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Daily Inspiration: Meet Toni Wilmot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toni Wilmot.

Hi Toni, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started my wardrobe styling career in 2016 while I was in college in Washington D.C. I began curating my own passion projects by styling my friends and working with mutual creatives. Through creating content, I was able to grow a huge following via social media and I began falling in love with the editorial avenue of fashion. Upon graduating college in 2018 from The Catholic University of America, I planned my move to Los Angeles, CA. In spring of 2019, I moved to Los Angeles and drove across country to start my dream. I worked for celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach for a couple of months as an intern and was exposed to the world of celebrity styling. During my time with Law, I learned so much about the fashion industry and this was my first job in the fashion industry. My journey in Los Angeles was one that was quite difficult, moving to a new city and starting a new life and career was filled with ups and downs. Being in such a big city and being a small creative was intimidating, however I still continued my passion. I still maintained to curate shoots, style models and developed my sprouting portfolio in L.A. After the pandemic hit, it was quite difficult to create content, so I began creating content in my home. I still stayed motivated and pushed through and ended up having my work published in Ellements magazine as well as my content featured in Essence magazine. Today, I am still curating shoots and I am launching my women’s contemporary clothing line in Spring 2021. Los Angeles has built me and taught me to use my own resources and be as innovative as possible.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle for me was finances. Being a small creative means having little to no funding for projects, however I worked hard. I ended up utilizing my resources around me as a stylist. I reached out to small brands for pulls, visited showrooms and even utilized pieces in my individual wardrobe. Being financially restricted has taught me to be as innovative as possible.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a wardrobe stylist, brand creative director and founder of The Monodramatic, a platform dedicated to visual storytelling through the art of fashion. My editorial work showcases my talent in wardrobe styling and creative direction skills. I am best known for my small social media presence as a stylist and fashion content creator. I am most proud of my work being recently published in the January issue of Ellements Magazine. What sets me apart from others is that I have a keen eye for fashion through colors and textures. I typically love to put together pieces people wouldn’t normally pair together. I love monochromatic looks and bold colors and I think this is how my style continues to stand out from others.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I have a great support system amongst my friends and my fashion community of creatives. I have to thank all of the amazing photographers I have worked with such as Tobi Odukoya, Eugene Maddy, Breyona Holt and many others. The makeup artists that I have worked with such as Jada Grey and Kerla Pamphile. I am greatful for my best friends, Alondra Liriano, Baindu Idriss and Miata Sannoh. My best friends are my biggest supporters and have always gave me positive affirmations, supported my work and always been in my corner through tough times. My mentors, Law Roach and Damien Lloyd have had a huge part in inspiring me and continuing to pursue fashion full force.

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Image Credits:

Photographers: Breyona Holt, Tobi Odukoya, Eugene Maddy
Makeup Artist: Jada Grey, Kerla Pamphile, Diamond @dimezaire, Shanice Jones
Styling: Toni Wilmot Hair: Fesa Nu,
Model: Santasia Green, Ramatha Sesay, Makayla London

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