Meet 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.
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.
How does your personal style influence how you style others?
It doesn’t. I style my clients by their personality. Monica style is more timeless and classy, while Kim (Zolciak) goes for a more edgy, rock star look.
What is your personal style?
All over the place. I can go from looking like I am going to the White House, to a rap video, to men’s wear, to a very girly look. I am obsessed with clothes. I feel like I can pull off anything. My daily looks usually goes by my mood when I wake up.
There are many aspiring stylist in the industry, what are some tips to help young stylists get their work seen?
Intern under someone to get the real life situation and try to work in a retail store to get to know about the quality of products.
What do you plan to do 3 years form now?
To have 2-3 stylists working under me and to develop a little boys’ line. I have 2 sons who I love to dress.