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STYLE STORIES: Cultural Founder


I came off a call with my amazing publicist Tequilla White and the request was really clear, imagery that showed me as the founder of =SPACE.

Up until now many of my images were styled shoots with photographers I respected but the aim was to collaborate and create a fashion editorial story. It was always a personal narrative and form of expression for me.

Fashion has been the way to tell my story without saying a word. My looks have been my sword and shield when going into spaces.


Sitting down to create a shoot that spoke to the principles and mission of my company was a very different experience.

The creative direction had to:

  • Create a sense of leadership
  • Maintain my cultural heritage
  • celebrate multicultural leadership
  • Keep it real and authentic to my approach to business while maintaining professional standards
  • Make sure Oprah would approve

The interesting part of the process was that I felt uncomfortable trying to water down my identity to fit into mainstream media, Tequilla counseled me that it wasn’t about homogenizing as much as it was about controlling the narrative. If I was going to be on the pages of Forbes or Black Enterprise, I need to command the image and be seen as a leader.

This led to me connecting with an amazing photographer, Chantel who has a keen eye for bringing the best out in her models. When Chantel plans the shoot she knows the goal and target media outlets, and she brings you into the shot.

We had a really amazing time at multiple venues, the first being Blueprint Cafe, which is one of my favorite spots, and Carole is such an amazing owner! We then ran over to The Studios at =SPACE, which boasts podcast studio, shooting spaces, and a multimedia suite.

About Chantel

I am a creative director, fashion and portrait photographer based in the NY/NJ area.

Available for events, engagements, maternity, lifestyle shoots, and photo campaigns. Small weddings such as a courthouse or under 60 guests are also my speed.


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All shots by the amazing @pharoahrex

This would be the first time I ever shot in my own home and it was amazing to have Rex as the photographer. It was about capturing something broody and textured, to style a suit with Timberlands, which is a part of the Brooklyn Uniform. I enjoyed the entire process of composing the shots and love that my favorite Rescue Pitti, Layla Jayne made an appearance.

I like to call myself a ruffian in a suit and these shots capture that feeling.

Shot Details

Suit: Perry Ellis
Tattoo: Kirk Nilsen at Crown & Anchor Tattoo
Watch: Fossil
Tunic: Zara
Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskyLiquor: MakersMark

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Style Story: Decolonize


When putting a look together, it is always intentional. It is how I am going into the world, the initial message I will be sending out before I say a word.
That in and of itself is the power of fashion, style is how you make the message your own.

When I caught this shirt in my feed by Self Sovereignty it was an instant must-have, the obsession lately has been with statement tees, with labels that make social commentary that aligns with my beliefs.

The color palette was an intentional push on my part between the oversized coat, the selection of corduroy, and my continued love of any hat.

So check out my Decolinze look.

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Jennifer Lopez SS20 face of Versace


There are many things we can ask Jennifer Lopez to do, but slowing down isn’t one of them. The actress, mogul, and singer is looking at 2020 being another banner year for her, with her upcoming Super Bowl Half Time show ( along with amazing Shakira) and recent nods for her role in Hustlers, I can not say I’m shocked with the announcement of being the face of the Spring 2020 Versace Campaign.

The campaign was shot by uber amazing duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The campaign also has Kendall Jenner looking amazing and the two women seem to be typing their own names into a digital keyboard seen on screen.

I love the meta aspect of the campaign, the commentary on the multiple ways your digital life and real-life intersect and collide. Of course, the infamous jungle print that Lopez wore in her plunging gown 20 years ago at the Grammy’s makes an appearance in the 2020 campaign. The Versace moment and Lopez are said to be the reason google invented the images feature in its search.

Take a look at all of the shots from the campaign below.

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STYLE STORIES. Missing those New Orleans mornings. Where the days are sweeter and the people sweeter. #nola

At the head of the table. Period. #nola

The look was inspired by that Pitti Uomo style of dressing. There is always something in me that loves a sartorial moment but with my urban blend. Oh and yellow pants. That’s a first there.

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Style Story


What I love most about Style, is the capacity to infuse your cultural identity into the visual.

The Pieces in this Style Story are some of my Favorites period!

My sweatshirt is via Ané purchased at Off The Hanger, in my City of Newark.

The Collars were a purchase from Urban Collars

Hat was via Nordister I legit have five hats from them and they never dissapoint.

The Cuff, I found this at a market helmed by Interior Design guru and friend Neffi Walker, its JoyFashionFinds , tell her Medina sent you.

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Stay True to You


Working hard and meeting new people can change who you are. No one likes to be called a phony because of personal growth. Here are 5 question to make sure you remind yourself exactly who you are:

To read more about these questions, click here.

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Ray-Ban’s New Switch Up


Ray-Ban are great because they go with anything and everything. If you have a faux fur coat, slide on the Ray-Ban. If you had a wild night out, slide on the Ray-Ban. You are shoveling snow and the sun is peeping out, slide on the Ray Ban.

The iconic Clubmaster silhouette from Ray-Ban has long been a staple of the legendary eyewear brand. Drawing on aesthetic cues from the label’s most successful trends of the past year, the Clubmaster and the Round models, the label introduces the perfect hybrid version of the two: the Clubround model. Read more here.


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