THEGRAYSTYLE PRESENTS - JOIEE THORPE

ESSENCE MAGAZINE - FASHION EDITOR

Hi Joiee!! Briefly introduce yourself...describe your educational and professional background, passions in life and why you’re drawn to the Fashion Industry.

 

I am Brooklyn born and raised. I have a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations. I started in the Industry as an Intern at Marie Claire Magazine and went on to be Accessories Editor at Teen People Magazine. I left the industry for a while to join an acting conservatory. I love the arts and acting is one of my big passions. Fashion is a big passion as well, so I returned to the industry as a TV Stylist for Instyle and People StyleWatch magazines. Now I am the Fashion Editor at Essence Magazine!

 

 

 

 

What is an average workday like?

 

An average day varies from day to day but typically I go on market appointments to view collections for the season and pull for fashion stories. I style fashion pages and I have gotten to style a few of our covers which is very cool.

 

 

Describe your personal sense of style; favorite style season; Where do you love to shop and why?

 

I’m a bit of a schizophrenic! I change with the wind. I can go from being a 70’s love child to an edgy girl in spiked heels. I love the summer because anything flowy with a split and I can wear minimal clothing makes me happy LOL. I’m a bit spoiled and I love a good sample sale to tell you the truth, especially for investment pieces. I have to say I hit up Zara, Shopbop, Aritzia for deals but if I could wear Chloe and Balmain every day I would hahaha.  I love so many different mainstream designers from Ramy Brook & Milly to Jill Stuart and it’s hard to lock myself into one type of style.

NYC Fashion week is approaching, where can we find during this exciting time? What shows will you be attending and who are your most favorite designers, stylists etc.…

 

 

I will definitely be attending shows during New York City Fashion week! Milly, Jill Stuart, Cushnie Et Ochs, Alexander Wang, and Bibhu to name a few. Designers are now having presentations and I am very curious to see what Tracy Reese will do this season.

 

If you experienced any challenges in the Fashion Industry (current job or past job), please describe them along with steps taken to help you overcome those challenges.

 

I have experienced challenges being African American and craving to work in high fashion. The industry was very different several years ago and it wasn’t as open to diversity. Now it’s a melting pot! So all I had to do was wait it out LOL. But seriously, if you are determined you can accomplish anything! New York City teaches you that.

 

Who inspires and influences you most?

 

 

All of my friends and the people/artist I work with inspire me the most because we all struggle in this industry to have a voice! I really admire the work of Edward Enninful at W mag which is really cool. But there are so many great stylists on my list. My Mom would supersede everyone because without her cool sense of style, I may not have discovered fashion as my sense of individuality at a young age.

 

 

 

Describe some of your accomplishments working as a Fashion Editor/Stylist at Essence; accomplishments you’re most proud of.

 

 

I am most proud of creating art with the fashion pages. I also love showing women, who assume they can’t wear things, which they can be adventurous with fashion and step outside of their comfort zone.

 

If you had the opportunity to offer advice to those wanting to be involved in the Fashion Industry, what would that advice be?

 

 

If I had the opportunity to offer advice to those wanting to be involved in the Fashion Industry, I would say it’s a great industry and evolving very quickly so if it’s your passion go after it!