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Our Jacqui's a style queen to stars after taking big LA gamble

DUBLINER Jacqui Ryan abandoned a high-profile career here to land a dream job in Hollywood.

Stylist Jacqui, originally from Donaghmede, now works with rappers 50 Cent and Snoop, actor Jamie Foxx and former supermodel Janice Dickinson.

She said that although her own career was on track in Dublin, she bit the bullet and moved to LA.

"I was a fashion buyer for years in a boutique in Stephen's Green. I travelled to Paris and London as part of my job," she told the Herald.

"In 2008 I got this gnawing that I wanted to move to LA and work with the stars. But it wasn't until 2010 that I got the courage to do it.

"I had my own business as a personal shopper and fashion stylist at that stage but I decided to get on a plane and make all my dreams come true."

Jacqui, who is in her 30s, said that it was a chance encounter at a Hollywood hotel that sparked her run of luck in the States.

Shocked

"I just got on a plane and moved everything to LA. Within two weeks I was working with a very famous movie star and singer -- that was Jamie Foxx," she said.

Jacqui said that her family and friends were shocked at her move and were stunned at her good fortune.

"Sometimes I pinch myself --I'm living a life beyond my wildest dreams," she said.

Jacqui has has now branched out into makeup from styling.

"Today I am preparing a host for a TV channel and I have a lot of celeb clients that I shop for," she said. "But my vision now is to make the transition into TV presenting."

clairemurphy@herald.ie