June Ambrose: The woman behind the celebrity
NEW YORK —Stylist June Ambrose helped remake the images of Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey as they were preparing comebacks, but there’s one icon she didn’t get to remake: Whitney Houston.
With the singer readying a return to the spotlight with the upcoming movie “Sparkle” and new music, working with Houston was a real possibility. But Houston died Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammys.
On her new VH1 show, “Styled by June,” the Antigua native helps struggling celebrities look their best. The show airs Mondays (9:30 p.m.).
Q: Who else would you like to style?
A: I like broken starlets. ... I would love to get like a Courtney Love. Lindsay Lohan I’d be brilliant with.
Q: What’s it like getting celebrities to trust you?
A: Celebrities are quite defensive by nature. ... They’re constantly being photographed and judged, and social media controls so much of how they feel about themselves. ... I have to strip them down and build them back up. ... I need them to see themselves, not the person they want to be, but the person that they are.
Q: When were you bitten by the fashion bug?
A: I was smitten and bitten by fashion from inception. When I came out of my mother’s womb I was like, “Where are my designer diapers?” ... In preschool, ... I got all the parents together and I produced a fashion show.
Q: What is the most common mistake putting together an outfit?
A: Fit is a factor. When you think about the ’20s and the ’40s (and) how structured fashion was — that’s why I say it’s the return of the lady and the dandy because people are starting to pay a lot more attention to fit.