Chicago-native and style maven, BeBe Jones, is more than a fashion writer. BeBe is a wardrobe stylist, brand influencer, philanthropist and the creator of RowASeat1.
BeBe is a graduate of Jackson State University with a 2004 Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism-minor in English. During her time at JSU, BeBe was active on the Blue & White Flash Newspaper, NABJ, and other campus-wide organizations. Post graduation, BeBe interned at EBONY magazine and N’DIGO magapaper which encouraged her to expound upon her skills as a freelance writer at TheFashionSpot.com, Sister 2 Sister magazine, and Savoymag.com.
Then, in 2013, BeBe launched RowAseat1, a fashion conglomerate comprised of blogging, styling, brand development, and philanthropy. From her diverse Q&A profiles to event recaps to exclusive giveaways, BeBe provides a platform for emerging and established talent to showcase their work while documenting their journey. With over 15 years of fashion experience complimented by a relentless work ethic, BeBe has been sought after to showcase her work across print, social media, and television. She was selected as a Nike Chicago Influencer for the #ForceIsFemale ad campaign, established a social media collaboration with Chicago-based, women’s clothing label, AKIRA Chicago and NIKE x NBA. She’s styled the following: FOX’s Empire actor, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, NBC’s Chicago Fire actress Miranda Rae Mayo, R&B singer-songwriter, Ravyn Lenae, Chicago Red Stars Pro-Footballer, Casey Short, and WNBA Chicago Sky player, Stefanie Dolson. Appeared on fashion segments for ComplexTV for ComplexCon, ABC7 Chicago’s Windy City Live and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning (currently, The Jam). Furthermore, BeBe and her styling work have been featured on The Coveteur, Nordstrom.com, Nike.com, Rolling Out Magazine, MADE magazine, VoyageChicago.com, DicksSportingGoods.com, and WVON 1690AM Live – “The Talk of Chicago (iHeartRadio).”
In 2016, BeBe began offering high school seniors, undergraduate and post-graduate students from around the world with the RowAseat1 Fashion Blogger Internship Program. Entering its third year, BeBe works closely with each intern to strengthen their knowledge and creative writing skills across online and social media platforms. At the same time, BeBe joined forces with the non-profit organization, AfterSchool Matters. She became one of the founding instructors of The Suiter’s Academy, a six-week Summer program designed to enrich the lives of Chicago male teens through fashion, entrepreneurship, and branding.
While BeBe continues to endlessly build her empire, she has no plans on slowing down anytime soon. Why should she? BeBe’s life is one, grand fashion show and the world is her runway. Everybody will want a seat here.
| Bio written and edited by Thaschara VanDyke |