Tell me about you: where are you from, how old are you?
Umm I'm 20 - something. Lol ..I just recently became so fully aware of my age. It isn't that I'm old, I guess just that I'm getting older.
I was raised in Orlando most of my life and partly miami. It sounds devastatingly bland but I suppose it's how I got such a great imagination. There wasn't much to do in Orlando but read fashion magazines. Like most girls I started with vogue. Miami is pretty much the same except there was a beach.. Which I loved. This is where I began perusing my dream of wardrobing. I started doing test shoots and attending the Art Institute where I learned that merchandising was probably the wrong degree for me and dropped out.
What do you do?
I do a couple of things right now. I left my buying position with a boutique in Miami to chase my dreams here in NY. I'm working to become a full time wardrobe stylist. I also help run a blog with my partner, Von Ford, www.unisixx.com. The site is a compilation of our work, our thoughts and views on new collections, fashion show coverage, interviews with up and coming models etc.
When did you know that Fashion was something you were passionate about?
I knew that I was passionate about fashion after the feeling I got while styling my first photoshoot. Before then it was just a dream. I am still learning, and growing, and falling I'm love with it everyday. Moving to New York was a huge source of inspiration for me and the biggest reality check. Once I got that reality check and knew that I still wanted to do this, I knew it was the right path for me.
What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
As for now, my biggest accomplishment is just going after my dreams. Moving to this intimidating, making new friends, a new life with no regret and only my ambition.
What advice do you have for others aspiring to do what you do?
My advice to anyone who wants to be a stylist is to not lose site of your vision. Do your research, learn fashion history, the who's who and what's what, and be your biggest critic
I first came to know Melissa through Instagram, and immediately fell in love with her work. I love that her styling is not overstated, and you can clearly see her personal style translate through these images. Melissa has a great eye, and I am looking forward to following her journey as a wardrobe stylist. I'm taking notes lol.