We have sooo been looking forward to sharing this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY with you! World, it’s time to get to know the one and only Mariah Amber! A Toronto native and no stranger to the camera, this multi-talented and naturally gifted woman is a born performer and entertainer. What we admire most about Mariah is her self-confidence. This is a girl who knows who she is and what she brings to the table, and it’s so inspiring to see how her positive self-image and grateful heart have been her ultimate recipes for success. What makes us love this beauty even more is how she doesn’t take any opportunity she’s been given for granted. She’s always committed to working hard at being the best at what she does.

This young mogul has quite the extensive and impressive resume! Currently, Mariah is the In Game Host for the NBA G League Raptors 905 Team as well as the Choreographer and Coordinator for the Raptors 905 Dance Team called the Sauga City Dancers! When she’s not on that basketball court you can most definitely find her strutting her stuff on court for the Toronto Raptors. Not only has Mariah been dancing for the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak since she was 18 years old, she has been the Captain for what is now called the North Side Crew for the past three years. Mariah was also chosen to represent her team and city with the NBA All Star Dance Team in 2016. That’s not all either! Mariah is also presently the MLSE External Events Host for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, this girl is a rockstar!

The coolest thing about Mariah is how she sees the opportunities she has been given as a responsibility to empower women as a whole. How badass is that? She understands that each of us play an important role in creating change for the future of women, and Mariah is the perfect reminder that we are all in this together! Most importantly, she teaches us that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. No situation or circumstance can get in the way of someone who is relentless in the pursuit of what makes their soul the happiest. Thank you Mariah for paving the way and for showing us that we hold the key that can unlock our greatest potential!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

We can’t take our eyes off you when you’re on the court! Can you tell us why you love to perform and how you’ve learned to channel your “inner Beyoncé”?

I’ve been performing since I was a little girl, if there was a stage or camera; I was always ready for it (no, seriously, when I was younger I dressed as Michael Jackson 3 years in a row and performed for anyone who had a pair of eyes!). As I got older and started performing in front of crowds of 20,000+ and I was dedicated to becoming my best version, as a dancer, teammate and woman. I started in the entertainment industry really young so I made sure to absorb everything so I’d be prepared for any opportunity!

What are three essential qualities you believe female leaders should embody?

Confidence is key! As a female navigating through a male dominated industry, I understand what it means to believe in yourself. Next, a strong work ethic! A dream is nothing without a plan and the road to success is not linear, no matter what keep going! Lastly, passion for what you do because that will be the driving force behind all of your decisions, do it with passion or not at all.

What challenges have you encountered simply because you are a woman? How did you handle the situation and what advice would you give to someone who may be experiencing similar obstacles?

I think the entertainment world can be tough and thick skin is a necessary asset, especially when it comes to competition. In magazines and social media, we’re surrounded by lavish lifestyles and often compare our paths to each other and that can be detrimental to how we see ourselves. I think understanding that each other’s successes are also ours! Why? Because little by little, the more that women conquer different industries and make a name for themselves, it slowly pushes our agenda forward. My advice: don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s, and try to build each other up…you will be a lot happier! 

Who is your biggest female role model? How do you hope to inspire girls?

My biggest female role model isn’t just one, but a tie between my mom, my mentor Amberley, and Ellen Degeneres. Each of these women prove that you can succeed and build an empire, regardless of your circumstance. I aim to inspire girls by building a platform for our future young artists, hosts, and entrepreneurs through representation and sharing my story. This is just the beginning!

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

When I hear “You got this girl” I feel as though it’s a sisterhood of women raising each other up through encouragement and hope! To know that even in the hardest of times, the ones where you feel stuck or in a plateau, that there’s this extra push, that extra deep breath that reassures you that YOU GOT THIS!