Prior to taking these photos, I had Black Star’s Brown Skin Lady playing on wax. In the song, members Mos Def and Talib Kweli lyrically pay homage to brown skin ladies, which include but aren’t limited to African, Caribbean, Latin, Indigenous, Latina, and Middle Eastern women. It wasn’t until Mos Def said “Ooh, headwrap cover your hairdo” and well, I was shooketh! Being half Nigerian, headwraps and/or head scarves were worn on my mother’s side of the family. They came in a variety of colors and can be worn multiple ways. A head scarf is a common accessory in various parts of Africa and abroad. It represents self-expression while providing emphasis to African culture and tradition. During the period of slavery, women were forced to shield their hair from the sun and the light. They were shamed due to their subordinate status. Throughout the 1960’s, the head scarf was reborn for it was worn to represent Black pride. It wasn’t until the 80’s and 90’s where the head scarf was embraced by black artists such as Grace Jones and Queen Latifah in hop-hop culture and fashion. Today, the head scarf has become a world wide fashion trend that can be seen on the heads of Beyonce, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Lupita Nyong’o and Alicia Keys. More than just a piece a of fabric, the head scarf serves as living proof of how brown skin ladies have inspired the fashion we see today. Whether on the runway or in the streets, the head wrap is more than just a piece of fabric. I rocked the head scarf with drawstring pants, white button-up shirt than can be worn multiple ways, and a crisp pair of Nike Air Force 1 Jewels ❤ Shoutout Mos Def and Talib Kweli for inspiring today’s look and for showing appreciation to brown skin women worldwide! ❤ What are your thoughts on today’s look?
Boyfriend Shirt: Winners
Drawstring Capri Pants: H&M
Sneakers: NikeLab “Jewel Swish” Air Force 1 PRM
Photography & Makeup: Alvina Phan