Fashion designer Rachel Roy has found herself at the center of speculation surrounding the now infamous Solange Knowles/Jay-Z elevator video. The 40 year old designer has been a fixture on the celebrity scene for years now, but this week her profile has been raised immensely thanks to her rumored part in the Knowles' drama. So beyond the rumors, what do we actually know about Rachel Roy?
Rachel Roy is rumoured to be the cause of Jay-Z and Solange's argument
California native Rachel got her start in the fashion world after moving to New York to work in retail and setting herself up as a stylist for magazines and music videos. But her first big career break came when she landed an internship at Rocawear, the fashion label of Jay-Z and then business partner Damon Dash. Dash and Roy soon became close and in 1999 their daughter Ava was born. However Dash was also in a relationship with singer Aaliyah at the tine which continued until her untimely death in 2001.
Dash and Roy eventually married in 2005 and in the same year the budding designer launched her first fashion line entitled Rachel Roy. But Dash, who had founded the successful Roc-A-Fella empire with Jay-Z, had recently found himself ousted from the company kickstarting a feud between the two which is yet to be resolved. In 2008 Roy gave birth to her second daughter, Talulah, but just two years later her marriage to Dash was over.
What happened after the Met Ball is the subject of intense speculation
2009 marked the launch of Rachel’s second label, ‘RACHEL’ Rachel Roy, her more affordable which is stocked at Macy’s stores. Rachel’s clothing is popular among celebrities and Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner Penelope Cruz are listed among her famous clients as well as First Lady Michelle Obama. But Rachel is also known for her close relationship with Kim Kardashian and the pair are often seen out and about together. Earlier this month Rachel was in attendance for Kim’s star studded bridal shower ahead of her upcoming wedding to Kanye West.
Before this year’s Met Ball, Rachel was also thought to be a close friend of Solange Knowles. In 2012 Solange wore one of Rachel’s dress to the Met Ball and the designer was her date for the evening. Now the rumour mill is in full swing, reporting that the Solange/Jay-Z altercation was because of the designer, whom Solange had allegedly argued with earlier in the night. As for Rachel’s former husband, Damon Dash, he posted a pic of himself with Solange on Instagram the day the video was leaked and wrote “..I am actually impressed with her independent spirit... She seems like a fighter.”
Solange and Rachel were thought to be good friends
We might not know exactly where Rachel Roy fits in to the Jay-Z/Solange incident but at least we've gotten to know her a little better. Fashion designer, ex-wife of a hip hop mogul and now the rumoured cause of the biggest fight in celeb-land, we’re pretty sure that soon Rachel Roy will need no introduction.