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 and please be as descriptive as possible, providing links and any other pertinent info.
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.