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She’s smart, sassy, and part of hip-hop royalty. The daughter of legendary rapper Rev Run (from Run DMC), Angela Simmons is no stranger to urban style. She’s used her love for fashion and business savvy to start the Pastry shoe line with her sister Vanessa, a collection of athletic shoes with feminine colors and designs. The Simmons sisters have even set out to inspire young fashionistas by partnering with famed toy company Mattel to create “So In Style” Barbies that are dressed in all-Pastry gear. Angela continues to attract photographers with her boho/glam style, and is always effortlessly chic, whether she’s shopping with friends or at a new movie premiere.

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Style Icon - June Ambrose

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She’s the woman behind the “comeback” fashions for celebrities like Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross. She styles hip-hop and movie royalty on a regularly basis, as her client list includes Jay-Z and Will Smith. She even makes expectant celebrities look and feel their best during this special time in their lives—Alicia Keys can attest to that. June Ambrose is definitely a stylish force to be reckoned with.

This red-lipped turban-donning fashion guru takes a personal approach to everything styling assignment. She states in a Huffington Post article, “Celebrities are…constantly being photographed and judged…I have to strip them down and build them back up…I need them to see themselves, not the person they want to be, but the person they are.” This psychology is what gives her the insight to suggest a form-fitting dress for a self-proclaimed tomboy, or a polished blazer for a reforming party girl.

Ambrose, a native of Antigua, has been enamored by fashion for as long as she can remember. “I used to cut up my grandmother’s curtains to make designer dresses for my Barbie dolls,” she recalls. She also recalls putting together fashion shows in elementary school; the parents of her schoolmates would attend, which further encouraged the young Ambrose to pursue a career dedicated to helping people look their best.

June’s advice for the everyday fashionista is to “keep it simple.” In her interview with the Huffington Post, she asserts “…people…feel like they need to overaccessorize. You have to balance your bold. … Head-to-toe leopard isn’t necessary unless it’s a Halloween soiree you’re going to.”

Ambrose’s sense of impeccable style is also evident in the way she dresses herself. Tailored blazers with matching shorts, eye-catching handbags and high heels, and of course the turban—her signature fashion statement, are signs that any clients is in very capable hands. June Ambrose has also landed a reality series, Styled by June, which chronicles the challenges and triumphs she faces when styling celebrity clients like Jaleel White and Michelle Williams.

You can catch June Ambrose’s show on VH1 for more of her expert fashion ideas, and check out some of her best looks here:

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Style Icon - Michelle Obama

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In what was one of the most significant elections worldwide in 2009, Barack Obama was the first Black man to ever claim the presidency. With worldwide support and campaign contributions Obama arguably became the most beloved of American World leaders since JFK.

Since then he has continued to break down barriers and wow us with unorthodox methods, policies, and actions that not only amaze, but that also deliver. That being said, it is a commonly held belief that behind every successful man there is a woman! And Michelle Obama seems to be the epitome of that sentiment.

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Style Icon - Jill Scott

Since her arrival on the scene in 2000 with he multi platinum selling album “Who is Jill Scott?”, Ms Scott has served as a style icon not only with her clothing, but with her exploration of natural hair. She has also succeeded in putting more full-figured women on the map by proving that one’s size is just an element of who they are and is beautiful regardless of the stereotypes. That being said in recent years after having her son, she has also slimmed down and has become an advocate for making healthy choices like eating a balanced diet and exercise.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry has been a beauty icon for decades, representing African American beauty in modeling campaigns, cosmetic commercials, and on the big screen. Even after two very public divorces and a lot of hardships in her personal life, she has always embodied a class and decorum that many young women still aspire to.

She has set the bar high and has been a trend setter since appearing in Spike Lee’s, Jungle Fever back in 1991.

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Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson was the first black woman to grace the cover of American Vogue in 1974 and has since continued to break down barriers and blaze the path for upcoming black models and actresses alike. And this is not her only claim to fame, as a businesswoman Ms Johnson has also done well for herself writing a book, launching her own line of wigs and hair products called the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection, as well as a restorative and styling hair care line with Target.

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