Rebecca Walker


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

In Italy, At Least, Black is Beautiful | Views |

In Italy, At Least, Black is Beautiful | Views |

Big shout of love to Veronica Chambers for covering a beat us chocolate fashionistas rate high on our list of importance. We know there isn't anything frivolous about clothes or beauty. Status is shaped by ideas about beauty, the fashion and beauty industries are billions of dollars strong, and as Audre Lorde wrote, poetry is not a luxury because the human soul needs beauty and emotion and creative expression. Fashion and beautiful, luscious things that deliver sensuality and facilitate personal style, inspire, heal, and sometimes, on the difficult days, make all the difference.

This has nothing to do with how much money you have--sometimes couture is shaped by the deliberate instincts of people with less money using what they have to speak their style. I don't want to write a whole essay here, but I feel so strongly about this....expression is part of what makes us human. the non-verbal aesthetic allows us to connect and express ourselves through color and line and texture, to speak and be heard without saying word. It's a powerful language, and it's why we've been adorning/dressing ourselves with distinction for thousands of years.


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