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The Religious Affiliation of Fashion Designer
Rachel Roy

From: Lauren David Peden, "Shopping With... Rachel Roy, designer", Fashion Wire Daily, 15 July 2005
"Fun, feminine, classic, sexy," said Rachel Roy when asked to describe her just-launched line of women's clothing. The statuesque designer might also have been describing herself, though we'd have added "nice" and "thoughtful" to the superlatives being tossed around.

Fashion Wire Daily met Roy at the midtown offices of Rocawear, where she acts as creative director for the clothing company founded by Jay-Z and her husband, Rocafella Records exec Damon Dash.

...Mind you, "kind of lying" does not come naturally to Roy, who grew up in a Seventh Day Adventist household. "It's basically Christian but with a few more ideals," she explained as we sped over the George Washington Bridge in a black Mercedes 600S piloted by her driver, Fred.

Such as?

"No jewelry, no makeup," she replied. "In the big scheme of things, how much do those things matter, you know? I would love actually to see Mary; I think she would have had a few necklaces on. I was blessed to have a fairly easygoing [upbringing] where stuff like that didn't matter. But the fundamentals were important: We did always go to church and church schools, and it was important how you treated people."

Clearly, the 31-year-old designer had not lost sight of the importance of treating other people kindly, even as she had progressed from t-shirt folder to Rocawear intern and stylist to her current post as creative director, a title she still holds even after launching her own eponymous line in Spring 2005.

Along the way, she graduated from Columbia Union College in Washington, D.C. with a degree in communications ("I went there because it was a religious school and part of family history; they didn't offer fashion but I needed help with the tuition, so..."), and met and married hip-hop impresario Damon Dash, with whom she has a five-year-old daughter, Ava.

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