Celebrity Hairstylist LaTisha Chong Dies At 32

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Clients included Serena Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross and more.

Lianna Albrizio, Assistant Editor08.24.22

LaTisha Chong, the hairstylist responsible for Serena Williams’ flowing crimped honey-colored ombre locks shown on the September cover of Vogue Magazine, has died. 


Chong, who was part of what critic Antwaun Sargent called the “New Black Vanguard,” died on July 19 in New York City of metastatic breast cancer at 32, her sister Afesha confirmed in recent days.


Chong’s other famous clientele included Tracee Ellis Ross, for whom she worked on various campaigns for Pattern Beauty; the stars of “The Real Housewives of Potomac;” and Telfar Clemens, for whom she designed his 1950s-style marcelled wig that he modeled at the 2019 Meta Gela.


On her official website, Chong said she likened the art of hairstyling to an intimate exchange between client and stylist and took great satisfaction in using hairstyling as an avenue to make connections with people.  


Chong was named among the Top 50 New Wave Creatives by the British Fashion Council in 2020. Her work has been showcased in other high-fashion magazines including Garage and i-D. She also endeavored to create a digital imprint that future generations reference.


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