The wonderful thing about the internet is its ability to introduce you to…well, just about anything. Sometimes it’s your future husband, other times it’s that recipe you’ll be cooking this weekend at that dinner party you’re hosting. In our case, a lot of times it introduces us to our next BFFs (shoutout to Instagram.) That’s how we came to meet today’s Boss Babe.
Savannah White is a true beauty, a style maven and a soulful human being. Her official title: Stylist and Contributing Market Editor at Paper Magazine. Her unofficial title: Style Star and Nurturer of Animals (according to us.) Whether she’s off styling the pages of Interview Magazine or fostering rescues, Savannah does so with style and grace, and above all, that Midwestern flair.
We caught up with the blonde beaut and chatted about what fuels her creativity, her favorite Seamless order and her burgeoning styling career. Get to know your next girl crush.
Brooklyn, New York.
Favorite meal to order from seamless?
A culture you would love to explore?
One fashion item you can’t live without?
Name a band that will always lift your mood?
Counting Crows or Third Eye Blind, I have so many good memories listening to their music with friends.
New NYC restaurant you’ve been meaning to check out:
Celeb you would love to style?
You didn’t go to school for fashion, how did you get into the styling gig?
When I finished college I moved to New York and starting interning in PR for Stella McCartney, then I bounced around and was interning with Marie Claire where I eventually was able to help out on shoots and started assisting other stylists. So yeah it just sort of happened! I really enjoy what I do, and feel fortunate that I’ve crossed paths with a lot of talented people who have helped me in the process.
What is one thing you would tell your younger self?
I probably wouldn’t have listened, but to stop trying so hard to fit in and have a little patience, it’s all going to work out.
Is there a certain type of media that influences your creativity? (I.e, television, music, art.)
I would say music and film have a heavy influence on my creativity. I love to go back and watch old films, or listen to music I haven’t heard in a while and come up with my own stories or shoot ideas!
In another interview, you stated that you have been trying to be better about turning down things. How do you feel saying “no” has made your career better?
I eventually realized it doesn’t make you an asshole or not a hard worker for turning down certain things. It’s given me a clearer vision for the direction in which I want to take my work. By knowing that direction, I know the people I hope to work with, and the specific goals I want to set for myself. I’m also a happier person because I’m investing my time in projects I want to be part of and am excited about.
What is your current guilty pleasure? (No judgement.)
@fluffypack. I LOVE cute animal videos, honestly I could get lost scrolling through. Makes me so, so happy!
How do you define your styling style?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style when it comes to my styling. It depends on the collaborative vision of the team I’m working with on different shoots to see what story it is we’re trying to tell. My part is making sure that specific story is told through the wardrobe. I do experiment, and play around much more with styling for shoots then with my personal style though!
How would you define your own style?
My style is grounded in comfortable classic basics, but I love strong outerwear pieces, or accessories that can make my outfit a bit more fun and interesting.
You’re involved in the animal rescue community. Obviously we adore that. What’re you working on specifically to help shape that community?
When talking about animal welfare I can get really overwhelmed and discouraged by how much needs to be done. I’ve started out small doing work locally with the animal rescue I adopted from called Rescuzilla here in New York. Raising donations, awareness, volunteering, and fostering. I hope to have my own animal sanctuary one day, and to eventually live in a world where all animals are receiving the respect they so much deserve.
Who would be the ultimate person (dead or alive) to grab a quick bite with and why?
Jane Goodall. I’m fascinated with her, and the powerful impact she’s continuing to make for not only for animals but our planet. She’s brilliant, fearless, and I’d love to grab a quick bite with her!
Where do you see yourself in work & life in 8 years?
In 8 years I hope to still be working for myself with people I admire and on jobs I’m enthusiastic and passionate about. Have a few businesses of my own, maybe a family by then, and to be happy and healthy.
Any advice for future boss babes? Especially who are looking to go into the fashion industry?
Surround yourself, and work with people you admire and aspire to be like so you can learn from them and how they got where they are. Take incentive, and be prepared to work really hard because unfortunately it’s not always glamorous… and trust yourself.
Photos by Vanessa Granda for Taste The Style