What Message Do You Think Every Woman Should Hear?
With Leslie Antonoff
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m Leslie Antonoff or Hautemommie; a multi-hyphenate television host, writer, and entrepreneur who is balancing motherhood, marriage, and life as chicly as I can.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am probably quieter and more reserved than most people assume or think. I have no problem being by myself and I don’t LOVE being the center of attention. Lol which is totally a counter to everything I do, but yeah. Truth.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received? Probably a lesson my mother taught me at 8, “everyone won’t like you. They don’t have to. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you, it just means they aren’t meant for you.” To this day it’s been instrumental in how I view relationships, friendships, and business.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Absolutely! I spent my youth being the smartest person, and holding tightly to that. College kind of humbled me and it also took me out of my comfort zone. Through that I wasn’t doing as well in school as I always had and I think many people had an idea that I wasn’t as studious as I once was. They doubted my abilities. It hurt me and frustrated me but it largely made me angry with myself for not representing myself the way to I knew I could and should.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
A relationship is not a badge of honor. Love is easy and should never hurt. You are capable of being the biggest and baddest at whatever you want to do.
What do you love most about yourself?
My tenacity and drive.
Why do you love to travel?
The world is so vast and it fascinates me. How we can all occupy the same planet and yet have such widely different experiences. Travel allows me to absorb those experiences and teaches me that the world is bigger than the space I take up.
What motivates you most?
Wealth. LOL. I read “You Are A Badass At Making Money” by Jen Sincero; and she talks about how people are ashamed to say they want to be rich. It changed my perspective because I’ve always wanted that. Especially growing up as a kid that didn’t have much, money was everything to me. Now I realize that wealth will allow me to do the things I want like starting a scholarship for daughters of single mothers who want to attend college, investing in businesses to help others start their dreams, or building Black communities. All of that requires money – so that’s what motivates me. Wealth and legacy. What can I leave for others?
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I don’t think I focus on this enough anymore. In my younger years this was top of mind. I’m working on finding more time to read and not just be consumed by what I’m doing. Next year I’m going to get back to building my knowledge base more.
What is something on your bucket list?
Attending every major sporting event championship. World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, Etc. I’m a sports fanatic this would make my day. Forever.
What are your biggest passions?
Making changes in the world where I see lack, raising my daughters to be amazing, to know that they can be smart, powerful, beautiful and mothers and wives if they choose to be. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Women are too often limited it what they are allowed to do – I want to defy every odd and be an example that we can.
More About Leslie
Leslie Antonoff is a force and there is nothing that will stop her from getting her to where she wants to go. Her ability to connect with the masses by sharing her story, being herself without fear, combined with her desire to create; is what makes her unstoppable. She is the co-creator, executive producer, and star of Aspire’s Butter + BROWN. Through her experiences dining out around the world and living on her own while at Howard University, she mastered the basics and created some tricks all her own to become an excellent cook. Along with her love of creating in the kitchen, she is a proud business owner and successful entrepreneur. Her collegiate apparel line Sweet Knowledge Clothing Company is focused on bringing the HBCU community fashionable wares to proudly display their school pride and teaching audiences that a level of chic can be found in everything. Her blog, The Hautemommie is where she shares how she maintains an element of chic in everything as a wife and mother of 3.
In all she does, Leslie sets out to create a powerful legacy that changes the world.