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Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.
“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.
As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.
“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”
During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.
“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with theGrio.com, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.
The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.
“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.
You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.
Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.
It seems like Kanye West is running a how-many-times-can-I-put-my-foot-in-my-mouth-in-one-week marathon. Just yesterday we told you that the “Gold Digger” singer admitted to waiting through several of Kim Kardashian’s relationships to marry her. Now, he’s insisting that his reality TV star boo is more fashionably influential than Michelle Obama. His rant began with voiced concerns about Kim having never appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” Kanye said during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
He went on to say that Kim is more influential in fashion than Mrs. Obama because Mrs. O could never tweet a bikini selfie like his girl, Kim.
“And collectively, we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day,” he continued.
“[Former French Vogue editor] CarineRoitfeld supports my girl. That’s a breakthrough,” he explained. “There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through,” he added.
Oh Kanye, please get a clue.
While street style in the States typically captures trim, fashionable girls who happen to be away from a desk during the middle of the day, in other countries style is appreciate in everyday aspects of life. OkayAfrica recently profiled photographer, Malte Wandel a German artist who captured street style in Ghana after a nine-month stint. Entitled, “Please Don’t Smile” the 24-piece collection has photos of men and women in their natural element.
From beach-side surfers to mothers outside their homes, life in the country is revealed in a raw intimacy. For many, it’s a peek into a world far different from their own. In addition the Oldd Skuul boys (a movement of boys dressing as their forefathers did in colonial times), we also noticed the prevalence of Western fashion in the garments of the subjects. View all the captivating images on the next pages.
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When she’s not having fans at the edge of their seat on Scandal (we can’t wait until October 3!), these days, Kerry Washington is out on these red carpets being a sartorial slayer; rocking colors and fabrics that others are too scared to, wearing unique fabrics and patterns, and taking her spot at the front of the Hollywood A-list. And while we’ve noticed her fabulous fashions for a while now, People magazine has also taken notice, and decided to name her the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.” As my co-worker would say, the love for Kerry is real.
When asked by the magazine the key to her style, Washington says, “I like to find balance in an outfit where it doesn’t feel too much of any one thing. It’s not dressing like a nun and it’s also not dressing like I’m in a swimsuit competition. It’s finding the middle ground.”
Runners up behind Washington include Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain, Solange, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Lily Collins. You can check out the full list over at People.
Washington is definitely one of our favorites and her style is truly impeccable. Check out just a few of our most loved looks from her below and let us know if you agree with the “fixer” winning the title of the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.”
Fans of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” will be excited to know that the sassy late-night show will be returning November 3 for another fashion-filled season. In anticipation of all the fun to come, we chatted with co-host Bevy Smith about the second season and her personal fashion tastes. For those of you not familiar with Smith, she’s a NYC-based writer and socialite who’s carved out quite a name for herself in the fashion world. Her alongside, Lawrence and Derek J dish out their six cents about personal style, Bravo TV stars and other pop culture related topics. Peep our chat with her below! On trends she loved last season (SS13): “I love the clashing prints. Just think Solange [Knowles] on any given day, any given print. Checks with florals, stripes with brocade. I love that Lucite heels have left the strip club and come onto the proper runway.”
On a fashion trend she hated this summer: “Overalls. It made me think of the ‘Beverly Hillbillies.’ It wasn’t chic to me. No one looks good in an overall if they are over the age of 12 or over 60 pounds. Everyone looks like a farmhand.” On a celebrity who’s had consistent good style this year: “Kerry Washington knows her body, has access to the best designers and knows that this is a business, so she comes out fully beat at all times when she steps onto a red carpet. It’s a part of her job to look that amazing and she nails it.” On the solution to seeing more diversity in fashion: “Having the conversation honestly and openly and not just amongst the people who are seen as diverse. Everyone needs to have this real conversation. They need to have more people in the casting office, in the communications office that are people of color.”
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
I’ve worked for years as a matchmaker and an expert on datingand relationships. There’s one piece of consistent feedback that I’ve received from men time and time again. Are you ready to hearwhat men truly want in a date? Simple Answer: A Trendy Woman
Contrary to popular belief, men pay a little attention to current style and fashion trends. While they might not adopt any recent trends into their own wardrobe (or they might reject fashion completely and let their mom do their clothes shopping), they care about the style of the woman on their arm.
Even though men don’t wear many accessories, a well-put-together woman is the ultimate accessory in the male world. When you look classy yet hip, you flatter yourself and your date. When you’re in line with the latest fashion, men think you look young and current instead of old and out-of-touch.
The Shortcut to Style
The surefire way to look like a young, modern woman is to thoughtfully pick out one trendy item to incorporate into your look. Lots of trends are short-lived and misguided, so be careful while you’re shopping. Pick something that isn’t over-the-top and will still look good on you even when the trend dies in few months. A bold necklace or bright, flirty shoes will always accent your outfit without making you look like a mindless trend-chaser. Also, guys have told me repeatedly that a stylish handbag makes any woman look sharp.
