It seems anyone with a modicum of style and a vintage shopping habit is calling themselves a stylist these days. But quietly, there is a new crop of stylists whose talent and drive distinguishes them from the fray.

From styling today’s most recognizable celebrities to penning major editorials for top magazines, these stylists are making an impact on fashion and living their dreams behind-the-scenes.

Get to know five brilliant stylists worth paying attention to:

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1. Becca Alexis

Over the course of her ten year styling career, she’s worked with Trey Songz, Marlon Wayans, Ne-Yo, Estelle, Heidi Klum and Janet Jackson. Celebrity stylist Becca Alexis is continuously sought after for her keen vision, versatility, extensive resources and relationships. And for her extensive education in her craft. Becca received her degree in Apparel Management/Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

To aspiring fashion hopefuls she says: “My advice is to go to fashion school and learn the business. Knowledge is power; it is the one thing no one can take from you. Once you land a client you want to prove you are credible.”

Alexis is currently headlining Hello Beautiful’s 5 Minutes to Fab series where fashion hopefuls write to Becca for fashion help and she gives them makeovers in just five minutes.  She also styled Trey Songz for the Rocawear Spring 2011 ad campaign where she “bridged the gap between the modern GC man, the trendy hipster and the swagged out street element.” Alongside partner Hachy Mendez, she founded the company, Pulchritude and Concepts, which focuses on styling and designing for TV, film, commercials and celebrities.

The tastemaker, who actually designs her own pieces, has a simple style philosophy: “A person should look like as if they have bought their clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and forgot all about it.”

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