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Celebrity Stylist Jason Bolden creates the wardrobes of some of Hollywood’s hottest including Ava Duvernay (Director of Selma and Wrinkle in Time), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), and Tara Shahidi (Grown-ish). And the celeb who started his styling career? That would be actress Gabrielle Union! 

Amuze.com caught up with Jason to chat all things women of color in fashion, how relaxed luxury defines his style aesthetic, and what he likes to splurge on. 

Tell us about how you got started in the celebrity styling business and why you decided to pursue it as a full time career... 
I got started in this business of celebrity styling with one of my best friends, Gabrielle Union! It’s so awesome to be able to help women of color on their fashion journey.

What is JSN Studio about? 
JSN STUDIO is the interdisciplinary company I co-founded with my husband, consisting of a growing team of individuals who support the breadth of my creative output. Everything from styling to creative direction and interior design.

What’s your style aesthetic? 
Relaxed luxury. I like to think about how people in the 70s vacationed...chic but with so much ease! 

Nothing But Good @prada Vibes w/ @yarashahidi #JSNstyleteam

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How would you describe your personal style? 
I live in a The Row oversized sweater, vintage t-shirt under it and APC jeans with Jordan’s or Vans! It’s my uniform! 

What do you splurge on? 
Art and jewelry.

What inspires you to create looks for your celebrity clients? 
Each of my clients inspire me. They are all so strong and smart. 

What has been the most surreal moment for you?
Everyday getting to work with some people who are changing what the images are for brown people.


Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her? 

Martina McBride. I landed her over the phone at one of my first jobs.

If you could only live in one designer’s clothing for the rest of your life, who would it be and why? 
It would have to be Hermes. Only because I could live in their cashmere sweaters and swim trunks everyday! 

What is your current fashion obsession? 
Everything Valentino couture.

What’s one trend you’re not into? 
Lip injections. 


What was your first job? 
At an Enzo shoe store back home in St. Louis, Mo.

Best fashion tip? 
Do You!

What is your must-have beauty product? 
Kiehl’s moisturizer. 

Do you have a secret make-up tip? 
Water.

Do you have a hobby? 
Being with my husband.

What's your single most favorite item of clothing in your wardrobe? 
It's actually a piece of jewelry. My charm necklace.

Another Great Moment w/ @ava in Custom @gretaconstantine #JSNstyleteam

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Can you describe your style in just three words? 

Relaxed, smart, chic.

Who's your style icon? 
Everyone from the late 60s.

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? 
My grandmother told us to pay attention and listen. You learn so much more. 

What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear? 
That I can’t stop cleaning! It calms me before any big meeting or red carpet. 

If you could style one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? 
Princess Diana, she was a rebel!

 

THE QUICK FIVE:

NY or LA? 
Both.

Red carpet or street style? 
Red carpet.

Night in or night out? 
Night in.

Brights or pastels?
Black or navy.

Hosiery with open-toed heels - yay or nay? 
N
ay

Check out Jason's JSN Studio website HERE and follow him on Instagram HERE.

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