Nuts & Bolts...
I am a Lecturer and PhD Researcher based in London examining fashion and culture with a focus on beauty norms, bias and power. As an active member of the Society of Gender Professionals, I co-chair the Diversity & Inclusion committee.
Academically, my credentials include a MA (with Distinction) in Fashion Communication: Fashion Critical Studies from 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) with an current cosmetology license.
Editorially, I have written for Fashion Unfiltered and was a contributing editor for Fashion Washington. As a beauty artist and fashion stylist for 15+ years, my work has been seen in Vogue Italia, The Washington Post, CNN-Anderson Cooper 360, Meet the Press, Good Morning America, Good Day New York and Good Day DC.
With 10+ years in the advertising industry as a consultant, multi-media strategist, and content creator, I 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.
The Back Story...
My personal relationship to fashion began as a little girl who came from a working class, Slavic immigrant family in New York with parents who were both first generation Americans.
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 fashion which allowed me to be seen, even if I didn’t always feel heard. Fashion has always been my creative joy of self-expression and a passion of love!
(Photo: w/Great-grandfather and Grandmother)