My name is Imari Simmons and I’m so grateful that I have been chosen to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista for spring 2013. I am a junior at Old Dominion University, and I’m from Richmond, Virginia. I major in fashion merchandising and I minor in journalism. I’ve always had an eye for fashion. My aunt, who lived with me in my younger years, is the reason why I am interested in fashion today. My aunt introduced me to fashion when I was in the first grade.
I can recall watching her get dressed and thinking to myself, boy oh boy I can’t wait until I’m in high school so I can dress like my auntie and wear what I want to wear. Ever since then I’ve had a keen eye for fashion. Menswear and shoes are my main interest. I love how Tyga, Kanye West and ASAP Rocky style themselves. They are never afraid to try something different and they don’t care what critics have to say or think about them. Another reason why I love menswear is because a lot of women are afraid to be different while with men you really don’t have to worry about that too much.
One celebrity that I could say defines my style is Teyana Taylor. I think we are very similar with the way we style ourselves. We both have our days when we want to dress down in a laid back 80’s look but with a modern twist. We also know how to dress up and be classy. Teyana Taylor is truly a Fashionista in my eyes and her style is just so unique to me. I would call it a classy, tomboy look.
Again I’m so grateful that I have been chosen to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista and I can’t wait to start taking photos of Fashionistas/os at Old Dominion University!