Getting Dressed While Black: Why Are Black Girls Judged Harshly on Their Attire?

Hello Everyone,

I've just read an article about how black girls are disciplined more harshly for their school uniforms than white girls.  According to theRoot.com, the National Women's Law Center recently looked at school dress codes in Washington, D.C., and found that black girls are punished over their school uniforms more than their Caucasian peers.  It even states that black girls were found to be in violation of dress code for infractions such as "unladylike," "inappropriate," and a "distraction to the boys."  The article also states that teachers have even sent young black girls home because their physique is curvier than most of their peers.  Some of these young girls have even shared that teachers have come up to them and discussed their undergarments, to the point of asking if they are wearing a bra!  It is to the point where these girls' education is hindered because of these violations and punishments.

Stories like this are not uncommon.  More and more stories like this are shared online, and privately.  Last year, in Miami, FL, a group of high school dancers (members of a well known dance company) performed at a high school football game.  The girls performed at various events before, but this particular performance went viral because not only were they judged for their dance routines, but also judged even harder for their dance attire.

 

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Found on Youtube and Google

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Foudn on Youtube and Google

I tried to find some clearer pictures, but these were the best that I could find.  According to the dance instructor, Traci Young-Byron, these costumes were actually inspired by Kitana from Mortal Kombat.

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Although the costumes were very creative, parents (not the parents of the dancers) were outraged.  Here are some the actual comments (some comments came from blogs, while others were actually shared from people on social media) that were made about these girls:

  • "I'm old fashion, but these girls look too sexy!"
  • "These girls look like they're wearing lingerie!"
  • "So, we're raising our girls to be strippers?!"
  • "These girls look like little prostitutes!"
  • "If that was my child, I would take her off the field and beat her a$$!"
  • "These girls should not be wearing this at such a young age.  They're attracting the wrong attention."

What people failed to realize is that:

  1. These girls were honor students at their high schools and already had full scholarships in place for college.
  2. THEY WERE THE ONES SEXUALIZING THESE YOUNG GIRLS!
  3. There are plenty of Caucasian girls, majority who are much younger than these high school girls, who wear much less, but nothing is said about their attire.

When these girls' attire went viral, I loved their outfits.  I felt they were very creative, but I was very upset at the fact that these girls were being sexualized over their attire.  It is a dance costume.  It is not like these girls are wearing these costumes to school or church.  I was happy that the dance instructor made a point to say the reason for the backlash of the attire was because the girls were black, and also shared pictures of Caucasian dancers in attire more revealing than her dancers.  Another thing that made me angry was that everyone called them "little strippers," "strippers in training," or "young whores!" Why would anyone call a child that?  Is it because she has a shape? What makes me angry is that it is always our girls that are punished for their body shapes; it is always our girls who are always sexualized; and it is always our girls who have to tone down their attire because of what other people may think of them.  Stories like this makes me angry because it hits home for me.   This very same thing happened to me at a young age.

I was 12, and just starting seventh grade.  By this time, my bust had grown quite large, and on the first day of school, my teacher came to me and questioned me about a shirt I was wearing (the shirt was buttoned-down).  She asked if I had planned on wearing my shirt again, and when I told her yes with a confused look on my face, she said with an attitude, "Well sweetheart, if you plan on wearing that shirt again, you need to get it together!"  On the third day of school, I wore an outfit that I had purchased on my summer vacation in New Orleans.  My mom had checked the student handbook, and we both read where skirts could be worn up to three inches above the knee.  My mom measured the skirt, and it was EXACTLY three inches above the knee. 

