Unapologetically African

On Sunday, I had the honor of being invited to cover a fashion show (Currently editing so stay tuned for that post!). Usually photographers wear all black or dark colored clothing but I did the exact opposite. I wore bold and attention worthy colors. I am not a photographer but I do enjoy taking pictures. I’ll always prefer to be in front of the lens rather than behind it.

As I get older, I accept more and more of who I am. I’m black. I’m Ghanaian. I’m a woman. I’m young. I’m short. The list goes on… It seems like in the past I’ve unconsciously apologized for being myself. “Wear conservative clothes to bring less attention to yourself.” “Keep your hair relaxed,  short, and kempt so to avoid people judging you.” “Act more mature to appease your mature audience.” I’m over it all. I just want to be me.

In school, I am currently discussing age discrimination in the workplace. I find it interesting that many associate age discrimination to affect older employees. Well, what about the younger ones? You know, ones like myself, that get told E V E R Y D A Y at work, “When you become an adult, you’ll understand…” Um, so what defines adulthood anyway?? …. Enough of that topic….

Solange has been inspiring me to play with colors and patterns post her big-chop and fashion metamorphosis. I think I did just that in the city on Sunday….
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So this is the dress I showed you guys in my fashion haul video. This Joe Fresh dress was around $12! The leopard heeled sandals were my favorite Summer ’13 heels. I bought them from Forever 21 for about $30. Not only are they the most comfortable Forever 21 shoes ever,  I always get compliments from men about them.

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But heels will be heels. Comfortable or not, you can’t paint the town red for hours in heels without suffering. These leopard Isapera sandals worked perfectly as a substitue. I paired it with my Forever 21 envelope clutch that I bought on sale for about $7. Note to self: if it’s leopard/cheetah or any animal print, really, I’m drawn to it. Maybe it’s the African in me LOL (sorry, that was an ignorant joke).

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Attempt a kente turban at your own risk. Not only does it feel like a ton of bricks on your head, but it’ll probably collapse midway through a shoot as shown above. (Try imitation kente cloth for a lighter feel. )
The things people endure to look good…

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Try not to gaze too long.

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Kente Cloth Head Scarf/ Joe Fresh Dress/ Forever 21 heeled sandal & clutch & necklace/ Isapera leopard Sandals (Similar)

-Be blessed!!

 

2 Comments

  1. Pens and Pumps
    April 15, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Haha, I really enjoyed reading this post! Your words have so much life. But anyway, dressing up as press is something I think about often. I know it’s not all about us, but why can’t we look good too? All black is depressing sometimes lol.

    This is by far one of my favorite looks though. It has so much flavor, and I absolutely adore prints on prints! It’s not easy to do so, but you nailed it.

    • April 15, 2014 / 8:53 am

      Aww thanks V! Hahahah exactly, and those photographers were looking at me like “what is this amateur lil girl with her amateur camera doing?” 😂

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