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E! News winner takes challenge, makes it hers
Stacee Michelle earns correspondent role
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016 9:40 am
by Ashley Mahoney

E! News Style Challenge winner Stacee Michelle of Charlotte.

Believe you belong, and others will, too.

Charlotte stylist Stacee Michelle carried that message from her sister Shannon Cross throughout the Miami and New York portions of the E! News Style Challenge, which she won.

“My sister sent me a text message that said ‘just remember that you belong,’” Michelle said. “That was kind of my motivation, and kind of gave me confidence any time I stepped in the room or went to a site, both in Miami and New York. You dream about doing these things, and it almost seems like you’re not supposed to be there, but the fact that you got there you are supposed to be there. Remembering that you belong, you don’t need to be intimidated by it. Just be you. You got here because you were you. That’s what they are going to like, the more you are yourself.”

Michelle got the call she had won the Miami Swim Week portion of the competition while at a coffee shop on East Boulevard.

“I was with a friend at Starbucks,” Michelle said. “You know everybody in Starbucks is all serious on East Boulevard, so I was like ‘OK, I need to wait to be excited until I get outside.’ I went outside just freaked out and was like ‘it was the call! I won!’”

Michelle represented E! News as a fashion correspondent at New York Fashion Week. She beat out more than 300 other stylists from across the country.

“I was the first of four contestants to film in Miami,” Michelle said. “My challenge was to work with TRESemme celebrity hairstylist John D on creating perfect beach hair and cover the Miami Swim Week Kick-off party and fashion show at the W Hotel.”

Michelle received overwhelming support from friends and family across the world, as she went from last in the fan favorite category to first.

“You want to talk about some crazy support that came out of everywhere—people voted constantly,” Michelle said. “People would text me saying, ‘I’m at the DMV, voting for you right now.’ I went from 19 percent to like 65 or something in the matter of a day or so. The support has been crazy.”

What’s next for the Winston-Salem State University and Charlotte Art Institute alumnus?

“Stay tuned!” Michelle said. “There are some things in the works, but I will continue to contribute as a fashion expert to both local and national TV, magazine and digital platforms, as well as hosting red carpets and special events. I encourage everyone to pursue their passion. Being a part of this journey has allowed me to realize that anything is possible, and that your successes are for more than just yourself. They encourage others to activate their lives.”

Instagram: @itsStaceeMichelle


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