I went to school, and nothing was said to me 1st through 5th period, but when I arrived to my 6th period class, I went to sharpen my pencil.  Well, when I sat down, the tardy bell rang.  My teacher (the same teacher that said something about my shirt) came to me and told me to stand up.  I asked why, and she gave no explanation.  I stood up, and she made me turn around so the whole class could see me, and then said, "Your skirt is too short.  Come follow me." When I told her that my mom and I read the handbook and it stated that the skirt could be worn up to three inches above the knee, and that my skirt was exactly three inches above my knee, she shockingly said "You and your mom ACTUALLY READ THE HANDBOOK?!"  I told her yes! I follow her to my other teacher's room, which was next door.  She says out loud, "Her skirt is too short!"  She then makes me stand in front of the other teacher's classroom, turn around so the class could see how short my skirt was from behind (all of the boys were whistling), and both teachers are in agreement that my skirt was too short.  She also tells the other teacher that my mom and I actually read the handbook and repeated what I said about the skirt.  They are amazed that my mom and I actually read the handbook for some strange reason.  At this point, I'm so humiliated that I start crying in front of the class.  The teacher then takes me back to our classroom and proceeds to give me a demerit.  She calls my mom to see if she could bring me some clothes, but my mom is unable to come to the phone.  Not only does she send me to the office, but I can't even eat lunch.

On the way to the office, we run into the principal.  I'm already crying from embarrassment, but she tries to make me turn around in front of him.  I told her that she has humiliated me enough, and she's not going to do it again.  The principal starts yelling at me that I knew my skirt was too short before I thought about wearing it to school.  When I explained the rule in the handbook about skirts, he says, "YOU READ THE HANDBOOK?!"  By this time, I'm looking at both of them crazy and I ask why is everyone shocked that I read the handbook.  When I go to the office, the assistant principal, who is a member of my church, sees me in the office.  He asks why am I in there.  I tell him what happened, and he is angry.  When I tell him that I didn't eat lunch, he is even more angry, and walks out of the office.  He then comes back with a sack lunch and hands it to me.  He tells me to stop crying, and that everything is going to be okay.  When I came home, I told my mom everything that happened.  She's angry that it happened, but she's even more angry when another teacher told her about it.  The next day, my Caucasian classmate came to class with shorts on that looked like underwear.  Before I knew it, the class was like, "Are you going to send that girl to the office for her shorts?  You sent Ashley to the office, and she had to stay in the office all day because of her skirt!  She wasn't even able to stay in class because you said that her skirt was too short!"  THE TEACHER ACTUALLY TRIED TO JUSTIFY THE FACT THAT THIS GIRL HAD ON SHORT SHORTS!  She said although her shorts are very short, my skirt showed more of my curves, while the other girl's shorts didn't show her curves (LIE).  Everyone in the class told the teacher that she was wrong for sending me to the office, but was allowing this girl to stay in the classroom.  The teacher says, "Fine!" Then, turns to the girl and says, "I'm sorry, but you're going to have to call your mom so you can change your shorts, or I'm going to have to send you to the office."  She lets the girl call her mother, and her mother comes to the school with long pants for her to wear.  My peers are still upset about this.  My mom talked to the teachers about their actions, and they apologized, but that did not stop them from picking on me for my attire.  It had gotten to the point where I started wearing clothes that were two to three sizes too large for me, and the conversations went from my clothes being too short to the teachers asking if my parents knew my clothing size!  They didn't want to own the fact that they were the reason why I became self-conscious of my body. 

Seventh and eighth grade were tough for me because of what I endured, so when I see stories like this, it makes my blood boil.  Why can't people see black girls as people and not the shape of their bodies?  We wear the same clothing as everyone else.  NO ONE should be punished for their physique!  I really hope this double standard with black girls bodies change very soon.  It is ridiculous that black girls are policed and punished because of their figures.

Until Next Time!

Just Drawing

Hello again!

So, I've really been getting back to my creative side, and utilizing my drawing time on the Tracing app.  I must say that it feels good drawing on here.  I've created two illustrations.

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Lavender Hair 2018

 1930s Black Glamour 2018

1930s Black Glamour 2018

I love glamour portraits and vintage pictures, and I always try to create them.  My next step is to create original fashion illustrations on here.  Besides drawing, I'm also a virtual stylist.  Just started a couple of days ago.   I will be showing you more illustrations from the Tracing app.

