Joy has always had a way with words and becoming a journalist was a childhood dream. As the Houston Chronicle fashion and beauty editor, she covers fashion, beauty, fitness and other lifestyle topics and is one of a handful of full-time fashion editors at major newspapers around the country.
Joy worked for the Kansas City Star and the New York Post and has written regularly for Money, People, Vibe, Shape, Time, Town & Country and other magazines. She has interviewed hundreds of famous faces, from Oscar de la Renta to Houston’s own Beyoncé Knowles.
An award-winning journalist, Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Houston, a master’s degree in business management from Webster University and taught journalism at Central Missouri State University. She has received several prestigious national journalism fellowships on issues concerning Latin America and the African Diaspora; one in which she lived and worked in Mexico and another in which she traveled to Cuba with a team of U.S. journalists to study racism in the country.
A former competitive ice skater, Joy became Houston’s first professional black figure skating coach while still in college. She is also a regular speaker on style, women’s and girl's empowerment, social media and other lifestyle topics. In 2012, she conducted her first “Dress Like You Are In Love” style seminar. The next year, Joy was profiled on the international style site, The Coveteur, and The Huffington Post.
In December 2016, she started Year Of Joy as a personal journey to live a more joyful life. It has expanded into Year Of Joy, a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to spread joy to children from underserved communities through cultural and educational experiences. Click here to learn more about the Year of Joy.
In 2017, Joy was honored with the 2017 Houston Humanitarian Award in celebration of Houston Random Acts of Kindness Day.