If you follow the multi-million dollar mogul Kim Kardashian West, odds are you are familiar with her former assistant and friend Stephanie Sheperd.
The pair split ways late last year but are apparently on great terms.
Stephanie Sheperd was in the audience cheering on her former boss Kim Kardashian West as she accepted the inaugural influencer award at the CFDAs last week.
Still a good amount of West’s Instagram followers—including the 1 million who now follow Shepherd—are wondering what is next for her. The answer is denim.
According to a 2018 People report, Shepherd collaborated with the iconic denim brand to launch a reinvigorated “Little Black Jean.” She designed her own limited-edition pair of high-waisted skinny jeans and added a few signature design details, including an even higher high rise, a snugger fit through the leg and lace-up front all constructed with “Photo Ready” denim. And photo-ready they are. Sheperd stars in her own campaign images, modeling the jeans topless as well as with casual shirts.
This collaboration may not have been if it was not for the beloved social media app, Instagram.
“We connected on Instagram,” Shepherd said to the W in a 2018 report “I’ve always been a fan of J Brand and always worn them, so maybe I was on their radar that way. They reached out and started the conversation. They said, ‘We think you’d be perfect to rework this little black jean.’ And that’s all I ever wear.”
And when Shepherd says she’s always been a fan of the brand, she’s not kidding. Her love affair with the denim company started long before you could spell the word Kardashian, let alone keep up with their every move. “Coming from Ohio, I knew very little about fashion,” she recalled in the 2018 W report. “I’m literally from the middle of nowhere. I remember seeing all of the celebrities. I think it was the low-rise phase when I first moved to L.A.; everyone in the weeklies was wearing J Brand. I had just moved to L.A. I was 19 and didn’t have two pennies to rub together. I remember saving my money and thinking, I’m going to get a pair of J Brand jeans. I finally saved to buy this pair of dark blue denim, and I wore them until they almost had holes in them.”