My first paid campaign whoop whoop!! They found me through a casting company who had stopped me and taken my details a year ago. Everything was just pot luck really. They wanted me to talk about what my hair meant to me. It was an interesting experience and everything came very naturally to me because, Dove wanted me to just be myself, plus the team was lovely. Hope you like the campaign 🙂
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I was bullied at a young age and told I wear the same thing everyday ha! It cut deep! I was so defensive and had the right to be, as a young child you don’t care what people think society hasn’t hit you yet, you wear what represents you or what you like from the things your parents have bought you. I wore what made me feel like me and made me happy but people bullied me for it, even in secondary school I was still bullied for the way I looked and what I wore. So in a weird way I think I took to watching people and paying close attention to what made them them. I no It sounds weird but I think even at a young age I wanted to change my style because of what the bullies said so I looked at people and kind of tried to absorb slash learn quickly what made people’s personal styles so special and recorded people’s mannerisms kind of. Let’s be honest I couldn’t afford anything yet but I made do and slowly built an eye.
Weird things is watching people didn’t make me change myself it only made me better and more aware of what fashion can do, hide, enhance, define, shadow, project. So in theory my bullies helped me develop a keen fashionable eye. enabling me to refine my taste level and build up a sort of metaphorical style bank in my head. I no it sounds weird right but there are decades, icons, different pieces of pop culture, movies, tv series, trends, and stand alone individuals stored in there. Of course, this bank is totally daily filled with more and more stuff. You see when your passionate about something it takes no effort and comes so naturally to you. Hopefully, other stylists do this too not just me pahaha. Any who I’ve decided to go into visual merchandising now because it’s more stable and the skills are transferable. It would be amazing if I did costume full time but I want a family in the future and just want to have some stability so I’m keeping my dreams and reality separate for a while 😊.
So once upon a time i worked for Fuse Odg as his personal stylist, this was when he first was up and coming and well, i styled him at several concerts and shows e.g. supporting artist such as Kesha, Sean Paul and Wyclef Jean. I also worked for him styling his first big music video Antenna which got millions of views, i also styled him at wireless and for several other occasions e.g. meeting prime minsters, government officials in Africa or going on tour. It was a fun experience, but the budget wasn’t very big and it wasn’t always easy not being able to be on site to personally put my last finishing touches on outfits a lot of the time. But any who, below are some video highlights of that partnership.
Another video of an actor being them self in an outfit styled by me for the Grind digital series. Love Jimmy’s moves in this video and love the fact that he is actually wearing the outfit it doesn’t just sit on him!
Flynn aka Nick in the series was the first character i gave a costume on the show, and to be honest he was the first actor i had ever worked with he probably doesn’t even know. But yes this outfit was produced on the first day and here is a short video where he is showing it off.