The Daily Beast: One British Vogue Cover Every 12 years Doesn’t Equal Diversity

For The Daily Beast I wrote a piece about Jourdan Dunn getting a British Vogue cover — the first black woman to don the cover solo since Naomi Campbell 12 years ago. While I’m happy for Dunn, WTF fashion industry? You are tripping. Continue reading

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Extreme Obama: Michelle Obama Action Figure

Made by Jailbreak toys and just in time for Christmas sales you too can own your own comically ridiculous Michelle Obama Action Figure!

More after the jump.

Meant to go with the Barack Obama Action Figure Jailbreak also produces, the First Lady comes in three iconic looks that are burned into my retinas – the infamous purple “fist bump” sheath dress from when President Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, the “black widow” dress I hated from election night and the awesome dress she wore from White House Black Market on The View.

I will be purchasing … um … none of these because, um … no. They’re cute, I guess, but I’m a bigger fan of the ridiculously expensive Michelle O. porcelain doll and if I’m going to blow money on Obama doll-related paraphernalia I’d like them to AT LEAST be as awesome as my goofy talking George W. Bush doll I got as a gag gift. George looked like George and talked like George and had a cloth suit and was more like a Ken doll or full-size GI Joe than a tacky piece of plastic crap.

So, what I’m saying is … if this doll was pretty and wearing cloth renditions of those outfits I might not be able to stop myself from buying one no matter the price so Michelle could hang out with my FloJo, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Brandi, MC Hammer and Michael Jackson dolls. But as long as she looks like a cartoon character I’ll pass.


The Beginning of A Scene: DC Fashion (Guest Post)

Designs by Tashia SennBy Dot Johnson

Unless it’s about politics, Washington, D.C. can often feel like a revolving door. Politicos, academics stay, the rest seem to go away, but that idiom is changing with the emergence of D.C.’s own bustling fashion scene.

Designer Tashia Senn is a D.C. native who always knew she would return home to launch her line of high-end ladies evening wear

Senn graduated from New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in May and went right to work on her Spring / Summer 2010 line with a launch scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Studio Gallery. 

NY is saturated with designers, and fashion brands plus buyers and boutiques are looking at other sources outside of New York. D.C. has become really fashion forward and it’s a great niche market for new independent designers like myself,” Senn said.

More after the jump.

Since returning home, Senn found that leadership among local industry advocacy organizations is a valuable asset for a new designer attempting to attract a buyer community still largely focused on the Big Apple.

Designer Tashia SennBut it hasn’t been easy for people like Christine Brooks-Cropper. She knew what she was stepping into when she decided to lobby for legislation creating the Greater Washington D.C. Fashion Chamber of Commerce. 

“People called it the fluff bill to create the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events for DC Government,” she said.  

Brooks-Cropper has worked hard to re-educate local designer talent about their own potential in an industry that has everyone brainwashed that New York and Los Angeles are the only places they can succeed. 

“Mayor Fenty made it clear that he wants DC to be a world class cultural city, and we can not do that without fashion, art and entertainment. The creative economy is growing in D.C. and its time for the designers and creative people to be recognized.”

Yet Brooks-Cropper isn’t alone in the fight for DC’s fashion industry.  Five years ago, when a group of equally committed local fashion advocates joined forces with the Style Network, the resulting Fashion Fights Poverty Gala was what the Post called “one of the largest fashion fundraisers in Washington, D.C.”  

Since their first gala and fashion show, Fashion Fights Poverty Co-founder Kadrieka Maiden and President Chris Belisle have juggled their own full time careers with developing FFP as full fledged 501(c)3 non-profit.  Their Annual Fashion Show has become DC’s premier fashion event and celebrated the organization’s newly acquired 501(c)3 status, which is no easy feat in a city where establishing non-profits is everyone’s favorite hobby.  

“There are many that think fashion is frivolous and a luxury of the rich. However, FFP is showing that being fabulous is not necessarily being frivolous. It can be cutting edge yet beneficial, innovative yet charitable,” Maiden said.

Senn is passionate about both her own potential and that of the District.

“I came back to DC not just because its home for me but I saw the city changing before my eyes and I wanted to be apart of the new and exciting things that were happening,” she said.


Question of the day: Tyra Banks Reveals Her Real Hair, It Is THAT Serious?

Tyra Banks let go of her weave and revealed to the world her real hair for the first time in an eternity it seems. The results were … well. She has hair and it grew out of her head. This is a big deal why again? Oh yeah. Black women. Hair traumas. The impossible beauty standard. Issues. Issues. Issues.

Tyra declared Tuesday “National Real Hair Day” and did a whole show getting people to reveal their hairy roots. even complied a weave hair gallery history of Tyra’s tresses.

We’ve talked about black hair a bit on The Snob, mostly about my hair issues and how I wish I didn’t have them. (Recap: I have long hair. I love it. I have mixed feelings about the attention it gets. I’ve have been obsessed with it at times. I have nightmares about being bald. I have rocked a TWA before. I have had a perm in the past but it is now natural.) I don’t know if show’s like Tyra’s “Everybody Take Off Their Weave Day” show help or not. On one hand, yay for embracing whatever grows out of your head. It’s yours. On the other, do we need yet another examination of this phenomenon with all the articles and books and now a movie, Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” coming out on the subject? Is it that serious, people? I mean, I wish I could find the clips, but people were having breakdowns over their weaves. My unbewevable sisters — is it really THAT crucial? I’d like to think that not everyone is as screwed up as me, but reality keeps proving me wrong.

Are you mental about your hair?