There are some people who view internships and assistant jobs as experiences better endured than enjoyed. And then there’s Ade Samuel, who used her apprentice years to build the solid foundation of a massively successful career. After spending years in the fashion closets of W and Teen Vogue, she began assisting stylists such as Cher Coulter, Simone Harouche, and Shiona Turini (on Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, no less).
Since going solo, she’s become one of Hollywood’s leading stylists, with a client roster that includes Letitia Wright, Justine Skye, Cynthia Erivo, and Michael B. Jordan. Now, as she prepares to expand her namesake collection beyond sky-high heels alone, she speaks with Rose Inc. about the power of paying your dues—and why success is so much sweeter when it’s shared.