A look at Joy Donnell press moments, behind the scenes, interviews, public appearances, editorial features and more.

My press interviews, profiles, editorial features, media and other ways I keep myself busy…

4 THE LOVE SESSIONS // KNEKT.TV MAY 2017

On May 11, 2017, Music, Fashion, Art, Activism + VR converged under the GIBSON roof to present 4 THE LOVE SESSIONS #4TLSESSIONS. Omnes Records and Vanichi magazine gathered like-minded people to redefine the idea of a “salon” where we could discover, connect and create change in the world.

Our discoveries included emerging music in L.A., fashion brands with story and purpose driving their designs, a local nonprofit that is nurturing the next wave of talent and a photo exhibition that is fighting to end slavery in developing economies. KNEKT.TV streamed the story LIVE.

 

NOTHING WITHOUT PASSION // HUFFPOST UK INTERVIEW MAR 2017

My Vanichi Magazine business partner, Jordan Swain, and I sat down with Adam Bradford for Huffington Post UK to discuss our African fashion campaign. We partnered with The Africa Channel to showcase contemporary African luxury and ready-to-wear fashions. We discussed the unique editorial and video series entitled What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion? #WIMIWAF and how Vanichi is highlighting emerging designer brands from around the world. Go here to read the Huffington Post UK piece and hear the podcast interview.

 

 WHAT IF MOVIE ICONS WORE AFRICAN FASHION? // JAN 2017

As Editor-in-Chief of Vanichi Magazine, I’m honored to announce that we have partnered with The Africa Channel to present a unique editorial and video series that celebrates fashion from Africa and the African Diaspora. Here’s a sneak preview of What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion? #WIMIWAF. More at vanichi.com and theafricachannel.com

TEARSHEETS FROM SOPHISTICATES BLACK HAIR // DEC 2016

There’s nothing lowbrow about my hair. I stepped in front of the camera for a natural hair photo shoot that gave glory to the kinky curly hair of the African Diaspora. Photos by BARRY DRUXMAN. Hair + Makeup by KAREN BATES-ASHLEY. Hair Colorist: LYNEISE OKOJIE. Stylist: DREA MJ. Creative Director: JORDAN SWAIN.

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MINORITIES IN FILM WITH CAL STATE UNIV // NOV 2016

Do you think minorities are under-represented in film? From the script to the casting process to the finished product, here’s a bit of what we had to say to Cal State LA and Roberto Oregel’s class about diversity in media for this short documentary “Minorities in Film: Unseen and Unknown”.

INTERVIEW ON HEALTH IN HEELS WITH DR. LISA // OCT 2016

My interview on Health in Heels with Dr. Lisa Masterson. We’re talking African luxury fashion, my forthcoming #WIMIWAF psa about emerging designers from the African diaspora, runway trends and mentoring.

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TEA WITH VICTORIA SUMMER #TWVS // AUG 2016

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Russell Simmons and Joy Donnell at Tea With Victoria Summer produced by Lawrence Charles of Charles and Company. The event was hosted at the private residence of the British Consul General in Hancock Park. Photo by Jordan Swain for Vanichi Magazine.

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Lawrence Charles of Charles and Company, Joy Donnell and Chris Klein at Tea With Victoria Summer. Photo by Jordan Swain for Vanichi Magazine.

 

 CREATIVE VISIONS SUNDOWNER // AUG 2016

Jordan Swain, Shamier Anderson and Joy Donnell. Photo by Ian Bailey .

Jordan Swain, Shamier Anderson and Joy Donnell. Photo by Ian Bailey .

 

EDITORIAL PHOTO SESSION WITH JUHN KWON // JULY 2016

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A behind-the-scenes moment on set photographed by Jordan Swain.

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A behind-the-scenes moment on set with makeup artist and hairstylist Karen Bates-Ashley. Photographed by Jordan Swain.

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Hair and Makeup by Karen Bates-Ashley. Wardrobe Styling by Drea MJ. Gown by Tatiana Shabelnik. Creative Direction by Jordan Swain. Produced by Li Sapp-Weaver and Jeff Moeller. Photography by Juhn Kwon.

