Courtney Mays

The Stylist Dressing Some of the NBA’s Finest

You can see some of Courtney Mays’s finest work on the likes of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Love. This NBA stylist helps athletes enhance their overall brand and persona by creating their off-court looks. Being a woman in a male-dominated industry isn’t easy, but at 6 feet tall, Mays proudly declares herself a “unicorn.”

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“Ha! That’s still up for debate! I’ve always been interested in the arts, whether that be theater or architecture. I studied art history in college. Also, sports has been a constant thread in my journey. My dad is a former NFL player. Somehow in the whirlwind of life, moving to New York, carving out a career within a passion, styling menswear stuck. Now styling athletes…that hit the nail on the head. Sports and art finally has fused. Fast-forward a few years to my golden girl years, I’ll have a flower shop/art gallery/antique store. Then I’ll have arrived!”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Designing a capsule collection with Kevin Love and Banana Republic.”

What are you most grateful for?

“Family. I mean Mom, Dad, David and Mia, but also my best friends and extended folks with their unwavering support as well as group chats that keep me laughing hysterically.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“We are strength and perseverance. We are MAGIC! Listen, I work in a male-dominated industry (both sports and fashion), but my voice, my perspective is valuable. I refuse to think anything less than that. Who run the world? Girls…obviously.”

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What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Keep on pushing. Take up space. Ask for help. Talking to women in your field or even outside of your scope of work is so important. Hearing another woman’s journey can truly enlighten and inspire. And hell, make you realize you’re not alone!”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“My dad. He became a dentist and then played in the NFL. I mean, wow. He never stops working. He always puts family first. He is the definition of an entrepreneur.”

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