BY: Jamil Khan
JOHANNESBURG: At the tender age of 23, Alonzo Brown has a firm grip on the reality of life and the dog eat dog nature of society. He has lived by the principles of self-reliance and proactivity. Raised by a single mother in Jersey City, New Jersey Alonzo has always had an interest in fashion, even while maintaining good grades at school and majoring in English.
He sees fashion as the perfect means for self expression and uses it as a mood ring of sorts, claiming that the way he dresses sends a message to people about how he’s feeling on a particular day.
“I love fashion because it is like an extension of my personality and what kind of mood I’m in. It can tell people to back off and leave me alone, or it can invite people in and show the softer side of me. Fashion gives a certain amount of freedom to people and allows them to be who they want to be,” he says.
His particular passion is styling and modeling which he has been studying for a long time. His unofficial career in styling started with putting outfits together for his friends and during fashion shows in his Freshman year at Lincoln University.
His final conviction revealed itself when he interned at the Gala fashion show last year and realized that fashion styling is his destiny. He believes the STAND program has provided the perfect opportunity for him to hone his skills and grow his talent and passion for styling.
“I feel the STAND program can help me reach my future goals and introduce to the right people that can help me be successful in the industry,” says Alonzo.
UCOF is excited to have Alonzo as a worthy contender for the Achiever of the Year title, but judging from his journey, achieving is a standard behavior for him. It is this need for progress that will equip Alonzo with just the right set if tools to make his mark on the industry.
Jamil Khan is a press writer for UCOF. In his personal capacity he is a freelance writer, author and creative director. His interests include literature, music and