For our “Because I’m a Lady” series, we sat down with one of Club Mickey Mouse‘s leading ladies, Regan Aliyah, to chat about all things Disney and fashion.
First, can you tell us a little bit about your role in Club Mickey Mouse?
I’m Regan Aliyah; an 18-year-old rapper, spoken word artist, singer and dancer. I am honored to actually be the first female rapper to be a part of Club Mickey Mouse!
How did you get started in rapping?
I am fourth generation entertainment, so I grew up surrounded by music my whole life! As a child, I would wake up in the morning to the sounds of Motown and artists like the Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, India Arie and Dolly Parton. I’d also often go and listen to my family’s band rehearsals and attend their shows. It was a normal thing, however when I started rapping at the age of 12, I had to really research different rap artists and styles because hip-hop wasn’t what I heard every day. That’s when I found Lauryn Hill and became absolutely obsessed with the honesty and truth in her music. With the combination of my own personal music finds, my family’s influence, and my own passion for music, I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
How does it feel to be living out this legacy as one of the leading ladies of Club Mickey Mouse?
It’s crazy to actually be a part of such an iconic brand like Club Mickey Mouse. Everyone always asks me if I feel pressure, and I always say, surprisingly, not at all. The feeling I get is pure excitement and honor! The fact that I get to inspire another generation to get up and go after their dreams will always be so precious. I am beyond glad to be one of the leading ladies in this series!
Disney Style fans are obsessed with the Club Mickey Mouse jackets. How does it feel to be setting a fashion trend?
Our Club Mickey Mouse jackets are the cutest things in the world, so I think I’m just as obsessed as the Disney Style fans are! The super cool thing about the Club Mickey Mouse jacket is that you can pair it up with any top or bottom to create your own unique look! You can go from a casual everyday look, to a rocker vibe, to a more dressed up look, all with the exact same jacket.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as ever-changing. I like to blend feminine and masculine looks, to create something that’s comfortable for me. For example, I may rock a cute fitted top with a pair of baggy menswear-inspired trousers. I’d say my style is a bold mix of tomboy, glam, and street to compliment my different moods.
What does Disney style mean to you?
Disney style is a way to express yourself and another way to just wear what you love! It also makes your trips to the Disney Parks ten times cuter! If you can rock a Disney shirt with your Mickey ears, you will automatically be my friend. If you rock a Club Mickey Mouse jacket then well, you automatically become my favorite, haha! Disney style is all about being uniquely you and being confident while doing it.
What’s your favorite Disney memory?
My favorite Disney memory would have to be going to Walt Disney World for the first time with my cast mates and family! My dreams came true when we were able to be Grand Marshals in the Festival of Fantasy parade. I had the time of my life and spent it with the best people ever!
What would you tell your younger self about following your dreams to get to where you are today?
Never compare yourself. Everyone has their own journey with their own route and timing! Just stay focused and dedicated on your journey, work hard, and you’ll be where you want to be in no time.