Profession: Fashion Stylist
Origin: California
City: LA and NY
Education: University of Southern California


Why do you do what you do? I love working with creative people.

Could you describe your style and how it developed? My style is most informed by my childhood, growing up in Southern California in the 90s. I have very vivid memories of looking through fashion magazines as a kid. Those images always had some amount of irreverence to them which I liked. There was room for imperfection.

Where do you get inspiration from? Everywhere, but mostly ordinary people doing ordinary things. Everyone is trying to project something to the rest of the world and this opens up so many possibilities to create interesting images.

What is the best part about working within the creative industries? Meeting people I wouldn’t normally come in contact with. This is also probably the most challenging. Everyday feels like the first day of school.

What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? Everything! Stylists also have a huge social responsibility. The images they help create affect gender roles, stereotypes, body image, beauty standards, etc. It is so important to have professionals in the fashion industry who are aware of what happens after these images are consumed. I’m still learning how deal with this responsibility.

Who would you like to work with? Nice people. And my friends

In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Art can start conversations, bridge differences and build understanding better than any other medium. Art is vital to cultural competence.


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