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Dear Elle France… since you didn’t do your homework…let me help you out.

Posted on January 28 2012

” We are not one monolithic group to be written about like zoo animals.”

-Claire of fashion bomb daily.

It couldn’t have been said better.

The Elle France article made me think of Chimamanda Adichie’s speech for Ted Talks titled, “A single story.” It describes the danger of telling a single story of a people, which I think may just happen for black people more than any other race. The Elle France article highlights how narrow minded fashion magazines can be. I can write a never ending list of Black Style Icons from the last 100 years. Martin Luther King, Zora Neale Hurston, Donayale Luna and Hailee Selassie come to mind. The mistake this writer made, which makes her look incredibly ignorant is to stereotype a whole race using notions that are completely baseless. It just makes her and her editors at Elle look stupid, un-intelligent and unsophisticated. Since she lacked knowledge to write this article and refused to do any sort of research I’ve taken it upon myself to help her.

For more articulate readings on black style and culture, take a look here , there and here.

Syney Poitier and Diahann Carroll

Josephine Baker and Frida Khalo

A 1950's New York woman

The Supremes in Paris

Josephine Baker gets a pedicure

Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge

Eartha Kitt and Cary Grant

Grace Jones attends a fashion show

Jimi Hendrix so modern could have inspired Raf Simons' last menswear collection.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Whitney Houston & Clive Davis

Billy Holiday cooks at home

Dr.Martin Luther King

 

A lot of the images are from Vintage Black Glamour.

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