Lily Baranova, Stylist and Personal Shopper

Photo: Lucas Michael/New York Magazine

What makes a good personal shopper?
Being careful not to mix your own style, what you like, with what the clients want. But I’m still learning. I’ve only been doing this for a year. Before that, I was an international lawyer in Kiev, where I live.

That’s quite a career move.
Yeah, I won a reality show called The Goddess of Shopping, which inspired me to change jobs. I was a good lawyer, though, and they keep asking if I’ll come back.

Is there anything you can’t do?
I was just on another style reality show that I didn’t win. When you lose, they collapse the stage and have you fall ten meters down. It was scary, but an adrenaline rush.

Interview by Alexis Swerdloff

Lily Baranova, Stylist and Personal Shopper