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Ashro Woman: Janice B.

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Janice B. from Dayton, OH

Janice is a woman of substance and heart who has triumphed over hardship. After a terrible car accident that left her with broken bones from the waist down, she learned to walk again…and over that period of many months, also deepened her faith walk. Janice reminds us that we each have a one-of-a-kind journey to walk.

“Be You. Don’t try to be someone you are not. We are all different, but when we can come together and give of ourselves…we shine.”


Janice B.
Which city do you live?
Which state do you live?
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
Unapologetically herself, being the woman of fashion yet being beautiful. By being myself fashionably in all that I wear and style
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
Retired Marketing Admin Assistance. I have time to do whatever I want and being me.
How do you spend your free time?
Reading, crafting, connecting with my spiritual self and spending time with family and friends
What small thing makes you happy?
A chocolate bar
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
Macaroni and cheese, family, family dinners and cookouts
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
Learning to walk after an automobile accident that broke my bones from the waist down. Walking and keeping up the pace with my body even when I am in pain
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mother, she was a great spiritual woman and instilled in me the power of prayer and positive thinking. When she had her heart attacks and strokes she was determined to get better and get back to her life which she did. Her strength was amazing and she never gave up even through her health issues. The strength that she showed made me a better person and woman, she was my shero
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
Yes, I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Amica Auxiliary member for 26 years. Service is one of precepts and I support the Auxiliary and Zeta with donations to our local public school system, women’s shelter and nursing homes. As President of the local Auxiliary I make sure that we support as many of the service projects that are presented to us by Zeta.
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
Yes, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Amica Member. Our precepts are service, scholarship, sisterly love and finer womanhood which has taught me to appreciate what I have and share my knowledge and service with the community. It has helped me to become a “Finer Woman”, never wavering and holding my head high no matter the situation or challenge.
What do you love about fashion and style?
How you can make that style or look your own. Colors and vibrant prints.
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
I love African prints and any style that looks flowing and free
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I dress up for all family events, but since I retired and don’t have to go to work I don’t dress up as often. I do occasionally dress up just because to make myself feel good and look good
How has your style evolved over time?
I started out in corporate America, where you wore suits and tailored dresses. As I became older and my fashion sense evolved to less tailored wear and more comfortable, vibrant colors and loose fashions
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
I am not a hat wearer. I wear hats in the winter and prefer beret or fedora
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
I love headwraps, I wear them often. I learned to wrap from experience and watching videos
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
Yes, I like short tapered wigs. I recently purchased a curly full wig
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes, I believe your faith and spiritual connection go hand in hand. When I was recovering from my automobile accident I was unable to walk and was flat of my back for several months. While in this recovery period I had a great deal of time to pray, meditate and just be still with myself and God. During that period I had a shift in my faith and my spiritual desire to be closer to God and also to let that feeling guide me daily
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
Yes, I attend Aspire Church, Love the word that is given and how I can let it guide my life and bless me
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
I remind my son of God’s grace and his mercy often. To pray, read his bible and have a relationship with Christ
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
Your best advice?
I remind my son of God’s grace and his mercy often. To pray, read his bible and have a relationship with Christ.
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
Patience, unconditional love, faith
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
Patience, unconditional love, faith
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
I don’t remember when I first heard of Ashro, but I believe it was from my mother, she loved your catalog

Thanks for inspiring us, Janice!

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Comments (4)

I enjoy receiving the catalog. I especially like that the clothing line has become become more Afrocentric!

You cater to a market that is traditionally 16 – 18+ ish size and offer plus sizes. Yet, catalog reflects the traditional model size. It would be affirmative to have models that reflect plus sizes. Thx.

May God continue to bless you. You are a living witness to Gods healing power.

congradulations Janice on all your acomplishments, Praise God for allowing you to heal and continue with your life. Keep up the good work and may God continue to Bless You. I just opened an account with Ashro and i feel i will be an Ashro Women soon.

I like a order book please

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