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Stars Over Longview 2020

Sam Smead Photocreative is truly honored to photograph the Stars Over Longview Honorees for 2020. This unique program shines a light on those who are making a difference behind the scenes in our community.

Longview Regional Medical Center and the Women’s Advisory Council recently announced their 2020 Stars Over Longview honorees, and these remarkable women were recognized at the 20th annual Stars Over Longview Awards Ceremony and luncheon on Thursday, January 9, at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.


The 2020 Stars Over Longview are:


Dr. Darla Bagget


Mary Greenwaldt


Amber Hobbs


Jennifer Teague Jackson


Chandalyn Lewis Jenkins


Gay Kirkland


Kelly Kinsey Overby


Caryn Pepper


Erika Rader


Mica Sterling


Mary Lou Stuckey


Melissa Sutton


The keynote speaker this year was Longview’s own Brandon Maxwell. Brandon has created a luxury women’s ready-to-wear label that was launched in New York in 2015. The brand was born out of the desire to make women feel beautiful, sophisticated and powerful, with timeless garments that are impeccably tailored.  With a focus on craftsmanship, the entire collection is designed in New York City. The brand is worn by many iconic women, including Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle, Oprah, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda, Queen Rania of Jordan and Tiffany Haddish.


“THE GOAL FOR ME HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO START A YOUNG, TRUE AMERICAN LUXURY BRAND THAT LIVES ON.”




Surrounded by immaculately dressed women from a young age, Maxwell was captivated by the women who passed through the boutique where his grandmother worked in Longview, Texas. He went on to study photography at St. Edward’s University in Austin and began assisting stylist Deborah Afshani in 2009, followed by Edward Enninful, and then Nicola Formichetti in 2010. Maxwell established a styling career in 2012 acting as a fashion director to Lady Gaga and working on fashion campaigns and editorials for talented photographers such as Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti and Mario Testino.

Maxwell was awarded the 2019 CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, the 2019 FGI Fashion Star Award, the 2019 Texas Medal of Art for Design, the 2018 Woolmark New York Semifinal Prize Award, 2016 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for Womenswear, the 2016 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and was named a finalist for the 2016 LVMH Prize. Maxwell is a judge on Bravo TV's Project Runway.

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