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Fashion Insight: A Conversation With Chicago’s Fashion Stylist, Marlene Anzaldua

By Tammy Reese

Marlene Anzaldua is Chicago’s Fashion Stylist. Determination, street hustle, amazing fashion sense, and her great shoes have helped guide her through the fashion industry. She has been making chic happen for her clients since early 2014.

She leads with her best stiletto forward to help each client feel fabulous in their styled looks. She has had her styling works published in print and online for magazines like Forbes, Chicago Reader, Glamour, L’Officiel, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Ms. Heel magazine, and many more.

She currently does freelance in Chicago for photographers, agencies, models, and brands who are looking to bring style into their shoots. By adding her great eye for detail she helps elevate any project to the next level.

Heart of Hollywood Magazine readers, please enjoy our interview!

What does fashion mean to you and what made you decide to get into the industry?

Fashion for me is a way to introduce myself without having to say a word. What made me get into fashion was a Vanidadez magazine that I picked up in Mexico when I was 5. I knew then that I had found my tribe. It took me over 25 years to circle around to that moment and find my niche but I'm carving it out now.

How would you describe your fashion style?

My fashion style can be described as urban chic. I bring together the ruggedness of the city and put it together with high fashion. I love wearing a pair of joggers, a hoodie, and a baseball cap then I pair it with a statement handbag and stilettos.

What have been some of the most memorable moments in your career so far?

I strongly feel that each project that I have ever worked on has been memorable in its own way but there is one that makes my heart smile everytime I think about it. The moment Beth Swanson, CEO of Phomaz Handbags asked me to style her handbags for an ad in British Vogue. The ad was placed in 3 separate issues <3 I remember praying for this!!

What are some of your future aspirations as you continue to pursue your career?

I am looking forward to pushing boundaries with my styling and growing with fellow creatives in the industry. I really consider it a privilege to be able to tell a story through wardrobe in this manner and hope to share this in some iconic spaces.



What else would you like our readers to know about you and the work that you do?

I'd love your readers to know that being self-taught shouldn't stop you from trying to reach your dreams. Anything is possible as long as you do the work, stay determined, and push forward.

Any Spring fashion tips you can leave us with?

I'll leave y'all with the first thing that comes to mind for this Spring which is light and airy clothing. Sheer material dresses, maxi skirts, and linens will be the go to this Spring. Another tip that comes to mind for a quick and easy cohesive look make sure your sandals and shades match!

How can we keep up to date with you on social media?

Stay in the know and follow me across all social media @stilett0b0ss

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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.

Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.

Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott- Young, Geena Davis, Essie Davis, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Dedee Pfeiffer, Leon, Patina Miller, La La Anthony, Neyo, Britt Lower, Michael James Shaw, Aleks Paunovic, Courtney Kemp, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever and many more.

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