In an age this image conscious the work of a stylist has taken on epic proportions. If you’re in the public eye looking good is a team effort, and like any relationship, trust and respect are key. It’s an enterprise after all, and while some get into it to schmooze with celebs, only those who are truly about their business stick around. Today The Atlanta Post looks at a few black fashion stylists who are in it for the long haul.
When June Ambrose started out styling she had to beg designers for freebies for clients. It was the early nineties and the fashion industry had yet to realize how hip hop and R&B acts could boost their business. She did a stint at Jive Records, pulling together looks for R. Kelly and The Backstreet Boys, before moving on to Cross Colors, where she popularized the brand by putting TLC and Kriss Kross in their latest. Freelancing came next with music videos serving as her bread and butter; at one time Ambrose held the record for MTV Awards’ costume nominations. Diddy, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige know her work personally. At this point her status as a style icon reaches far beyond music. Just this spring Hollywood Reporter named her one of Tinseltown’s top stylists and nearly 250,000 people on Twitter agree.