Danielle James

Title: Contributing Writer
Education: Duke University
Location: New York, New York
Expertise: Fashion, Beauty, E-Commerce, Retail Buying, Fashion Tech
  • Danielle James is an award-winning entrepreneur, as well as a fashion and beauty journalist who is based in New York.
  • She is the founder of Model Citizen, a sustainable fashion company that encourages peer-to-peer clothing sharing and supports emerging designers, as well as co-founder of Safe Space, a show that encourages viewers to have tough conversations with people in their respective lives.
  • Danielle has interviewed celebrities including Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson and has bylined for organizations including Allure, InStyle, NYLON, Essence, Good Housekeeping, and The Grio.


Danielle is a Trinidadian-American fashion and retail entrepreneur, writer, editor, host, model, and consultant with over 15 years of beauty and style-focused editorial and retail experience. Formerly, she was the Head of Fashion and Beauty Partnerships for the Women’s Division at iONE Digital (including HelloBeautiful.com and MadameNoire.com — sites with a readership of over 20M women). Danielle is an international agency model who has been featured in magazines, shot editorial campaigns, walked in NYFW, and worked with a bevy of brands including Bloomingdales, Ulta Beauty, and Macy’s. She is currently a fashion and retail consultant to various countries, institutions, brands, and entrepreneurs.


Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Duke University.

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