Marianna Piccolo

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?
My passion steams from my upbringing – my father is an artisan and that has shaped my passion for Art & Design. I was able to identify it by continuously being approached by my friends to choose things for them. Things to eat, dress and buy; and doing that with them has given me joy. Realizing how that made me feel, in addition to my passion for design & technology my career options were limited to fashion & interior Design. Being given the opportunity to purse interior design, I am extremely satisfied with what I do. Being employed as an interior Architect has made me feel like my ambition was caged, and therefore, worked hard to open my own design firm: My Pick One Studio Design.

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?
My mother because she has always been a support to my father and my sister and I during our toughest circumstances. Instead of turning away, she fought, encouraged and worked harder to improve our situation.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY? Celebrating who we are is an act of acknowledging our capabilities and speaking up against any suppression. It’s a resistive voice directed at our societies. We love and celebrate each other so that society will learn that from us. We empower one another because we are all women and understand how tough it could get being one.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
Yes, all the time. It made me feel good, as it was a moment taken to remember my day to day progress.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?
I believe women always take the sacrificial role in society, always providing for their families, work…etc. Therefore, not feeling like it’s their duty to do that for themselves – they kind of try to seek someone to give that to them. Also, a lot of us might underestimate ourselves because of a perfect developed image that was formed in our head.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?
By investing in one’s self and making a daily decision to love yourself. Either by treating yourself, reciting positive things about what you have done or who you are. And, being around genuine selective people who build you up. That will give you confidence in yourself to receive compliments.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?
By limiting their opportunities due to their biological & physical structure or due to the belief that women are less intelligent. In addition, offering them a lesser salary for the same job. In order to take that power back, women need to fight & work harder that what is needed to prove themselves. They also need to be persistent and never give up, even if they failed.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?
It will empower and encourage women to state their opinion loudly, share their experiences, introduce themselves for mutual opportunities of growth & support.

Occupation: Interior Architect / Entrepreneur

Website: www.mypickone.com

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