FOR AKERS, FASHION IS NOT ONLY ABOUT LUXURY; IT’S ABOUT INSPIRING HER CLIENTS TO EXPRESS THEIR AUTHENTIC SELVES.
Zerina Akers is a fashion stylist who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and is currently the personal stylist and wardrobe curator for Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Her influence recently gained her a buzz-worthy feature on Vogue.com last year discussing her plans for Beyoncé’s ever-evolving style transformation. Zerina’s client list has also included Chloe and Halle, Ava DuVernay, and Yara Shahidi.
Akers is no stranger to fashion—she started as a fashion closet intern at W Magazine, she worked amongst talents like Alex White, Karl Temper, and Camilla Nickerson. Afterwards, she began freelancing at W and other fashion publications such as WWD and Harper’s Bazaar. In between pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from L.I.M., she worked under the tutelage of fashion’s most accomplished stylists and editors, such as Camilla Nickerson, Lori Goldstein and B. Åkerlund.
Throughout the trajectory of her career, whether curating celebrity’s wardrobe or styling an ad campaign, Akers has proven to be an extremely passionate risk taker or self-proclaimed “you-only-live-oncer.” Always willing to go against the grain, she loves experimenting with ‘70s disco and ‘80s style, drawing inspirations from nature, history and mixing low-end with high-end brands.
For Akers, fashion is not only about luxury; it’s about inspiring her clients to express their authentic selves. Beyond the brand names and glitz, style starts with the person first. She cares deeply about motivating people to take a confident and secure approach to fashion, helping them select pieces they’ll really love. Effectively, she aims to celebrate each client’s differences, beauty and all of the things that contribute to the unique spirit of each person.
Whether she’s helping clients build a strong closet, searching for new designers, or rebranding commercial style, Akers is always on the move.
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In 2020 Zerina founded Black Owned Everything™. A medium for creating meaningful and long lasting participation for black-owned businesses in global commerce with a focus on fashion, beauty, design, and lifestyle brands.
To learn more, visit blackownedeverything.co