Breaking into the fashion industry is not such an easy task. It requires patience, skill, impeccable timing and lots and lots of networking. As you work towards your fashion dreams, it’s best to study the greats and learn from their strengths and mistakes.
Click through to check out a list of 13 black fashion stylists you should know.
June Ambrose got her start more than two decades ago in the hip-hop scene, styling the likes of Jay-Z, Sean Combs and Mary J. Blige. Since then she’s become the go-to fashion stylist for an image revamp. She started her branding firm Mod Squad in ’94 and has not looked back since. Recently seen on her own reality fashion stylish show on VH1 Styled By June, June Ambrose’s eccentric character can be spotted at fashion shows and red carpets all over the globe with her assistant Eli Wasserman and mini-me’s in tow.
Beagy Zielinski began her career in fashion as a merchandiser. She then tried design, showroom and editorial—sometimes you have to try a few different things to figure out your passion— but soon transitioned into styling. She has worked as a stylist for Tyra Banks and styled editorials for German Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar China, Spanish Elle and Greek Elle to name a few. She also founded an international clothing, accessory and show rental atelier.
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Rachel Johnson has branded herself as the go-to stylist for the NBA’s most fashion-conscious players including Amar’e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Chris Paul. Her style influence garnered players coveted spots on GQ’s “The Game’s Best-Dressed” list. After college, Rachel worked at Essence for a stint and learned the fashion ropes from stylists like June Ambrose and Sybil Pennix. She even dressed Ja Rule for his “Always On Time” music video. We hope she can bring even more fashion into the game of b-ball.
Misa Hylton-Brim did not allow her status as a “baby mama” to keep her from rising to the ranks in fashion. The mother of Diddy’s son Justin Combs, Misa earned her name as a stylist behind the scenes of Bad Boy working with artist such as Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.
Lloyd Boston has become the go-to fashion consultant since pairing with some of the biggest names in television such as Oprah, Rachel Ray, Wendy Williams, Katie Couric and the ladies of The View. He worked as the VP of Art Direction for Tommy Hilfiger and has worked as a regular TV and style contributor for NBC’s The Today Show. He has written four books on style including, The Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for You.
Becca Alexis is a fashion school graduate who has styled entertainers from Trey Songz to Janet Jackson in for editorials, advertisements and music videos.
Atiba is a celebrity stylist who was featured on Oxygen’s House of Glam and has styled entertainers such as Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Tristan Wilds. He worked as the Fashion Director for Bleu Magazine. He’s currently working on Empire Girls, styling best friends Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez.
Susan Moses’ eponymous collection has become a god-send for full figured women. She has styled the likes of Brandy, Jill Scott, Mo’nique, Wynonna Judd and Kathy Bates. After working as a fashion editor for a short-lived African American lifestyle magazine called Shade, she got her big break in the music industry, styling the stars.
Tiffany Hasbourne has worked with a plethora of entertainers such as the High School Musical cast, Meagan Good, French Montana and Waka Flocka.
This stylist is responsible for all of the fantastic fashion on VH1’s show Single Ladies starring Lisa Raye and formerly Stacey Dash. Anthony Williams was a fan favorite on the seventh season of Project Runway known for his larger than life personality and equally over-the-top creations.
Emily began her fashion career making Fabolous… well fabulous. Since then she has debuted her own fashion line and used her styling skills for Samantha Black during New York Fashion Week.
Celebrity stylist Ty Hunter is known for being the mastermind for some of singer, entertainer Beyoncé’s glamorous ensembles for more than 16 years. He’s tagged teamed with other fashion godmothers such as June Ambrose on occasions The pair was responsible for Bey’s thigh-revealing lime green Stephane Roland gown.
This Morgan State University graduate worked at Marie Claire for a short stint before becoming an exec at DKNY. He transitioned from the PR world into styling starting his own brand consulting firm Transformers, Inc. working with clients such as Diddy, Fantasia, Sanaa Lathan, and Kimora Lee Simmons.