As a stylist to the stars, Tameka Raymond has helped some of America’s favorite celebrities look great. Now she’s giving a rising generation of young women the chance to feel great – about themselves and their future.
In creating The Lost Ones Foundation, Tameka sought to develop a philanthropic vehicle that remembers those so often forgotten in life. “There are so many obstacles that can be overcome,” she says. “We want girls in need to know that we are here with open arms to help them succeed. Our message is simple: You are not alone.”
Tameka’s personal quest for excellence began back in high school, when she had aspirations to develop a career in the fashion industry. Her goal? To become a buyer/designer for major boutiques – and to one day start her very own business.
Armed with the will to succeed and a sharp eye for style, Tameka attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 1994 as a merchandising/marketing major in Los Angeles. Working as a dresser for Giorgio Armani and other designer shows, the resident Atlantan became best known for propelling Lauryn Hill’s vintage haute couture look into the limelight, branding Lauryn as an international fashion icon.
Tameka’s impressive clientele roster reads like the ultimate VIP list. She’s lent her creative talents to legendary soul singers like Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin, as well as chart-toppers such as Jay-Z, Toni Braxton, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and more.
Her work has covered top magazines like Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, People, Vibe and Details, while also gracing the pages of high-end fashion publications from Glamour to Essence. Tameka’s invaluable contribution to the style industry has garnered invitations to appear in magazines and on television shows such as MTV, Good Day Atlanta, E! and Access Hollywood.
The fashion leader, mother and entrepreneur is eager to add designer to her list of credits with the preparation of her women’s and maternity clothing line, Hides & Dungarees. Her heartfelt devotion to nurturing children is seen in her work as co-founder of Oakland Natives Give Back, which donates backpacks of school supplies to underserved kids in her hometown, of Oakland, California.
Tameka’s belief in community runs just as strong as her talent for fashion. That dedication has taken shape through The Lost Ones Foundation, which focuses on young women (ages 12-18) in at-risk environments.
Designed to motivate, empower and inspire the lives of girls, the foundation leads five-day retreats, complete with positive image workshops, health seminars, beauty makeovers and testimonials. Tameka believes that it’s all about finding one’s inner self. “Everyone can’t be a star,” she says. “But they can let their light shine,