Today we’d like to introduce you to Nichelle Gibbs.
Nichelle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Fashion ran in my family from my aunts to my sisters, but my interest in styling did not peak until about 2016. My friend AJ Johnson, now known as the world-renowned celebrity photographer James Anthony, always posted pictures of fashion editorials he shot on Instagram; I loved everything about them. After sharing my interest in styling, I asked him how I could get into the industry because I didn’t go to Fashion School, but that didn’t necessarily mean I didn’t have what it takes to be a stylist. He advised me to shadow a stylist and connected me with Keri L. Henderson. I contacted her and shared my interest in styling then asked if I could come on set for a photoshoot alongside her. She agreed, and the rest was history. After shadowing the first photoshoot, I decided this was what I wanted to pursue. I then became her styling assistant for her next few shoots and learned a lot of styling techniques. After a couple of months, she moved to LA. I met Sarah Khan, a make-up artist, while working with Keri. Sarah reached out to me for a photoshoot she was working on with a photographer that wanted to publish his work. We collaborated on my first Fashion Editorial shoot as a stylist in August 2017. It was then published in September 2017. I was extremely excited because it exceeded my expectations and grew my admiration for the art of photography. I continued to work on collaborations with Sarah and other photographers, which I enjoyed a lot. I continued to seek other fashion ventures, and in 2018 I came across a flyer on Instagram from Caribbean Style and Culture. They were looking for stylist to assist them with designers for their fashion show. I thought it would be a great idea being as though I am Caribbean and wanted to venture out and expand my network, so I did. This was when I met Terrell Edmonds, one of the team members in charge of the Fashion Team. I assisted with that show and returned the following year for the annual show. Fast forward to 2020, Terrell contacted me to work with him on REVO magazine. A magazine he created alongside his partner Dev Doodley. I started out as the stylist for the magazine, and now 2 years later, I am the Director of Style for REVO Magazine.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When I started as a freelance stylist, I would say my only struggle was finding designers and showrooms to pull clothes from for my photoshoots. Unlike New York and LA which has an established Fashion Industry, the DMV is not as big in fashion so when I started my journey, I did not have access to designers and showrooms, which was challenging. However, I refused to let that obstacle get in my way. I was determined to succeed so I purchased clothes, shoes, jewelry, and all necessary items for all of my photoshoots and returned them after each shoot. As a stylist for the magazine, I still struggle at times with that, but now that I have been in the industry for a couple years, my fashion network has grown. I now know designers and people who can connect me to more designers, so it’s all about your network and networking.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am currently the Style Director for REVO Magazine, based in Baltimore. I create the fashion aesthetic for each shoot. In addition to choosing and coordinating the outfits, to style the models for each magazine release. When REVO first started, I was just a stylist, a part of the style team, myself, and another young woman. In our first year at the magazine, we did local shoots in Baltimore, and other times we would travel to New York for photoshoots. We collaborated with high fashion models from different modeling agencies and celebrities from this area. We’ve worked with Brave Williams, Tamara Jade from the Voice, the Taral Hicks Dawson, and singer Lil-Mo, to name a few. I’m most proud of my growth as a stylist and where I am today. I’m not well known yet, maybe one day, Gods willing, but I hope our magazine and everyone on my team will become household names in this industry. I think what sets me apart from others is my drive and loyalty. I will stick with people who want the best for me as I do for them and have a vision not just for themselves but for the entire team. My taste in fashion is unique and eclectic, and this sets me apart from others.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I want to send a special thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey from the start until now. For those that are considering Fashion or any other industry I want to say never give up on your passion. Seek and surround yourself with people that possess the same mindset then create and build together. I hear this statement frequently and it is very true your Network is your Net worth. Now go out and connect with people in your industry. There’s room for everyone at the top!
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