Part-Puerto Rican, part-Dominican celebrity stylist Emily Bustamante, best known as Emily B on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, is hitting the red carpet and interviewing celebrities for the annual fashion extravaganza Rip The Runway on BET. The show hosted by Selita Banks and The Game’s Pooch Hall, will feature blazing performances by Estelle, Wale, and Robin Thicke; just to name a few. The reality television veteran spoke to Latina.com exclusively about style secrets and her favorite moments while hosting on the red carpet.
Congrats on hosting the red carpet event for Rip The Runway! What was the experience like?
I’m used to cameras so once they started rolling it was natural for me. I was just myself. It was a really positive experience for me.
What did you end up wearing to the event?
It was a fashion event, and at first I didn’t know what to wear myself! I ended up wearing a Wilfred dress and it was so last minute. I didn’t put much thought into it, but it worked out. I was so focused on getting the job done that I didn’t really focus on me.
Did you have a favorite look on the red carpet?
I love Estelle’s outfit. She had on an orange suit, which gave a great pop of color to the red carpet. It was just very clean and bright. She looked so vibrant. Her and Robin Thicke’s outfit I loved. He had on a motorcycle jacket and a white t-shirt. Simple, but he just looked so attractive.
You have an amazing sense of style. What do you think makes Latina women so stylish?
We are spicy! We come in all different shades, sizes, and colors and that’s a beautiful thing. We are very exotic and I think we know how to use it to our advantage.
What is a popular go-to piece in your closet?
When I’m working I always love to wear black. I think the color is a bit intimating, I don’t know why [laughs]. I feel like people take you more serious when you wear black. I think for me, I like to feel comfortable. It has to fit well, and it has to have movement. I don’t really follow trends, I just wear what fits well on me and I think that’s a great philosophy to live by.
Catch Emily B. on Rip the Runway tonight at 10pm on BET and watch the red carpet rundown below: