Stacee Michelle calls herself a fashion insider. She’s cultivated a career as a brand consultant, wardrobe stylist and media personality – and you can catch her November 5th as the first-ever Verse & Vino Red Carpet Correspondent. We asked her what she reads for inspiration:
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales, by Virginia Hamilton and Diane Dillon
I was raised in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington where not many people looked like me. My mother knew it was important for me to explore books that exposed me to my culture and she encouraged me to read stories where the protagonist was a person of color. In addition to tales of powerful African-American women, the illustrations in this book brought each story to life. As a child, it sparked my creativity, my sense of adventure, and affirmed that I am a strong and powerful black woman.
From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By, by Robin Roberts
My sister gifted me this book when I graduated from college. Robin Roberts has always been an idol of hers and after reading this book, I understood why. Learning about Robert’s challenges and accomplishments was inspiring. I felt empowered as a recent graduate to embrace what life had to offer and learned the concept of turning challenges into opportunities.
Fear Is My Homeboy: How to Slay Doubt, Boss Up, and Succeed on Your Own Terms, by Judi Holler
I treasure this book, which I also received as a gift. After reading the first chapter I fell in love with the personality and transparency of author Judi Holler who shares her personal experiences overcoming fear. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy and this book reminded me to exhale and approach life braver, bolder, and more confident.
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
I admire Michelle Obama’s passion and that she uses her platform to inspire and educate on issues that promote equality and a better way of life. The message I took from this book was to find my voice, use my experiences and relationships to create opportunities for others, and to never stop learning new things.