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Melynda Choothesa
Fashion Stylist, Costume Designer, Art Director

Originally from the Bay Area, Melynda got her official start in fashion styling at the age of 15 while living in San Diego, Ca. 

 

As a small child, she would sit for hours sketching outfits and making cartoon drawings of women in different designs (much of this was inspired by her uncle, Danny Choothesa, whose travels in the US Navy left him shopping for her and drawing style guides he would send her each season).

  

In high school, she joined a (now-defunct) youth internship program called "The Retail Project" where she was able to dress fashion shows for Nikita, Doc Martens, Quicksilver, and many other early streetwear brands of the time. 

 

Since then, Melynda has managed and bought for multiple resale retail stores, worked/traveled as a sales rep in fashion wholesale and been a store owner/operator herself.

 

Melynda has styled music videos, feature films, ad campaigns, red carpets and has worked with Kathy Ireland, Lane Garrison, Aisha Tyler, Rebecca Da Costa, Chad Coleman, Akon, Mali Music, Megadeth, and many more. Her work has been featured on "Extra!", "BET", Refinery29.com, Maxim.com, Shoptiques.com, "Playboy" magazine, "SOMA" magazine and "Nylon".

 

You can also find out more on Melynda Choothesa by visiting her LinkedIn or IMDB