She is my spirit animal. At a time when I was searching desperately for some kind of visual representation of my style (or who I want to be when I grow up) I discovered June's show and was smitten. Her energy was contagious and I could feel her passion through the screen. When I finally joined Instagram she was one of the first people I followed and I've enjoyed watching her grow her career. She's truly been an inspiration. When I discovered she'd written a book I was overjoyed to add it to my collection and searched high and low for the hardcover with no luck. I settled on the paperback and felt her spirit leap out of the book with each turn of the page.
Throughout the panel they had models coming out to showcase updated takes on classic soul era styles and it was fun to see how things are kind of coming full circle. I loved what both Johnetta and June had to say about fashion and it's evolution and about black women's place in it, both in the past and the present. They are both so passionate about what they do and you can tell that they enjoy each other's company as well as respect the others work. And while they are both stylists' they are on somewhat opposite ends of the styling spectrum but yet have similar views on where fashion is going. All throughout the conversation I found myself nodding along to what they were saying about putting in the work in whatever it is you love to do and how important it is to treat your "freelance" as a business because it is. Not that I didn't know that, but it's nice to be reminded that just because you hustle doesn't mean that you shouldn't treat it the same you would a 9-5.
It should be noted that just as the panel was starting I text one of my BFF's in NYC (a fellow June lover) that she was 5 feet from and she sent back a slew of questions replete with exclamation points. She was the first to like my IG photo even though it was midnight back east. That's friendship. They stay up to see what the photo looks like. My drive home was pretty much a breeze as I replayed the events of the evening and mentally wrote captions for future photos. Once I got home and finished uploading my posts I put my phone down long enough to eat something and when I picked it up again I saw Johnetta had re-tweeted me again and June had liked my photo. JUNE LIKED MY PHOTO! I LIVE!!! (subsequently that is also the first text my BFF saw Friday morning.)
So yeah, I was pretty much on cloud nine for the rest of the evening.
And then I woke up. And Johnetta had commented on my photo. And June replied to AND re-tweeted me. I wanted to pass out from lightheaded giddiness and my husband was cracking up as I was tripping over my words while excitedly relaying all that had transpired in the last few hours. My cup had filled up and was running over.
Who's on your bucket list to meet?