Aya Kanai

Aya Kanai

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Aya Kanai is the Executive Fashion Director at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines. With both parents coming from artistic backgrounds, Kanai found her creativity in fashion, by mashing up finds from thrift stores to develop her sense of style. Not only were they original and unique, her clothes were attainable and within reach for anyone since they didn’t come with hefty price tags.

Kanai began a career as a fashion editor and stylist almost by accident, joining Teen Vogue when it launched with a skeleton crew as their fashion assistant and worked her way up to accessories editor. Kanai later went on to join Nylon as their fashion director and has styled celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lawrence, Rita Ora, Bella Thorne, Ashley Olsen, Michelle Williams, and Sienna Miller, and brands such as Cole Haan, Victoria’s Secret, and Virgin Mobile for various magazines.