BORN & RAISED: Jamaica, Queens & Hempstead, LI
RESIDES: Brooklyn, NY
OCCUPATION: Wardrobe Stylist/DJ
XOGIRL: As a stylist, it’s your job to create a visual story through clothing. Have you always had an eye for seeing the vision in your head and then putting it all together?
KYNDAL: It’s interesting because initially I do see the entire vision in my head, however what I love so much about the creative process while styling is the transformation and ideas that arise in the very midst of it. As long as the end result meets or surpasses expectations and the client is pleased, I’m happy.
XOGIRL: How did you get your start working in fashion?
KYNDAL: I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology after getting my Bachelors in Marketing at Baruch College in Manhattan. I never thought to pursue it as a career because styling came very natural to me and frankly I was unaware at the time of the many careers fashion offered. After completing my first final project in my fashion styling course, I used my portfolio to get my first fashion internship at Rachel Roy.
XOGIRL: Being a stylist has its perks, the clothes, the people, the traveling but there can also be the not so glamorous part of it. Tell us about that and how you manage to love what you do regardless of the highs and lows?
KYNDAL: I too imagined the glamorous side before actually working in the industry. Capturing the perfect look and making people who are sometimes extremely picky or are sometimes insecure about their physique is work! I rode the subway with my suitcase full of my own clothes to work on shoots for free when I started. You must digest that it is a “business”. It’s not always about the vision of the stylist. It’s the client, the publication and sometimes the advertisers that must be in unison. When you have no time to prep, limited options from the one perfect designer, bad weather on an outdoor shoot are all challenges that arise. The fact that I love what I do is key to my success. If you do what you love, then you’re not working.
Check out the rest of the interview over at XO Girl Daily