Mercedes Small

Who is your style icon?

"Rihanna. She has created a brand focused on quality/ inclusiveness and has always delivered in everything she's set out to do while remaining 100% true to herself."

Your top 5 [favorite/most influential] photographer list:

"Nigel Barker, Tamara Williams, Nuru Dorsey, Dametreus Ward, Tom Carson"

How did you get into the industry?

"I've read that experiences can be passed down through your DNA. My mother went to cos school before I was born and always did my hair in fun styles but never made a career of it. We are very much alike but I gravitated more towards makeup. She is so proud to see all of her own dreams come into fruition through me."