One of the co founders of Aurora Tights, Imani Rickerby, had the chance to interview the lovely Zaria Fyffe on our Instagram Live on February 5th, 2022. We have these IG Lives every Saturday at 10:30 am EST for the rest of Black History month. Zaria let us know all about her new clothing line inspired by her great grandmother, Cresetta, her time as a figure skater and what she thinks #PerformInColor means.
Zaria is a former sychronized figure skater for the University of Maryland College Park. She also skated for the Chesapeake Synchronized Skating Team and has over 12 years of skating experience. She is a brand new business owner of her own loungewear line, Cresetta.
Other sports you participated in?
Swimming, Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer.
Favorite Memory in Skating?
"When I got to Maryland for the Skate With Maryland weekend and I met my first black figure skaters which were you (Imani Rickerby) and Jazmine. Everyone around me was white at the time, my coaches and my teammates. But meeting you guys was my favorite memory. Another one was back in 2007, when I did a basics competition and won first place. I felt intimidated by everyone there, but I came out of it in first place. "
Then Zaria told Imani all about her new loungewear line Cresetta. It was inspired by her great grandmother. Her great grand mother helped raise her and even lived with her until Zaria was 18. Her great grandmother could literally just look at a picture and be able to sew it. She could design anything and was a seamstress in Jamaica.
How has being a performance athlete prepared you for the world of entrepreneurship?
The principles in the world of skating, being hard working and the practice of being consistent, but also when someone falls or messes up you literally just keep going. You get up and do it again. That easily transfers to entrepreneurship, through the problems you get back up and do it again. Instead of judges and an audience watching, your customers are watching you. So you put your best foot forward.
How do you #PerforminColor every single day?
I'm able to be part of small niche of being a black woman entrepreneur, running my business by myself and even back when I was a figure skater. When I was a figure skater, I was the only black woman on my team for a while.