Dennis Kenney, a Boston native, and fashion stylist has styled celebrities for every major award event including the Academy Awards, Grammy’s, Tony’s, Met Gala as well as countless film premiers. His success did not come without initial setbacks. Kenney admits that some of the most enlightening moments in his life were those times that he felt rejected: “My greatest lessons in life have been during moments where I felt rejection. My days as an actor certainly prepared me for that and even during my most difficult days, I never lost faith that I had a unique perspective and talent to offer the world. Over time I began to realize that rejection is not personal and simply was the universe’s way of redirecting me towards my true path. Starting over completely from scratch in the fashion industry was at times very overwhelming. But I remembered the importance of not letting fear hinder me and when in doubt to always take the risk.”
Kenney’s looks have been featured weekly on Good Morning America and he became the head wardrobe stylist for TLC and HGTV’s season 10 of Trading Spaces. His success in fashion and his growing reputation as a fashion influencer led him into a new career in television as a lifestyle expert. He has since been seen on shows such as ABC’s World News Now and regularly features on live fashion segments from the Rockefeller Center for NBC New York. He has also contributed style advice for GMA.com and was featured in GQ as part of a “best street style looks for New York Fashion Week” story. He has become a prominent figure in the fashion industry and has recently interviewed Christian Siriano among other major names in fashion.
He further expanded his career horizons to become a home interiors spokesman. He has recently featured in advertisements for a national campaign for Eclipse and Brookstone Curtains and has launched his clothing line, “NONDK,” which has been sold in Bed Bath and Beyond and online.
Kenney’s social media accounts have amassed a following of over 69,000 loyal followers but he emphasizes the need to remain grounded and focused, no matter the amount of success: “I try to remain grounded even in my biggest successes because the moment we get caught up in the hype we lose focus of what is truly important…the work. I always relish the opportunity to inspire the next generation and remind them that you have to make a daily decision to commit fully. Pour yourself into a new project or idea knowing that many times they will not work out as you envisioned but to always remember that the rejection will only make the eventual YES that much sweeter.”