Fashion designer and Longview native Brandon Maxwell is the keynote speaker at "Stars Over Longview" at 11:30 a.m. January 9 at Maude Cobb Convention Center. The annual awards ceremony and luncheon is presented by Longview Regional Medical Center to honor women for their compassion and dedication to the Longview community.
Maxwell’s fashion designs are frequently seen on powerful women over the world including Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, and Meghan Markle. He’s won many international awards for his designs and currently is a judge and associate producer on the TV series, "Project Runway."
Maxwell says his success was inspired by the strong women he knew growing up in Longview including his mother Pam Woolley, grandmother Louise Johnson, and teacher Neina Kennedy.
In an interview with County Line Magazine in 2016 he said, "I think about it every day and how fortunate I am to be from Longview and finding great success. You have to find that area that’s your niche, your place, and find the people that like and support you. When you are a kid you need to know this is not the rest of your life. You can go somewhere else, but learn to be happy where you are. Find people that believe in you. So many things I’ve done would not have been possible without the support of people in Longview. I never would have known what the dreams were if I hadn’t clued in to people who helped find who I am."
More than 50 women were nominated this year for Stars Over Longview, each one making significant contributions to the community.
The 12 women selected by Longview Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council as the 2020 Stars Over Longview are Dr. Darla Baggett, Mary Greenwaldt, Amber Hobbs, Jennifer Teague Jackson, Chandalyn Lewis Jenkins;, Gay Kirkland, Kelly Kinsey Overby, Caryn Pepper, Erika Rader, Mica Sterling, Mary Lou Stuckey, and Melissa Sutton.
Individual tickets are $30 and tables of eight are available for $240. To buy tickets, call (903) 553-7400.
Learn more about Brandon Maxwell in an exclusive interview in the County Line archives.