I first met Nigel Isaiah when I was working as the Associate Publisher of The Daily Front Row. Each week, he would play my Trivia Tuesday on Twitter along with hundreds of other brands, influencers and movers and shakers. Even then, his passion for the industry stood out.
Fast forward to today, and Isaiah has paved a path for himself through hard work and determination. In the often transient and challenging world of fashion, he has not let set backs get him down. If the path he has chosen hit a bump, he created a bridge. If he felt something wasn't being covered in the mainstream media, he rectified it. It's been such a joy and an honor to watch this evolution, the most recent result, his online magazine The 25 Most Stylish Black Women in Fashion. — ANGELA GILLTRAP
How did the idea of The 25 Most Stylish Black Women in Fashion come about? Originally, I was going to pitch The 25 Most Stylish Black Women in Fashion to another magazine as a big online feature, but one day on my way home, a little voice told me to turn the idea into a magazine. It felt like the right thing to do.
What criteria did you use to choose each feature? I wanted to find women who inspire. Some of these ladies I’ve met during my time working in the industry, and others I had help getting in contact with, but what I think unites all of them, is they inspire you to work hard, stand out and to do it all in style.
Why is this something you feel was important to the industry? This is important because fashion’s diversity problem goes beyond the runway. Black models matter, and so do black editors, buyers, and influencers. It’s important for women of color and other industry insiders to know that these women exist and their voices influence.
Have you been surprised by the feedback you've received? Yes, I have. During fashion week, it was great to run into people who enjoyed the project. It’s always dope when someone —especially a peer—supports your work; it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
How important for you is it to create something new rather than contribute to something that already exists? Extremely important! What Hedi Klum says about fashion on Project Runway is true, one day you're in, and the next day, you're out, so investing in yourself and having something to fall back on always keeps you with one foot in the door.
What projects do you have coming up in the future that we need to keep our eye out for? Later this year you can look out for The 25 Most Stylish Black Men in Fashion and a special project called For The Culture both coming out this Fall.