We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaiah Dorty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaiah, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is what got me where I am today. Being comfortable doesn’t push growth but stepping outside your comfort zone and taking risks is what is going to teach you new things and give you new experiences to grow from.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My creative eye comes from my past and honestly just the things I saw growing up and wishing I had access too. Growing up my family didn’t have all the money for the nicest things and honestly there aren’t any people in my family that are really into fashion like me. That is what pushed me to follow my dreams and be an outlier and create art. Styling has been very challenging especially in NYC where 1 out of 10 people want to be a stylist lol. So having to build my brand from the bottom and make myself noticeable was the biggest challenge. Once I found my path in the industry I just stayed focused on myself and began building my aesthetic, which is when I found my love for Plus Size styling. I am most proud about my article in MobJournal magazine. It was a project I came up with randomly and it ended up getting picked for their magazine. I want the world to know that Isaiah is here and I’m not going anywhere.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So one of my favorite food places is Ruby’s in LES it’s a cute trendy Australian restaurant with amazing brussel sprouts. Then I would have to take them to walk around Bushwick and see the artwork and just overall vibe. A picnic is necessary in NY whenever there’s good weather so that’s definitely happening. Then a trip to the MET because art is life. Lastly I like to take people to the village and enjoy being around some of the community. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a few people I would like to shoutout. My best friend Shonteh for always pushing me and keeping my head on straight. My boyfriend Davian for being there to pick me up when I’m lost. My newfound creative family Sarai, Sydney, Nem, Kaiyla, Traci, Sontia, Jazz, Veronica, Natu. And lastly my group of friends who always have my back Tajh, Gunn, Naporje and Amari.
1st photo: Model- Hannah Mussette of Marilyn Agency Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Naporje Washington Assistant- MéAvani 2nd photo: Model- Jazzmine Carthon Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Marlon Turner MUA- Eddie Lee Assistant- Maria 3rd photo: Model- Traci Johnson Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Sarai Garcia MUA- Kaiyla Franklin Project Manager- Nem Fisher 4th photo: Model- Angela Garten Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Sydney Claire MUA- Tanya Marques Assistant- Nem Fisher 5th photo: Models- Sontia Rowdy, Traci Johnson, Kaiyla Franklin, Nem Fisher Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Sarai Garcia MUA- Kaiyla Franklin Assistant- Danica Robinson 6th photo: Model- Jazzmine Carthon Styling- Isaiah Dorty Photographer- Sydney Claire MUA- Armando Kole Assistant: Maria