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June Ambrose on Styling Diddy, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Videos

Whether showing that turbans can be chic or bringing her cutting-edge style to contestants on The X Factor, June Ambrose often has the fashion world falling at her feet. And she single-handedly upgraded hip-hop’s street corner image with her innovative approach to music videos. (See this and this.)

In our Media Beat interview, Ambrose explained how she tapped into her West Indian roots for one of her most iconic looks: those shiny suits donned by Diddy and Mase in Notorious B.I.G‘s posthumous “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” clip.

“I showed [Diddy] the red metallic and he said, ‘I am not wearing that.’ I had to make one red leather outfit and one metallic leather outfit and… I won!” the star of VH1′s Styled by June said.

“You have to go into this business very fearless, and you have to have integrity for what you do… I said to him, ‘You have to just trust me. I know that sounds wild, but I put my career on this moment. I’m telling you it will make a huge difference.’ Once he saw the first take and he looked at playback, he looked at me and said ‘okay.’ And that was the beginning of not only a great working relationship, but a great friendship.”

Part 2: June Ambrose Collection to Bring ‘Disco to Daytime’
Part 3: June Ambrose on How to Become a Fashion Stylist
Bonus! Stylist June Ambrose on Her Trademark Turban

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Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair

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In an unprecedented effort by Vanity Fair, 20 different covers of the July issue hit newsstands today for their Africa issue, featuring famous peeps having a “conversation” about the continent as shot by Annie Leibovitz. Feast your eyes on the slideshow: Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush (Surprise! But excellent coordination ensured he was paired with safe Condi and Tutu to prevent his eyes from being clawed out), Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Djimon Hounsou, Madonna, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates, Oprah, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Iman and Don Cheadle.

Although we’re not gonna go into the politics of the pairings, a few poses definitely caught our eye (even though it sounds like they were patched since VF published Leibovitz’s shooting schedule):

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Chris Rock whispers sweet stock tips in Warren Buffett’s ear; Barack Obama definitely has Don Cheadle’s vote, and perhaps his undying affection.