Until Next Time!

New Things

Hello Everyone!

I just realized the last time I had written a blog on here was New Year's Eve 2017!  That's not good!  I need to get my life together and write on here more! 😂 Great things are happening for me.  Things are going in the right direction career wise.  I have been doing work for people, and I'm starting to do more "Black Power" illustrations.  I did this illustration for someone in February.

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Unapologetically Black

2017

*the name of the background print is called "Karo."  I know I found it on Google, but I cannot remember the source where I found it.  If anyone knows, it will be greatly appreciated.

I created this piece for someone in Denver.  I need to do more empowering pieces like this, especially for fashion!  Also, my birthday will be Sunday, and I'm planning to do something that I feel will help me and my business!  I must say that I'm nervously excited by this because I know that I'm in control, but at the same time I still have that certainty of what the future will hold.  I'm still keeping my faith strong.  Again, if life doesn't have me too busy, I will continue to talk to you all and show you more works.

Until Next Time!

Happy New (Eve and Day)

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year in advance.  Each new year, we are always talking about what resolution we're going to do.  Whether we stick to it or not, we are always doing something to change, for better or sometimes worse.  I don't know about anyone else, but lately I have been doing a lot of reflecting, and for the first time ever I see that I have really been focusing on other things besides myself.  I used to have so many dreams for myself, and now I haven't even thought of working on those things again.  Well, things are about to change.

Here is my first collection, which is from 2011

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I'm still very proud of this collection.  I worked tirelessly sewing, dying, draping, and creating different textures with fabrics to create this different and unique activewear collection.  Creating this collection was the happiest moment in my life.  I showed this collection when I had my first fashion show in Atlanta, during Fashion Week 2012 in NYC, in various other fashion shows throughout the Southeast, and in fashion shows in Dallas.  This one collection (10 looks to be exact) has taken me to a lot of places.  So, what happened?  Why wasn't I creating more collections?  Why was I solely showing this one collection?  Well, life happened.   Things started happening that was out of my control, and now it seems that I have forgotten about myself and my dreams, and instead started focusing on merely existing.

 

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It's nothing for me to do illustrations like the ones shown.  It is my passion to create fashion illustrations, and fashion collections like what's shown.  I need to get back to this.  During this holiday season, I rarely look at or read about Kwanzaa, but I have been reading about it a lot lately.  It really focuses on creativity and empowerment in oneself and in the community.  This is really speaking to me.

So, what's my "new year resolution?" To get back to the creative person I used to be.  To get back to creating something for myself.  To get back to promoting myself and getting my name out there.  To get back to "finding my niche" in my career.  The things I used to do creatively, I'm getting back to that.  I'm getting back to doing collections, fashion illustrations, gaining clientele, and being the creative me.  I will still continue to talk to you all and show what new things I have done.  I will also continue to promote myself on here.

Stay tuned!

Lacey from Florida

Hello,

I created another custom fashion illustration.  This time, it was for my sorority sister in Florida.  I used to create artwork for my sorority, and she has always liked my artwork, so when I posted my last illustration on social media, she responded saying that she wanted me to create one for her. 

So, after working on this illustration for a week, I have finally finished the final product.

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She has already received it, and she loves it!  I hope you all love it too.  If you would like for me to create a custom fashion illustration, please contact me.  Thank you, and have a wonderful night.

Colorful Queen

Hello Again,

I've been quite busy.  I'm working to market myself more.  It had been quite some time since I had really sketched something.  After doing a sketch for my sister, I'm quite happy about it.  I want to introduce to you my new fully rendered illustration, Colorful Queen.

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Background Photo Source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ab/0f/43/ab0f437fb48c90e2adc3177ceaefab27--new-york-city-photography-times-square-new-york-city-photography-tumblr.jpg

This illustration was drawn by hand.  I found the fabric swatch online (I can't remember what site I saw it on), and added the colors through Illustrator and Photoshop.  Doing works like this makes me feel happy.  I'm devoting my time to doing one illustration a day.