 

HEARPRENEUR INTERVIEW // JUNE 2016

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CEO BLOG NATION INTERVIEW // MAY 2016

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 BUSINESS NEWS DAILY INTERVIEW // APR 2016

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PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER WESTWEEK 2016 // MAR 2016

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Joy Donnell and Jeff Moeller in a beautiful art installation during WestWeek at Pacific Design Center. Photo by Rochelle Brodin.

LAFW in GIOIA PAN HANDKNIT GOWN // MAR 2016

Wearing the ‘Knitwear Queen of Taiwan’ Gioia Pan handknit mermaid gown with gold metallic thread. Gold Rings by Joy Arte. Gown and Gold Rings via La Maison de Fashion. Earrings by Stephanie Kantis. Brows by Sublime Eyes.

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Photo by John McCarthy.

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FENDI CASA X OGARA COACH PRESENT 2017 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LP // MAR 2016

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LUXURY LIVING OPENS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD // FEB 2016

Joy Donnell and Jeff Moeller at the Luxury Living showroom opening event in West Hollywood, CA. ©Patrick McMullan- DAVID CROTTY / PMC

Joy Donnell and Jeff Moeller at the Luxury Living showroom opening event in West Hollywood, CA. ©Patrick McMullan- DAVID CROTTY / PMC

DE RE GALLERY PRESENTS TANIA DIBBS // JAN 2016

Joy Donnell and Jeff Moeller at the Tania Dibbs opening night reception at De Re Gallery. Photo by Rochelle Brodin.

Joy Donnell and Jeff Moeller at the Tania Dibbs opening night reception at De Re Gallery. Photo by Rochelle Brodin.

TEA WITH E @ THE LANGHAM // NOV 2015

A luxurious tea with floral artist Eddie Zaratsian.

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Joy Donnell and Eddie Zaratsian at The Langham Pasadena.

BLACK ENTREPRENEUR BLUEPRINT INTERVIEW // MAR 2015

I share my story of moving to Los Angeles, building a media company and employing branding strategies along the way.

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CO-HOST AFTERNOON TEA WITH AMELIA BOYNTON ROBINSON // MAR 2015

“A VOTEless people is a HOPEless people,” centenarian civil rights movement matriarch Amelia Boynton Robinson reflects on SELMA 50 years later at her reception at Creative Visions Foundation. Thank you to Ann Simmons and Albert of the LA Times for sharing this icon’s light with the world.

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THE #TEASPA in VENTURA BLVD MAGAZINE // FEB 2015

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Jordan Swain and Joy Donnell

Jordan Swain and Joy Donnell

CREATIVE VISIONS TURN ON LA AWARDS GALA // OCT 2014

I had the honor of serving as a Hosting Committee member for Creative Visions Foundation’s Turn On LA Awards honoring Dr. Sanjay Gupta, recipient of the Dan Eldon Courage in Journalism Award, director Sanjay Rawal, recipient of the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award, documentarians Chris Temple and Zach Ingraci, recipients of the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award, director, producer and fine art photographer Lekha Singh, recipient of the Dan Eldon Catalyst Award and education activist Malala Yousafzai, recipient of the Dan Eldon Young Creative Activist Award. Attendees also enjoyed a spoken word performance by poet/philosopher In-Q and music by Aloe Blacc who performed his hit songs, “I Need a Dollar,” “Wake Me Up,” and “The Man.”

Joy Donnell with recording artist Aloe Blacc at Creative Visions Turn On LA 2014

Joy Donnell with recording artist Aloe Blacc at Creative Visions Turn On LA 2014

THE HOLLYWOOD ELEVATOR MAGAZINE // OCT 2014

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With Jonell Gainey of The Hollywood Elevator Magazine at Sue Wong’s Fairies & Sirens SS 2015.

 

THE GEEKIE AWARDS // AUG 2014

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2014 Geekie Awards with Fashion Category presented by Vanichi Magazine – Aug 19, 2014

 

 

BRITISH POLO DAY // MAY 2014

 

 

MADE WOMAN MAGAZINE // FEB 2014

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Made Woman Magazine’s Made Woman of the Month – Feb 2014