When you hit the mall, be selective and particular about what you decide to bring home. The worst part about trends is that they take over every branch of the fashion world, from the cheapest stores to the snobbiest boutiques. Don’t buy anything that’s poorly-made; when your statement piece looks cheap, you look cheap. And you definitely don’t look like you know what you’re doing in the style department. Likewise, don’t pair an extremely expensive trendy item with a regular outfit or risk looking clueless. Expensive doesn’t equal stylish. Keep your wardrobe classy with high-quality pieces that flatter your personal style, shape and budget.
Don’t Dress Just for Him
Now that you know what men want in a woman, don’t take it overboard. Don’t ditch your own innate fashion sense just to keep up with the trends so that you can be attractive to men. Express your own personal style in a way that’s up-to-date with the latest fashion. Dress in a way that reflects your personality and taste, just make sure you add some punch to it with some trendy additions. Don’t ditch all your digs for clothes you saw on the catwalk or you’ll look like you’re trying way too hard. Not attractive. Looking too much like a slave to the latest trend will make you seem a lot older than you are. You don’t need to turn into a style-mag monster to show a guy that you’re contemporary and hip. If you’re comfortable in your outfit, you’ll project confidence and radiance, which guys will definitely notice.
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Nowadays convenience is King, and when it comes to fashion and beauty products delivered to your doorstep, Brittney Marshall, creator of My BrownBox—the #1 subscription beauty, lifestyle, and luxury box for women of color—has things down to a science. More than just your average monthly beauty subscription service, the goal of My BrownBox, according to Brittney, is to “develop a welcoming community where women of color connect, inspire and inform one another through a shared experience. Another difference between My BrownBox and other services is that MBB not only includes makeup, skin care, body care, nail care, and hair care, but we also expand our product offering to include lifestyle goods.”
The monthly themed boxes are absolutely genius! Marshall, who grew up in a very entrepreneurial household drew a lot of inspiration from her immediate family. She explains that her “ father and brother both are business owners, so I’d have to say that my dad’s entrepreneurial spirit has rubbed off on my brother and I quite a bit. My mother is very much into fashion and makeup, so I’m a combination of both my parents.”
Having real life examples to guide her along her path to small business ownership helped Marshall to create My BrownBox. After feeling that women of color were underrepresented within the beauty and cosmetic marketplace, she took matters into her own hands. Despite her unbelievable success within a short amount of time, the journey to establishing My BrownBox hasn’t always been a smooth one. Brittney worked a 9-5 and worked on My BrownBox once she got off up until this July. “On a good night, I’d be up until 3 am. Many nights 3 am turned into 6 am. But I’ve always found that most of my ideas start brewing during those hours when I am in complete solitude.” Brittany talks being discriminated against by brands, upcoming beauty boxes, and her all-time fave products next.
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If there’s anyone in the world who’s going to seek help from a pro-NBA player and remain chic, it’s Nicole Richie. In her new “Candidly Nicole” episode, the fashionista gets the help of Minnesota Timberwolves’ Lazar Hayward to teach her how to play basketball. Nicole sports a KR3W jersey, shorts, Nike sneakers and heart-shaped sunglasses for the training day. And she takes the sport very seriously (note: the crouch grab).
Having a husband, son and dog.. who are fans of the sport, was the motivating factor behind the random lesson. To our utter surprise, she actually does pretty well on the court, making dunks and learning cool footwork. There’s even a special “Dirty Dancing” play, for those of you who typically tap out sometime between the first quarter and half-time.
See Nicole’s “Candidly Nicole” episode at StyleBlazer.com
When thinking about the wide world of fashion, do the words diverse, all-inclusive and multicultural come to mind? Didn’t think so. You’d be more successful at guessing the correct Powerball numbers than pointing out a black or plus-sized woman on the runway.
Just saying. Some brands have put their marketing teams to work, and have come up with unique and progressive ads that give the less represented some shine (and ahem, fashion brands, the more representative your ads are, the more your sales will increase.)
Diversity isn’t always black and white, it’s the ability to be inclusive of all people no matter the differences between them (how’s that for a bumper sticker?) Here are 15 fashion ads that celebrate diversity and promote inclusiveness.
See more at StyleBlazer.com
Well, I guess their time has passed but it’s nice to know how heavily Kelis affected Pharrell.
In a recent interview with British Vogue, Pharrell was in the midst of discussing his personal fashion trends, he credited Kelis with getting him on the right path:
“I’d just signed this girl called Kelis, and back then all I wore was Ralph Lauren‘s Polo, because that was the thing. And Kelis turned to me and said, ‘You’ve got to get out of this box.’ She introduced me to Prada and Gucci. It was thanks to Kelis I discovered a life outside of monograms.”
If you recall, Kelis was very tight with The Neptunes in the mid-2000′s and was specifically close with Pharrell. It has always been rumored that they had a “friends with benefits” situation while working together. That personal relationship, of course, could be part of the reason they haven’t worked together in years.
It feels like – and don’t kill me – Kelis may have been Pharrell’s muse. In fact, his fiancé Helen kind of has a funky vibe like Kelis. Then again, that just might be the type of woman he likes.
Speaking of Pharrell’s personal life, he also added in the interview that his entire life centers around music, Helen and their son, Rocket. You won’t catch him out kicking it too often because as he puts it, “I don’t have a social life. Because what is that but drama?”
The September issue of British Vogue hits newsstands Monday, August 5th.