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In life you are often times given an opportunity at a moments notice and it is up to you to make the most of it. On the eve of  Thanksgiving  I was contacted to collaborate with  photographer  Chidi Amadiume and I accepted the offer. Lately I have felt a strong sense of resilience in accepting my destiny and achieving my dreams. I believe the Model (Dieynaba) exudes that resilience and Chidi’s talent was able to capture it.

Photographer. Chidi Amadiume
Stylist. Fabby.BBVC-STYLES
Model. Dieynaba Diop 

Resliance is Key

Resliance is Key

During the cold winter season, it is so easy to hit a dry spell and go from Fab to Drab. In New York City, it is so difficult to keep warm and be cute. Incorporating these vintage wardrobe staples will help you maintain a wardrobe that can stand the test of time and trend.

When it comes to winter wear  outerwear is king. No matter how cute your outfit is outerwear completes the look. Nothing sucks more than having a cute outfit on no one can see until you get indoors so my top 2 picks will be outerwear.

1.Fur

When I put fur on I feel expensive chic and unique. Added bonus! It also keeps me warm and it feels great. I am somewhat environmentally conscious so I like the idea that, circulating vintage fur decreases the demand for new fur (so no new animals were harmed in  the completion of this outfit).

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2. Hats 

Showcase your personality and adorn your head with a hat. Hats keep your head warm, are great statement pieces and can add to dimension to your style moment. This winter I will definitely be embracing bigger and brighter colored hats.

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3.Blouse

Make your blouse your statement piece this winter.I love blouses because they can be so demure, but fabrics and print can definitely take it up a notch. unnamed

4.Lace

Sensual and hyper-feminine  or what I affectionately call fourth date attire ( seal the deal ). I love lace simply because of what it implies. You see everything and nothing at all.

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5.Sequins

Bold and Overstated. The perfect way to stand out and shine bright like a diamond. Also, Sequins are a go for every body type so jazz up your wardrobe and add sequins into the mix.

unnamed-4Do you have any Vintage  Wardrobe Staples? If so comment below.

Being a woman of color, I have learned to withstand the lack of, or misrepresentation of women like myself in the media. Since I was a little girl, I would constantly search for images to substantiate the idea that black was indeed beautiful. I remember how my heart would race and how proud I would feel when I would come across an editorial featuring Naomi Campbell or Tyra Banks. Head held high with a renowned sense of self, I knew that if they were seen as beautiful, than maybe one day I would be too.

Today “Jason Eric Hardwick “ has reignited that feeling.

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“I wonder why photographic images of Afro’s are yet to be updated? I often think about about why there are limited stereotypical molds when photographing black women? There is either the exotic video vixen, the African soul sistah, a 70′s afro queen or what I have heard people call a white girl dipped in chocolate. Have people stopped to look and consider that things have changed? Hairstyles have changed and identities have evolved.” – Yomi Abiola,  contributing editor for Vogue.it

Photo series

Afro Look

Afro Look
Jason Eric Hardwick

Jason Eric Hardwick

Read more on this photo series, visit vogue.it

Photographer: Jason Eric Hardwick

Stylist: Darlene & Lizzy Okpo

Hair: Taichi Saito

Makeup: Kanako Takase

Manicure: Amber Edwards

Jason Eric Hardwick
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