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April’s flygirl of the month is street wear lover Becca Dudley – a UK based MTV presenter / Stylist / Model / DJ / you name it she does it!
We love her work ethic and positivity so we grabbed her for a quick interview on what inspires her and how to follow your dreams.
FULL NAME: Becca Dudley
LOCATION: Essex/ East London
Hey Becca! Thanks for being our flygirl of the month. We first spotted you on MTV News, how did you get into presenting, is it something you’ve always aspired to?
Hey! Thanks for having me I’ve always been into fashion and music and MTV has always been my fave channel, so yes it was a dream for me. That said, I never actually thought I could be a presenter! I always thought I’d be rubbish at it so didn’t try and push it, but I was lucky enough to get a screen test for MTV News and it went really well! So now I’m trying to be the best I can be, and am really going to try and make it big in the world of broadcast.
You’re what we’d call a “triple threat” – because of your many talents such a presenting, modelling and styling – which one do you enjoy the most?
Ha I like the sound of that! I enjoy presenting the most because of all it’s different forms – hosting live events, covering premiers, red carpets, interviewing and meeting amazing people, doing the news – it’s always exciting and I always feel challenged as it’s new to me. Styling is always going to be in my heart, and modellings fun but it’s a very harsh industry, especially for young girls!
Presenting & styling are, like all creative jobs, very competitive. What advice would you give young people who are looking to follow a similar career path?
If you really want something, you can get it. Just work hard at it and show you’re dedicated. Before I got the job at MTV I was working 7 days a week! It’s also important to try and provide something different to what’s out there already.
Tell us a little about your work with FIASCO magazine?
I have a section in FIASCO Magazine called On Our Radar where I write features on cool gadgets, people, accessories, events and places. I also do styling and have dressed the likes of Arabella Drummond and Ellie Goulding for editorials. I like working for FIASCO as it’s different to all the other mags out there!
Agreed! You get to interview quite a few cool people for MTV, who would you say is your favourite to date?
Such a hard question! In terms of fame I’d say Nicki Minaj. She was one of my first ever interviews which was mad exciting. If it’s likeability, I’ve interviewed Muse a few times now and every time they impress me. In terms of memorability and humour, reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry. One of my funniest/most difficult to date, definitely worth Youtubing! (Watch it here!) Still waiting for Kanye though.
Your style on MTV has gotten quite a lot of attention from street wear fans, how do you feel about that?
It’s so great! I’ve only started getting into street wear the past year or so, I think I was quite strongly influenced by my boyfriend who is a successful street wear blogger. I’ve had quite a few cool new brands approaching me (cough you cough) which the stylist in me gets very excited about.
Aw we’re blushing! How would you describe your signature style?
Depending on my mood it ranges from ‘homeless man’ to ‘slutty gothic barbie’ but I usually like to have at least one thing about my outfit that stands out. My skeleton hand, for example.
When did you first start getting noticed for your style, have you always dressed the way you do now?
Gonna be honest. I wish I could say I fell out of the womb clutching an Hermes Birkin, but no. I was totally a dutty chav for a long period of time. I wore Von Dutch caps (who didn’t, to be fair) and rolled up one trouser leg and didn’t even know what fashion was. It wasn’t until I hit about 17 (after my parents showed me the shops on Bond Street) that I became interested. Then I started dressing better and doing photography, which led me to styling. Next thing I knew I was getting a fashion degree at London College of Fashion !
Well you’re quite the fashionista now! We checked out your blog – http://thevestimaniac.blogspot.co.uk/ – do you have any favourite fashion blogs?
I have a billion tumblrs bookmarked on my laptop, my fave has to be fadedandfucked.tumblr.com – it’s pretty explicit fashiony/ artistically pornographic images.
What labels do you love to wear?
Lazy Oaf, Illustrated People Huf, Stussy,To-orist, Dr Martens and Topshop of course.
Footwear of choice?
Boots mainly. Love my DM’s and Caterpillar boots, although just bought some sick Jamaican flag Ewing basketball hi tops
Who is your favourite artist?
Kanye West closely followed by Kendrick Lemar
If you could restyle any badly dressed celebrity who would it be and how would you dress them?
I’d take the Cheeky Girls and make them SO BADASS.
We’d love to see that! Who is the best dressed celebrity you’ve encountered?
Labrinth. Interviewed him at the BRITS and his suit blew me away!
Who’s style do you admire (non celeb)?
My mum’s. Is that weird?
Not at all! What is your pet hate when it comes to fashion?
What’s your favourite fashion decade & why?
I did a 50’s shoot once and ever since I’ve wanted to be a pin up girl! The hair and make-up is always pristine and I love the sexy outfits.
If you could pick any item to wear from the E&E collection which would it be ?
One of the adorable logo beanies, cause I can’t get enough of hats!
What piece of advice would you give people to educate & elevate in life?
Count your blessings, not your problems.
Make sure you follow Becca on twitter & let her know what you think of her interview! Keep an eyeout on this UK street wear lover repping Educate Elevate clothing and beanies very soon! If you have any career advice you’d like to share drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured on the blog. We love hearing stories from creative people pursuing their dreams so don’t be shy, holla! You can also email us if someone you know deserves a feature too.
The EE Team