Guest Editor: Timothy Snell


Award-winning television host, fashion designer, and celebrity stylist Timothy Snell is both an image-maker and a therapist. Working from the outside in, Timothy transforms, reinvents and re-introduces clients to their best and most stylish self each time he works with them. Known as “The Man Behind The Curves”, Timothy has a unique eye and bold, modern, and graphic design aesthetic that hones in on the desires of modern and contemporary plus-size women. Recognized as one of the top curvy style makers by UK-based publication Slink Magazine and for his fashionable take on the unseen and unheard intimate details that an individual’s style choices reveals, Timothy Snell recently launched a new unique swimwear and athleticwear collection exclusively for “Taking you to the beach and beyond, these designs will flatter and compliment your curve-o-losity,” Timothy chimes.

Timothy has made a successful shift as a designer behind the scenes with on-camera appearances as a cohost and brand consultant for the highly-successful Queen Latifah Collection on HSN, a pop-culture expert on the Logo network special SCANDALICIOUS, and the style expert with THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW for Sony Pictures Television. Currently, Timothy hosts BET Network’s hit fashion series CURVE APPEAL, bringing his expertise and chic and sophisticated style advice for the curvy woman. A highly sought after personal key stylist, the Timothy Snell client roster has included the legendary Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, and Tisha Campbell-Martin, among a number of other high-profile individuals. Snell regularly combs the American and European fashion collections for designers to creatively execute his vision for the many tours, red carpet, commercial, PR, television, and personal appearances of his clientele. Additionally, Snell’s expertise is in constant demand by corporate megabrands such as Cover Girl, Torrid, Olay, and Zales. Timothy’s editorial work has appeared in In Style, Glamour, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Premiere, People, Hollywood Reporter, Good Housekeeping, More, Slink, and Essence.

Timothy, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada studied Fashion Merchandising & Design in Los Angeles where he received a number of awards and accolades for his creativity. Snell got his start and perfected his skill set working with manufacturers who specialized in designing private label for chains such as Target, Lane Bryant, and The Limited. Snell’s career took a turn when he became Fashion Director for CODE magazine, one of the industry’s most successful men’s fashion magazines, snagging seven Maggie Awards and Ad Age and Ad Week’s “Launch of the Year” awards. “During my tenure at CODE,” Snell says, “it became clear to me that clothes tell a story about a person and that fashion provides a common meeting ground. It’s a universal language.”
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When I heard about you for the first time was as the designer for Queen Latifah…. how did you guys meet?
I met QL through a dear friend in the business and immediately we clicked. I understood her curves and she understood my vision.

You seem to inhabit in the language/space of “plus size” fashion… why plus size?
It comes natural for me, I grew up around beautiful curvy women who celebrated and loved their bodies. I have a curvy sister and she has curvy friends. When I would shop with her, I would get so disgusted and upset. If you walk through department stores, you’d probably see 2,000 different collections for different designers geared towards women up to a size 12, possibly 14. However, if you go to the plus size department it is like a full on dismissal. Curves are important too and they deserve to be celebrated. From then on, I vowed that I would be the Bodyguard of Curvy Fashion/Man Behind The Curves.

Do we need to change the lingo of “plus size?”.. if so to what?
No, I look at the word Plus sized as a positive. For example, the same way we all look at having more as a good thing. The term “plus size” may seem out dated to most, but the word “PLUS” holds power. I, myself, like to use the word curvy; to me it sounds modern, current and sexy.

What 3 items from your collection is for any woman of any size?
The 3 items that I would recommend to all body types are:
1. The Sutton Hooded Maxi Mesh Cover Up. This Is one of my favorite items in the collection. It is designed to be worn as a cover up at the beach, a maxi dress with a slip, with jeans, shorts, or a tank underneath.
2. The Elizabeth Zip front solid/The Lola Zip front print. These swimsuit are one in the same, except one is a print and the other is a solid. Both items are designed with ruching on the sides, a gold front zipper that will hold everything in place impeccably.
3. The Mikel swim short. This swimsuit item is versatile. While it looks like a skirt in the front, it’s actually a pair of shorts. The zip pocket on the side adds flare and also useful for various activities such as tennis.

Where do you find your design inspiration?
My inspiration comes form life. I see beauty In so many things such as nature. I find my self drawn to the stylish looks of the 60’s for design inspiration.

How does it feel to be named the best of “swimwear” by In Style mag? and how did your collaboration with always for me come about?
To be named Best Swimwear by In Style magazine is an honor, In Style has been one of my go to magazine for years on style, trend and where to buy . To be featured among the elite in fashion, for stylish swim for curvy women is a wonderful plus. My collaboration happened as a result of social media.

If you did not become a fashion designer what was your plan B?
My Plan B, I would have become an Interior designer, I have always loved furniture, room accessories, etc. I love how a room can change a person’s mood.

Fave Summer getaway?
My favorite summer get away is Anguilla at the Viceroy Hotels… 5 star relaxation and beauty and it’s all around time for a trip!!!!!!!

Summer guilty pleasures?
Relaxing by the pool with an Elle Decor magazine, House music in the park on Sundays while visiting NYC, cold popsicles, German chocolate cake from Magnolia Bakery, boutique hotel roof tops at night for cocktails with my bestie.

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