By Zaida Diaz
Name: Jenny Rodriguez
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Stylist/E! News Wardrobe
Words to live by: Work hard, be patient and trust the journey that you’re on!
What were you doing before you became a stylist?
I worked at Power 106 for 7 years before I decided to pursue a career as a stylist.
What got you interested in fashion?
I have always been interested in fashion. When I was a little girl my mom would bring home fashion magazines and I would be so fascinated by the clothes.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue styling as a career?
I decided I wanted to pursue styling as a career while I was working at Power. I would style Liz Hernandez when she worked there and I really found myself finding my niche in styling. It was also something I had always really loved so it was time to take it to the next step and make it my career.
What were some obstacles that you had to overcome to get where you are today?
I definitely had to learn how to deal with multiple personalities. I also had to learn to have patience when things weren’t going the way I wanted them to.
Did your family always support your career choice?
My parents at first didn’t understand what I was doing so they were just disappointed that I wasn’t pursing what I got my degree in. Once they saw how happy I was as a stylist they became more supportive.
Where do you get your drive from?
I get my drive from seeing my friends reach their goals because it has motivated me to keep working harder to achieve mine. There’s so much I want to do in styling. I’m willing to put in the work and I’m always open to learn more about the industry and see how I can get better.
What’s the best/toughest part of being a stylist?
The best part of being a stylist is that you really get to be creative when creating a look for your client and the most rewarding feeling is when their face lights up when they love an outfit.
The toughest part would have to be just running around getting the clothes and doing returns. We’re always the first and last ones to arrive at all shoots and carry all the clothes around.
Did you ever get frustrated because things were happening as quickly as you wanted? How did you overcome this?
Oh man, countless of times! Reading, journaling and meditating helps. I’m also very fortunate to have such a great circle of friends that have been there for me when I felt like I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
What is your ideal client like?
Someone who’s open to trying new things and allows me to be creative with their looks.
What has been the most surreal or memorable moment in your career thus far?
The most surreal moment had to be when Liz was featured in Vogue & Elle for “Best Dressed” at the Billboard Awards this year. My friend sent me the link and I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy!
Who are some women leaders you look up to or inspire you?
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Alba. I admire them because they are all smart, strong, kind, confident and successful women who set a great example for young women.
How would you describe your own style?
I would have to say I’m casual chic with a bit of an edge. 🙂