I get asked a lot of questions online and throughout my day. So I put the most common questions and answers on this page.
Who is Ashley Weston?
If I had guts, I’d answer this question like Alec Baldwin. But I’m too nice, so I’m a Celebrity Menswear Stylist. This means I dress male celebrities of all types (actors, musicians, sports stars and business moguls) for all sorts of things like movie & tv show premieres, advertisements, magazine covers and spreads.
I also work with brands for their ad campaigns, catalogs, commercials, etc. Pretty much if a man needs to look good for something that isn’t a role in a TV show or movie, that’s my domain.
Previous to becoming a Celebrity Menswear Stylist, I was an inner-city high school teacher.
See my about page for details.
How old are you and/or what is your ethnicity?
I get asked this all the time! I’m mixed French/Vietnamese, so I’ll look young for a long, long time.
Here’s a visual representation of what I’m talking about:
What is a “Celebrity Menswear Stylist”?
In normal, everyday life, a stylist usually means a hairdresser. But in the entertainment and fashion industries, a stylist (sometimes called a Fashion/Wardrobe Stylist) is someone who dresses male and female celebrities and models for various events, fashion shows, ads and publications – basically anything outside of movies and TV shows. The people who dress celebrities for their tv shows and movies according to the scripts and characters are called Costume Designers – that’s completely different from what I do.
How did you get started styling men?
Before getting into the menswear industry, I was working as an inner-city high school math teacher in Los Angeles. Having known since an early age that I wanted to be a math professor, this was my dream come true. But I quickly found out that I didn’t like it. In fact, I hated teaching! I didn’t know what to do next, so I asked all my friends with interesting jobs if I could shadow them to see if something piqued my interest.
Through a friend of a friend, I got to shadow a photographer who shot for big magazines. He was new to LA and I was new to everything but teaching, so we hit it off. I’d fetch his coffee and do whatever other menial tasks needed to be done. After a few weeks, he asked what I thought about the fashion photography world. I told him the job of a stylist seemed very interesting.
He called me up two days later and said, “I need you to style this photoshoot for me.” I thought that was very sweet of him to give me some little job for doing all the crap work. A few days later I learned it was a magazine cover shoot and full spread. I almost had a heart attack! So that’s how I got my start in the industry and I haven’t looked back since.
As for specializing in menswear, that came a little later. I started out styling both men and women celebrities, but at one point I had a really bad experience with a female client. I was talking about it with my business partner and he knew how much I loved working with men and menswear, so he suggested that I focus only on men. It was and still is tough, because it’s never really been done before, but it’s definitely the best decision I could’ve made.
What’s it like only working with men as a woman?
It’s great! Men are frank and to the point and make decisions and stick with them. I love that! When I had female clients, we’d spend hours and hours debating about why something would or wouldn’t work. It was exhausting! Most of my clients are teddy bears, so a little flutter of the eyelashes and a compliment is all it usually takes for me get my way. 🙂
Where can I see some of your work?
How do I become a celebrity, fashion or personal stylist?
Easy!* Work your ass off, make connections, do a lot of crap work for no pay, make a boatload of mistakes and learn a lot of lessons, don’t take “no” for an answer, and go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver a service and product that you and your clients can be proud of.
*It’s not easy.
Can you style me?
That’s what this whole site is for, silly! But if you mean as a personal client, probably not. My team and I can only handle so many clients and my plate is beyond full. But fear not, this site exists so you get all the good stuff without needing to hire me!
I represent a brand or company, can we work with you?
I’m always open to discovering new products and interesting opportunities. Contact me here.
If you’re pitching me to create a video/article about your product(s) and don’t have a monetary budget to account for my team and I’s hard work, you’ll be wasting your time. I never do collaborations for affiliate sales, product trade or “mutual promotion”.
Are you looking for employees, assistants or interns?
I’m not currently looking to fill any positions.