In case you already know, Sunday, March 8th marks an important day in terms of gender. Women’s Day! Today is a day where we celebrate the achievements, challenges, hardships that women overcome each and every single day. We are faced with multiple roles and today, I thought I’d take a different turn and focus on positive roles that women take on in terms of creativity. About 80% of my reading is done on my laptop, whether its a blog, article, or one of my lesson plans for my students (I should be working on that). To fuel inspiration, there are three female bloggers I follow who have a passion for not only fashion, but styling their lives as a whole and balancing multiple roles. The names are: Leandra Medine, Aleali May, and Vashtie Kola. These three women demonstrate independence, creativity and an all around passion for branding themselves without fishing for compliments on their appearance. I find we live in a generation where appearance comes first and mentality lingers behind. Well, not with these three ladies. Their blogs are an entireity on their own and don’t stick to one particular thing, if you think about it, they are technically lifestylers. They style their lives everyday in terms of what they wear, their goals and are successful tastemakers in their cities. What’s not to love? Maybe these bloggers will inspire you as much as they did me. Enjoy!
1. Leandra Medine
Representing: New York City
Nickname: Man Repeller: a woman whose style is so offensive that it repels members of the opposite sex. From tent dresses to Bermuda shorts, talk about a colossal failure.
Mantra: “Fashion doesn’t have to be serious to be really good. I’ve always been fascinated by things that are a little bit off-beat and that’s been been beautiful for me, it’s that disconnect.”
Why we love her? Besides her quirky attitude and personal style, Medine’s Man Repeller brand has circulated the social media airwaves to the point where she even wrote a book after the infamous name: Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. As every blogger would, I purchased this book during a spontaneous visit to the bookstore as opposed to a pit-stop at Menchies because you know, “shorty can’t eat no books.” Anyways, in the book she predicts that she will be doomed for the rest of her life due to her past style choices: silk parachute pants, ankle boots with fringes, a Hermes ostrich clutch, and countless trips to Zara and Forever 21. Her brilliance and wit is what makes her so likeable and she also makes it clear that it is okay to be off-beat in terms of your #ootd or life’s lessons.
2. Vashie Kola
Representing: New York City
Nickname: Downtown’s Sweetheart
Mantra: “My craft and my art has aways been about learning it at its truest art and honest form.”
Why we love her? From her endless supply black garments, Vashtie proves that women can still maintain their beauty in a Supreme tee and Saint Laurent boots while killing it in multiple roles. But it’s not only Kola’s natural beauty that makes her one of a kind, its her ability to wear multiple hats. What I mean by “multiple hats” is that she is not a person of routine for she takes on multiple roles: video director, DJ, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant and blogger. She was also the first female to design her own Jordan sneaker: the Air Jordan 2 “Lavender.” If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will, considering that today’s sneaker community is pretty male-dominated. As a young girl, Vashtie had a dream and as woman, she brought it to life. With her brand Violette hitting the streets to her collaboration with Puma, its living proof that creativity can get you far. Her multiple roles created an impact on yours truly for I like showcase my different aspects. Whether its with my job (real estate), teaching my students, and blogging, studying it in its truest form and taking what I have learned to apply it to someone with hopes it will create that aura of inspiration. Keep killing is Vashtie.
3. Aleali May
Representing: Los Angeles & Chicago
Nickname: Aleali Bae
Mantra: “Women are taking over. I think the biggest cause of that might be the fact that it is also a time where we are collaborating and supporting one another.”
Why we love her? Her passion for culture and noting that it is okay to be different. During an online shopping session at RSVP Gallery, I came across a Givenchy ad and this beautiful girl with long black Pocahontas locks caught my attention. Her eyes fierce, face makeup free and a Givenchy scarf covering her head, the term “unique” is officially an understatement. I soon came to find that her name was Aleali May. I did some research on this beautiful soul, only to find that she is not only a blogger, but an image consultant and has worked with brands such as Givenchy, RSVP Gallery, Hypebeast and H&M. She has gained mass credit from the street wear community for her ability to combine high fashion brands with street wear labels. She not only gained Kanye’s respect, but she has been spotted with designers such as Don C, Virgil Alboh, & Pharrell Williams. From styling Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, and Lenny Kravitz, there is no doubt that Aleali has gained the respect from both genders when it comes to styling. Did I mention that she prefers sneakers over heels? This is why her and I need to be friends! Check here to check out her interview with Hypebeast from last October. What a cool ass woman!
“There’s a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
-Alphonse de Lamartine