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Woman To Watch :: Mia Collins

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Mia Collins has authority when it comes to style. She is a wardrobe and specialty stylist that has been working in the fashion industry for over 20 years. She will expertly put together dazzling outfits from your existing wardrobe, or buy you a fresh set of seasonal attire that will have you serving looks and feeling fine. We know this because Mia has been at the forefront of the industry, working as a fashion stylist before the term was even well known. She also serves as Co-host of The Marlene Cox Show on Wbgr entertainment network, TMC show is a lifestyle show that covers topics in fashion, beauty, design, wellness, and financial literacy.

Mia loves watching movies with her two daughters, but her career started in front of the camera – she has modeled for organizations like Essence Magazine and Kodak. Even before her modeling experience, Mia was a dancer and worked with Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey! After she started her work as a fashion stylist, Mia’s had features in People, Vanity Fair, IN Style Wedding, and many local publications.

An emerging mentor in the industry and with plans on starting her own foundation, Mia Collins has an authoritative voice in fashion with values formed from strong family bonds. She is definitely someone we want influencing the fashion industry! We asked her a few crucial questions to get a sense of what goes on in an entrepreneurial mind like Mia’s.

How did you develop your strong sense of values and the importance of sharing it with others?

My values come from my upbringing. I have had so many Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents set the stage. I have learned that at some point in your career you need to let other talents rise, share what you know, and reach back. You cannot take it with you, so why not help cultivate someone else’s career, dreams, and goals?

What is your typical day like? How has your daily routine adapted during COVID-19?

I love what I do. However, my typical day was hectic pre-quarantine. After the realization of it all, I did nothing for a few weeks. Then, I realized this is the best opportunity to fall in love with myself. I watched lots of webinars, walked with my mother, relaxed, and reflected. My day starts around 6:30am, with my mom and I walking. Then, I connect with friends, read, practice yoga, and do some late-night shopping.

What is the most important thing to you right now? 

The most important thing to me right now is family! I have always been family-oriented. But, in these strange times, I have become more grateful for the family I have.

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What has helped you the most with your success? 

My mother has always been my biggest cheerleader and support. She instilled in me a good work ethic and to always remain steadfast. To never give up on your dreams and goals. To be strong but gentle. I also have a pretty dope tribe of women that are amazing.

What has been the biggest challenge you have overcome to get you to where you are today? 

Getting out of my own way. You have to always stay true to yourself and stay consistent. As a creative person, you have a thousand things and projects you want to do. I’ve learned it’s best to complete one project before moving on to the next one (somewhat complete), this is still a challenge.

What are three pieces of advice you would give to women about following their dreams and passions? 

Do it now, even through the fear, even through the self-doubt. Continue to become your best version of yourself.

Are there any principles that you go by that help you “do a lot with a little” when it comes to fashion?

Yes! I believe in quality over quantity. Invest in core pieces, even if that means thrifting. Forgo fast fashion, at least when it comes to the key pieces in your wardrobe. If something does not fit, find a good seamstress and become best friends. Fit is so key when budget is a factor. Your clothes don’t have to be expensive. You can have cheap and thrifted garments customized to your body type and look polished.

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All photos are courtesy of Mary Gardella, Baltimore, MD.

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