Meet Saavedra Lewis, Owner of Simply Graceful, LLC (online clothing boutique) and COO of Illustrious Visions Music Group, LLC. (indie record label) and Investor for Platinum Fades Bridgeport, Inc. (upscale barbershop) and licensed Real Estate Leasing Agent.
With beauty, brains, and a killer shoe game, business, sales, marketing, and branding genius Saavedra Lewis shows all signs of a woman in charge. With an MBA in Business Administration specializing in Marketing, and a growing track record in the fashion industry the Louisiana native is becoming a strong example of success in the Chicago creative arts and professional industries. The former pageant beauty queen has been modeling since 1999 and in 2016 she has taken her knowledge of image and business consulting to create her own independent consulting firm.
With a focus on brand management and marketing, she strives to meet the needs of growing businesses. She uses her business knowledge to analyze the industry for her clients while also maintaining positive energy to do business professionally. Her corporate skill set and excellent relationship management skills push her to excel in creating marketing and communication strategies for clients with the ultimate goals of increasing sales, market demand, consumer or brand awareness, and satisfaction. While balancing her personal brands and that of her growing clientele, model and CEO Saavedra Lewis isn’t only perfecting the image status and PR delivery for her clients but also constantly perfecting her own. She makes it known that she’s a woman of class, and poise, and has the knowledge on how to apply a savvy approach to industry consulting.
With over 10 years of Corporate experience, the business professional seamlessly paved the way in the beauty and fashion industry while at the same time earning her Master’s in Business Administration. While it may seem like an impossible task to accomplish, Saavedra is also graciously balancing and maintained her current Corporate status as a Business Analyst for SAP for over 7 years. To continue to build her experience and stay relevant in the industry, she maintained her involvement in freelance modeling opportunities, behind-the-scenes coordinating events/projects, and runway coaching. Over the past years, she has modeled for and worked with some of the top photographers, videographers, designers, and beauty teams in the state of Illinois.
Since relocating from New Orleans, Louisiana to Chicago, she’s made several branding and career accomplishments including walking in several fashion shows from emerging to major fashion brands, being featured in a hair product commercial for Vital Olive Oil, a feature on the Steve Harvey Show, and being named JET Beauty of the Week for March 2016. She has also competed in over three US and USA Beauty Pageants since 2014. Her latest pageant experience was the Miss Illinois United States Pageant where she earned the 2015 Miss Multi-Media award.
Determined and business-minded, she continues to grow brands with quality exposure and a naturally poised energy to win on various levels. Saavedra has also developed quite a passion for the music business over the years, since playing multiple instruments throughout her life. The passion has since become more than having a talent perspective and has birthed the need to know more from the business side of things. With landing Artist interviews, blog features/placements, radio plays and live performances, and even operating an indie record label she is eager to get even more involved with the Entertainment industry. With her professional background, she plans to continue building meaningful relationships in all areas of the Entertainment and Fashion industries along with assisting different sources of talent with making the best business decisions.