Stephanie is a Disability Fashion Styling expert, taste maker and keynote speaker. Guided by her Disability Fashion Styling System, she creates brands, footwear, and accessories for poeple with disabilities. For 26 years she's researched clothing and retail trends exclusively for people with disabilities, but as a congenital amputee she’s basically been a “disability fashion stylist all her life”. It’s her personal experience that fans the flames of her passion. In her TEDx Talk that was highlighted by TED as one of seven talks by people with disabilities breaking down barriers for people with disabilities, she shares how her hobby became her life’s work. Work that celebrity stylist and author Stacy London told her to, “continue doing because she didn’t know another person doing that work.”
Her commitment to using fashion as a tool to increase employment opportunities for actors and influencers with disabilities, goes beyond her personal work. She also serves on the Board of Directors of No Limits Media and volunteers for Dress for Success. Stephanie is expanding the conversation around fashion and beauty by partnering with non-disability related brands like Beautycon Media and the Paris-based innovative fashion and technology hub, Look Forward, to name a few. Prior to working as a Disability Fashion Styling expert she worked in television and radio for over a decade as an on-air personality and professional voice actor. She has been and continues to be the trusted voice of brands like Jet Blue, Macy’s, Popeye’s, Hardees, McDonald's. Elmer’s Glue, Miller Beer, Geico and more. Today, Stephanie uses her media experience to:
1. Create looks as an LA-based stylist exclusively for actors and influencers with disabilities.
2. Host the new podcast Twenty-Six and Counting…which refers to the number of years she’s followed the adaptive fashion sector and focuses on current trends affecting the industry today.
3. Challenge negative perceptions of people with disabilities as a keynote/panel speaker, cultural taste maker, and content creator.
4. Educates industry leaders that are interested in meeting the fashion and styling needs of people with disabilities.
"I just have to say Stephanie Thomas is amazing, I had a commercial to do and was asked to provide my own clothes for styling so I asked Stephanie for some help. She met me at the mall and we got right to work. I get frustrated when it comes to shopping because the things I like never fit me correctly due to being in a wheelchair, she showed me what colors look best for my skin tone and what type of items to pick so my hips don't look so wide while I'm seated. She also showed me what I needed to do to get a better looking waist which that is hard some times for someone with a seated body type. She made me feel a lot better about shopping for myself and now I know what to look for. I'm so glad someone like her exist so we in the differently abled community have someone to consult when it comes to styling us because we have swag and want to express ourselves as well!! Thank you again Stephanie you rock!!!"
-Tatiana L. Actor/Lifestyle Blogger
"From the way Stephanie Thomas approached us, my team andI could tell straight away that she’s a highly trained andexperienced fashion stylist. Stephanie’s a definite professional, knows her stuff and asks all the right questions. I was immediately struck by her passion for promoting adaptive fashion for people with disabilities and her efforts to enlarge the diversity of the fashion industry with the aim of making adaptive fashion a standard aspect of it. Stephanie’s enthusiasm for our own label is heartening and has invigorated and stimulated us. We’re really impressed with what she did for us. With great energy she arranged a podcast interview, promoted our label on the Styleogue channel in Francis Maxwell’s show and produced the splendid ‘Lookbook Californian Lovin’especially for Chairmelotte. Add to this that Stephanie’s always optimistic and warm-hearted and has endurance. And achieves beautiful results. No wonder we recommendher heartily!"
-Christa de Wit and the Chairmelotte-team Chairmelotte Designs
"I decided to contact Stephanie and see if she could help me find the perfect outfit for my friends wedding that was quickly approaching. I was feeling overwhelmed with my busy schedule of training and work and knew I wouldn’t have time to go shopping myself. I had met Stephanie previously and was impressed with her level of professionalism and her ability to create beautiful images through fashion for people with disabilities. Stephanie and I were able to discuss my needs, my body type, and the occasion. She sent me photos of clothes she found and really worked around my schedule. It couldn’t have been an easier process. In the end, Stephanie found me a beautiful outfit to wear to the wedding, and one that I can also wear to other events afterwards as well."
-Alanna Flax-Clark Para-Equestrian & Actress
"Stephanie is AMAZING!!!! I am just repeating what others say who worked with her. She hired me last month to direct her documentary for the Special Olympics 25th Anniversary and it was an honor to experience her commitment to excellence up close and personal."
-Quincy Samuel Smith, CEO of Unique Xposure Films
"I thought that your TED talk was inspiring but also very informational. I felt like a lot of people who had previously not considered all the challenges faced by people with a disability when it comes to personal appearance would definitely think differently after hearing your talk. Including the fashion show at the end was super inspiring. We need more public moments like this to foster inclusive thinking around the world. Thank you for doing this!"
-Katherine Annett-Hitchcock, Ph.D., Associate Professor Textile and Apparel Technology and Management
"Stephanie is very passionate and driven. I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Thomas at Cur8able, where she proved that dedication drives results. I was also fortunate enough to have her as a teacher and a mentor in college. There she didn\'t only push me to better myself, but she also helped me gain the knowledge that I needed to enter the workforce."
-Estefani Cuevas, Marketing & Freelance Branding Professional
"I am a huge fan of Stephanie and her work. She is a passionate advocate and brings her lived experience to lend credibility and fuel her creativity in crafting custom fit chic expressions. So whether Stephanie is styling for a photo shoot or hosting podcast you I\'ll be in great hands with her smooth at-home demeanor and sense of professionalism. You are sure to leave well-suited and with a higher sense of self-esteem."
-Heather Watkins, Disability Advocate /Author
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