A Thought on: Being Unabashed

Bless up from your feet to your head top

We go again

Being unabashed is something that took a lot of energy from me. 2015 I was educating myself on what it meant to be black in the west, these wasp areas. I was running a business with a non PoC friend of mine and during my education he was frightened at the people that I would listen to because he had this idea of the world that he didn’t know wasn’t true for me, inevitably we parted ways.

Today I have so many new people that are proud to listen to me talk about European designers, when I talk about my Black LGBTQ and ethnic fam the pride isn’t so loud.

No matter what, my references are going to be different because I lived differently and I must be unabashed about it. My idea of beauty has a European sentiment but doesn’t derive from European values, therefore when I create it’s not injecting myself into areas that doesn’t believe me it’s expressing myself to people that know what I’m talking bout. And at times that doesn’t include my European listeners because our references aren’t the same.

I grew up naturally listening to and reviewing white history, leaving out all the black artists, yet suddenly in seeing the black art I instantly knew the references and that’s with my whole spirit, that being said understanding my references isn’t something I’m here to teach but in following me by osmosis you can possibly inherit if you are open to taking it in, and possibly we might get somewhere in this life and I won’t have to acquiesce and being unabashed won’t be a struggle.

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The Mowalola Maven – Her Five Supermodels “The Mowalola Girl” A confident Punk Rocker

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We go again

I wrote an article years ago now detailing how there was a need for black models. More highly supermodels. Many months ago I came to the conclusion that there needs to be a nurturing system in place to platform these women and cultivate their talents across the board, from perfume and commercial campaigns to editorial and more exclusive contracts, demanding a high price.

Like I said in my previous article it has nothing to do with Naomi she’s a queen and must get her coin however I also have the understanding that I can name black models by name Adut, Aweng, Anok, Imman Duckie are all on my list and I understand their needs to exist. The increase even in Darkskin models is lovely, can still name them all. Nothing wrong with that and I’m not even saying I want to see more of them in European shows what I am saying though is if having Afrocentric models was an intrinsic part of the process it wouldn’t be a sprinkle it would be people that I have never seen before and not the same high profile names walking the shows.

https://www.instagram.com/detoblack/
https://www.instagram.com/chivirgo/
https://www.instagram.com/igbospice/
https://www.instagram.com/amkmq.art/
https://www.instagram.com/mvxxx/

I do want to shout out @fewmodels and @modelsofcolour for sharing and cultivating runway talent. It’s important that there are agencies that care for their model’s looks and regimented needs. All important parts of the process in fostering growth in these young talents.

What Mowalola is doing though. The reason people call her #mummylola is she’s giving us reason to gage the importance of representation and the quality that is out there. Her girls are in any event from obscurity, obvious models with IT! she is giving to us is the formulae (which I won’t spill too much of) – to exhibit a style character and face to what you would consider the face of a house.

Representation matters and spaces matter a space where people can be free of the eye of critics and live as they are as well as be placed in the open unabashed and unashamed, never feeling the need to shrink themselves to fit in. Representation plainly should be an intrinsic part of the performance from the top down and Mowalola is doing that.

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Damilare. Not Your Typical

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A thought on Isabel Marant – PANTIN CN D Review

Bless Up from your feet to your head top…

We Go Again,

Isabel Marant show is absolutely inspired.

Inspired I say. How, you ask? Imagine the scenes of the post modern brutal concrete architecture of a Parisian Building. How correct does that sound to you?

Brutal post modern Parisian architecture with a concrete facade. Let me break this down, Jacques Kalisz is a Polish architect born from 1920 Poland.

Here’s the twist, Soviet Poland existed from 40 till the early ’90s this is why we will consider Jacques Parisian for the most part and in the postmodern era people were taking materials that did not belong and making them to suit the mould. (Sounds like an era which would Birth parents who would try to do that with a child. Conversation for another day. Perhaps?)

Throughout the 20th Century, Concrete was malleable and cheap therefore not suitable to be the facade (face) of a building.

Well as time went on that idea relaxed which gave way for people to erect buildings made from this which is where we can get such a building in the outskirts of Paris of all places. You mix a Polish non-conformist and put him in a free city the man will reflect that also. Even at 50. Jacques would put himself in place out of place, in order to create a Harmonious space meant for the togetherness of people.

Bring in a child of the ’70s, let freedom reign I would say the Parisian debutante who would build her fashion empire would be inspired by psychedelic childlike fantasies.

Who would juxtapose a building of concrete made for more something some would call an ugly facade and give you the psychedelic playground Alpha, Braien, would play in. Not a reference can be lost at a place made outreach and founded thanks to the ministry’s culture in time to bring people together.

Tie-Dye, Mohair, denim, linen, abstract modernism & Ikat designs and a beat made for the joyous movement of dance, Isabel thought meticulously about this and executed it within her means and is applauded.

j’adore.

Whatever Moves Your Dial

Damilare. Not Your Typical

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To learn more about Owning Your Own Ship – OYOS  

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