Dashikis: The Newest It-Item.

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Dashikis are the new It-item! Well that’s what Elle Canada has told us. Perhaps now that Afros are cool and dashikis are the new It-item, I can go find all those kids who made fun of my Afro and Nigerian ancestry and tell them that I’m cool now. Hold up, while I try to find their numbers on my old BlackBerry.

I like many other women of color have rocked our culture since day one. Seriously, there are photos of me in a diaper and a gele aka Nigerian headtie aka the perfect way to sweat out your mother’s press. People keep trying it with cultural appropriation. The madness won’t stop, and it’s till the point you want to scream no at the top of your lungs.

People will continue saying they love headdresses, dashikis, and bindis because they are cute and fun. Many of them won’t take the time to learn about the cultural significance. The moment that you try to call someone out then you’re the angry woman who doesn’t believe in cultural exchange and should go back to where she came from. I know—it’s ludicrous and not in the Ludacris type of way.

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Before you start smashing your television and you annex yourself to a personal island with a population of one fabulous queen, remember that you are powerful. You cannot focus on the culture vultures that will sap you dry while making you the butt of their jokes. Know thyself and love thyself. Don’t pay attention to the people who want to make you a trendy thing.

Beyoncé: The September Issue

 

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Beyoncé is on the cover of this year’s September Issue. Her body is poised like a queen rising from her throne. Her dark eyes stare at you and you’re left wondering why after 215 years of publication, there’ve only been three women of color on the September Issue. Sigh, that’s a question for another article. Continue reading “Beyoncé: The September Issue”

Spotted: Solange Etienne Aigner Skirt in London

image Solange Knowles was at Kiehl’s Pioneer’s by Nature, Deejaying in London at the Kiehl event. She wore a feminine rosy metallic accordion-pleat skirt by Etienne Aigner, peach top, and neon green heels. We loved this look! What do you think, by the way the dress is retailed at $345?

Sisters Joan and Erika Smalls Star in Balmain Fall Ads

image This fall Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, has created a vision of siblings for the Balmain Fall 2015 ad campaigns. According to Style.com Rousteing wanted the fall ads to embody the spirit of strength, love, togetherness, and support that is family. Continue reading “Sisters Joan and Erika Smalls Star in Balmain Fall Ads”

Model Nykhor Paul On Calling Out The Fashion Industry’s Racism

Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?- Instagram
It wasn’t just about an Instagram post with over 18,000 likes that gave Nykhor the courage to write about the exclusion darker complexion models have to deal with in the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul who is a very vocal model knows it is the paranoia of their blackness that turned her post into conversation of institutionalized racism once again. Wikipedia defines Institutionalized racism as:
Institutional racism is any system of inequality based on race. It can occur in institutions such as public government bodies, private business corporations (such as media outlets), and universities (public and private)”.
Paul has been modeling ever since she was 17 full time as a model, when you check her resume she has worked for Louis Vuitton, covered Elle South Africa, walked for Haider Ackermann, Vivienne Westwood, Rick Owens and done campaigns for Calvin Klein, Balenciaga,and Diane von Furstenburg. Since the beginning of her modeling career Nykhor had to deal with make-up artist applying colors that did not compliment her complexion complaining. She would have to deal with make up artist who did not bring a palette to match her complexion.Instaed the artist including her own black model friends suggest she had to start bringing her own make up to shows if she wanted to keep working. After not begin able to afford the make up in 2010 she stopped bringing makeup because she had other financial obligations than to have to deal with buying expensive makeup that artist were educated in selecting.This exclusion lead her to stop wearing make up altogether several times in her career. Paul has admit the industry is making progress but as Naomi Campbell and Iman have advocated over the years there still needs to be more racial makeup diversity on the runway.
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Nubian Skin Launched A Different “Nude” for women of color

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Finally, a company that has created shades that women of color can indulge in when shopping for hosiery, brassier sets, and lingerie. Nubian Skin launched this Wednesday at Nordstroms.com. It’s initial debuting was in Fall of 2014 but now is open worldwide. Continue reading “Nubian Skin Launched A Different “Nude” for women of color”