Harriette Cole: The Dreamleaper

By: Cyril Josh Barker, New York Amsterdam News

Life stylist Harriette Cole has built her dream career by making people look good and fine-tuning their images. Now she’s on a mission to show others how they can achieve their dreams of being independent and owning their own businesses.

Known for her work at Essence magazine and as a best-selling author, today Cole is a life stylist and branding coach. Well-known celebrities, including Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys and Carl Thomas, are among her clientele, making her the go-to person when it comes to image consulting for 20 years.

“I coach people on how to present themselves effectively,” Cole said. “I work with clients to get their message clear when they are talking to the media and I work with people in the business world on how to present themselves. How they look, eye contact, body language, speech and verbal and nonverbal communication.”

Originally from Baltimore, Md., her father, the late Harry A. Cole, was the first African-American ever elected to the Maryland Senate and the first African-American to serve on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Her mother was a kindergarten teacher.

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