Before Jason Rembert began styling powerhouses like Issa Rae, John Boyega, Lizzo, Marsai Martin, Michael B. Jordan, Rita Ora, and Erykah Badu, he was discovering how fashion fit into each phase of his life. In between South Jamaica and Far Rockaway, Queens, Rembert grew up with a single mom and was the middle child of five kids. In high school, he was known for how he dressed, and he always felt that a love of fashion was a strand in his DNA. In college, however, Jason felt like an outlier. “Everybody had on sweat suits and UGG boots,” he tells Teen Vogue, adding that he craved being among people who saw the value in fashion. This led Rembert to twice apply for internships at Vibe magazine — a publication where he saw himself represented — but was passed up both times. He was disappointed, but what came next is what steered Rembert’s career as an unforgettable stylist.

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