Student Success Stories
Can you really become a successful personal stylist by taking our online programs?
The simple answer is yes!
98% of students have gone on to start their own personal styling businesses, work as personal stylists, and have careers in the fashion industry after completing our online certificate programs. Our graduates work with private clients, celebrities, influencers, fashion brands, and large corporations, and some have even worked at Fashion Week. We've seen them featured in media outlets such as Newsweek, Forbes, Teen Vogue, The Sun, and Essence Magazine.
Our graduates are taking the personal styling world by storm and you could too!
To show you what's possible and get you inspired, here are a few success stories from our amazing graduates.
Naomi (Chi) Illochi - Pittsburg, USA
Former student, Naomi (Chi), is the founder of Styling by Chi in Pittsburg, USA. In addition to offering styling services for private clients, Chi developed her own digital magazine to showcase the work of artists, stylists, and other creatives working in the fashion industry and give them a platform to develop their careers.
Since graduating from the personal stylist certificate program, Chi has worked with Reebok, Teen Vogue, Essence, and Bank of America, to name a few, and has also been personally featured for her work in Newsweek and was featured as a 'stylist to know' in Sheer magazine.
Adding to her impressive success, Chi just launched her own signature fragrance, Chi by Chi in 2023.
Fiona Doyle - Limerick, Ireland
Fiona enrolled at The Style Academy International after taking several other online courses which she felt left her unprepared to become a personal stylist. After graduating from the program she has since started her own personal styling business and has achieved great success.
Fiona currently works 1:1 with private clients, including celebrities and influencers. She also offers corporate events and keynote speaking about style and image and has worked with Deutsche Bank, The Savoy Hotel Group, Landrover, and Network Ireland.
Fiona was recently featured in Image Magazine and had the opportunity to work behind the scenes at London Fashion Week.
Maria Tsiouni - Athens, Greece
After completing our personal styling certificate program in 2020, Maria opened her own personal styling business, Find My Style in Athens, Greece. Within a month of opening her business, Maria booked her first clients and she has never looked back.
The high demand for both her in-person and online personal styling and Image services led to Maria expanding her business in 2022 and adding a special events stylist to help her meet the demand.
Maria manages a private client list and continues to take on new clients both in-person and online.
Cheryl Nomdarkhon - Toronto, Canada
Cheryl enrolled in the personal stylist certificate program after losing her corporate job during the Covid pandemic. While waiting for the world to re-open she took the opportunity to follow her passion and eventually opened her own personal styling business, Uncover Your Style, in Toronto, Canada.
In addition to working with private clients both in-person and virtually, Cheryl has become a go-to style and Image expert, making guest appearances on podcasts and at live events.
In 2022, Cheryl was featured in Women of Influence, Canada.
David Higgins-Cleary - Dublin, Ireland
When David enrolled in the personal styling certificate program, he worked as a sales associate in a fashion retail store in Dublin, Ireland. His experience working in a fashion environment fueled his desire to be a personal stylist and help women gain confidence through fashion and style.
After completing the program, David began working 1:1 with clients and also launched his own online fashion boutique, Davron Fashions where he uses his styling skills to curate looks for the online store. The focus of David's business is inclusivity and he strives to provide affordable fashion and styling to women regardless of size.
David was recently featured in The Irish Sun newspaper sharing his expertise as a personal stylist and style recommendations.
Shakaylah Leonard - San Franscisco, USA
Shakaylah is the owner of an online fashion boutique, Pynk Papillon. She enrolled with The Style Academy International because she wanted to start offering personal styling services in addition to her online retail business.
After graduating from our online personal stylist certificate program Shakaylah began working as an affiliate stylist with The Style Clinic offering both in-person and virtual services. She also added personal styling services to her online fashion store.
Shakaylah's skills in fashion and style led to a partnership with fashion giant Boohoo and she was accepted as a personal stylist for Glamhive, the largest online styling service.
Crystal Napier - Virginia, USA
Crystal is the owner of Renee's Boutique a retail clothing store in Ruckersville, Virginia. Crystal had been offering basic styling services to her clientele for some time but felt that she needed more formalized training to ensure she could provide them with the best service possible, so decided to enroll in our online certificate program.
Since becoming a certified personal stylist, Crystal has expanded her business and now offers comprehensive styling services to both private clients and her retail customers. Crystal also offers group styling events teaching skills to improve confidence through style.
becoming a certified personal stylist allowed Crystal to increase the price of styling services and has also helped grow her retail fashion business.
Melaney Eshelby - Kansas City, USA
Melaney is a fitness instructor with a passion for fashion. It was this passion that her to The Style Academy International when she made the decision to start her own personal styling business.
After completing the personal styling certificate program, Melaney opened the doors to Styled by Mel, offering personal styling and branding services, personal shopping, and closet editing and organization.
Melaney has grown a solid list of private clients and her services have even been sought out by local social media influencers and personalities.
Her business continues to go from strength to strength and she couldn't be happier.