How would you define yourself as a creative?
“Odiyo is an African giant who loves to create.” My avenues of expression vary between styling, photography, and film. I use art as a tool to reimagine the past and to build my present reality.
You work predominantly as a fashion stylist. What attracted you to this role?
Fashion is an incredibly powerful form of self-expression. It can be used to express identity, beliefs, and personal style. As a stylist, you embrace someone’s individuality through fashion, and try to set them apart from others in a way that makes them feel unique and confident.
When did you first learn that fashion can be used as a form of self-expression?
My mother expressed herself fearlessly with her fashion sense. She mastered the art of combination to create aesthetically pleasing looks, which I admired. My pops’ Afro hair was also an inspiration: Afro hair is a powerful political symbol reflecting black pride, as it was popularized by the African American community in the late 1960s and 70s.