Written by Morgan Pitts
Morgan Pitts is a twenty-something native of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She relocated to New York City about three and a half years ago where she works as an eCommerce sales specialist at a luxury fashion house. Morgan is also the Creator-in-Chief of her brainchild, Black Girls Who Blog. Faith, family and fun times (usually involving food) are fundamental to making her world go round.
I am someone who truly believes that everything starts in the home.
I was raised by loving and supportive parents who made (and continue to make) it their lives’ mission to ensure that my older brother and I wanted for nothing. I consider myself a pretty confident person, and I think that I have my mom and dad’s affirmations to thank for that. Outside of my household, I think that growing up in Prince George’s County, Maryland (the most affluent, African-American area in the world) contributed to me having such a strong sense of self and inclination for excellence specifically as a black woman.
While my parents set me up for success, I definitely had to work hard for my own personal achievements from academic to extracurricular (and now, professional). Work ethic and self-discipline are qualities that I do not remember acquiring; I feel like they have always been there. Despite growing up pretty privileged, I was rejected and denied from lots of opportunities (e.g. acceptance into my dream schools for college, jobs that I applied for the first year and a half after undergrad, etc) that have helped build character and humility. I am not a procrastinator because I prefer getting things out of the way and do not like being stressed. I also have this thing where I want to live the same kind of lifestyle if not better than I was raised.
I have learned over the years that while so much of what your parents said or did while you were a kid makes sense when you mature into an adult, they are not right about everything.
You must follow your intuition on certain things that they may not quite understand or agree with, which will sometimes turn into you proving them wrong. They are still human beings who are learning and growing as well. I have also come to realize that so much of how people treat you has to do with how they feel about themselves versus how they feel about you.
Black Girls Who Blog is an online platform that unites black women bloggers.
It was built unintentionally by tweeting into EXISTENCE that I wanted a t-Shirt with the saying on it. It has meant purpose for me and a resource for other women.
Glossier is a brand that I love and use multiple times a day in my everyday life. It has really introduced me to the world of skincare as a whole. Prior to Glossier, I didn’t really have a formal regimen.
Because I vocalized my love for the brand so much on social media, I was chosen to be a representative.
This pretty much means that I keep doing what I have been doing (although there is no obligation to promote) and earn commission when people shop through my link.
I have had a positive experience as an African-American woman in fashion, but I have friends who have not. I have been blessed to be in spaces that I could have only dreamed of; it is still kind of surreal when I think about it. I would like to see more African-Americans in roles of leadership in my field, especially in terms of those who are not just creatives, but also executives who run the business.
I have grown both personally and professionally because I am less afraid to make mistakes and ask for help.
Social Media Handles:
Twitter — @cosmorgpolitan
Instagram — @cosmorgpolitan (personal) and @blackgirlswhoblog (community)