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I’ve had this idea for a while now and it has been weighing on my mind. I want to do more than help you create cute outfits. Don’t get me wrong, ain’t nothing wrong with that, I could live on it any day, everyday. However, there are different sides of fashion, we can’t all be models or fashion bloggers. Do you have a passion for fashion?  Fret not, I got you. I want to tell you more about this different fashion careers through features and interviews.

  •  Fashion journalists
  • Make up artists
  • Stylists
  • Models
  • Fashion bloggers
  • Designers
  • Hairstylists
  • Photographers
  • Fashionpreneurs

Today I talk to stylist Winnie Odande. You’ve probably heard of her but if not, you’ll know what you need by the end of this post.w-o-fitndiscover-1-4

1. What undergraduate did you study?

I have a Diploma in Business Administration.

2. How old are you?

I am 30 years old.

3. When did you start styling and how did you get into it?

I am now two years in the business. I have always loved fashion and been passionate about it. What I never thought was that this is what I would end up doing as a career. I always say God used people to drive me to it. I’d go to work and pals would ask me to get them stuff similar to what I have. The guys would want stuff for their girlfriends and slowly as I started providing the personal shopping services I realised I loved it, it came naturally for me and I could actually do it. That’s how I found myself in the fashion world.Fitndiscover

4. What challenges do you face?

Since it is an especially new concept in Kenya, convincing people that styling is not just for the affluent in society but anyone who wears clothes needs and should have a stylist has been quite a task. I must say though that people have become more open to the idea and unlike before, it’s way easier for them to embrace it.

Another challenge is that since ours is more of a creative industry, sometimes it’s hard for people to appreciate your work and the price points you have since unlike other professions the quantifiable value isn’t easily seen. W.O fitndiscover-4

5. What would you advise a young person who’s looking to pursue a career in styling?

What I always tell them is before you get into this do your research. Take your time, find out if this is really what you want, understand your market then brand yourself according to how you want to be defined.

6. What do you do apart from styling?

I do this full-time aside from blogging. Check out her personal blog fitndiscover.com) and content creation for various publications.

7. How would you describe your style?

My style is chic and ecclectic.

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Winnie has worked with quite a number of publications. Apart from being a personal stylist to different individuals, I have also styled media personalities and TV Show hosts. In 2014 I got to work as an assistant stylist for Coca Cola Carnival ad for the World Cup 2014. I am the resident stylist for Ajuma Nasenyana’s, Ajuma Limited, formerly known as City Models Africa, portfolio shoots. I do personal styling projects, editorial stuff and I have styled the cover models of Salon Magazine for two issues among others.

Want to find out more about Winnie? Find her on all your favorite social sites and follow her.

Instagram: @fitndiscover

Twitter: @fitndiscover

Facebook: FitnDiscover

G+: +WinnieOdande

Have any other questions for Winnie? Write them on the comment section down under and I’ll get her to answer them. Have a great week.

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