Why do we love celebrity looks so much? Why do we think actors’ wears are quite poise sometimes? Why do we just wish we dressed like the top dogs in the industry? Because there’s a brain behind each and every look… and someday, I also hope to become one of the brains behind Beyonce’s look (Lord, do you hear me? Lol)

Below is my top 10 list of stylists to follow, both local and foreign. They are fierce, daring, smart, and pardon me, all female except one. Just ‘cause THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.

ZERINA AKERS

WHO: @zerinaakers

Clients: Beyonce, Yara Shahidi, Chloe and Halle, Ava Duvernay, Winnie Harlow, INGRID, Niecy Nash and a whole lot more.

Zerina is the brainvbehind Beyonce’s look as she’s her personal stylist and wardrobe curator and she’s a you-only-live-oncer. She’s my go to for inspiration.

ADE SAMUEL

WHO:@adesamuel

Clients: Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Yvonne Orji, Kelly Rowland, Monica Brown and so on.

A Nigerian fashion muse cum renowned celebrity stylist, Ade Samuel has amassed an impressive resume of the fashion industry experience. She’s also a designer and CEO of Ade Samuel Shoes.

MONICA ROSE

WHO:@monicarosestyle

Clients: Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Khloe Kardashian and lods more.

She’s a mompreneur and that’s badass. She was formerly the Kardashian/Jenner clan stylist, for decades until a feud rose and they parted ways.

DIMEJI ALARA

WHO:@dimejialara

Clients: Tiwa Savage and Editorials

Dimeji Alara is the fashion editor of ELLE South Africa becoming the first black and non-south African editor in the magazines 21 year history in South Africa. He majors in editorials and fashion journalism.

MARNI SENOFONTE

WHO:@marnixmarni

Clients: Beyonce, Kendll Jenner, Ciara, Diddy, Lauryn Hill, Jay Z, Mary J Blige and so on.

She’s a stylist, costume designer and brand consultant. Her distinct style includes layers and proportions, patterns, texture and techniques, high end designers and fast fashion, to create iconic looks and trends.

VERONICA ODEKA

WHO:@veronicaodeka @vanestylesr

Clients: Alicia Keys, Genevieve Nnaji, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Dolapo Oni, Farrah Franklin, Desmond Elliot and the Mavin Crew.

One of Nigeria’s celebrated stylist, Veronica has her skills in fashion styling and shes also a CEO of a nail polish brand called Vane Polish.

RACHEL ZOE

WHO:@rachelzoe

Clients: Oprah Winfrey, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Eve, Chrissy Teigen, Trace Ellis Ross, amongst others.

She’s a CEO, designer, and A list celebrity stylist.

LESLIE FREMAR

WHO: @lesliefremar

Clients: Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Taylor Hill.

Leslie balances a clientele of A list actresses who always manage to look drop dead gorgeous and sophisticated on Red Carpets.

EZINNE CHINKATA

WHO: @zinkata1

Clients: Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jolade, Mercy Johnson.

Ezinne is a fashion entrepreneur. The Fashion Editor of Genevieve magazine and also a freelance fashion consultant. She’s the CEO at Zinkata Boutique.

JUNE AMBROSE

WHO: @juneambrose

Clients: Jay Z, Barrack Obama, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington.

Author of Effortless style, June-after-dark is a celebrity stylist, costume designer and a creative director. She’s bold, electrifying and a rock mom.

These are my top 10 A list stylists (in no particular order) and my inspirations.