Today we’d like to introduce you to Devontae “Slim” Goodwin.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Fashion has always been a major creative outlet for me to express myself. When it comes to style, I find myself to be very fluid… I’m not afraid to try different things outside of my comfort zone! My journey began in high school with an interest in modeling leaning more towards runway because I love the element of high fashion.
As a man that is 5 feet 8 inches, I found it hard to find my footing in the industry as a runway model. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized I didn’t need to model to be a part of the fashion industry and that’s when my interest for styling started. First, just as fashion advice or tips to friends and family then later evolving to styling. It wasn’t until August of 2020 when I graduated (Roll Tide) and moved to California did I decide to pursue a career in styling. I began with TFP (Trade For Print) or Collaborations, later moving to E-commerce styling, to now interning for Key Stylists. Day by Day, I continue to strive to improve my skills so I can in the future be a prominent Key Stylist.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t believe it’s ever a smooth road starting off in an industry like this. Something that I learned growing up is although you may be going through a challenging time in life, it could be someone going through struggles ten times worst so I always just give thanks. I’ve overcome a handful of struggles, but I think it’s important to look past the struggles and focus on the blessings. Since moving to LA back in August, I have been blessed in more ways than one. I have had the opportunity and honor to work with an array of creatives with skills that surpassed my own. With each encounter, I am able to walk away with an experience that I can use to improve my skills and my craft and for that, I am forever thankful.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Fashion and E-commerce stylist who loves editorial photo shoots. As I move further along in my career and build my knowledge on the vast history of fashion, I wish to transition to being a Runway Stylist. I also own a men’s grooming business, Thee Real Beard Care, which includes natural oils, conditioners, and shampoos for a healthy beard.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Like Nike, Just Do It. Once I let go of my fears and just went after what I wanted everything began to fall into place. I learn something new every day and put in a lot of hard work. I’m still at the beginning of my career so I have a lot to learn, but step by step I try to continue to improve. Find a mentor and an internship where you are getting valuable industry experience and knowledge. Don’t be afraid to fill spaces with your light and always be yourself.
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