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Thursday, March 3, 2011

MIMI's Hot 21: Marian Kihogo: The Stylista (No. 008)

Written By: MIM!MIMI's resident stylista, Marian Kihogo, sat down with MIMI to share her perspective on Soul. Substance. Style.

MIM!: Tell us, Marian Kihogo is ...
Marian Kihogo: A Celebrity Personal Stylist, Fashion Stylist, Fashion Writer, Creative Consultant and Editor of—a comprehensive fashion, beauty and culture site in a personal weblog format.

MIM!: In three words, how would you describe the Marian Kihogo styling aesthetic?
Marian Kihogo: Personalised to client.

MIM!: What accomplishment in your career are you most proud of?
Marian Kihogo: Renewing self confidence through my styling, seeing clients featured in best dressed lists, assisting people find a sense of self by discovering who they are style wise.

MIM!: Who inspires you?
Marian Kihogo: The honest, the compassionate, the individual and the unapologetically fearless!

MIM!: What inspires you?
Marian Kihogo: Art from every period and genre. People. Anthropology. Culture. Travel—I have an intense wanderlust. Photography. Architecture. People watching—I draw endless inspiration from just watching people go by! Their experiences and cultures come through in their personal style. English literature. The work of Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Koomson, Edwidge Danticat etcetera. African literature by writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariam Ba, Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Chinua Achebe etc. Music by Grace Jones, Youssou N'Dour, Nina Simone, Angélique Kidjo, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Salif Keita etcetera. Film—independent film, period films, silent films, the work of the late Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène etc

MIM!: Complete the sentence: "To me being an African woman means ..."
Marian Kihogo: Being God fearing, giving, resourceful, creative and resilient!

(Photo Credits: © Vanessa Jackson)