At the Miss U.S.A. pageant in March, Miss Maryland Megan Gunning took home the style award, given out by Clairol to "the delegate who best exemplifies a sense of personal style" -- meaning good hair, good clothes and good runway persona.
It was no big surprise: Appearance is a big part of Gunning's world, and not just her own, either. The 22-year-old runs her own image-consulting business (called "Vis a Vis") from her hometown of Fallston and works as a hairstylist and makeup artist at Heaventouch Spa & Salon in Timonium.
Here's a little about Gunning's fashion sense:
Describe how you dress.
Classic with a little funky twist to it. I love Betsey Johnson, I think she's awesome, but I couldn't wear head-to-toe Betsey Johnson. I'll take a piece from her and mix it with something I got from Banana Republic or do funkier accessories with an outfit.
What sorts of accessories?
I do a lot of silver jewelry, but I'm constantly changing it. One day I'll wear a big bracelet made out of a fork and the next day it might be 20 bangle bracelets, but they're always silver.
Who is your favorite designer?
Anne Bowen, I worked with her in New York. Her clothes are incredible. She uses fabrics well, (she's made a ball gown out of denim) and muted tones, so when you put [a garment] on, you see more of you.
Locally, where do you like to shop?
I love C-Mart [a discount warehouse in Forest Hill] for shoes, and I do a lot of shopping at Vasarri in Pikesville. They did my interview suit and my arrival outfit for the Miss U.S.A. pageant.
Do you get into trends?
Sometimes I will buy into trends if I like them, but I won't just wear them because "Oh my God, Britney Spears has them."
Anything you could do without?
I hate nude hose. They were everywhere at the Miss U.S.A. pageant, and they had clear shoes, too. I hate clear shoes.