Phenomenal Women

Published on March 28th, 2012 | by thevyne

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Woman to Watch: June Ambrose

Name: June Ambrose

Twitter: @JuneAmbrose

Site: www. thejuniverse.com

Hometown: New York, NY (By way of Antigua)

Occupation: CEO of Mode’ Squad Inc., a styling company based in New York’s fashion district. Celebrity Stylist, author of “Effortless Style”, Star of new hit reality show “Styled by June” (airs Mondays at 9:30pm EST on vh1)

Why We’re Lovin’ Her: June is a fantastic example of a positive and dynamic woman who harnessed her talent into a lucrative business opportunity and still finds time to give back to the community and be present for her family.

Back in the Day: Grew up on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, in a one-bedroom tenement she shared with her single mother and older sister. As a teenager in the ’80s, she dressed in elaborate get-ups and was often teased as the odd duck.

Getting Started: Through a friend, she landed an internship at Uptown MCA Records in 1990 when she was only a couple years out of high school. At the time Sean “Diddy” Combs was a talent scout and party promoter. One day, someone walked into the office asking for a fashion stylist. After hearing the explanation of what they did, June was officially smitten with the idea of being a fashion stylist. As her interest piqued, June’s determination and unyielding work ethic led her to compile a look book that included everything from her favorite magazine clippings to pictures of her friends wearing outfits she meticulously put together. It wasn’t long before she started styling “up-and-coming” groups like Ultramagentic MC’s and 702. Eventually, she began styling Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, the Backstreet Boys, Will Smith and Mariah Carey.

Big Break: June’s brand for styling began to get recognized in major publications such as Rolling Stone!, Vibe Magazine and British publications such as The Face and Arena.  In the late 80’s, June landed a marketing gig with Cross Colors, one of the first brands that targeted African-American youth in urban areas. In the years that followed, in a revolutionary, pivotal point in her already flourishing career, June eventually built a strong working relationship and partnership with renowned video director Hype Williams which came to be one of June’s defining moments. “Hype opened up opportunities for me to be creative and alter the image of Hip Hop in a way that was fun and colorful,” says June. The two teamed up for Missy Elliot’s now infamous debut video, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, casting her as a futuristic black superhero with a Japanese anime twist.

Career Highlights: June is fashion force to be reckoned with. In 2006 she released her first book, “Effortless Style”. She recently was cast as the “style architect” of Simon Cowell’s new television talent contest, “The X Factor.” In this role, her job is to create looks for each of the 17 acts that will win over the judges and television viewers. Currently June is staring in her own reality TV show on vh1 where she helps rebrand celebrities inside and out. As CEO of Mode’ Squad Inc., her client list includes such A-list celebs as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Zoe Saldana to name a few.

Family Life: June is married with two children (son and daughter). Her business is a family affair as her husband is also her Manager and her children are adorably fashionable.

Style Philosophy: Here’s a bit of June’s style philosophy:

“Fit is a factor. When you think about the ’20s and the ’40s (and) how structured fashion was: That’s why I say it’s the return of the lady and the dandy because people are starting to pay a lot more attention to fit. When a guy invests in a sports jacket, have it tailored if it’s not something that was couture to your body. … Women, wear your foundation undergarments, even if you’re skinny. Having the right foundation pieces, it helps you with your core, it helps you with that juxtaposition. It’s like wearing a petticoat. … And people also feel like they need to over accessorize. You have to balance your bold. … Head-to-toe leopard isn’t necessary unless it’s a Halloween soiree you’re going to.” (Courtesy of Associated Press) 

Quotable: “My goal is to bring effortless style to the masses…With some punctuation, of course.” (Courtesy of The New York Times)

 


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