Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category
By Linsey Davis and Jessica Hopper, ABC News
“Sesame Street” has always been about learning. But one particular muppet is getting tremendous praise for her latest lesson; teaching young, black girls that their hair is beautiful just the way it is.
The viral video of a brown Muppet, meant to represent an African-American girl, singing, “I really, really, really love my hair” has been visited by a quarter of a million people on YouTube. The video, which has made many people smile, was inspired by one father’s love for his daughter.
Joey Mazzarino, the head writer at “Sesame Street,” who is also a puppeteer, adopted a little girl from Ethiopia named Segi.
Sesame Street Writer Inspired By Daughter
“She’s like my little muse,” Mazzarino said.
As Mazzarino and his wife watched their daughter grow, he noticed a change when she started playing with Barbies. Segi started saying negative things about herself and her own hair.
“She was going through this phase where she really wanted like the long, blonde hair. … She would look at Barbies and really want the hair.”
by Moya Stone, NBC Bay Area
We were all very excited earlier this year to see our lovely First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of Vogue. But back in the day an African American woman gracing the cover of a top fashion magazine was just not done. That is until Glamour magazine broke with convention by putting Katiti Kironde on their August 1968 College Issue.
On Friday October 9th, Ms. Kironde’s daughter Mireille Schwartz hosted a reception to honor her mother and celebrate the 41st anniversary of that landmark issue in fashion magazine history. Local chic elites gathered in the garden of Ms. Schwartz’s San Francisco home sipping cocktails and chatting with Ms. Kironde who hails from Connecticut.
by Patrice Worthy, Examiner
Vernon Davis may be known as the 2006 first round draft pick and starting tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, but he is also known for his love of the arts. A full fledged Renaissance man, Davis is setting the standard for sophistication and bringing philanthropy back into style.
by Chloe Cabrera, Tampa Tribune
She is the host of Canada’s version of “Project Runway,” and her visage is known worldwide: long neck, radiant skin, oval face, dazzling smile.
Her lean, graceful physique catapulted her to the ranks of supermodel in the mid-’70s, and now she’s an entrepreneur with her own line of cosmetics, luxury handbags and jewelry. She is also the mother of two, and her hubby is British rock star David Bowie.
Oh, to be Iman. It’s a glamorous life. But she’ll be the first to tell you it isn’t easy. Read the rest of this entry »
by Ashley Anthony, Jackson Sun
Tamira Cole was inspired by positive images of young women at the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship pageant last year. She wanted to be one of them.
Cole, a 24-year-old Jackson native, will get her chance when she competes in the pageant today in Nashville.
“After watching all of those talented, wonderful young women, I knew that being a part of the pageant could change my life,” she said. “This pageant has so many opportunities for women of color.”
Frustrated with negative images of black women in the media, Cole said it’s refreshing to be in a pageant that uplifts them.
by Shelley Emling
Kansas City Star
Alarmed by the lack of ethnic models on the catwalk, Vogue Italia will feature black models almost exclusively in its July issue.
“This idea came about as a reaction to the models of today,” said Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia, often called the most influential fashion magazine in the world. “I go to a fashion show, and every girl is blond and blue-eyed, and they all walk the same and look the same.
“I thought we needed to break away from this type of thing,” she said. ”There are so many beautiful black women not being used.” Read the rest of this entry »
by Frances Moffett
The “My Black is Beautiful” four-city tour kicked off at Navy Pier June 14, giving African American women all over the city the royal treatment as they had the chance to partake in makeovers, massages, health screenings, yoga and meditation sessions, and finance workshops.
Since its launch last year, the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign, a brainchild of multinational manufacturer Proctor and Gamble, has taken steps to lead a discussion among Black women about beauty standards in America, self-esteem and race.
“My Black is Beautiful is a movement that will foster positive images that celebrate African American women and empower all women of color to love the skin they are in and embrace their inner and outer beauty,” P&G Multicultural Brand Manager Kisha Mitchell Williams said. The event officially started with an introduction from actress Tasha Smith, who starred in the big screen hits Daddy’s Little Girls and Why Did I Get Married?
“I love my community of Black women, and for me to be able to be a part of the tour to empower them through my testimony and advice and encouragement, I am thankful to God,” Smith told the Defender. She led a panel discussion about race and beauty with panelists Merri Dee; Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell; president and CEO of the National League of Black Women Sandra Finley; 19-year-old filmmaker Kiri Davis; and general and cosmetic dentist Maria Ashley.
A fashion show hosted by WGCI-FM/107.5 followed shortly after, and former editorial director of ESSENCE magazine Susan Taylor then presented the keynote address, urging Black women to take charge of their homes and communities. “Our community is a mess, and it’s a mess because of women,” Taylor told the Defender.
“We have stepped down because we don’t believe in ourselves, and we don’t speak up. We don’t know our power, and we’ve abdicated our authority. But we’re here today to say that you can look good, you can feel good, and that you have everything you need inside of you to put the reigns of your life in your hands.” R&B singers Kindred the Family Soul and Avant later performed live, ending the day’s events on a soulful and upbeat note.
by Gerald McKinstry
Ayana Nedd, 14, and Shaw-na Gates, 12, were a bit nervous before they strutted down the catwalk.
The two students from Yonkers Middle/High School had been preparing for yesterday’s fashion show at Nepperhan Community Center for months because it was much more than just showing off the latest styles.
“We’re bringing the community together,” said Gates. “We all like to express ourselves.”
“We like that it shows that females can come together and do something positive for the community,” Nedd said.
More than 100 family and friends turned out for the show, a fundraiser dubbed “Youth Empowered by Fashion.” The festivities were sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women’s Hudson Valley Section.
The show was broken up into three acts and the outfits were donated by Limited Too in Cross County Shopping Center and Ashley Stewart in the Bronx. Lakesha Fuller performed at intermission and rapper William Turner was the master of ceremonies.
The show was the first event of its kind for the council that sponsors programs for African-American women. The 17 or so models, ages 6 to 15, are part of the council’s Young Ladies in Progress.
It’s one of many different programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness, community leadership and professional development, among other goals.
This show was the culmination of a program aimed at building self-esteem, confidence and character, said Connie Fowler, president of the Hudson Valley Section.
“We are here to help them make the right choices,” Fowler said. “If you can go up on that stage with a little swing, it’s a good feeling. It’s a motivator.”
Having high self-esteem and a healthy body image are important for young black women, said Dwanita Crosby, a 25-year-old youth adviser and event chair who has been involved with the group since she was 10.
“It makes them feel better about themselves,” Crosby said. “The whole purpose is to mentor them so that they become successful.”
Angela Dean of DeanZigns Designer Collections held her couture showing at The Opus located in the prestigious Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, on December 09th, to a small celebrity crowd, that included singer Freda Payne, reality TV personality Omarosa and Desiree Coleman-Jackson.
Her latest design was recently donned by Paris Hilton at Hilton’s international fragrance launch of “Can Can”.
Visit Dean’s site at: http://www.deanzign.com/
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