Who Is Bevy Smith? 'Fashion Queens' Star Has Been a Trailblazer in the Industry for Years
The show you could easily describe as Fashion Police's more Bravo-ified little sister, Fashion Queens , is coming back for a third season on Nov. 9. That means another season full of real talk about celebrities, fashion, and the movers and shakers in the world of style. It also means another batch of episodes featuring our fabulous hosts, Derek J, Miss Lawrence, and of course Bevy Smith. Smith is not only the ringleader of this group of commentators, she's also one of the most well-regarded voices in the fashion industry. So let's get to know more about Bevy Smith before Sunday's premiere.
Season 2 of Fashion Queens was the first full-length season of the show, and Smith and her boys were still perfecting the format and learning the ropes. Now, with Season 3, the hosts are fully in control and ready to bring their reads and all of their (very strong) opinions to viewers and fashion fans. Of course, Smith has far more experience doling out compliments and criticisms than her Queens sidekicks, so it makes sense that she is the one steering this ship, and the one who gets the final say on whether a look is hot or not. See her holding her own against Miss Lawrence in this clip from last season.
Obviously Smith is not afraid to call it how she sees it. What else should we know about the style maven?
She's Worked Everywhere
Smith didn't just wake up one morning and decide she wanted her own TV show. Before ever appearing in the spotlight, she spent years working at Rolling Stone magazine as the Senior Director of Fashion Advertising, according to Essence. If that job sounds super shmancy, it's because it is. Before ascending to that position, she was also the Fashion and Beauty Advertising Director at Vibe, and she covered New York Fashion Week (only the biggest fashion industry gathering in the world) for Access Hollywood. That's quite the resume.
She Created Her Own Networking Brand
Not content to just be the best in one industry, Smith branched out into a different business by creating Dinner with Bevy, a networking company. Periodically, Smith herself hosts these exclusive, invite-only dinner parties for people from the fashion, music, philanthropy, and entertainment worlds. I can only imagine the collaborations that have come out of these events.
She's an Advocate for Plus-Sized Women in Fashion
As Smith told Essence, "Right now, I love the way I look most days. I never enter a room feeling insecure around a girl that's a size two or four." The host backs up that statement, dressing in clothes that show off her curves and draw attention to her body. And, according to The Advocate, she had this to say about designers who only believe their clothes can be worn by women with certain body types:
I think there’s always been room in fashion for women that like their bodies, that are comfortable with their bodies, and have good style. Fashion is a business, yet the designers still have an aesthetic that they want to work within, and once you go above a certain size you can’t fit a lot of designer fashion. I like nice clothes and I like certain designers, and I wear them, and I wear them in my own very specific way and I don’t make any apologies for it.
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