In 1999 Bevy Smith gotten here in Milan, was chauffeured to her typical suite at the ritzy Principe di Savoia hotel and immediately collapsed into her Frette sheets, experiencing a breakdown — and a surprise.
As the style marketing director at Vibe publication, she relatively had everything: designer boodle, routine travel to Europe and a profane expenditure account. But she was dissatisfied.
“I was spiraling out of control and couldn’t see my way around that feeling,” Smith composes in her brand-new narrative, “Bevelations: Lessons From a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie” (Andy Cohen Books). It narrates her increase from working-class Harlemite to high-flying style officer to a vibrant reinvention, in her 40s, as a TV and radio personality. “I was unable to craft a strategy to solve my problem because I didn’t know what was wrong . . .”
But she had an idea. After a separation, Smith was searching for love in all the incorrect locations: shopping and worthless sex.“I was like, ‘OMG, I have to make myself happy,’ ” Smith, now 54, informed The Post. “I grew up with 1950s and ’60s TV reruns where people got married and that [other] person made you happy.”
When she was maturing, her father operated at a copper refinery while her mother cleaned up houses. After high school, Smith landed a momentary gig as a receptionist at an advertising agency. Once she saw the corporate-world security her moms and dads never ever experienced, she was figured out to stay. With grit and social-butterfly abilities, Smith increased to an executive position.
Not just was she going to style programs, she was likewise involved the blossoming hip-hop scene, partying with rap artists like Biggie Smalls, Sean Combs and Tupac Shakur — a kindred spirit.
“I do believe that we connected because we were both people who were masquerading in this testosterone-filled culture of hip-hop in the ’90s,” stated Smith of Shakur. “He was a very sensitive spirit.”
After her breakdown in Milan, she used her own delicate side, turning to self-help books like “The Artist’s Way” to understand her real dream: to be a performer. At 38, she gave up marketing to pursue a brand-new life, composing for numerous publications, taking improv classes — and diminishing her cost savings.
Broke however still linked, she had a drunken “aha!” minute after a fashion-industry supper at Nobu, where she encountered the vocalist Omarion and recognized how couple of black artists were privy to style circles. So Smith introduced a supper series in 2007, signing up with power brokers from throughout markets. It became her calling card and her capital.
Shortly after, she was asked to sign up with the Bravo program “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style 101” as an on-air personality. It sounded best, however the agreement restricted her from making dough from her twice-a-month suppers, so she turned it down.
She confesses that may not have actually been the best relocation, occasion though she believed herself.
“I was delusional and thought to myself, ‘Well, honey, this happened, so surely there’s another show down the road,’ ” Smith stated.
But it took 7 years of battle. She consumed canned salmon, offered her designer items and even wound up in real estate court when she fell back on her lease. Still, she has no remorses.
In 2014 her break lastly featured the talk-program “Fashion Queens” on Bravo. She would go on to co-host “Page Six TV” from 2017 to 2019 and now interviews A-listers on her SiriusXM show “Bevelations.”
“I am daring to dream and pushing myself and making myself uncomfortable,” Smith stated.
Her most significant Bevelation? “It gets greater later.”
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