For Women’s History Month I will be sharing the stories that define and provide examples of women empowerment, uplifting stories of personal triumph and businesses that are inspiring and are making a difference for women. Women’s History Month is a declared month each year that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
I want to introduce you to Pilar Scratch.
Celebrity wardrobe stylist, Pilar Scratch, was bursting into the fashion industry as a rising star with a newborn baby- in 2011. The budding star was building a soon to be a dynamic brand with an unmatched creative zeal. Pilar Scratch & her then newborn, River Mason Eromosele. Pilar Scratch went from living in a shelter with her son to being one of the most sought after public figures in New York City. In 2019, Pilar was a nominee for Forbes 30 under 30. Pilar currently holds the title of a 7x award-winning celebrity wardrobe stylist, TV personality, author, momager, and editor-in-chief. Naming several notable television shows she has appeared on Fox Dr. Oz, TLC “What Not To Wear”, E! Wags, TMZ, HBO Latina, VH1 Love & Hip hop NYC, and others. She has styled countless celebrities such as artist Afro B, Musiq Soulchild, Amara La Negra, producer/ tv personality Stevie J, among others. Adding to her accolades Pilar is a force not to be messed with and is attending Harvard Business School online – studying business analytics and entrepreneurship.
Here is HERstory:
Celebrity wardrobe stylist, Pilar Scratch, was bursting into the fashion industry as a rising star with a newborn baby- in 2011. The budding star was building a soon to be a dynamic brand with an unmatched creative zeal. Pilar Scratch & her then newborn, River Mason Eromosele. Pilar Scratch went from living in a shelter with her son to being one of the most sought after public figures in New York City. In 2019, Pilar was a nominee for Forbes 30 under 30. Pilar currently holds the title of a 7x award-winning celebrity wardrobe stylist, TV personality, author, momager, and editor-in-chief. Naming several notable television shows she has appeared on Fox Dr. Oz, TLC “What Not To Wear”, E! Wags, TMZ, HBO Latina, VH1 Love & Hip hop NYC, and others. She has styled countless celebrities such as: artist Afro B, Musiq Soulchild, Rah Digga, Amara La Negra, producer/ TV personality Stevie J, Eden Duncan Smith, among others.
Her business is Fashion Gxd Magazine and she is a seasoned celebrity wardrobe stylist.
What does women empowerment mean to you?
Woman empowerment is about uplifting one another. Empowering another woman to me is essential in this era. Woman are vastly impactful and equally as powerful. To uplift another woman can create a vast avenue of zeal. It’s nothing like women of all backgrounds being united.
What advice or words of inspiration would you like to share with someone?
The words of advice I would give to someone to inspire them is that: ” Weakness is purely choice; you can never fail if you never give up”. That mantra I originated in college and has been a consistent reminder of perseverance through complex tribulations I have faced in my life.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want for my legacy to be that I showed compassion, I was kind and that I wanted everyone to equally benefit off the successes of their passions.
What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is my 10 year old son – River Mason Eromosele. He’s my Achilles Heel; for lack of a better term. My son has been my driving force for everything. I had him when I was merely nineteen years old. I was a child myself; yet God knows when your suppose to receive the blessing of becoming a mother. God knew I need him. Through loving my son , I learned how to love unconditionally, compassion, and to never give up. I strongly feel that because of my son I pursued my dreams in fashion. I wouldn’t want him to ever give up on his dreams. So why should I? We went from being homeless to building a dynamic & profitable empire. I am immensely humbled.
Have you authored any books?
I have published two books. My first book “Mindset on Increase” was released in 2016 and dedicated to my late aunt Tamika West. The book is internationally distributed in Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Indigo. “Mindset On Increase” is a book explaining how I required my thinking to transform my life to acquire abundance. It provides an in-detailed journey of how I went from being homeless and growing a profitable business all before thirty years old. My second book is my sons book “The Sky is The Limit” . In which has been featured on Forbes, AfroTech, The Source Magazine, Fox New, Thrive Global, Sheen Magazine and others. The Sky is The Limit” assist children in being knowledgeable on chakras, meditation and overall healing. The book simplifies spiritual advancement for children.
When did you realize entrepreneurship was right for you?
I realized entrepreneurship was for me once I became a mother. As a single mother, with limited assistance it was nearly impossible to even pick my son up from daycare without having to compensate someone. I wanted to focus on being a mother fully. I wanted to spend as much time with my son as possible. Entrepreneurship gives me the freedom of traveling with my son, and being a devoted mother.
Why did you choose entrepreneurship?
I choose entrepreneurship to be with my son and to have the freedom of my own time.
What would you say is your most driving motivation to keep doing what you to do?
My driving motivation is my son. As well, to have the freedom of my own time. I love being able to control what and when I invest my time into. It’s nothing like having the freedom of time.
Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today? Tell me about them.
My then newborn, River Mason Eromosele and I lived in St. Rocco’s shelter for the majority of the 2011 year. While not having a traditional family support system (as a single mom at twenty years old) i didn’t allow my upbringing or tribulations to define me or my child. My main focus was bettering my life. Not only for the betterment of myself but in absolute certainty for my son. In time, I saved enough money for my first apartment and I started my journey in fashion.
What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?
My son River Mason Eromosele and I have our forthcoming docuseries coming out. After a long time of anticipation. I cannot wait until its released.