When we last heard from Trang Huyen, the Pensacola, FL blogger who beat out seven fierce competitors to win the inaugural America’s Most Stylish Blogger title, she was literally speechless. “I’m a pretty shy person,” the blogger admits, preferring to let her super-femme approach to the season’s biggest trends do the yapping for her on her extremely engaging, only-a-year-old blog, Behind the Seams.
It’s an interesting place that Trang and her fellow fashion bloggers occupy. As fashion bloggers’ impact on fashion grows, the anonymity many of them enjoy has begun to erode. We checked in with Trang to find out what life’s been like since she snagged the unanimous endorsements of guest judges Nicole Miller, Kelly Cutrone, Adam Lippes, Natalie Chanin and Tibi’s Amy Smilovic, plus the thousands of you who voted her America’s Most Stylish.
How have things changed for you and your blog Behind the Seams since you won the America’s Most Stylish Blogger competition?
My visitor count and traffic have increased tremendously. Other than the surprise blog explosion, my lifestyle in general is pretty much the same — I’m still a small town girl who loves to blog and document my fashion adventures.
Between 13-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson’s front row tour of Fashion Week, Vogue‘s secret blogger shoot, and the recent NY Times article on bloggers’ changing the pecking order at fashion shows, how do you think fashion bloggers are impacting fashion & style culture?
Fashion bloggers are exposing readers to new perspectives on fashion that mainstream media will sometimes not cover. The online fashion community interacts and expresses ideas with one another, which I believe can have important social influence on how style and fashion are perceived.
If you weren’t competing for the America’s Most Stylish Blogger title, which blogger would you have voted for?
Every one of the bloggers was stylish and unique in her own way. My lips are sealed on this one!
The guest judges in the America’s Most Stylish Blogger competition pretty much unanimously loved your style. Which judge’s endorsement were you most surprised by?
Kelly Cutrone! I love watching her on The Hills and The City. From what I’ve seen on television, she doesn’t sugarcoat anything — she tells it like it is, so you can imagine how unbelievably nerve racking it was for me when my photo was the first she critiqued! Her positive remarks were a complete honor!
>Get a piece of Trang’s style
>Kelly Cutrone on how bloggers are democratizing fashion
>See the seven stylish bloggers Trang was up against