Black Women Are The Blueprint
In honor of the last day of Black History Month, I thought it was only fitting to do an article on the influence that black women has had on trends in society.
Black women have always had an impact on fashion and culture but acknowledging them hasn’t always been easy for society.
Instead, the influences that black woman have created have been watered down or white washed by society. Influences such as animal prints for clothes, nail extensions, new hair innovations, jewelry innovations, and new makeup techniques are just a few examples of how black women have influenced trends.
Personally, all of the influences that I follow have been started by black women intentionally and not intentionally.
Black women are not given their flowers enough when it comes to being the originators for many things in society.
For this article, I will be discussing all trends inspired by black women, but there are so many more innovations that black women have inspired.
That oversized sweater and those baggy mom jeans you just bought were inspired by black women despite what many might say. In the 90’s legends such as Aaliyah, Xscape, and TLC all started rocking oversized clothes and suddenly everyone wanted to rock oversized clothing. This one trend started by these phenomenal women is still popular today. Brands love selling and marketing to women oversized clothing and black women are to thank for that.
Black women originated the trend of wearing gold jewelry not gold jewelry in its entirety obviously but they did start the trend of wearing it in the 80s- 90s. Gold jewelry used to be viewed by society as “ghetto”. Once influencers of a certain race started wearing gold jewelry though it created this trend of everyone wearing it. For those who are unaware black women started wearing gold name-plated necklaces and gold “knocker” earrings in the 80’s to the 90’s. Now this style of jewelry can be spotted everywhere.
Black women are to thank for that.
This particular trend is always hard for black women to get their flowers for but black women are the originators of protective hairstyles. “Depictions of women in cornrows have been found in Stone Age paintings in Northern Africa dating back to 3000 B.C.” Society makes black women feel ashamed of their hair and makes them feel inferior to their white counterparts. Now the same white counterparts can be seen rocking the same hairstyles that black women were ridiculed for. Acts such as The Crown Act can now protect anyone from facing scrutiny with their natural hair and I love that. I have always been passionate about hair discrimination but I love that more and more black women are starting to embrace their hair in any shape it comes.
"The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman."
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