10 Black Fashion Influencers Who Brought The Style In 2021

Marsha Badger

Marsha Badger

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Black fashion influencers are one of the main reasons those who are interested in fashion scroll social media. If one is in need of outfit inspiration, wants some insight on different ways to wear a look, or is just enjoys the art of fashion – Black fashion influencers are where it is at. We never get tired of seeing their savvy ensembles that motivate us to step our wardrobe up. We also look forward to their fashion posts that have us eagerly tapping that heart icon and saving the picture so that we can recreate the look in due time.

While 2020 presented major challenges (COVID) causing some fashionistas to reduce their fancy gear to lounge wear and jogger sets, 2021 came back with a vengeance in the fashion department and our favorite fashion influencers definitely made up for lost time. Because they work so hard

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Black Artists Make Fashion a Profitable New Canvas. But Is Their Work Being Exploited?

There was a time when the old guards of the art world wanted no association with the fashion industry. The idea of artists collaborating with fashion designers was absolute blasphemy, as it was considered “selling out” by more provincial members of the art community.

Over time, fashion brand and contemporary artist collaborations would become a gold standard. Major artists from Ashley Longshore to Peter Doig would collaborate with some of the biggest brands in fashion from Gucci to Dior. Nowadays, if you’re considered a major contemporary artist or one on the rise, the better question now is who have you collaborated with? Fashion collaborations have been particularly helpful in the representation of Black artists.

While Black artists are still fighting for representation in gallery spaces, fashion collaborations have become a way for them to not only get the recognition they have deserved but also tap into a new audience

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Cicely Tyson: The Actor Who Redefined Black Characters and Black Beauty

It was an important realization. My early ambition was to be an actor, and the few Black women I saw on TV and in movies — Diahann Carroll, Nichelle Nichols — were glamorous, but emotionally inaccessible, as “done” as their impeccable hair and makeup. Ditto the street superheroines like Teresa Graves and Tamara Dobson in the so-called Blaxploitation movies of the 1970s; as Christie Love and Cleopatra Jones, they were beautiful and confident but seemed to propagate an urban myth of Black people as Teflon-tough. In contrast, Tyson embodied, and embraced, the resilience of everyday life that was informed by clear moments of doubt, and even despair. She was regal but regular, qualities emphasized by her dark skin that for generations had consigned Black women to playing archetypal maids or mammies (the epitome of Teflon) when they got roles at all.

Next to her acting acumen, across a seven-decade career

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OUI the People: A black-woman-owned beauty brand that prioritizes black women

Unhealthy and unrealistic health and beauty standards are forced on consumers from every angle. Television, social media, advertisements at transportation hubs and even subliminal messages in our entertainment do a good job of reminding us all that we’re lacking something special.

We’d all be better of if we just purchase the right products and style ourselves like our favorite celebrities, right?

A Black woman decided to take a different approach with OUI the People, a beauty brand for, well, the people. Founder Karen Young said she struggled with razor burn and ingrown hairs as a young woman. She took note of the vast differences between beauty and grooming options for men compared to women.

“When I wanted to gift a man in my life with something beautiful and useful, I often went for a safety razor. The whole set would be beautifully presented with the right shaving cream, oils,

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