Since elementary school, Shontay RacQuel has always been an artistic individual who enjoys using her creativity for writing, drawing, and now fashion. As a young child, Shontay was extremely quiet and introverted. After school, she would sit in her room and listen to music while drawing. Shontay became interested in the designing field when she was in the eighth grade. There was a show on UPN called “R U the Girl” that  she started off watching for entertainment. However, she started becoming really intrigued when the contestants would create and design their own performance wear, as a challenge. That’s when she began imitating some of the challenges to create a look of her own.  
By the time Shontay was in high school, her personal style of dress started to catch the attention of others around her and she would often get compliments on her looks. That's when she decided that she was going to invest her next four years in college studying fashion design to pursue a career in the fashion industry.
Shontay graduated with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from a private institution in upstate New York in 2014. In May of 2021, she graduated with her Master’s of Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.
In person, Shontay is described as being nice, reserved and quiet; however, her collections speak volumes and lets her presence be felt and heard without having to say one word. Her designs are bold and one of a kind with having at least one show-stopping moment during fashion shows, which leaves the audience remembering her name at the end of the night.