Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniell Davis.
Daniell, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got started after my beautician made me realize I could make a career out of wardrobe styling. Every time she saw me, she’d compliment my outfit, and tell me I could make it in the fashion industry. I was out of college with a biology degree I could barely use since most places at entry level, wanted you to have at least two years of work experience. So, I did what most kids did right after college, I tried to hurry and find a job before Sallie Mae at the time kicked in! For two years, I thought about what could happen if I took a leap of faith and went for a passion I had no clue about. Looking back, I dedicated my undergrad to Biology but, I chose to take that leap of faith trusting the universe and God would protect me every step of the way. I had no knowledge about fashion, let alone resources at the beginning and I was terrified. I had no clue what I was doing, but the young terrified me grabbed some guts. I found my way into the fashion industry after countless follow-ups with stylists and networking, which lead to so many opportunities. I owe styling, teaching myself how to sketch, and creating pieces all to the part of me that wouldn’t give up on the days I thought my efforts would go nowhere.
Great, 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?
It’s been a stankin’ rollercoaster but fun nonetheless! Some days are great and some days I might lie to myself and say, “I want to give up” but then, I’d have to conform and that’s a pill I won’t swallow. Bottom line is, the things we want most in life aren’t easy to get, and that’s the trade off when you’re working for your passion. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It was very hard for me because I was out of college, my friends weren’t into fashion like me, and I knew no one outside of the biology field. This meant I had to make new friends (sigh!). Networking is scary, it’s truly high school all over again as an “adult.” You’re forced to put yourself out there hoping for the best, and all you can really do is put your best foot forward, trust your gut, and be true to yourself. My advice to other women, especially black women, would be to move with confidence even if you’re not sure. Focus and simply remember, you know what you know, and nothing can shake you unless you let it. It’s easy to look at what other people are doing, and lose focus. But when you stay in your lane, you start to notice there’s no traffic, and it’s a discipline to constantly remind yourself, you can have whatever you want as long as you believe you can have it.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a wardrobe stylist, and I’m known for my crazy eclectic, edgy, sexy styles. I’m most proud of the fact that when I dress someone, it’s something that makes them look at themselves differently. Like, “damn! I never would have thought about that together…” Especially, when I’m working with someone that hasn’t pushed their limits. I’m the poster child for, “let’s see what happens!” I love helping women find they’re sexy!
What sets me apart from others is that I aim to dress apart from the tide. Trends are great for people who aren’t sure what to wear, but I love to go the extra mile and think, how can I make this crazier or sexier? I have my Belizean culture to thank for that part of me. When it comes to a party, there are absolutely NO boundaries with the attire, and taking crazy risks is a must! It calls for being bad and bold, so I keep that vibe no matter what I wear.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
Without a doubt, my mom is a key woman that has inspired me. As a child, I looked up to no one but her. She’s one sassy and resilient Belizean woman. She came to America as a child with basically nothing, and she made something of herself when the odds were against her. She’s definitely a huge part of who I’ve become, and she’s embedded so much knowledge and game in me that I can’t be played with. She did a pretty good job on me if I don’t say so myself haha!
My girl squad is also a source of inspiration because it helps when you have like-minded people close to you hustling. When I see my girls working hard, it pushes me to level up on myself and keep going. It’s very important to have a network of positive people supporting each other, especially if you don’t have a family.
From a creative aspect, I have to give some glory to Rihanna. She also inspired me to believe anything is possible, and it didn’t matter how small you started. To leave her home and blossom into the big boss she’s become, that gives me hope. She’s representing for all the Caribbean girls around the world, and I hope to lead by example one day. She is my style muva for sure!
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