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Meet Trailblazer Stephanie Michelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Michelle.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Stephanie Michelle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story has been over three decades in the making. As a little girl in Compton, Ca. I always dreamed of how much fun it would be to travel and dress all of the models I saw in the magazines. When I was growing up, the word stylist was only used in reference to a hairstylist. So, I could not describe what I wanted to do as an adult because I did not know what to call it. As I grew older, I liked to volunteer and was good with talking to people making them feel good about themselves and helping them. Naturally, my actions labeled me with being a good little helper.

Enter my teen years. Every school event was an opportunity to put my talents to work. I would convince some of the parents that I knew what their daughters wanted to wear to an event and they would trust me to help them find the looks for them. The spark in me was ignited and I was in my element.

My spark was quickly dimmed when my father, my mentor died. I was a daddy’s girl and a momma’s girl. When he died, something in me went mute. I lost my voice, my drive, my will, and my creativity. From that moment on, I spent the next decade or so doing what I thought would make my family happy and whole. I went to school for a career in health care because it was a sound career that met the needs of my family requirement of finding a career that I could use forever. I struggled through school and I never felt whole until…

In the late ’30s, my world was changing. I just completed my Master’s Degree, my husband and I were having our fourth child, and I felt like I was getting a second chance at life. I went on a chance meeting and I was reintroduced to MY WORLD of fashion via styling and teaching women. I prayed for my voice, my creativity,
God’s guidance, and an opportunity. That is exactly what happened. Here I am today, Owner of Styled by Stephanie Michelle. I am the Coach of Style and Personal Stylist teaching women how to obtain the Power of Style. I use all off my professional skills, personal talent, and God-given gifts on all of my clients.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Living out your dream in a professional manner presents some obstacles and challenges. Some of the obstacles are: making sure you stay relevant. I try to do this by staying current with my target market, latest trends, staying true to my uniqueness, studying my craft on a DAILY basis just to name a few. Another obstacle is when you put your name/brand on the line and you receive a “NO.” It can be defeating. I have learned to use the No’s as fuel/motivation for my next. One of my biggest challenges is balance. I love what I do so much, I have to make sure I have balance. My husband makes sure I stay grounded and sane.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
My work as a stylist incorporates working with private clients by refreshing their style and creating workable looks for them ultimately transforming and enhancing their visual presence while saving them time, money, and effort getting dressed effectively. I am my client’s personal shoppers and I help them maintain their closets. My business also has services designed for wardrobe/closet audits and rehab. My services do not end with simply getting a client styled for work or an event. There is more.

As a Style Coach, I teach women the Power of Style. The Power of Style is a program designed for the women that are ready to step up her visual presence and is either not sure how to do it or wants more intense training. Teaching my program is done in a couple of different ways. One way is to access the program is by taking the online version. Another way to access the program is to work directly with me one-on-one. I have one-on-one’s that start every other month. One of the more intense ways to access the program is to attend the Power of Style 3-day Intensive in California. The 3-day is designed to create a space for the serious women who are ready to unleash a new version of herself. In this setting, the women learn that their look is not just about clothes. Working with a full team allows my fabulous ladies to work hands-on with experts in beauty, skin, and attire. The great thing about the 3-day Intensive is the investment that the women make changes in how they view themselves for the rest of their lives.

As my business has grown, the opportunities to share my expertise through speaking has become a powerful platform and a wonderful experience for me. Speaking to groups allows me to directly connect with an audience. It is also an opportunity to share some of my techniques and powerful changes that can only be experienced LIVE. Some of my client and corporation connections have come from being able to speak directly to my market.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Early in my childhood, my mother and father had job opportunities that would move us from New York to California. Our family moved to Compton, Ca. near my extended family. I was raised with my older sister, my parents, and my close extended family in a loving and creative environment. I was not raised with a lot of money but I was becoming rich from my family’s talent and knowledge, God-fearing living, volunteering and being an active kid.

My parents divorced when I was in grade school. Luckily my parents remained friends. In my mid-teens, my father passed away. We were extremely close. This is when my life drastically changed. I had to learn how to show my talents on my own.

If anything my formative years set me up for success in the following ways: My early years taught me how to be hungry and go after what I want. I appreciate the smallest things in life. Also all of the lessons my parents taught me early in life, I had to rely on them in my late teens and early 20’s and now again in my 40’s.

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Beautiful You Studios/Candace Perry, Model (with hat): Latasha Roach

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