Q&A With Stylist and Creative Consultant Beverly Nguyen
Beverly Nguyen is a freelance fashion stylist and brand consultant based in New York City and Los Angeles. She began her career at American Vogue and has since worked for Opening Ceremony, La Garconne, and for the last 6 years she has been working with celebrity stylist Kate Young.
I am first generation Vietnamese-American. My family history has impacted my life significantly. Discipline, control and hard work is at the root of my intentions for everything that inspires me. I imagine this stems from my parents escaping communism after the Vietnam war and seeking refuge in the United States.
2. Are there any defining or pivotal moments that informed where and who you are today, whether it be professionally or personally?
I like to inhabit the atmosphere I am in and I strive to make the most out of any scenario that would be deemed otherwise uncomfortable. This actually defines how I want to evolve professionally and personally. Every interaction - be it a person, an object, a shadow, a building, a sound - is a moment for me to reflect on how empathy can remain at the center of our intentions. When I recognize this is happening I find that I am able to define myself a little more clearly. I’ve recently been reflecting a lot on the time in my life where I discovered tools of self expression. Painting and writing were abstract at age 6 and 7 but I found the urge to do them in the middle of the night. I’ve been going back to that memory a lot lately.
3. Do you have a motto that you live by, share or that keeps you motivated?
4. If you could live in any era, which era would you choose and why?
I’m a modern woman.
5. What are the things or people that inspire you the most?
The women in my life. The women in New York City.
6. Are there any favorite traditions that your family does? Do you hope to carry those traditions on and why?
We love to share a meal. It’s healing, it’s light, it’s a gathering for a short moment in time that feeds us. It doesn’t require any rules other than feeding your soul and belly.
7. Is there any family heritage object that you cherish? Why is it important to you?
I have my dad’s beautiful watch that I took with me when I left for college. My mother bought this for him for their 10th year anniversary. When I wear it I feel wrapped in love and strength. It also is quite masculine and it makes me feel protected and powerful.
8. From History, is there one woman you would like to have an intimate dinner with? Where would you want to go with this person (past or present)?
Can I have a small, socially-distanced dinner party? I would love to cook for Hilma Af Klint, Sheikha Mozah, Maya Angelou and Agnes Varda during twilight hour, outside - on an open flame - with lots of wine overlooking the ocean!
Hilma af Klint, The SUW/UW Series: Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 7 (1915)
9. What are you most passionate about today- is there anything that gives you solace during difficult times?
I think self healing and self awareness is the most important investment. I suppose this is currently what passion and solace looks like for me. We’re carving out a new world and the word passion has taken a new direction outwardly. I’m most passionate right now about being a tool for individuals to feel free to have a dialogue about difficult conversations- mainly the current state of our political landscape. I am passionate about every decision I make professionally and personally to have a conversation on transition. It’s important that as a collaborator I’m speaking directly into a space that accepts the notion of expanding the definition of acceptance and a culture that is inclusive long-term.
10. Is there anything you’re working on personally at the moment or a mission/cause that you support and wish to bring awareness to?
Getting people to VOTE.