Meet three Haitian queens at the pinnacle of fashion

 Meet three Haitian queens at the pinnacle of fashion

NEW JERSEY-Just in time for Haitian Heritage Month, news broke of three Haitian-Americans joining the top ranks of mainstream fashion tastemakers. Naomi Elizée is Vogue’s new fashion editor, Tarah-Lynn has the same role at Cosmopolitan and Fabbiola Romain has taken the associate visual editor position, also at Vogue.

For a profession so different from health, engineering and legal careers that many Haitian parents are encouraged, the three women to climb in height are worth a look.

Naomi Elizée

Fierce and feminine, by design

Elizée, who grew up in Florida, honors her love for fashion by watching her family dress up for expensive Haitian parties. Her mom and aunt’s ability to combine fierce looks and femininity was what first inspired her. That style, Elizée says, is the “secret weapon” in any woman’s wardrobe.

Inspired, Elizée joined the industry in 2005 as a stylist and designer. Fascinated by fashion journalism because of its ability to tell stories about people through clothes, Elizée said, she joined Teen Vogue as a co -editor. He continues to W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, iD Interview and other outlets. Most recently, he served as senior editor at Complex Media.

Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien

Teach others to put their best foot – and self – forward

As Cosmopolitan’s new fashion editor, Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien “brings her unique style to all of our fashion coverage,” the iconic publication announced in its announcement. She has X years of experience in fashion journalism, an eye for trends and a panache for providing fashion tips or life advice.

Previously, Saint-Elien was the style editor of The Haitian Times. In the role, she curates articles on the latest fashion trends. Source:

Q&A with Fabbiola Romain

Fabbiola has loved fashion from a young age. Not surprisingly, she reached out to Vogue, one of the world’s leading fashion brands.

Romain took time with The Haitian Times for a quick Q&A, edited for clarity and length.

THT: Tell us about your path in this role, as a Black woman and Haitian-American.

FR: [Takes deep breath.] The journey here is not easy. As a first-generation Haitian-American, the Fashion industry is not on the accepted and expected career path. I got my first role in 2013, working on various titles, such as Oprah Magazine and Cosmopolitan. After three years, I knew it was time to actively pursue the dream that was reserved for me. I had a lot of interviews and what felt like hundreds of rejections.

I take every rejection as an opportunity and continue to persevere and be determined. In 2017, I accepted a position that I knew would lead me closer to my ultimate goal. After two years, I became the first Black Haitian-American on my team and in my current role.

I am proud to represent my culture and connect with others to make sure the fashion space has a place for us.

THT: Highlights of your career so far?

FR: I think the highlights of my career continue to change as I progress. For now, I would say meet and work with talented counterparts, create iconic covers and attend the annual Met Gala for sure!

THT: What do you hope to accomplish in this role, and how will you do it?

FR: As the fashion world is constantly changing, I plan to pursue many opportunities as they present themselves. I also want to continue to pursue my dream and never feel complacent. As I continue in my current position, I plan to put myself in uncomfortable situations to be promoted as an editor and continue to work well.

THT: What do you value most about Haitian growth?

FR: Things that remind me of my culture. I think of almost all the memes that make fun of being Haitian. Strict teachings from my childhood allowed me to grow in character and value unintentional lessons of boundaries. I realized that those experiences helped shape me into the woman I am today, who I will be and will be then.

THT: Ok, now let’s make a flash. Say the first thing that comes to mind.

THT: Favorite Haitian Food

FR: Legume and white rice to my mom! Lambi and fritay. All of them! LOL

THT: Favorite Haitian Song

FR: Lots! But for this purpose, Mikaben – Haiti Says.

THT: Favorite saying or Haitian proverb

FR: “Woch nan dlo pa konnen mizè woch nan soley” which translates as “the stone in the water did not know the suffering of the stone in the sun.”

THT: Greatest wish for Haiti

FR: We “People of Haitian” are strong! Our history shows this and ours today proves it! My biggest wish for Haiti is to go back to what it was before, where others who don’t know Haiti that I know will experience the real culture we always talk about. It was also a desire for me to learn some of the beauty of Haiti that I had never had the opportunity to see and experience.

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