Q&A with Arianna Davis

By: Niki Shadrow Snyder

  1. Tell us about yourself and what you do?  AD:  I am the Digital Director of O: The Oprah Magazine and author of the new book What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly.
  2. NS:  How did you personally move the needle in 2020? AD:  In 2020 I released my first book, What Would Frida Do? Inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo, it’s part-biography, part-self-help, a look at the lessons we can learn from Frida, a feminist, boundary-breaking artist who lived her life so far ahead of her time.
  3. NS:  How did you deal with the stress in the world in 2020?  AD:  I tried my best to be gentle with myself and listen to my body. On the days I just wanted to be in sweatpants and feel the weight of the world, I let myself do that with a Netflix binge on the couch. But other days I tried to stay active and find a new routine.  A new normal!
  4. NS:  Do you have any advice for your younger self?  AD:  Don’t be afraid to use your voice.  You have so many important things to say!
  5. NS:  What did you do in 2020 that you’re the most passionate about? AD:  Definitely, releasing my book What Would Frida Do. It was a labor of love, and one that I hope readers will be passionate about while reading it!
  6. NS:  What was the worst part of 2020 for you? AD: Definitely, the anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic and not knowing what the future holds while also constantly worrying about my own health as well as my loved ones.
  7. NS:  What was the best part of 2020 for you?  AD:  The extra time, space, and quiet to get to know myself again.
  8. NS:  What does success mean to you?  AD: Being able to use my platform to inspire other women, and particularly women of color, to go after their dreams.
  9. NS:  What causes are important to you?  AD:  Any cause that fights for inclusivity and diversity and reminds the world of the importance of amplifying all voices.
  10. NS:  Do you think the world right now needs to be influenced by what they can get or what they can give in the middle of this pandemic?  AD:  I think one thing that’s become clear in 2020 is how much we all need each other, so I hope one of the great lessons we all take away from this upside down year is to take a little less and give a little more.