BBH editor Irene Shelley speaks to Thandiekay

Black Beauty & Hair editor Irene Shelley speaks to beauty website Thandiekay on how she got into the editing game and who her fashion influences are

‘I never set out to have a career in journalism. I enjoyed English and Art at school.  Then, from my mid-teens I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. I did my BA at Ravensbourne College of Art and them my MA at St Martin’s School of Art. When I graduated I worked as a designer for a while and then eventually got a job as a fashion editor with Root Magazine – the UK’s first black lifestyle magazine. A couple of years later, I found myself at the helm of Black Beauty & Hair magazine.  I had the [usual] struggle of convincing my parents that I wanted to be a fashion designer. My dad had wanted me to be a doctor, but I eventually convinced him that I was more creative!’

Read the rest of Irene’s interview here




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