A little about the founder and your “Style BFF”. My name is Kendra Charisse Porter; consider me your Best Friend in the Fitting room.
As a child, my body developed earlier than the girls I went to school with but my self-esteem, unfortunately, did not. By age 12, I had a growth spurt to 5″6′ and my mother bought me my first girdle. By 18, I stood 5″10 with thick thighs and a small waist. Pants were too short, skirts were too big and I stopped fitting into junior sizes long before I was a Junior in high school. I’ve learned how to make clothes work for my body instead of fighting with my body to fit into clothes.
Being an image consultant and personal stylist for me is about showing you how to look and feel beautiful no matter your shape or your size. We can be our own worst critics. I have heard it all — clients who are a size 4 and hate their muscular calves to clients who are a size 24 and call their arms “chicken wings.” Almost everyone has their “thing”; but here it is, you have legs built for the long haul and arms created to provide the most tender of hugs to the ones you love. For me, it’s getting my clients to embrace who they are, love what they have on, and realize the joy it makes them feel; so much so it makes them dance in front of the mirror (Seriously!). HonorYourStyle was birthed out of a passion for women to know YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and that YOU ARE WORTHY to be honored.
My motto: Honor Your Style. HONOR YOU!
Want to know more? I am an award-winning image consultant and wardrobe stylist. I have been featured by Yahoo!, Essence, CNN, Marie Claire, SHAPE, and Black Enterprise. My focus on bodycentric styling, teaches clients to embrace their shape no matter their size and love the skin they’re in. With over a decade of experience backstage at NY Fashion Week,I have dressed for designers from Oscar de la Renta and Chado Ralph Rucci to Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Minkoff. These days you’ll find me on a microphone, producing events for well-known retailers like Neiman Marcus, facilitating workshops on style, teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology or in-studio dressing on-air talent at NBC Sports and the Olympics. Read more about the “glitz and glamour” in my extended bio here.