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Check Out Sharra Greene’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharra Greene. 

Hi Sharra, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a creative in some way. My family was very intentional about allowing me to explore as many extracurricular activities as possible. I tried the whole pageant girl thing (but my fav part was picking out my costumes), I’ve been in several theater and dance programs and at one point, I wanted to be an actress. Then, I went through a phase of writing short novels and wanting to be a writer, but fashion was always keeping my attention no matter what I was doing… even in my novels, I spent so much time describing exactly what my characters were wearing in each scene. I started sketching fashion illustrations around age 4 and I would sell them to my family. They were all for it… always super supportive of wherever my imagination was taking me. I was a great student (until high school lol) but even then, I remember getting distracted recreating what my teachers were wearing in my head. 

I was always following my mom around in her closet while she got dressed. Playing dress-up, prancing around in her heels like little girls do. Bossing her around telling her what to wear to work and out with her friends became a common thing for us. But a lot of the times, she would actually wear what I thought looked good, even though it was coming from a 9-year-old. She would always tell me “See, you got an eye.” My mom was a fashion goddess as far as I was concerned so you couldn’t tell me nothing after I got her cosign. I think playing dress-up with her and watching her attitude adapt to whatever she was wearing, was having an effect on me without me realizing. It was dope watching what an amazing outfit could do for a woman’s energy and overall confidence. 

Since I spent so much time sketching, I think a lot of people thought I would end up being a designer, and I still may in the future. But once I finally got enrolled in a couture class in high school, I realized how much I DESPISED sewing, so my design instructor started asking me to assist putting the looks together for her fashion shows and in her studio… One day. she was hosting a class on editorial styling and I was so intrigued. I knew stylists were a thing because I’d sometimes see their credits in magazines, but I had no idea what all went into it. This class took me through the role of a stylist and I fell in love. I remember telling the instructor “This seems so much less expensive than getting started as a designer. I think this will be a great way to get my foot in the door.” She laughed in my face. She was like “GIRL, what makes you think that? This is JUST AS HARD and expensive!” She was so right lol. But my mind was made up. 

After high school graduation, I started reaching out to local photographers, offering to style photoshoots for them just to gain experience. Fast forward to now, where I’m still growing, but I’m a professional, I’m very experienced. I’m so much more than just a stylist, I’m a visionary and a creative director who sees things a certain way and knows how to execute it. THAT’S THE KEY. You can be full of ideas but the execution will really show you what you’re made of. I’ve learned so much about how to conduct myself as a creative and as a businesswoman, and I’ve harnessed the types of looks I want to be known for, and the type of women I want to serve. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
NOT AT ALL! You can ask my friends and family, who have to put up with my rants and meltdowns when something goes wrong, which it almost always does lol. But that really is just a part of the process, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner stylist or if you’re dressing Queen Bey, you can definitely expect something to not go as planned. 

My struggles continue to change as I evolve. At first, it was all about learning to speak up for myself and my ideas. I was only 17 when I first started working with photographers and other creatives on set, so it took a while for me to learn to eloquently say, “Actually this is what I’m envisioning. Trust me.” and to not just be seen as the lil’ young girl who’s bringing the clothes. I remember at one point, looking at my portfolio, and thinking, “These looks are great, but what do they say about ME as a stylist, and what I bring?” That’s when I started planning my own projects and really stepping into that creative director role. THAT’S when I really knew like “Yeah, I got it. This is something I can never get tired of doing, and I can take my time and master this.” Now in my mid 20’s, I’m a lot more confident. 

These days, as I’m going after big opportunities and things like budgets, clients, and showrooms are involved, that comes with a whole new set of challenges. I do personal styling as well, so working with new clients and getting them warmed up to the way I do things is something I’m constantly working to perfect. Working with women and learning what their insecurities are, making sure they look and feel amazing, while still incorporating my point of view in a look, is something I’m constantly working to master, and I think that’s something you always want to remain teachable on as a stylist. But also, there are a lot of politics within the fashion industry. Just a few weeks ago, I had an experience with a racist showroom that often mistreats black professionals in fashion and recently it was my turn… I encounter adversity on a multitude of levels. I also don’t live in a fashion capital, so I often feel like I have to work twice as hard just to be “eligible” for the opportunities that those who do live in LA or NYC may have. But this is the path that I’ve chosen, and I believe the best stylists know how to use their unique struggles to their advantage. It’s all a part of my story. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m an editorial and personal fashion stylist to women who are full of passion and purpose. The women I dress vary, from models to entrepreneurs, keynote speakers, musicians, and ambitious women of all types. My clients are often powerhouses within their industries and are full of personality and vitality when it comes to what they’re pursuing and that motivates me so much. It makes me want to go above and beyond for them to find THE PERFECT looks that speak to who they are and what they do. 

What sets me apart is that I use style to embrace how complex women are. I think often, many try to make women just one thing. For example, when we think of professional dressing, many think of being all covered up. When we think of being sexy, we often think that just means baring it all… but there are so many ways to approach being sexy, classy, bold, edgy, glamorous, etc., and I think it’s important to style women in ways that embrace us as complex beings, and not just one dimensional. You can have sex appeal and still be super sophisticated. You can be adventurous and still have a level of refinement to your style… and I love exploring all of these grey areas with clothing, and teaching my clients to approach style in that way as well. 

As far as what I’m most proud of, I would say I’m proud of and grateful for the fact that I found that thing that keeps me learning, keeps me passionate. So many people are still searching for that, so I’m forever grateful that I found mine at an early age, or that it found me. I have many other gifts that I plan on also tapping into, but fashion will always be my first love. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
Hmmm… this one is hard lol. I have a lot, but I think some of my favorite memories as a child are just being a child in general. When you’re a child and you have no responsibilities, you’re able to really tap into your imagination and just go down that rabbit hole and dream. That’s something that I think we take for granted because don’t realize it won’t always be that way. 

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