28 Jan 2012


So there i was going through my usual news on yahoo when i stumbled across this controversial article on african american fashion that was published on the website of French ELLE... well you are the audience decide.

If a fashion writer for French Elle is to be believed—and she is not—African-Americans weren't stylish until the Obama family came into office.

"For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its street wear codes," writes Nathalie Dolivo in a post translated from the magazine's website titled 'Black Fashion Power.'

And if this sweeping stereotyping and flat-out ignorance weren't already off base, Dolivo goes on to explain why the so-called Obama renaissance of style is so "chic." According to her assessment, it embraces "white codes" while still making what she calls "a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a 'créole de rappeur') reminiscent [of] the roots."

A good number of people were angry and held nothing back when they commented on this article but here comes the"best part"

It hasn't helped that French Elle has yet to provide a satisfactory apology for readers. According to Vogue Italia, Valerie Toranian, French Elle's editor-in-chief, expressed regret that the article was "misinterpreted," but didn't acknowledge with any understanding why readers were so offended.

I don't know why such an article was published, this is unacceptable in this day and age and ignorant beyond belief. So as a challenge to this writer i would like to post images of African American fashion icons that were way fashionable before the Obama's came in, your WELCOME!

Josephine Baker