African Queen???? Please…


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Let the fashion drama of 2013 begin!! Recently, fashion model Ondria Hardin; she’s drenched in bronzer in an editorial for Numéro magazine called “African Queen” . When it comes to the racial card, this can EASILY be shown as disrespectful. Honestly, I am very much between the fence in regards to this image captured. On one hand, I believe this appears to be a beautiful homage of a model taken a homage towards black women. The world must know there is nothing like a black woman. Before you jump the gun at me, please note if there was a flavor category of women at Baskin Robbins, I would love everyone flavor!

However, What irritates me is the inability to find a black model to do the shoot. Since there are a high percentage of white models in the fashion industry, every major modeling agency has more than a handful of black models. Having some a black model would be lemonade opposed to the lemons squeezed to have a white model in the shoot. It would have suffice if there was a light skinned black model? Ironically, there are white Africans, but they are white! For example, Charlize Thereon is an extraordinary beautiful woman, but she is a white African.

While we have some of the most iconic black women in pop culture “domesticating” their ethnic image from their original origin, this image is no different. How about using a model of the exact origin and there would be no problems for anyone. Its disrespectful the black models who have sacrificed and help pave the way for others to follow their footsteps. case closed..

“Iron Will”

 

Working …


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The Ensemble: Leather Jacket, ASOS; T Shirt: Raf Simons; Black Sweatpants; Sneakers: Jeremy Scott by Adidas; Vest: Jordan Craig; Accessories: 21 Men (forever 21)

During the super bowl weekend, I was asked to help style a fashion shoot for black and grey magazine. Declining the request would asinine due to the fact I have been eager to work with my colleague, Bil Brown, within the past couple years (on my trinidad james shit, “mama always told me,boy count your blessings). All jokes aside, we have finally manage to find the appropriate project to do so!

I got the chance to meet the models, make up artists and assistants for the shoots. Majority of people came different parts of the region (i.e. Indy, Nashville, etc.). The shoot could have not performed any better . Despite we have worked a little bit late (happens frequently at shoots), everyone worked in a complete harmonious fashion. The meeting of the minds started to ignite as each one of began to create snowball effects of creative ideas for the shoot. It was practically improvising along the way (kinda)… There were no ego; instead, it was just a group of people doing what they love!

Besides working with everyone, I got the chance to work with my sister, who was the hairstylist for the project. Unfortunately, this is our first project together. Personally, it was breath-taking because we never get the chance to do much because of our hectic schedules. I was glad she had the ability to work on such short notice. Overall, the shoot was a success. This was my first styling project for the year! Off to a decent start and I will not be stopping any time soon.

“Iron Will”

A Night at Ramsi’s Part Deux


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it has been a year since the last dinner hosted by one of Louisville’s dopest photographers, Bil Brown of Black and Grey Magazine. Bil has been constantly building his brand throughout the east and west coast working with some of the upcoming models and fashion designers (i.e. Gunnar Deathridge).  During the dinner, he announced the status of Louisville is slowly making a mark in the creative field of pop culture.

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Photographers, stylist (including myself), models, artist were all jointed together in holy aesthetic matrimony. It was really great to hear things are slowly coming together with some of the artist in the city. I, on the other hand, has been working developing my own brand outside the city (also within the city). Mingling with old faces along new faces never gets old faces. A glorious moment to network.  Nothing beat being around others who understand art beyond the comprehension of the norms. I think they call us art freaks for a reason lol. we make the world go round… more projects coming soon.

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My ensemble: Since the meeting was very short notice, I thought I should make a look which consisted of both buisness and pleasure. The shirt actually brought an exotic element to the outfit along with the shoes. I personally felt it was appropriate for the occasion. Express blazer; Maison Martin Margiela t shirt; my karate pants from Macho Martial Arts; Maison Martin Margiela x HM loafers; Forever 21 pocket square