BXTRA with Tayra Keshinover

–Tatyana Turner

 

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

One day, while picking up camera equipment, I sat next to a wise lady who changed the way I think about myself and others. She said, ” When I ask people who they are, they respond with ‘ I’m a mother,’ or ‘I’m a lawyer.'” The lady slightly chuckled and proceeded to say, ” When I ask that question, I’m asking about who you are…not about your title.” Often times, we allow  the positions we hold to define who we are. And if we were to take all of that away, what would we be left with?  For Tayra Keshiniover, that answer would be style. Keshinover is a fashion blogger whose taste in clothing is both fun and glamourous. She is not afraid of color blocking and can be seen rocking a snazzy bag with every outfit she wears. But, outside of being a fashion blogger, Keshinover is an aspiring medical student who describes herself as a “nerd,” hence her platform, “nerdinniceclothes.”

Keshinover’s blog was introduced in August of 2013 while conducting clinical research on the underlying mechanisms of pre-term birth in minority women. While taking on the study at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, her friends and colleagues took note of her eye-catching attire, ” I would wear different colored purses and shirts and accessories, ” she said. Those she worked with suggested she share her fashion tips with the rest of the community. ” I would’ve never thought of it otherwise.

The fashionista even decided to share some of her styling advice on the spot. ” Every woman should have a great sweater in her closet, said Keshinover. ” You can do so much with it; you can wear it with a skirt or nice jeans or layered with a dress underneath.” And now that spring has sprung, she suggested wearing brighter colors and staying away from the typical brown, black, and grey.

When Keshinover is not blogging, she is taking the initiative to reach her childhood dream of becoming a doctor. ” I’ve always wanted to be a doctor since I was little,” said Keshinover.  ” I always thought my pediatrician was cool and I loved how she always made me feel comfortable.” Though the aspiring medical student found her doctor visits to be enlightening, she realized how many patients in certain areas like the Bronx are  not getting the same quality care they deserve. “I notice there is a gap between medicine and communities of color,” said Keshinover. “There needs to be cultural and competent care.” Keshinover shared that as a bi-racial individual, she would have to help her mother and extended relatives when it came to a visit at the doctor’s office. As she grew older, Keshinover realized the disparity of bilingual physicians in a borough where nearly half of the residents are Spanish speakers; something needed to be done, and so her journey in medicine began.

As a student studying at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Keshinover focused on three areas of study : Pre-Med, Biology and History. She then went on to participate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. ” I always had a special connection to the Bronx,” said Keshinover. ” Going to college in the Bronx, volunteering in the Bronx and doing mentorship programs where I did research deepened my interest in how patients of color are unfortunately left to the side…it’s not good, there needs to be change.” The change Keshinover is referring to is introducing more research to the communities. Whether she goes works in primary care or as an OBGYN, Keshinover hopes to be involved in clinical research.

Currently, Keshinover works as a fracture liaison at Columbia University, ” Basically anyone over 50 who falls and suffers from bone fracture, my job is to educate them on osteoporosis and link them to the care center.” In the evenings, Keshinover is a non-matriculated student at the University.

After learning more about Tayra Keshinover and her busy schedule, I wondered how she was able to manage having a full-time position, being a fashion blogger, being a student and always staying fabulous. ” It’s super easy to roll out of bed and put on whatever,” said Keshinover. “But, I notice when I look good I feel good…it’s all about time management. Before closing out, Keshinover left some advice for the ladies. “Women don’t have to fit a certain box, we can be everything, ” she said. ” It’s great to know that you can be whatever you want to be.”

Do Good. Stay Well. BXTRA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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