Thank you, and have a good day.

Practicing with Tracing

Hello,

I'm taking a small break to play with Tracing, an app with Microsoft.  One of my students have this app on his Surface Pro, and I wanted to see if I could get it on my laptop.  I was happy to see that it had downloaded.  The great thing about Tracing is that you can upload your own drawings, and draw over them.  The bad thing is that when you save the file, it does not save as a JPEG or PDF, and when you save it, it does not save your drawing with the file.

I used it to sketch a jumpsuit.  This is how it turned out.

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I still have to play with it, but I think it came out nicely!  Until next time!

Saint Laurent S/S 18

I'm supposed to be in the bed sleep, but here I am, drooling over Saint Laurent's Spring/Summer 2018 collection from Paris Fashion Week (PFW). 

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Of the collections that I have viewed online, this is by far my favorite.  I've been trying to find the actual theme for this collection, but since I can't find it, I'm going to just guess at it.  This is a modernized "ode to the 80s" collection.   I'm an 80s baby, so large, puffy everything was normal during that time. 

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I'm really not a huge fan of fringe, but the fringe in this collection is amazing!!! There's even fringe on the boots!

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There was also plenty of stylish menswear looks included.  Some tailored, and some casual.  These two are my favorites.

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I know there are a lot of pictures, but this is a 91 look collection.  Every look was unique in its own way.  Even thought I love all of these looks, which are my favorite?

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If you want to view the pictures or watch the full collection, you can visit the British Vogue website listed above, or visit http://fashionweekonline.com/paris

Paris Fashion Week

Hello!

Taking a break from my usual daily activities to talk to you all about the different collections that have been seen during Paris Fashion Week.

I must say that it feels really good to take a break and see some of these shows online, especially Yohji Yamamoto's Spring/Summer 2018 collection.  Most of the colors in his collection are black, red, and white.  I've always been a huge fan of Yamamoto, and I love to see his garments on the runway.   Another favorite designer is Rick Owens. His Spring/Summer 2018 collection consist of bold structures, layering, and industrialized design aesthetics.

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I started following the Jour/Ne brand a few days ago.  I must say out of all the collections I've seen, this one is my favorite. 

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I love the bright colors, flowing garments, and fringe details.  The only thing that I would say is a dislike is that throughout the runway show, there was only one plus-size model.  I feel there should be consistency in fashion.  If you are going to have a plus-size model, then you should have more than one plus-size model.

If you would like to look at more footage of Fashion Week, please feel free to go on http://fashionweekonline.com/

Thank you, and have a good night!

Pregnant Model Bares Belly on Runway

Recently, during a runway show during NYFW, a pregnant model showed her bare stomach on the runway, and apparently everyone in is in shock because they've never seen it before.  Why is this news?  Why are we treating it like it's a new trend?  Didn't we see Jourdan Dunn and Miranda Kerr do the same thing?  

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I also remember a designer had a runway collection for pregnant women in New Orleans.  This woman showing her bare stomach on the runway may have been styled differently, but this is nothing new for people to be shocked about.  People weren't even this shocked when Alexander McQueen debut some pants that showed the ass cheeks, or a collection that was inspired from rape culture, so why are people shocked because a woman showed her bare stomach on the runway?  Do women not supposed to show their bare baby bumps?  Please help me understand.  That's all I have for right now.  

If you want to read the full article, here is the link: https://www.today.com/style/pregnant-model-bares-bump-eckhaus-latta-nyfw-show-t116219

Take care, and I will talk to you all later.

Vagina-Themed Collection Shown During Fashion Week

Hello!  So, NYFW (New York Fashion Week) has started.  Many designers, established and independent are showing their collections this year.  A pair of Berlin-based designers, Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl, also known as Namilia, debut their first collection, which was a vagina-themed collection with back-less attire, barely-there thongs, and fake breast implants.  Let's just say it was very interesting.

