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Greensboro News & Record interview of me: http://www.news-record.com/go_triad/article_a0aedb80-99a8-11e3-a3b6-001a4bcf6878.html#facebook-comments
By: By Priscilla Sizemore Special to Go Triad
Quentin Fears, who has lived in Greensboro most of his life, recently made it to the finals on Glamour’s “Dress to Kill” Web series and competition.
Six top stylists battled on the show to become a featured stylist at Glamour magazine.
Fears, 32, graduated from Page High School and received his bachelor of arts degree in acting at UNCG.
“My first love is drama and acting, but fashion for me is also a bit of theater and performance every day,” he said.
Fears has been the lead stylist and art director for Glitter magazine in New York for the past three years.
Creating an editorial spread — photos that tell a story — is like creating a small film or a piece of theater, he said.
“I was always pushing him to follow his goals, and styling has become an extension to his acting,” said his mom, Mary Hector, who lives in Greensboro.
In “Dress to Kill,” Fears had 10 minutes in each challenge to style a killer look for a model under certain scenarios, such as what to wear for a first date or an office look with sequins. Fears was featured in eight of the 20 episodes of the show’s first season, which aired from September to December. (Episodes are still available online.)
“My favorite challenge was the what-to-wear-on-a-road-trip episode,” he said. The show’s title is “Kicking Up a Stylish Look for the Road.”
In that show, he said, “I let the pressure of the competition go and really enjoyed being in the show. I think that really showed in that episode, and it was the beginning of my five out of six winning streak.”
In the final competition, Fears was one of the last three stylists standing.
Although he didn’t win the grand prize, Fear said, “We were all winners to be a part of the show and get to showcase our styling philosophies.”
Fears was born in Washington and moved to Greensboro when he was 2. He grew up performing and putting on shows for family and friends.
“I felt most like the characters I performed when I was in costume,” Fears said. “I learned at an early age I could be whoever I wanted to be through clothing.”
He said his favorite acting role was playing Jesus in the Weaver Center production of “Godspell.”
“That production was the beginning of my love for being on stage and gave me the confidence to know that I could entertain, grow out of my childhood shyness and to feel comfortable in front of a crowd,” Fears said.
His mom was a big fan.
“It was a pleasure seeing him performing and showing his talents of getting into a character’s role,” Hector said.
“My mother has always been a champion of my work,” Fears said. “She has been there to motivate me to work hard and to believe in myself. She always made me feel that I am capable of achieving if I put in the right amount of effort.”
His proudest acting moment, he said, was when he was in “Roadside Convenience,” an N.C. School of the Arts film that was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
“I was so happy to see myself on the big screen in an NYC movie theater,” he said. Fears moved to New York in 2004.
He began his styling career in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a friend asked him to style a look book, a collection of photos to show off a clothing line she was developing. This led Fears to create blogs, interviewing designers and celebrities such as Rachel Zoe and Tommy Hilfiger while styling for more shoots.
“Styling has become a way for me to create my own stories and build characters,” Fears said.
He has styled celebrities such as Norman Reedus, Daryl on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Caroline Sunshine, who plays European exchange student antagonist Tinka Hessenheffer on Disney’s “Shake It Up.”
Fears plans to move to Los Angeles in March to continue his styling and on-camera work. He will continue to work for Glitter magazine and style its teen celebrity fashion spreads. Fears said he hopes this move will bring more celebrity-styling opportunities.
“I am proud of his accomplishments and excited for his future,” his mom said.
Priscilla Sizemore is a communication studies student at UNCG.