Women to Watch: Ayanna James, The Stylist Behind HBO's Insecure


Ayanna James is the Stylist for Insecure on HBO. Tasked with the job of dressing the likes of Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, Ayanna is known for her ability to bring LA style to life on the screen. 

A Jamaican born, South Florida-bred, LA-based, world traveling, Costume Designing fashion stylist, Ayanna first collaborated with Rae on her web-series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl." And girl, she hasn't slowed down since. 

What does it mean to you to be a "woman to watch?"

It’s an honor to be a woman to watch. It means the way in which I choose to show up in this world is inspiring to someone. You never know the impact you can have on someone, I take it as a huge responsibility and honor.

What is the most important part of your work?

As a costume designer, the most important part of my work is aiding in storytelling. What do you hope people take away from it? It’s possible. You can achieve anything you put your heart-mind into.

"You can achieve anything you put your heart-mind into."

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What's the most engaging part of your work?

Meeting and collaborating with emerging designers.

If you could go back in time and change anything, what would it be and why?

Not a thing. I’m having too much fun.


Can you chat us through a career obstacle and how you overcame it?

I was trying to break into costume design and work on sets as opposed to Red carpets - I couldn’t get on any television shows as an assistant. I would scour Craigslist and websites for people looking for someone in wardrobe. That led to me meeting more folks in the industry who loved my work.

Who's a woman you're watching?

AKA an awesome lady you have your eye on? Ava DuVernay! She’s so dope. I had the opportunity work with her on Jay-Z’s family feud short film. She completely blew me away with brilliance!

What do you want women watching you to know?

Go out there and do it. Set your intentions and kick butt in a way only YOU can.

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