A woman that needs no introduction! I’ve sung her praises on this blog numerous of times! As of April 2014 I can scratch one thing off my bucket list and confidently say that I met celebrity stylist, author, and rock mom extraordinaire June Ambrose! Thursday afternoon Brandice Henderson, CEO and founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row brought HFR’s popular “Conversations With…” series to DC at Howard University. June Ambrose was the featured speaker for the launch of the 2014 McCafe Design Competition in conjunction with HFR’s newest initiative Harlem’s Fashion Row University. The design competition is open exclusively to HBCU students. The competition celebrates and encourages the next generation of fashion designers of color to pursue their dreams and provide them with access to the fashion world’s elite.
I didn’t know how this day would come about but for years I’ve dreamt of one day meeting June. It didn’t cross my mind that I would ever have the opportunity to have a sit down discussion with her. Yes you read that right! I INTERVIEWED JUNE AMBROSE! Little ole’ me with no formal media training, publicist, manager, or glam squad. Just a girl that with a blog, ideas, alot of faith, and tons of ambition. Inquiring minds already want to know so let me just throw this out there: Yes, I was extremely excited! No, I wasn’t nervous. Yes, I critiqued the heck out of everything I could have changed and executed better during our sit down but who cares about alladat it was my fairy style mother (in my head) in the flesh! In the brief time I had I asked some burning questions about family and work life balance, what keeps her grounded, must have qualities for those who want to join the Juniverse, and advice on breaking into the industry. Check out the video!
Shortly after my chat with June the series was set to begin. Brandice led an informative, yet candid Q & A discussion with June on the lack of diversity within the fashion industry. I hate that video was prohibited during the session because it was soooo good! When June shows up, she shows out! Her vibrant personality mixed with sound fashion wisdom and humor was captivating. Throughout the 2 hour series her witty one-liners proved why she belongs back on television! She is literally one huge ball of energy!
From the back of the auditorium I tapped away on my iPhone taking notes until my battery died.
7 Things I Learned From June Ambrose
1. Assume that people are always watching.
2. Anything you do should be glamorized. Everything in life should be a party.
3. Styling is about branding. The key to styling is attracting the right kind of attention to your brand. Can you tell a story and create dialogue through an object?
4. Don’t get into [fashion] to be famous. If you do great work you will be celebrated.
5. Don’t allow society to dictate what you become. Control how you are perceived. Use digital platforms and social media to tell your story.
6. Don’t be afraid of yourself. Get rid of fear and build confidence.
7. Never forget that you are worthy!
After dropping precious words of wisdom June was gracious enough to stay and take “selfies” with most of the students up until her car arrived. As I watched all I was thinking is: I CANNOT believe this is actually happening! As if the Q&A wasn’t enough, students were also treated to complimentary McCafe beverages. The event was absolutely perfect! I couldn’t leave without snapping some pics of stylish attendees.
Kimee of neonv mag
Vintage lovers Keri of Adorned DC with the other Keri of A Diva State of Mind
Special Thank You to June Ambrose, Harlem’s Fashion Row, Howard University, McCafe, and LuxeLife Media, Inc. Indeed a life changing experience that I will never forget! I must say aint nothin like an HBCU! Aspiring fashion design students be sure to check out Harlem’s Fashion Row University.