Melina Matsoukas

Director. Los Angeles. In Partnership with BET.

By: Laurel Pantin
Styling: Laurel Pantin
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

Think of pretty much any music video you’ve loved in the past few years, and odds are director Melina Matsoukas is behind it. We’re talking Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (for which she was the first female director ever to win a Grammy), Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” (yaaas), and Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance.” Matsoukas is the realest of deals, and also the coolest person you could ever hope to spend an afternoon with.

But if you thought directing ground-breaking music videos would be enough for most people, you’d find that “most people” doesn’t apply to Matsoukas. She’s just wrapped a new series for HBO called Insecure, which stars comedian Issa Rae and focuses on the real-life issues a fictional young black woman deals with in the workplace. You’d better believe we’ll be watching.

Beyond her (numerous) professional accomplishments (did we mention she’s the proud owner of two MTV Moon Men and two Mardi Gras Zulu coconuts—more on those later—in addition to her Grammy?), she also happens to be Solange Knowles’ best friend (“We’re soul sisters for life”) and has one of the most unbelievably cool closets we’ve ever come across. Hello, massive collection of Preen outerwear, gigantic stash of Stella McCartney, and jaw-dropping personal gifts (ahem, printed Gucci trench) from a *very* fancy client.


There's more where this came from! Head to BET to see the rest of her closet and hear more about Melina’s denim obsession.