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Don’t you just love when mainstream magazines that try and portray black and African culture ACTUALLY use black and African people? Refreshing, right? And this time, it’s even more refreshing because you don’t have to track down a European magazine to see spreads like this, instead, you just need to check out the fall issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Scratch the idea of searching through the magazine, if you just gaze at the cover of the issue you’ll be delighted to see Esperanza Spalding on the cover in all her afro-ed up glory (there’s also an awesome feature about her after the spread). Go inside the pages and you’ll find Solange Knowles, the ladies of Les Nubians and Corrine Bailey Rae also donning their afros in uber-expensive evening gowns by the likes of Bottega Veneta and Donna Karan. We loves it, especially since so many everyday women are letting their big hair fly, so it’s nice to see faces in, and on the cover of big-name magazines that are doing and promoting similar styles. #winning

By the way, all photos shown are by Alice O’Malley and are courtesy of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Enjoy!

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