Denise Styless is one of today’s hottest wardrobe stylists. Growing up in the Bronx, Styless rose to prominence in 2019 and her career skyrocketed from there in a short five years. She has been featured in Vogue, People, Buzzfeed, and many other media outlets.
Photographer: Tatsiana Berting
Beauty News NYC’s Robert Frezza sat down with the humble wardrobe stylist to discuss her techniques, the wildest celebrity she ever styled, and how she is ever so grateful to give back to her community.
You started in 2019 and rose in your career pretty quickly. Did you always want to become a wardrobe stylist?
Yes, I always had a sense of style since young. It was a short run. I really want to give back to the community at this point.
What do you want to give back to the community?
Model casting, and I do want to start food drives in the Bronx as well. I want to speak to the kids in the schools. I want to make a change in my community.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My grandmother. She was always into fashion. She had a big sewing machine in her room. She passed in 2019 and left me something and that motivated me to get straight into the industry. She definitely motivated me a lot.
Who was the biggest celebrity you styled?
River Mason. He’s twelve years old. I’ve been styling him for two years now. (Rah Digga’s nephew and award-winning actor and model.) Fat Man Scoop as well. I was honored to work with him. I grew up listening and dance to his music when I was young.
How do you approach each celebrity that you style?
I do have a certain eye for them. I go to their Instagram to see what they like. I sometimes spice it up and give it some extra work. I always have a vision or an eye for who I work with. I work with actresses, including Katherine Nunez. It’s not always music and hip-hop; I work with models as well.
Your fashions made it into Vogue. Was that a big career highlight?
I have so much to celebrate, and being in Vogue was definitely part of it. I was Josh Colon’s assistant stylist for the day. He is so creative. That was dope. When I found it made to Vogue, it was amazing.
What’s next for you?
Right now, I am working and giving back to my community. I want to give Bronx its own shine right now. Wherever God takes me….
Advice that you can give fashion stylists or designers that follow in your footsteps?
Stay focused. It gets rough. You can lose a lot of people during this journey but stay consistent and believe in yourself and believe in God.