Urban One Honors: June Ambrose

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The name June Ambrose is synonymous with a level of taste and success that few in the fashion industry possess.

She’s a creative director, author, costume designer, celebrity stylist, #Rockmom and social media maven, who has forged a career thanks to her fierce and fearless spirit. And with over 1 million followers across her multiple social media platforms, June’s influence is more widespread than ever.

That fearlessness got Ambrose her start at Uptown/MCA Records, helped her kickoff a career in styling, and inspired her to create some of the most iconic images we’ve seen in hip-hop, fashion and beyond.

And now, with a career that spans over two decades Ambrose has left an indelible mark as a style architect who’s been able to touch music, television, design, lifestyle, publishing and social media.

As a celebrity stylist Ambrose was extremely influential during a time when the impact of hip-hop culture was yet to be fully felt. She successfully masterminded and created a narrative different than the one that society was telling.

Case in point, she designed and put Missy Elliot in the unforgettable patent leather-and- vinyl suit seen in “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” video. She was the one who dressed P. Diddy and Masein those eye-catching metallic suits. She was behind the street-chic looks in Hype Williams’ cult classic film ‘Belly.’ And she is most definitely the woman who helped Jay Z become the fashion icon he is today.

With over 200 music videos under her belt and multiple world tours, it’s no wonder that Vibe has called her a “visionary,” New York Magazine dubbed her a “modern-day hip-hop Holly Golightly,” Whas labeled her rap’s own Edith Head, and The Coveteur has referred to her as the” heart and soul of the fashion styling world.”

Her list of clients reads like a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers including Zoe Saldana, Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington, Kelly Ripa, Luther Vandross, the Backstreet Boys, Kim Cattrall, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Garcelle Beauvais, Gabrielle Union and Ciara.

With a sharp sartorial eye and a wealth of knowledge, Ambrose was motivated her to share her wisdom with the masses and penned Effortless Style (Simon & Schuster Publishing), every woman’s guide to being chic.

Stepping out from behind the scenes, her expertise has regularly been called upon for television. She has shared her wisdom on shows like “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” MTVand “The View” –just to name a few. She was also cast as a judge on the reality show “Rock the Cradle” and appeared on the first season of “X Factor USA” as a style expert. But the world really got to know June and her larger-than-life personality when VH1 tapped her for her own show, “Styled by June.”

In 2013, following her collaboration with Selima Optics on two lines of sunglasses, Ambrose expanded her empire by launching a signature line of footwear for HSN.

Ambrose’s knowledge base and influence makes her a highly sought after personality in the corporate world. She has collaborated with several major companies, including — Coca Cola, McDonald’sRevlon/VogueDegree DeodorantBali ShapewearState Farm InsuranceCaressTide and LG Signature Kitchens.

Able to relate to the everyday woman, while remaining an aspirational figure, Ambrose encourages her social media community (aka her #Juniverse) to go after their dreams and look fierce at the same time. And lest you believe her influence stops at style, she’s also expanded into the food and fitness markets. Coining the hashtag #RockMomChronicles, June takes her followers along as she offers a transparent look at what it means to be a businesswoman, wife, and mother of two, who can whip up nutritious meals and hit the gym before most have even opened their eyes for the day.

Ambrose has been booked for several speaking engagements for organizations like the Black Retail Action Group (B.R.A.G.) and institutions like the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Leadership Institute and Howard University.

What makes June and her brand one-of-a-kind is her infectious energy. Her passion, bravado, grace and larger-than-life presence make her a force that everyone wants to reckon with. As she forges ahead, her signature zest for life is bound to make her next moment even grander than the last.

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