Vixen Chat: Celebrity Stylist Shun Melson on Dressing Monica and Fantasia

Shun MelsonMeet Shun Melson, celebrity stylist and image consultant, who is the face behind the glamorous looks of Monica, Fantasia and Shannon Brown. Melson sat down with VIBE Vixen to discuss everything from how she became a fashion guru to what influences the looks of her clients.
—Sable Tempest

What sparked your interest in becoming a stylist?
I worked for 9 years as a shoe specialist, and met R&B singer Monica. I built a strong personal and professional relationship with her and when I was fired I contacted her to help organize her closet, which lead to me styling her.

What made you want to specifically want to work with celebrities?
I didn’t. My celebrity clients came from word of mouth. Celebrities would notice my work on Monica and begin to inquire about my services.

Who are some of your present clients?
Monica, Tiny, Fantasia, Kim Zolciak (Real House Wives of ATL), Shannon Brown (NBA), and TI to name a few.

Fantasia has made a huge transformation, tell us about it.
Last year, Fantasia went through a lot personally and when she was ready to get back on the scene and concentrate on herself and her look, she called me. I told her I wanted input with not only her clothing, but hair and make-up also. I made her sexy but with class and added some high-end looks.

Both Monica and Kim Zolciak’s pregnancy style were amazing, how did you find the perfect looks for their growing bellies?
Monica and Kim both never wore maternity clothes. I picked out things with elastic bands and as their bellies grew I leaned towards more dark and flowing pieces.

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