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Women in Africa and the Diaspora: “1953 - How I Wear My Crown”

As a young girl, I always enjoyed watching my mother in the mirror on Sundays wrapping her hair. I admired the artistry of it all and how regal she looked. My freshman year of college, I started wrapping my hair also, mimicking what I saw my mother doing in the mirror.  My head wraps became a part of my identity.

I enjoy wrapping my hair up with vibrant pieces taken from my mother’s closet. I enjoy walking down the street and having people stare because they’ve never seen such a pattern. Most importantly, wrapping my head with fabric from my mother’s closet connects me to my home of Liberia despite the oceans that separate us. Each pattern, color and style has a story and history of its own. I am carrying a piece of home and a story on my head. This is why I am so drawn to 1953, a head wrap collection by Folasade Adeoso.

Inspired by her father and his birth year, 1953, Folasade started this collection not only in honor of her father but to also share a piece of her home (Nigeria), with other women. The pieces in 1953 are handmade in Nigeria and handpicked by Folasade throughout local markets in Nigeria.  With this collection, she seeks to promote individuality in all women. It is a celebration of women and all of our unique beauties. So whether you are in an elegant evening dress or simply sporting jeans and flats, you can still wear your crown.


Lupita Nyong’o Covers Elle France’s July 2014 Summer Issue.

Despite there only being three picture, the best thing about these shots are how bold, positive, vibrant and unapologetic Lupita comes across in these photos. Too often, mainstream women’s magazine have women repeating the similar poses, with expressions we’ve seen time and time again, and with the same reserved or forlorn look in their eyes.

Lupita wears Giambattista Valli and was photographed by by Alexi Lubomirski.

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