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As a fashion designer, one thing I love is for people to wear my works of art, but I have no words for this!  If you want to read about Namilia, or see more pictures of this collection, you can go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4872988/Namilia-debuts-VAGINA-themed-collection-NYFW.html. Thanks for reading.

Progress

Hello!  It has been a long time since I was able to communicate with you.  I have been quite busy.  I am now in preparation of getting my line off of the ground.  There has been quite a few changes on what I thought I wanted to design.  Lately, I'm seeing some things in certain areas of the fashion, and I wanted to be the person to fill that gap. I don't want to disclose all of the information just yet because it is still in the beginning stages.  I do want to say that this personal project is something that I've been working to get off of the ground for years.

Right now, I'm getting the supplies together, and sketching things out.  I think I'm going to do a capsule collection and put it on social media to get some sales going.  I will keep you posted on the progress that I'm making.  Thanks, and I will be in touch.

Support Creatives

Hello Everyone.  Lately, something has been on my mind.  I've already shared it on my fashion column, and now I'm going to share it with you.  As you can see from my website, I'm a very creative person, and every creative person knows how hard it is to get your work out there, and to gain clientele.  I have been an independent fashion designer for over nine years, and I'm still struggling to gain clientele.  It can be very frustrating, and it is also frustrating when those "potential clients" try to criticize your work.  No matter what creative genre (fashion, art, music, dance, poetry, etc.), for some reason people feel to tear artists down, and feel like we are not worthy of the price of our talents!

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So, I have some "suggestions" about supporting creatives, and I hope you will listen:

  1. Don't Ask for Something If You Cannot Afford It!
    • I cannot stand when someone asks for my services, only to get upset because my prices do not fit within their budget!  When I first started, people would ask for my services, only to get upset because my prices were "too high!"  The mistake I made was lowering my prices to please these individuals.  It took two other fashion designers to tell me to stop doing this because it was only allowing people to get over on me.  These same two designers also gave me some advice, "if you are lowering your prices for these potential clients, then these are not the clients you want."  Now, when someone complains about my prices and says they will buy a product from a "certain" store, I simply tell them to go to that certain store.
    • I recently made a post on my Facebook page of a drawing I had created.  Everyone had given great compliments on the drawing, but one of my "friends" had posted, "you should design my daughter's sweet 16 dress."  Now, I already know this person works minimum wage (or below), so I already know she can't afford my prices, so I simply responded with "I'm expensive."  Not even a minute later, she responds with, "Oh Lord! Well, I guess we'll try Walmart then. LOL"  I was really mad and hurt about this because:
      • Creating a custom dress is not cheap!
      • The person was demanding for me to make this dress instead of asking.
      • With this person saying she will go to Walmart lets me know she was trying to get the dress for free in the first place!
  2. Do Not Complain About My Prices If You Can Afford A Designer Item With No Complaints
    • One thing that really bothers me is when someone complains about someone's prices being high, but then turn around and purchase a designer item because of the name!  The reason I am so bothered by this is because I make the exact same thing as that brand, but because I'm an independent fashion designer, you feel that you are not worthy of paying my prices.  This is also a way of you saying that you will never support me or any other creative person out there!
  3. Please Do Not Tell Us What We Should Design Simply Because YOU Like It!
    • There is a reason for me saying this.  Any fashion designer knows that no one creates clothing in every design category.  There are certain things we happen to fall in to.  This is something creative people will notice while in school, but where I'm from, people in my hometown do not understand that, and they feel that because you are a fashion designer that you supposed to CREATE EVERYTHING they see on TV and in stores!  People, it doesn't work like that!

I'm saying all of this to say the following:

  1. Please support the creative people around you!
    • We need to know that you are here for us, and when we have your support, we can continue to do great things with our talents!
  2. Don't tell us what to create in order to benefit you!
    • Please know that although you want to see us make a certain product that's already out, we have our own products that we want to create and sell!
  3. Please stop complaining about our prices!
    • If you do not like our prices, you can shop somewhere else that's in your budget!

