Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event Gabrielle Union Joins Jamie Foxx in a Race to Save His Kidnapped Son, in 'Sleepless Night' Gabrielle Union Joins Jamie Foxx in a Race to Save His Kidnapped Son, in 'Sleepless Night' Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Actress Michael Michele Adds Fashion Designer To Her Resume

Shadow and Act By Cynthia Reid | Shadow and Act December 26, 2011 at 2:19PM

Sergio's recent post on Blair Underwood's new line of suits inspired this latest tidbit of info on actress Michael Michele, who's best known for appearing in the hit films Ali and New Jack City as well as popular tv shows ER, Homicide and New York Undercover.  It's been awhile since she's been on the big or small screen but there's a good reason for that.  Aside from raising her six year old son as a single mom, she's been busy forging her new role as...a fashion designer.
2
Michael Michele pic 88

Sergio's recent post on Blair Underwood's new line of suits inspired this latest tidbit of info on actress Michael Michele, who's best known for appearing in the hit films Ali and New Jack City as well as popular tv shows ER, Homicide and New York Undercover.  It's been awhile since she's been on the big or small screen but there's a good reason for that.  Aside from raising her six year old son as a single mom, she's been busy forging her new role as...a fashion designer.

In a recent interview, she explained that fashion design was always her first love.  "Before I ever left Indiana I took design classes at the University and I didn't have the gift to draw and I thought 'Oh if I'm not a good illustrator how can I draw the dress?' And you know I was discouraged by a few people and like so many people you know sometimes when you're very young and impressionable if someone says 'you don't have the goods to do it' you kind of give up the dream," she said.

So when did she decide to pursue her dream?  Back in 2007 stating..."I started doing it during the writer's strike. I said, 'you know this is a time for me. I've got some time. Production is down. And I can actually go and pursue what I really wanted to do in the beginning. It was never acting, it was always fashion."

Her new line, M.Michele Designs, recently debuted at Midwest Fashion Week in Indianapolis over the summer.  The collection includes a wide range of sizes because her goal is to design for women of all shapes and sizes. 

"Originally when I started it was kind of up to a 16 and I designed something really beautiful for my mom who is a 16 and people really gravitated to that, so I'm going to do it from you know from 2's, 4's, all the way up to 3x and the challenge has been, how can I really create something beautiful for all women? That's really what really inspires me. I mean there's not a lot to do if you're just trying to dress people like myself there's really no challenge in that. Do you know what I'm saying? I don't mean that in an ostentatious way, but creatively for me to be able to speak to all women is what really inspires me, so I'm very excited about that now," she said.

That self-imposed hiatus recently ended because now she's playing a movie producer on Gossip Girl.

You can check out the new line HERE.  Below are pictures from the fashion show including a backstage pic with her family (Parents, sister and son).  In the clip, she explains to Gayle King the reason for her departure from television. 

Michael Michele fashion show pic 29
Michael Michele fashion show pic 44
Michael Michele family pic

This article is related to: Television, Michael Michele


Shadow & ActNewsletter