Get to know one of Everly Mag’s aspiring influencer contest winners, Sheira!
Sheira, 16, hails from Florida in the United States. She’s passionate about dance – she’s been dancing for 14 years – along with writing poetry and supporting her friends and family.
What does Sheira love about Everly Mag?* Her favorite thing about Everly Mag is how they ask normal teens about their opinions on daily life, giving them a voice and a safe platform to be themselves and learn from each other.
What would Sheira do if she woke up to 1 million followers?* She’d take the opportunity to spread as much good as possible on her social media platforms. Knowing that she could open 1 millions people’s eyes to all the good they can do if they work together would be incredible! Also, she’s be happy to have the chance to help her followers out, like cheering them up after a bad day.
Everly Mag interviewed Sheira about social media, who inspires her, what it means to be an influencer, and more!
Everly Mag: Describe your personality in 5 words.
Sheira: Kind, outgoing, supportive, strong, and loving.
Everly Mag: When and why did you start using social media? What social networks do you use?
Sheira: I first got social media when I turned 13. I wanted to share my accomplishments, see what everyone else was accomplishing, and spread positivity. The social networks I actually use are Instagram and Snapchat.
Everly Mag: What’s your favorite social network or app and why?
Sheira: My favorite is Instagram, because it’s so easy to post, share, and spread things around which can make a community so much stronger.
Everly Mag: What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about social media?
Sheira: My favorite thing is being able to see everyone’s accomplishments, and my least favorite thing is how negative things can get spread very easily and can potentially hurt others.
Everly Mag: How can teens make social media a better place?
Sheira: By influencing their young audience to spread positivity and stop negativity.
Everly Mag: What are 3 goals you have for your future?
Sheira: To get into a good college, do something big to help the world, and going to all the Disney parks in the world!
Everly Mag: What’s one piece of advice you have for teens who want to spread positivity on social media?
Sheira: Don’t ever be afraid of what others say. Haters are just a reminder of why you’re doing something to positive to make a change.
Everly Mag: Share one quote that inspires you.
Sheira: “It’s time to write our own story.” – Misty Copeland
Everly Mag: Who are your top 3 role models?
Sheira: Misty Copeland, Eva Igo, and my friends and family.
Everly Mag: What does it mean to you to be an influencer?
Sheira: Being an influencer means a lot to me. Ever since I was younger, I’ve always wanted to help people, [whether] it’s at school, dance, or other events. It always make me feel good [to help] because I care so much. Being an influencer means I get to spread all the good in a fun, goofy, positive way, just like teenagers should.
Everly Mag: How could you change the world as an influencer?
Sheira: If I become a popular influencer, I would change the world on matters kids and teens care about. We are the future, and I think it’s time for our voices to have a place in this world.
Everly Mag: Lastly, tell us one thing about you that might surprise our readers.
Sheira: As a competitive dancer, things can get crazy between different teams, like with rivalries. I’m not a fan of that, so at every competition I try to meet new people and support them!
*Questions edited by Everly Mag staff based on application answers.
Image Credit: All images provided by contest winner Sheira