Thank you for hearing me out. Until Next Time!!

My Favorite Looks from the 2017 Met Gala

Hello All,

Yesterday was the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the Met Gala.  If you are unfamiliar with this black-tie event, it is held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute.  Each year, a theme is picked, and well-known celebrities and fashion's elite dress up in this theme.  It is also known as "party of the year" and "the Oscars of the East Coast."  This year, the institute paid homage to Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo, and as always, the stars did not disappoint.  I'm going to show my favorite looks from tonight's gala.

*all pictures are from Vogue's website.

 

 Lara Stone in Christopher Kane

Lara Stone in Christopher Kane

 Sasha Lane in custom H&M

Sasha Lane in custom H&M

 Rita Ora in custom Marchesa

Rita Ora in custom Marchesa

 Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

 Fei Fei Sun in Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition

Fei Fei Sun in Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition

 Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

Cynthia Erivo in Thom Browne

 Sofia Boutella in Marni

Sofia Boutella in Marni

 Janelle Monáe in Tiffany jewelr

Janelle Monáe in Tiffany jewelr

 Rihanna in Comme des Garçons and “Rihanna Loves Chopard” jewelry

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons and “Rihanna Loves Chopard” jewelry

 Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren

Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren

 Sofía Sanchez de Betak

Sofía Sanchez de Betak

 Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren (Love this!)

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren (Love this!)

 Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton and Repossi jewelry

Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton and Repossi jewelry

 Sean Combs (Lordt!)

Sean Combs (Lordt!)

 Kendall Jenner in La Perla

Kendall Jenner in La Perla

 Lisa Love in Thom Browne

Lisa Love in Thom Browne

 Katy Perry in Maison Margiela (This is very different)

Katy Perry in Maison Margiela (This is very different)

 Carly Steel (I like the headpiece more than the dress)

Carly Steel (I like the headpiece more than the dress)

 Tracee Ellis Ross in Rei Kawakubo

Tracee Ellis Ross in Rei Kawakubo

 Cassie Ventura (YES Cassie!!!)

Cassie Ventura (YES Cassie!!!)

 Halle Berry in Versace and Atelier Swarovski earrings (I feel Halle should have worn this at the Oscars)

Halle Berry in Versace and Atelier Swarovski earrings (I feel Halle should have worn this at the Oscars)

 Blake Lively in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Ryan Reynolds

 Ruth Negga in Tiffany jewelry

Ruth Negga in Tiffany jewelry

 Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda (I didn't even recognize her!)

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda (I didn't even recognize her!)

 Chrissy Teigen in custom Marchesa and John Legend in Burberry

Chrissy Teigen in custom Marchesa and John Legend in Burberry

 Mary J. Blige in La Perla

Mary J. Blige in La Perla

 Aymeline Valade in Marni

Aymeline Valade in Marni

 La La Anthony in custom Thai Nguyen Atelier

La La Anthony in custom Thai Nguyen Atelier

 Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell

Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell

Many fashion sites have more pictures from the 2017 Met Gala.  You can check out Vogue, Refinery 29, New York Times Fashion, as well as other sites.

Until Next Time!

Oh, the 59th Annual Grammys!

Hello Everyone,

The Grammys.  Oh, the Grammys.  I didn't get to see the first half of the show because I was busy watching "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (That show is starting to get crazy as well).  I found out about the first half of the show through social media.  Now, let's get started with this conversation.

First, who is this unknown person?

