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Where are the Ethnic Models? Ajuma Nasenyana’s right here!

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Ajuma Nasenyana was born in Kenya in 1984. Her look is so striking, but honestly you probably haven’t seen much of her unless you have been to London Fashion week or read French Vogue.  For some reason many designers, agencies and magazines don’t want to use her or other ethnic models. But when Ajuma does get to strut down the catwalk she is unbelievable.  Check out Ajuma in this youtube video. The video is pretty long, but she’s at 3:02.

In 2003, Ajuma won Miss Tourism Kenya and was actively scouted and articles were written about her.  Wikipedia states:

“Gamma photo agency came to Kenya to do a story on [the Surazuri Agency’s] scouting work and were so taken with the 5’10 beauty that she became the main feature of the story, which late ran in Gala Magazine, France. The pictures that were taken on this shoot were to provide the basis for Nasenyana’s portfolio, and these were duly presented to top international agency Ford Models, who signed her up for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Competition.”

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STYLE ICON: Rihanna

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She’s a Bajan beauty direct from the parish of St. Michael, Barbados. Some have said she’s a Beyonce look-a-like, but not anymore. Because of the angled, jet black bob and more recently a Twiggy inspired do, Rihanna single-handedly has all women running to their hairdressers with pictures from magazines and computer screens.

With her success in the music industry, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is an in-demand superstar.  But even at the young age of 20, she is a fashion trendsetter.  With each passing photo spread she becomes more and more fierce!

I like her new songs and believe me they get heavy rotation on the radio. But my favorite, by far is her first song, “Pon de Replay” where she stayed close to her West Indian roots. Big up to the Bajan massive!

Gimme Those: Gucci… What else?!

Gucci Sevigny High Heel Sandals

Happy President’s Day! Guess where I’m going today?  Shopping, of course. But here’s a little of the luxe life for you shoe obsessed fashionistas.  By any chance have you seen these Gucci Sevigny High Heel Sandals in Gold? (They come in black but they aren’t nearly as fierce.) These shoes are, for lack of a better word… SICK!!! So, for those of you with an extra $700 to spend, you can go here!

 (Update: 2/19/08:) In reading other blogs that I love, Fashionista.com has done a great piece on the above-mentioned shoe in their wonderful series: Adventures in Copyright.

Accessorize Me: Blooms for Spring

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“Florals? For Spring? Ground Breaking.” — Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada

Actually, yes, florals for spring. The runways at New York’s recent Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 were blooming with florals on everything from dresses and hair accessories to cocktail rings.

While I’m not really a fan of floral print dresses, I love the look of flowers in the hair. Most think this look is reserved for formal occasions, cotillions, and fancy balls but as Dior showed us on the runways, flowers can be used effortlessly to give a relaxed feel to your hair. Everthing from headbands and clips are flowering everywhere this spring. There are great finds in rhinestone, beads, and silk.

Actually, this look really isn’t that new. Jazz legend, Billie Holiday made fresh flowers in her hair a staple of every performance. Lady Day, as she is affectionately known, was a musical genius with a voice as rich and as full as her creamy, brown skin. But the beautiful gardenia placed on the side of her head made her a style icon and a classic beauty.

To create this style go here by special order, here, and here. Leaving the hair a little messy works best.

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