Stacy London is practically a household name for anyone who loves fashion, style, and feeling good about themselves. She starred in TLC’s What Not To Wear for ten years, making over countless women (and men, in those first few seasons!) and inspiring us with her caustic comments.
Stacy seems so confident and sure of herself—a gift she imparts on those she styles—but she wasn’t always like this! She spoke with Lewis Howes on his podcast about how she came to be the woman that she is now.
Stacy got her start as a fashion assistant at Vogue. At 5 foot 7, Stacy revealed how her deep-seated body issues affected her that first year. She was bulimic and weighed a shocking 90 pounds…and within that first year, she had doubled in size to 180 pounds.
That’s not the only issue Stacy has faced throughout her life. At the age of 11, she became afflicted with severe psoriasis, which she describes as “a disease you can’t die of, but sometimes you wish you could.” At the same time, Stacy’s parents got divorced.
The style expert has channeled her lifelong insecurities into fuel for her illustrious career, styling stars like Kate Winslet and Oprah. Stacy distinguishes the difference between ‘style’ and ‘fashion.’ She calls fashion an industry built on people’s insecurities, but style is about “an individual wanting to express who they are, and it really starts with an individual’s self-awareness.”
So it’s no surprise that Stacy has in incredible sense of self and is able to channel it into her work. Throughout her years on TLC, Stacy says what helped her the most was obviously her style skillset, but also her own emotional insecurities.
If you admire Stacy’s wisdom in both style and life, then you should know where she gets it from! Lewis Howes asked who she felt raised her and Stacy credited her mom for her upbringing. She gushed about what a genius her mom was, who could freehand draw the state of Alaska, and taught herself Harvard curriculum.
But Stacy admits her mother was no angel. She calls her “a real yeller” and a straight up b----! And she admits that she’s become a LOT like her mother—so much so that around season 7 of her show, Stacy realized she had made the set a toxic environment, and ended up writing apology letters to a bunch of the crew.
Stacy capped off her interview with this gem: “If you can’t, and you don’t feel like everybody else and you don’t fit in, maybe the whole point is you don’t have to.” Viewers loved getting to know Stacy more intimately and soaking up her wisdom.