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According to the other blogs, this person is named Joy Villa.  She is some unknown singer and artist who decided to show her support for Trump by wearing this apron/mermaid dress.  This is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.  The only thing I can say is that baby girl messed up her career before it even started!  Apparently, she is known for doing these shenanigans at the Grammys.  I guess this ZZZ-List artist is trying to do everything in her power to get some attention.  Here are some previous pictures of this crazy person.

 http://www.express.co.uk/pictures/galleries/4804/best-and-worst-dressed-58th-annual-grammys-2016-cbs-in-pictures/Recording-artist-Joy-Villa-attends-The-58th-GRAMMY-Awards-at-Staples-Center-107419

http://www.express.co.uk/pictures/galleries/4804/best-and-worst-dressed-58th-annual-grammys-2016-cbs-in-pictures/Recording-artist-Joy-Villa-attends-The-58th-GRAMMY-Awards-at-Staples-Center-107419

 http://www.gotceleb.com/joy-villa-57th-annual-grammy-awards-in-la-2015-02-09.html/joy-villa-2015-grammy-awards-06

http://www.gotceleb.com/joy-villa-57th-annual-grammy-awards-in-la-2015-02-09.html/joy-villa-2015-grammy-awards-06

She has a nice body, but this is not the way to flaunt it.  I also found some of her music on YouTube.  Awful! Just awful!  It is sad this is her only claim to fame.  Sad baby girl, Just sad!

In other shenanigans, Cee Lo. Who told him this was okay?

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http://img.wennermedia.com/480-width/ceelo-green-gold-zoom-33e1411c-3717-4844-80a5-b0c3e26aa298.jpg

First, he scares the whole world with that exploding phone so he can promote his album (which was wrong). Now, he is showing up to The Grammys as a real-life Buddha? I know he has stylists on his payroll who told him not to do this.  I though Cee Lo was better than this.  I guess I was wrong!  I found this photo on Twitter that sums up my thoughts!

 Twitter.com

Twitter.com

Beyonce performed.  I missed her performance, but I heard a lot about her performance on social media.  Everyone felt she was stiff and she didn't "bring it" like she usually does.  I sat back like "people, she's ACTUALLY pregnant! She can't do that stuff when she's carrying twins!" Anyway, she looked stunning as usual.

 beyonce-grammys-2017-performance1.jpg

beyonce-grammys-2017-performance1.jpg

 

Last, but not least, let's talk about Lil Yachty.  In case you don't know who this person is (which I'm sure no one does), he is supposed to be a rapper.  If you ever get a chance to listen to his songs, he does nothing but mumble.  I don't know if this guy is an ambassador of Skittles or what, but I know he came to the Grammys wearing a $35K rainbow grill and a Colonel Sanders outfit! Here's the proof!

 Twitter.com

Twitter.com

He was also in a Target commercial where he and singer, Carly Ray Jespen remade the hit song by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two."  Now, I love Target, but I am so angry they collaborated with this talentless guy, and allowed him to destroy this classic hit!  Not only that, I recently found out this person is also the Creative Designer of Nautica!  If you don't believe me, here's proof!

 www.thefader.com

www.thefader.com

The reason I'm pissed about this is because I have a master's degree in Fashion, and almost 10 years of fashion experience, over 17 years of fine arts, and three years of graphic design experience.  I have racked up so much money in student loans because of my dream to be a fashion designer and create my fashion empire, and you mean to tell me this person, who has no talent in music and no fashion experience can be the creative director of Nautica? Nautica, what is wrong? Are you trying to make your brand that relevant again that you make this guy your creative director? Why?  I know I should not be envious of someone else's success, but this personally makes me angry.  It's like you do not need to have talent, skills, and experience to reach the top, and you will make it far! 

Well, that's my rant on the Grammys.  For those of you who actually watched the show, I hope you enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the tribute to Prince (it was actually nice) and the BeeGees.

Until Next Time!

Still Adjusting

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I hope my new visitors have taken the time to browse my website/online portfolio.  I'm still trying to adjust to this new site.  I was having some technical problems, but now everything seems to be working just fine.  I'm happy that I'm able to blog on here as well.

In addition to starting this site, I'm also preparing for a fashion show, which will be sometime in April.  I'm excited about it because it is helping me to get my creative juices flowing again.  I will be posting my progress on this as well.

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Welcome to my new website.  I will be posting inspiration and new projects that I have completed on here.  I hope you will enjoy my website and illustrations just as much as I enjoyed creating them!! Thanks, and I will be writing to you again.