Mercedes Blanc is an entrepreneur and humanitarian.
As the daughter of immigrant parents, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help as many people as possible, I grew up seeing my mother help any and every person she could, and I wanted to be just like her. I wanted so much to do even more than my mother had done, and she has done so much. I knew I had set the bar very high for myself in order to make her proud of me. This shaped what would become my vision of success and happiness. I have always been the unconventional, spirited woman with an unbridled passion for fashion, art, and a desire to change the world, one person at a time. Many people see me as just a black woman; I feel like I’m always aware of the fact that I will have to work harder than many of my peers to be seen as an equal, or simply to be seen at all. Because of this, I work that much harder on every project I put my hands on, and it has pushed me to be the very best. I want to break so many barriers for future generations that I do this with a willing heart.
My picture of success has changed a lot over the years, but how I view and feel about happiness and fulfillment has not changed because it’s a daily achievement; it’s in the small things I accomplish daily. If you had asked me prior to 2020 what my definition was, I would have had a very different answer. However, during the beginning stages of the pandemic, success would have been just getting out of bed before 11 pm. It took me a while and a lot of prayer and soul searching to find my balance and motivation, adjusting to everything. I had to readjust my goals and set new limits for myself. Sometimes we set limits for ourselves based on our comfort zones, and if 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that I needed to re-evaluate what I consider my comfort zone and step outside of it. As a result, I have found creative ways to give back.
No matter what comes my way, I will continue to push forward, projecting love and light on everyone who crosses my path.