"Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am"- Janelle Monae, Q.U.E.E.N.
I'm BACK for real this time! Oh how I missed you guys dearly, like desparately! No more breaks from the blog for me.I really needed the creative rest , but it was too much and I was scared I lost juice.Nontheless I am back with the goodness.
Today's look is inspired by the one and only triple threat (singer, dancer, and actor) Janelle Monae. She is one of the many influences on my style, but I hold in such a high regard. Her style is more than style, it's a statement of reverence (to her parents and grand parent's years of uniformed occupations of servitude) and non-conformity. We all know the industry is laden with 'barely there' dressed ladies (yes,they are still ladies whether fully dressed or naked.I don't use the term 'female' as it is used mainly to be degrading and sexist.I don't refer to men as males in daily convo so I will not subject woman to the term female in this context) , and the fact that Janelle chooses to be herself amidst all of industry and outsider's pressure is admirable. She also never condemns though who are less than dressed, which I love. Every woman is her own and even if they choose to dress a certain way , they should never be made to feel less.Her music is more than just hot beats and fancy high notes, the lyrics have such deep meaning and references that appeal to the creative me, the insecure little girl in me, the sassy me, the leader in me, and the queen in me.Janelle is aware of her influence and uses it responsibly to promote awareness of issues that include Women's rights, LGBT rights, support for the arts, and civil rights.Whether donned in suit and bouffant of giving red carpet radiance in Elie Saab,she is a style maven in her own right and on her own terms.So here's to the "Electric Lady" , may you continue to shine bright and inspire us all to love ourselves and be ourselves.
Let's get into this look shall we? Being petite is great but all of us lil gyals are far from curvy.I consider myself more popsicle stick.I don't think that is bad, it just is what is is ;small boobs, flat tummy, no hips,small booty.I have been sitting on the body con turtle neck dress for a while, but popsicles really don't go with bodycon that well...until now. All hail the corset,the instant hourglass maker ! lol
Shop my full look below
(my purse is sold out and I can't find one similar,sorry)
The company that makes this satin corset ($30) is Hanifa.It is a black owned company and their pieces are fantastic! Boasting expert tailoring and rich fabrics from around the globe, this brand is one you definitely want to add in your closet! I first came across them a few weeks ago when their Lerisa dress was featured on Fashionbombdaily as Bomb Product of the Day.I quickly headed to their site only to fall in love! Their line is drenched in rich colors, fabrics, attention to detail and reasonably priced (the Contemp collection).Check out a snippet from their lookbook below.Shop their site at www.hanifa.co
Corsets are all the rage this season and can be found pretty much everywhere and in all varities. Personally,I prefer the classic look.By placing mine over my turtleneck dress, I am giving the illusion of bawdy and still looking classy.I took it up a notch by adding my fave red lip Cherry Blossom by Coloured Raine , a pearl ear headband (old-found at local store-It's Fashion $2), and my fave box clutch. I wasn't in the mood for full tights,so I opted for socks instead which are a bit more daring in my book.
"..even when they edit me, the booty don't lie!"-Janelle Monae, Q.U.E.E.N.
I was so proud of my little booty in this pic.I clenched it a little to make it look bigger (don't tell).
Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that? Please?
Do you think Miss Monae would approve? Hopefully this look was worth the long wait lol.Let me know in the comments! xoxoxo
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