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Rising Stars: Meet Steven Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Williams.

Hi Steven, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
It all started when I went to my first fashion show in third grade. I was mesmerized by the way models would float effortlessly on the runway and how clothes were the main point of focus. From there, fashion was always in the back of my mind. I secretly used to love when my mom would ask me fashion advice on her outfits and I even started to be in the local fashion shows in school and around the neighborhood. Growing up in Baltimore, to me there was not really a major fashion scene, so seeing that was really cool and different.

Around late high school is when fashion styling piqued my interest. People would say that I had a “different” style, so I played that to my advantage. I would make my uniform more stylish by wearing cardigans, cargo pants instead of the regular khakis, and accessories. I soon became known as one of the best dressed at the school simply because I was not wearing what everyone else was wearing. I would frequently visit New York and soon became inspired by the fashion scene and the way others showcased their style. My style and fashion eye began to broaden and I developed this street-chic style. I describe it as mixing different styles and patterns together with “a dash of Steve”.

Fast forward to 2019, I realized I wanted to take styling more seriously and become a wardrobe stylist. I began to connect with more stylist, designers, photographers, and creatives to start to build my portfolio. I used to be afraid of putting me, my work, and creative visions on display for the world to see and critique, but I realized that was what I had to do in order to grow. By doing that, it allowed me to see myself in a different light. Ultimately showing me how confident I truly could be. Now as of 2022, I can proudly say I am a stylist and love the work I do. I am excited to learn more about the fashion world and fashion styling. Growing more and more day by day!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Like every other person chasing their dreams, there is bound to be some challenges and obstacles that we will have to overcome. One issue that arose during my fashion styling career was building a fashion portfolio for clients and others to see. Before I started to connect with others, I was buying most of the pieces I styled. Whether it was from the thrift, or online stores I was spending money on looks. That soon became a challenge because I was going over my budget at times and had to work extra shifts or side jobs to create money, which unfortunately meant I was not creating. Also, creatively, I realized that I think and process things inward out, where most people I have encountered operate outward in. That became a challenge when connecting with creatives, so I started being more direct with how I think and operate.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a wardrobe stylist, I specialize in women’s wear and mixing styles together to create different aesthetics and silhouettes. Pulling inspiration from watching fashion shows, blogs, and thrifting. I would describe my signature involves color and statements. I use the color-blocking technique frequently in my styling because I love how bold it makes a person feels and look. Color blocking is pairing two or more different colors in one outfit. Another style I enjoy are monochromatic looks. This means using one color and its shades in an outfit.

I am very proud of my work and my accomplishments in the fashion world so far. For instance, seeing my work displayed on a billboard in my Hometown of Baltimore felt amazing! I am also proud at the connections I have made by networking and putting myself out there more often.

What sets me apart from the others is that I am not only doing this because I love it, but I also genuinely love to help others. I am a firm believer that “When You Look Good, You Feel Good”! It is always fun working with me because I bring fun and lively energy, making others feel good and welcomed.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Some risks I have taken was quitting my job and styling full time. The was one for the biggest risk I’ve taken in my career. Was torn between consistent flow of income or chasing my dreams. I’ve always battled with this and chose the former normally because I would doubt myself and my styling capabilities. So I put then doubt behind me and went after what I wanted. It was challenging at first, because I did not always have the funds to access the clothes and resources I needed. I then started to network and collaborate with other creatives to help build my portfolio. It is rewarding when I take a look back at how far I’ve came in a short period of time.

To me, taking risk are of course scary, but sometimes necessary in order for you to grow. Quitting my job to chase my dream was something I needed to do because it allowed me to see if I really wanted this. It made me push harder and realize that everything will not be handed to me. I had to put in energy and effort to get the results I wanted.

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Kamera Breland Calyn
Temi Winfield Hopkins
Brianna Knox Taylha
Steven Williams
Tyshia Jackson
Zee Dev Dooley
Damon Braxton
Anthony Mccray
Bunmi Abari

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