It’s been a really long time, but as we’re in the final hours of International Women’s Week 2015, I just thought I’d share these beautiful shots of brides of colour, flaunting their gorgeous natural tresses. The original post (available here) is courtesy of buzzfeed.com and should give all you fly sisters out there, preparing for your big days later this year, some much needed inspiration. Don’t forget to share with your fellow brides to be!
So the blogging world is currently all caught up in the details of Solange Knowles recent marriage to Alan Ferguson, which took place in New Orleans this passed weekend. Knowing Solange and her previous fashion statements, as well as the music she has released, one could have guessed her wedding would be super cool. However, recent photos and reports from the big event have surpassed the expectations of many.
Fun facts from the day include the wedding couple arriving together on matching bicycles, the bride wearing a jumpsuit before changing into a dress (with a cape!) and of course the more predictable but no less exciting fact that Solange wore her hair natural! I’m no fan of the Knowles/Carter branding empire or anything associated with it (that *ish is so contrived..), but I wouldn’t be representing “invisible” brides if I didn’t promote the shear elegance and beauty demonstrated here by a sister so completely at home with her natural self. Additionally, from the sound of it, the wedding was as unique, quirky and special as Solange has proven herself to be in spite of her sister’s constant fakery.
With all that said, congratulations Solange and Alan! I really hope you go on to have a beautiful and long life together.
Brides-to-be of colour behold! The potential for flesh-matching wedding lingerie and hosiery!!!
Nubian Skin is exposing us to a brand new world where our hues will no longer be excluded from the fashion phrase “nude coloured (under) garments”.
This is very exciting and ground-breaking news, especially if that special day outfit will require you to wear lingerie and/or hosiery that matched your skin tone as closely as possible. Of course, you don’t need to wait for your wedding day or even be planning to get married to enjoy this long-awaited and well overdue alternative to white and beige underwear. And it isn’t to say that we couldn’t find brown and bronze bras, panties and stockings before – just that it is exciting to see another visible platform that targets women of colour specifically rather than as mere tokens to broaden an overly Eurocentric demographic. That’s worth celebration and acknowledgement.
Their web-shop will be available (and hopefully affordable) to the public very soon, so sign up for regular updated on their website to keep informed.
Ladies! The April / May 2014 edition ofBlack Hair UK Magazineis a bridal special! In short – go out and get it while it’s still in stores!!!
There are all kinds of hot hair tips for brides-of-colour to be throughout the edition, but some of the highlights are arguably the ideas offered for ladies who may wish to go natural on their big day (see pages 49 and 68-71), as well as fashion advice if you are going for something a little different than the usual princess look (see pages 120-123). As always, there is also plenty of make-up and beauty hints for those of us with darker skin hues (see pages 103-105), which is a much needed departure from the standard fashion and beauty magazine advice column, which tends to only acknowledge olive skinned, Latin beauties as their dark-skinned audience, thus not offering any guidance to a black readership. In any case, this it is wonderful to see this long-standing magazine reaching out to brides to be with a variety of pointers for how to achieve the classic / conventional bridal look, in addition to numerous alternative and yet gorgeous styles.
My personal favourite segment of this edition of Black Hair has to be the “Fairytale bride” – which turns Disney’s interpretations of beauty on its head once and for all, along with all notions of what a “real” bride should look like (see pages 110-113).
Of course, it’s a bit girly, girly – but in my opinion, as long as we have numerous, balanced versions of what being “girly” means, it’s all good.
Go out and get your copy NOW before it’s too late. Enjoy!
Ladies who do not wish to break the bank finding that perfect ensemble for the big day – feel inspired! The fantastic UK Guardian newspaper has come to the rescue with a short but useful list (or gallery) of more affordable alternatives for wedding dresses for the cost conscious bride.
True, it is disappointing that all the dresses are white and follow a very narrow and traditional style – but it is a start I suppose to tell ladies it is okay not to spend £200 upwards on a dress they will wear only once in their lives. Unless you are Keira Knightley of course, who made a point of wearing her beautiful Chanel wedding dress over and over in public before spilling red wine all over it, because she’s too cool for school when it comes to this stuff.
You can check out the gallery here for ideas on a style or designer at the very least.
Left: Knightley at a charity event in December 2013; Right: Knightly on her wedding day in France in May 2013.
Watch and listen to Academy Awards (2014) nominee, actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) discuss being black and beautiful, and be inspired by her mother’s words of wisdom: “You can’t eat beauty.”
It is so necessary for young women and girls of colour to be able to see and look up to figures such as Nyong’o and it is so wonderful to hear her philosophy on the beauty standards and structures that still dictate not only the industry she works in, but also the world we all live in. The anecdote Nyong’o shares as well as that of the letter from a fan, are two of many examples of why a blog such as this one are needed as they illustrate the pervasiveness (once again) of a white beauty standard, which spills over into the wedding industry too.
I really hope that at tonight’s Oscar ceremony, Lupita gets the recognition from the academy that she deserves. However, if she does not she should know what a legend and inspiration she is.
Anecdotal analysis of the wedding industry while we plan our own interracial and international special day.