecurities or unhappiness. Therefore, I have taught myself to react to each and every situation in a positive manner. I always look at the brighter side of things, because that is what makes my inner being happy. Over the years, learning to be aware of my inner-self, and living a more conscious life has allowed me to react to people and situations in a kind way. No matter what life throws at me, I try my best to be kind, to myself and to others.

If you want to learn more about Sruthi be sure to check out her new blog and follow her on Instagram!

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Author: Akansha