Fashion has always been a part of my life - my mother was the ultimate shopper and dresser! Her closet to this day still mesmerizes me but I always get caught when I take a piece lol!
I feel like styling chose me. I became mesmerized with Lil Kim - Foxy Brown - Total growing up and their style - the swag - the freeness in fashion and I started to wonder where they dressing themselves or was their a mastermind behind it all. Once I researched and found out who Groovey Lew and June Ambrose I realized my heart and soul were hooked.
My first experience styling was with Trace Magazine. Initially I was their special events and marketing coordinator yet through me trying to find myself I ultimately became their "Trace Magazine Blog" Main Editor.
I had helped out on a Sanitgold photoshoot and that experience changed my life. I was determined to be a stylist and what better platform then a blog - at this time it was 2007 and the blogosphere was different - they were limited. So through me adding fashion content and conducting shoots I got my name out there.
Life Inspires Me. I do my Fashion research with magazines - newsletters (WWD) - Internet yet nothing compares to weirdly say "people watching". Everyone dresses different so I take elements from each person and put my interpretation on it.
Black Ink Crew Cast Members (Sky - Dutchess - Walter - Sassy - Puma - O Shit ) - Amber Rose - Jack Thriller - Kid Fury - Money Violence Cast Member (Sophia Body) - SisterHood Of Hip Hop Cast Members (Bia - Nyemiah Supreme) - Nicki Minaj - Elle Varner - Josiah HotWire - Dawn Richards - She's Ryan - Mob Wives Cast Member (Big Ang) - MadameMosielle - EliSoul (Model)
I'm in love at this moment with independent designers like "Nene La Shiro - Located In New York" & "Fabric Slayer - Located In Florida." My Go To Designers - Alexander Wang - Surface To Air - Sandro - Opening Ceremony to name a few.
Balancing regular life with industry life. It's completely different -- it's ultimately finding the balance between your personal and work life. Can't be all work and no play especially when your creative. I'm focused but I also understand that life is my inspiration so I need to live it.
My favorite experience is currently happening with my client Sky. We've built a trust level to start to expand with more projects and to also bring my career full circle not only being a show / personal stylist adding on executive assistant. I'm all about growth and building my brand and others.
You'll be seeing my work everywhere with Sky: Brunch With Tiffany - Black Ink Season 6 (Filming Soon) - Scared Famous (Filming Soon) - Behind The Ink : Black Ink Crew etc. Also I'll be speaking on a lot of panels to encourage young women that they can do anything - TRUST ME!
Believe in yourself. Remind yourself "I'm a savage". Don't let anyone steal your dream -- we all may have similar dreams yet your path is different.
Also if you ever need advice reach out to me via Instagram @stylegxd !
Interview conducted by: Alexandria Vaughan
Here are a few of StyleGxd's Stylist Picks below!
Life's a beach dress
I think I love her dress