Career Nuts & Bolts...
I look at the world through the lens of fashion and culture. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate at Brunel University London researching Sociology and Cultural Studies. My focus is culture, bias and power disparity. I am a member of the Society for Gender Professionals and elected co-chair to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
I hold a MA (with Distinction) in Fashion Communication: Fashion Critical Studies at Central Saint Martins in London (2020); a BA in Speech Communications from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (2001); and a cosmetology diploma from Graham Webb International Academy (2005).
Editorially, I have written for Fashion Unfiltered and was a contributing editor for The Washington Post's Fashion Washington. As a beauty artist and fashion stylist for 15+ years, my work has been published and seen in Vogue Italia, The Washington Post, CNN-Anderson Cooper 360, Meet the Press, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and Good Day DC.
I have 10+ years in the advertising industry as a consultant, multi-media strategist, and content creator; and have worked for U.S. media companies The Washington Post, Lee Enterprises, Sinclair Broadcast Group and OUTFRONT Media. In 2019, I served on the board of the American Advertising Federation-D.C. chapter. With a diverse media background in digital, broadcast, print and out-of-home, I have scope of understanding the digital age transformation of traditional media with the integration of programmatic innovation technology.
The Back Story...
My personal relationship to fashion began as a little girl who came from a working class, Slavic immigrant family in Binghamton, New York.
Growing up, my fashion plates were the women in my family who valued style and gave me the freedom to express my own. Early on, I felt an emotional connection to clothes and accessories. I fell in love with the joy that I found in fashion- which allowed me to be seen, even if I didn’t always feel heard.
(Photo: w/Great-grandfather and Grandmother)