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December It Girl: Shaniqwa Jarvis

The acclaimed lenswoman talks about her favorite designers, why she wears color no matter what and how she stays inspired.

Shaniqwa Jarvis is the epitome of a boss babe. The accomplished photographer’s work has been featured in major campaigns for LVMH, Nike, Supreme and Fear of god. When she’s not shooting some of our favorite celebrities like Cardi B, Rae Sremmurd and Remy Ma, you can find her redefining what being stylish means.

ESSENCE: Do you have any fashion rules you live by?

SHANIQWA JARVIS: Simple. Be who you want to be and dress for that person. Be sustainable and try not to overconsume. I try to rewear my clothes rather than sporting once and discarding.

ESSENCE: How would you describe your personal aesthetic?

JARVIS: I would say very [New York City’s] Upper West Side art mom. I have a fearless approach to dressing, and I’m never afraid to mix designer and streetwear pieces to make them my own. I tend to combine prints, textures, colors and patterns with the same creative eye I put into my photographs.

ESSENCE: What are some of your wardrobe essentials?

JARVIS: I love color and prints. Although you might often find me in all black. It’s always with a hint of color-usually Cactus [Plant Flea Market] Nike Sneakers. Retrosuperfuture colored shades or a hypercolored micro Jil Sander bag.

Essence: Can you talk about your favorite designers?

JARVIS: Marni, Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Mara Hoffman, Roksanda and Simone Rocha. These designers have an inclusive size range and flattering cuts. I wore Simone Rocha to my wedding, and I’ve been wearing it to the shops and nights out ever since.

ESSENCE: What’s on your wish list right now?

JARVIS: A purple pair of [Maison] Margiela boots with a crushed heel, an Awake NY tie-dye sweatshirt and black Fear of God Essentials Photo tee, which has one of my double exposed prints on the back.