While NYC can be the catalyst to help launch your hopes and dreams, most entrepreneurs (aka badass Boss Babes) know that the only way to succeed is by never accepting no for an answer, being kind, and working hard. And even though every path may be different, today’s Boss Babe lives by the above mantra, which has not only granted her a blooming career but has allowed her to pursue her passions for all the right reasons.
Young, driven, and full of creativity, Bianca Valle is the multidisciplinary artist who your trendy friends probably already have on their radar. As a recent graduate from NYU, this photographer/creative entrepreneur has been kicking ass and taking names way before becoming the Community Manager at Milk Studios. Even though her career has technically just begun, she already has a one-of-a-kind portfolio (seriously, check out her work here) and has worked with highly-known companies such as Refinery29 and Nylon Magazine. Meet the creatively driven, Bianca Valle.
Chinatown, New York City.
Artist you’re currently swooning over:
Best way to get over a creative block:
Take a step back.
NYC restaurant you’ve been meaning to explore?
Spring fashion trend you’re excited to wear:
Describe your aesthetic in three words:
Pastel skater grandma
Song you can’t get out of your head:
Atlanta by Rina Mushonga
Tell us a little about yourself and how you became a creative entrepreneurial?
I have had a camera in my hands since my freshman year of high school. When I came to the city to attend NYU, my love for taking photos grew immensely. I started producing my own shoots once a week and interning all while balancing school work. I never went a semester without an internship which really paid off in the long run. I learned a lot at NYLON Magazine and Refinery29. These are just a couple of the companies where I’ve worked while in college. During all my internships I would ask to be on set. This gave me an opportunity to get experience which elevated my own shoots, and this lead to my photos getting picked up by major publications like ID and Dazed. All the while, people were noticing my passion for photos as well as painting. I just graduated a semester early from NYU and am now the Community Manager at Milk Studios.
You’ve had the opportunity to work for so many amazing creative companies. What kind of advice would you give to someone who wants to work for similar companies and stand out from other potential candidates?
Be kind, work hard, and pursue your passion for the right reasons.
Recently, you shot the 67% Project for Refinery29. Tell us a little about how you got involved in this campaign and why it was so important to you, creatively and personally?
I am a big believer in changing the way women are portrayed in the media. It is very damaging for women, especially young girls, to have their perception skewed to think that beautiful means fake eyelashes, a small waist, and big lips. So, whenever I have the chance to create images that go against this ideal, I jump on it.
Any rad projects you’re currently working on that we should know about?
I just launched a photo zine called “hotpot” which you can buy on my website, Biancavalle.com.
As a budding young artist, you have accomplished so much before you even graduated college. How do you define your early success and what do you believe is the driving force behind your ambition and drive?
I didn’t know I was going to be where I am today when I was younger. I came to this city and got swooped off my feet by its energy and opportunities. I do the things I do because they make me happy and make me feel accomplished. I do them for me and no one else.
If you can have a drink with anyone, dead or alive, who and what would it be?
I would have a tea party with Frida Kahlo, Mother Teresa, and Edith Piaf.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
Being a girl boss with a badass wardrobe and a huge smile on my face.
Any advice for future Boss Babes, especially those looking to be a creative entrepreneur/photographer?
Don’t stop! If you want something in life, just reach out and grab it, no one is going to hand it to you.
Written by Raven Ishak
Photography via Vanessa Granda