I had the pleasure to chat with my fellow classmate Steph Miya, read about her dreams, ambitions, and what makes her a double threat to the fashion world.
Fashion styling wasn’t something I chose, it chose me. From the as far back as my memory serves me right, I’ve had an obsession with clothes and SHOES! I was the kid who planned her outfits the night before school, in the first grade! I was the girl who changed outfits 2-3 times a day trying to keep up with the looks my imagination would create. I was and still am the girl who recycles old bridesmaids and prom gowns to sit in front of the TV as if I were sitting front row to watch the Grammys. Hey a girl can dream, right? So I speak and live it into existence!
I got my first big break in 2008 as an intern Wardrobe Stylist under Derek Roche, who of course styles Mr. Sean Combs. Imagine that, first gig working for Diddy? It may sound intimidating, but when it’s your dream on the line, there’s no time for feeling, you just have to do it!
In 1994, at the age of 7, while watching videos on MTV with my cousins, we came across the Notorious B.I.G’s video “Big Poppa”. In that rather infamous hot tub scene I saw a girl with two platinum buns and was immediately intrigued as to who she was. Throughout all these years not only did that platinum haired girl become my fashion idol, she changed the hip-hop/ r&b game. Today, I am so very proud to say that I have been able to accomplish working with Fashion Stylist and Entrepreneur, Ms. Misa Hylton, and am honored to be a graduate of her school, The Misa Hylton Fashion Academy.
I’ve recently had the privilege of assisting Mr. Wouri Vice on a shoot for the cover of Essence magazine for Ms. Marjorie Harvey, who is Steve Harvey’s wife. Eventually, I would like to work with Cosmopolitan, Latina and Complex magazines, just to name a few. I would like to have an all-around mix of high fashion, international and urban magazine work. As a Gemini, I definitely need variety which works well within this industry as it’s ever changing.
My own personal style is simple. Since I’m so into making other people look good, my closet is just jammed packed with blacks and nudes. I also like to add one pop of color, whether it be a red lip or a scarf, I love scarves!
The ups and downs of being a stylist is finding consistency with work, especially since I’m still in the “wet behind the ears” stages. When you’re up and coming, it’s pretty difficult to get your name out there because people naturally want someone who is relatively known. However, it’s great to have someone who is known back you up, unless you’re also working with up and coming people. My advice to aspiring stylists out there: Don’t cut corners! Pay your dues and learn and become your craft. Try to intern and learn from the pros. Don’t worry about what other people are doing and how “fast” they get somewhere. When you take your time, you will be able to reap in the benefits of a strong foundation and knowledge of your art!