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Friday, April 19, 2013

Up Close And Personal With Lelo Meslani

I met up with the founder of Purple Neptune World and Co- Owner/Founder of Swagged Inc PR, Lelo Meslani. He is one true blogger and must I add, a very interesting being.

Lelo described in 3 Words?
Fresh. Real. Consistent.

Which Song best describes Lelo?
Nicki Minaj - Va Va Voom

Tell Me, Why did you start blogging and what is your blog all about?
Its just something I really wanted to try. I had no idea of what I was doing, or how it worked. Then BOOM, 2 years later I'm sitting with over 27,700 statistic views from SA to countries like the US, UK and Japan... Crazy. My blog is about 'street culture'. From fashion, to music and entertainment news. Anything fresh related to uplift the youth.

Do you think of Purple Neptune World as a brand in future?
Brand? Anything is possible!

Who do you look up to?
God is my main source of inspiration. Vintage Crew, for believing in myself and to never be ashamed. Oh, how could I forget, my family of cause.

What is your motto?
"If God is for you, who could be against you?"

Besides blogging, what do you do?
I'm a publicist. Go figure.

Tell me more about your PR company, Swagged Inc
Swagged Inc PR was established by Sandy Nene and I. Its a great publicity platform for awesome brands and individuals!

Basically what clients do you cover, Musicians, Actors or all?
Yes, all.

Where do you see your blog in the future
I see my blog on an international platform SOON. But blogging isn't the only thing I see myself doing in the future.

What inspired the name "Purple Neptune World"?
To be honest, I was very young at the time. It was something that just popped outta my head. 1st, I wanted a clothing store called "Purple Neptune", seeing how impossible that is, I just called my blog that.

Who's on your playlist?
Its a hot mess mixture. Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Bey, some local music such as ChianoSky, Toya Delazy as well.

What's your star sign?
Leo. Grrrrr

I understand you're from Durban, If I were to visit Durban, which places would you take me to?
The beach promenade - Ushaka, SunCoast. Then hit up Florida Road (which is a long street with just clubs)

Interesting fact
 Zane is a performing artist.

What are some of the challenges you face as a young blogger?
Not being taken seriously. Its kinda annoying.

Stay a humble, calm, hard-working being and don't trip over haters! Your heart is stronger than you think, like it go through anything! Just believe.
Your blog described in a Sentence?
A theatre state of mind of an opinionated, fashion slaved, music engaged, entertainment loving, street culture relevant being.

Do you ever consider getting people to join you on PNW?
Never. Maybe later on in the years coming. Not now though.

What blogging tips would you share with bloggers?
Stop trying to copy and paste work. Originality is vital. It leaves a refreshing site on your blog.

What makes your blog unique?
The content and consistency.

Who do you look up to as a blogger?
There's so many. The likes of @Lu3luBun , @SandyNeneSA , @ItsLushian, @IceCreamMag .. The list goes on.

You covered Fashion By The Sea Last year. What was the experience like?
The atmosphere was amazing. Great people. Lot of industry and media peeps were out! So it was great networking. The show was amazing, with David Tlale and other Durban designers.

You have received great critiques on your blog but of course there are times when you have to deal with bad criticism. How do you deal with that?
I don't think I've ever received bad criticism to be honest. Well, not yet at least. I don't mind at all, someone people will love your stuff, some won't. Its life.

How does Purple Neptune World differ from other blogs?
It is not 'Copy' & 'Paste' work. Its refreshing, dynamic and consistent!

Who did you most enjoy interviewing and why?
Von Tae'! 1st, he's American. 2nd, he's really talented. Such an honour.
Your top three blogs of all time?
You're putting me on the spotlight here! The one blog that speaks to me is Previdar.

Lelo's Five Faves
Nicki Minaj
Blue Cheese & Croissants
New York

Follow Lelo On Twitter @LeloMeslani



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