Personality Test: Wadria Taylor
Born in Jamaica, Wadria L. Taylor is a pioneering entrepreneur and transplant to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn.
As the creator of Style & Steel, a Pittsburgh-based integrated marketing and event production firm, she leads the development of innovative strategies that increase the visibility of businesses. The Highland Park resident is also the founder and director of Style Week Pittsburgh, an annual weeklong event created to springboard Pittsburgh onto the world stage of fashion. Style Week Pittsburgh has four more events — through Aug. 17 — before it wraps up its second year. On Aug. 14, the Style Awards will be given at Uptown Ultra Lounge, and the “Fashion in the Skies: Boutique Fashion Show” will be staged there Aug. 15. The Lawrenceville Boutique Crawl is Aug. 16. The week finishes with a by-invitation brunch.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Zoe Saldana — she has a great energy about her, and I love her versatility.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My Cabbage Patch Leonard
The superpower I wish I had in real life:
I wish I had the ability to be invisible. It would be great for eavesdropping and jet-setting.
I can't live without my iPod, cellphone, DVR or laptop:
My favorite reality show:
The first season of “The Real World” will always be my favorite reality TV show, but “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is a guilty pleasure.
App I wish I could invent:
A “Personal Assistant App”
Favorite brunch food:
Jamaica's national dish: ackee, saltfish and dumplings
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Reality TV and Netflix
Something I would do over if I could:
The day my boyfriend took me on a shopping spree for my birthday.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Troy Polamalu (strictly based on looks)
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Lydiah's Coffee House and Smiling Banana Leaf are tied
Top thing on my bucket list:
Travel the world
In five years, I'd like to:
Make my first million and for Style Week to be a global event
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
The cost of living
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
A classic New York hero with turkey, lettuce, American cheese, tomatoes, mayo, salt, black pepper, light mustard, with a drizzle of vinegar
My most embarrassing junk food:
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet and Beyonce
One word my mother would use to describe me:
My childhood nickname:
They vary — Way Way, Dri and Wage (people still refer to me by them)
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
Exercise I hate most:
My favorite website:
Inc.com and Facebook
I'm deathly afraid of:
The first band I saw in concert:
N.E.R.D. 200 3⁄2004 on CMU's campus when I was in college
The best concert I've ever seen:
My quirkiest inherited trait:
Saturday mornings, you'll find me:
My most treasured fashion accessory:
A necklace that belonged to my late grandmother
TV marathon I could watch all day:
“Law & Order”
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
The person I'm most often mistaken for:
Some random stranger
The worst advice I ever received:
Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:
Best new gadget I've tried recently:
I just bought this gadget that holds my phone to my face as I'm talking.
In high school, I was:
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
The movie that always makes me cry:
If I weren't founder of Style & Steel and Style Week Pittsburgh, I'd be:
I'd still be an entrepreneur. I'd either own a boutique or company that helps women launch successful business ventures.
The last book I read:
“The Consulting Bible”
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Coming to America”
My most memorable fashion mistake:
Wearing my mom's shoes to school when I was in New York. I thought I looked so cute, but looking back, it was a fashion fail.
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
I wouldn't. I love my life. One of my favorite quotes comes to mind: “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,” by Joseph Campbell
My favorite “bad” movie:
My first job:
When I was in junior high, I worked as an assistant at a police precinct in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The oldest thing in my refrigerator:
My worst job:
Working at a clothing store in Soho, N.Y. It felt like I was working in a sweatshop.
My favorite cable channel:
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:
“Single Ladies” by Beyonce
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
Life would be better without:
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
No Doubt and Metallica
I never travel without:
An open mind and red lipstick
People would be surprised to know that I:
Was a philosophy and politics major in college