Cast your vote now for the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker
We're down to the top six finalists in the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards presented by The Plaza. These trendsetting individuals were your favorites among our 12 semifinalists, and now we need your help to determine the readers' choice winner.
Vote once a day, every day, until October 24 at 11:59 pm. Then join us October 26 for the CultureMap Stylemaker Awards reveal party at Tootsies. We'll showcase looks styled by all six finalists featuring fine apparel and accessories provided exclusively by The Plaza retailers. Guests will also meet our fabulous judges, and we'll announce the readers' choice and judges' choice winners.
Check out scenes from last year's party.
Occupation: President, CultureHype; Publisher/editor-in-chief, DFW Style Daily; Co-owner, Longhorn Ballroom
Why Amber deserves to be a Stylemaker: Amber runs a boutique PR firm focused on creatives called CultureHype and manages online fashion source, DFW Style Daily. The fashionable girl boss is also recognized locally for restoring Dallas music landmark the Longhorn Ballroom. Amber's signature style pairs minimal basics with statement pieces that have a rock 'n roll edge.
Occupation: Behavioral therapist; Chief editor of Dallas[Intuitive]; Founder of Rida's Pop-Up Shop
Why Rida deserves to be a Stylemaker: Born and raised in Dallas, her South Asian heritage is a big part of her style identity. "Style for me creates conversations about identity, culture, and the human experience through a type of art," she says. Rida created one of the first online South Asian thrift boutiques, and she uses the proceeds to take annual mission trips to Mumbai to feed the hungry.
Occupation: Marketing director, Dallas Theater Center; Correspondent, WFAA and Dallas Voice
Why Brad deserves to be a Stylemaker: Brad is a man-about-town, so he's constantly making sure his "punk meets polished" aesthetic is on point. He takes great pride that his head-to-toe outfit, from street wear to formal, will never look the same — as seen on his Instagram #StairwellSeries posts. Fun Fact: Brad can rock a RompHim.
Occupation: Fine art consultant; Curator; Partner at Dbrand Distribution
Why Deve deserves to be a Stylemaker: Deve says clothes don't make the woman, the woman makes the clothes. It's all about attitude, and that's her mantra. From Chloe to H&M (she loves anything Swedish), her unpredictability is what's most consistent about her style. Influenced by her international upbringing and travels, Deve developed an appreciation for being culturally aware at an early age.
Occupation: CEO and founder of Make Your Life Sweeter Brands
Why Yasmeen deserves to be a Stylemaker: Yasmeen’s style is colorful, modern, and sophisticated. "Make Your Life Sweeter” is a motto she lives by. Yasmeen's philanthropic passion has motivated her to create a nonprofit organization called Random Acts of Sweetness. Her entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic have led her to build successful brands and travel the world, all as a full-time, single mom.
Occupation: Style blogger; Animal advocate
Why Molly deserves to be a Stylemaker: Three years ago, this Dallas stylist saw a documentary that changed her life and her style overnight. Her closet — once full of wool, silk, leather, and even fur — was overhauled with only ethically made, animal-friendly garments. Molly's disciplined Vegan lifestyle inspired her blog, FashionVeggie, which chronicles her journey from high-fashion addict to animal and eco-friendly activist.