Meet Angie Hansen.
She's a multiethnic, shopping obsessed woman with a love for pho noodles. Growing up in a house hold of with four older brothers, Angie has a strong female presence that's is incredibly refreshing. Her sentences are statements, not suggestions. She holds her head high and doesn't second guess.
Angie has an amazing story of starting from the bottom and working her way up. Quite literally, she work on the floor doing retail for Kate Spade coordinating with corporate and styling their displays to appeal to the local shoppers. Now, Angie is a stylist for Amazon and Nordstrom -- and just so happens to model, too. Well, because she's gorgeous. Take a look at what she has to say.
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Bellevue, WA with 4 older brothers in a household ruled by sports. And even though I played competitive sports for almost twenty years, I was definitely not a tomboy! The childhood memories I do have are punctuated by fashion memories like throwing a tantrum at Nordstrom when I couldn't get red sparkly shoes, or how I would sneak into my mom's room to try on her heels. After college, I worked in the athletic industry for a few years before I decided to listen to that inner voice that always knew fashion is where my heart is. Eventually, I would love to be a fashion consultant and creative director for brands that align with my personal aesthetic. From here the sky is the limit!
What do you do as a stylist?
I spend the the majority of my time working at Amazon and Nordstrom's e-commerce studios. At Amazon, I prepare and style anything and everything you find on their website (from car parts to bedding to beauty and beyond!). When I'm at Studio N with Nordstrom, I work in the "On Figure" department where I help prepare the clothing for their product models. For freelance wardrobing shoots, I get to use my creative instincts to create looks for the client. My favorite thing is wardrobing photo shoots and seeing the models bring my looks to life!
How did you get into the Fashion industry and what do you love about it?
I got into fashion and beauty through dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading. I loved the costumes and the sparkle and how they could transform me into a different version of myself. The freedom of expression and the fleeting nature of fashion intrigues me; every time you get dressed is a new opportunity to express a feeling or play a different character.
What is your advice for someone getting into the Fashion Industry?
You just have to start somewhere, and grow from there. Retail is a great way to get into the fashion and beauty industry and many employers look to see if you have put your time in on the retail floor. For e-commerce studio positions, don't be afraid to get your foot in the door any way you can even, if it isn't your first choice position. Once you're in, it's much easier to transition roles and you'll be even more well rounded!
#WOW | Words of Wisdom
I've always loved this quote by Coco Chanel, "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." Fashion isn't always about what you are wearing, it is the way clothes make you feel and make others feel around you. Tom Ford once said, that dressing well is a sign of respect and good manners to those around you (paraphrase). Use your clothes to let yourself shine! What we wear gives others a glimpse into our personality and a fuller picture of who we are.