Behind Every Well-Dressed Athlete…Is A Woman.

The other day, my friend and I were chatting about all the attention NBA basketball player Amare Stoudemire has increasingly received surrounding his style, including a collaboration with Rachel Roy and a invitation from Anna Wintour to attend the  Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.

He probably has a stylist,” she said, half matter of factly, the other rather unknowingly.

Then today New York Times revealed that it is true indeed, he has a stylist: Rachel Johnson.

Jacobson, a Florida A&M graduate, admits that the 6-f00t-10 NY Knicks power forward does have a sense of style of his own. Her job is to “push him outside of his comfort zone”.

After college Johnson went to work for Essence, where she met June Ambrose and Sybil Pennix and worked under their tutilage styling then-popular hip-hop celebrities such as Sean Combs, Elliot and Ja Rule. Thereafter, she found her niche in the NBA.

There’s value for these brands in dressing N.B.A. clients because they get a lot of press,” she said. The athletes need help, too, especially when it comes to finding the right size. “Most them have a 40-inch sleeve, which is crazy,” she added.

So there you have it. One stylish chic can always recognize another’s work.

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