Black Celebrity Stylists On The Rise
African-American style mavens are changing the industry
There’s no question that the world of fashion can sometimes be perceived as colorblind, especially when it comes to opportunities for black designers, models and stylists. However, African-American styling pioneers like June Ambrose are taking the fashion world by storm going out on their own instead of waiting for the mainstream to do it for them.
"Styled By June" recently premiered on VH1 giving us a peek into the world of Ambrose and what it means to be black, fabulous and in charge in the world of styling. Ambrose isn’t the only one creating her own niche, these top African-American stylist are paving their own way as well!
Ty Hunter - Hunter, an Austin, Texas native, is a celebrity stylist to living pop legend, Beyoncé Knowles. He’s a graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas and has been styling Knowles since 2001. Hunter also plays a big part in Tina Knowles Productions Inc., styling Dereon ads and national tours.
Rachel Johnson - It’s not often that you think of your favorite NBA player as a fashion icon, but that’s exactly what 6’1" Rachel Johnson has in mind when she’s styling the likes of LeBron James, Jalen Rose and Amare Stoudemire. Johnson is keeping the fellas fresh on and off the court.
Beagy Zielinski - Zielinski has always had a passion for fashion and knew from a young age that there was nothing she loved doing more than working with clothes. As a graduate of FIT and a world traveler (a native of Connecticut, but raised in Germany) she has worked for the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Banana Republic, German Vogue and Coach. When she’s not taking the world by storm you can find her styling Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland and Tyra Banks, to name a few.
Rashida Blalock - Raised in Philadelphia. Rashida Blalock (aka Pinkey Turner) has been a fixture in the world of styling for years. Her chic expertise has helped her keep many celebrities in style including Neyo, Eminem and Chris Brown, among others. Blalock currently serves as head stylist on BET’s top rated show, "The Game."
Alexander Allen - As a student at Morgan State University, Alexander Allen had well-defined vision early on for what he wanted to achieve in the world of fashion. He gained experience at top companies such as Marie Claire and DKNY before becoming a wardrobe stylist for A-List celebrities like Sean Combs, Kimora Lee Simmons and Sanaa Lathan.
Lloyd Boston - As one of the most recognizable African-American faces when it comes to style, Boston is a trailblazer. In 2007, he teamed up with the worldwide brand Jones New York as their first-ever male spokesperson and exclusive “Style Guru.” He’s also the former VP of Art Direction for Tommy Hilfiger. Boston continues lending his expertise to shows like "Today," "Extra" and "Access Hollywood" as their go-to style host.
Becca Alexis - She broke into the fashion industry working as a costume assistant on ABC’s" Desperate Housewives" and now heads her own styling company Pulchritude + Concepts. When Alexis isn’t busy playing CEO you can find her styling stars like Katherine Heigl, Janet Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, Jaime Foxx, and more.
Susan Moses - Keeping the curvy ladies looking good is not only a job for stylist Susan Moses, it’s a priority. A graduate of John Jay College, Moses got her start at Shade, an African-American lifestyle magazine and gained notoriety for her work. Throughout the years she has styled celebrities like Jill Scott, Mo’Nique and Queen Latifah. She also recently launched Curvation, a clothing line for shapely women.
Anthony Williams - Women all over the country were mesmerized last summer by the stylings of Anthony L. Williams who kept the stars of VH1’s "Single Ladies" looking amazing. As a former contestant on "Project Runway," Williams has seen his work displayed on the likes of Heidi Klum, the cover of Marie Claire and showcased at Neiman Marcus.
Misa Hylton-Brim - Her face may be recognizable because she shares a child with music executive Sean Diddy Combs, but Hylton-Brim made a name for herself long ago when she burst onto the fashion scene as hip-hop's top stylist. Nearly two decades later she has worked with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock and Kimora Lee. This year she also launched a plus-size clothing line, Madison Star.