Why I’m celebrating the women in lockdown who get all dressed up with nowhere to go | Life and style

Rihanna, the reigning queen of stay-at-home couture, made historical past yesterday, showing on the quilt of British Vogue in a durag, the selection of bedtime headwear for a lot of black individuals. Manner forward of final yr’s nightwear as a daywear pattern, she beforehand donned one coated in Swarovski crystals on the CFDA awards in 2014. In 2013, she wore a doobie wrap – a standard interim type black ladies use to maintain freshly handled hair intact throughout the evening – on the American Music awards. Her style in headgear makes me really feel way more stylish as I work at home in a polyester durag and outsized shirt.

I miss going out, however I miss on the point of exit most likely simply as a lot, if no more. And it’s not simply me – because the #OOTD hashtag declines throughout lockdown, the @wfhfits Instagram account, which paperwork the showstopping outfits contributors are carrying to work at home, is now 18.4k robust. The #DontRushChallenge takes this to the subsequent stage. Began by Twitter person @lase_asoloo, individuals go from drab to fab within the (slickly edited) faucet of a make-up brush. Very similar to the DMX Problem – which final yr noticed ladies showcasing numerous hairstyles synced to the 46 names the rapper lists on his track What They Actually Need – the #DontRushChallenge is dominated by #blackgirlmagic and has been an utter pleasure to look at.

Ronke Raji

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March 31, 2020

The firstly cause is that the problem is an antidote to the still-monolithic representations of black ladies within the media. Even with that business’s newfound dedication to variety, variety inside that variety is usually an afterthought. And but the #DontRushChallenge couldn’t be extra multifaceted: we have now seen plus-size black ladies together with black ladies with piercings and a few in fetish gear. There’s one for naturalistas (black ladies who’ve made the choice to forgo chemical hair remedies) and one other for bald black ladies. Black ladies throughout the globe have joined in; from Britain, the US, Belgium, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya. On the continent, individuals characterize the specificities of their tradition from totally different ethnic teams and tribes (corresponding to Yoruba ladies from Ibadan in Nigeria and Habesha ladies from Ethiopia and Eritrea), who’re often lumped collectively as homogenous residents of the legendary nation referred to as “Africa”.

Scrolling the hashtag jogged my memory simply how enjoyable it’s to decorate up for the sake of it. The concept that the one cause ladies hassle is for male consideration or validation (an assumption that’s as misogynistic as it’s heteronormative) is pervasive. The view of make-up as a type of trickery can also be prevalent; the “take her swimming earlier than the primary date” and “make-up sorcery” memes have routinely been used to disgrace ladies, particularly black ladies. However right here, the naked faces and hair bonnets within the “befores” are as integral to problem because the high-glam, at occasions unrecognisable “afters”; there’s nothing to cover, however loads of craftwomanship to point out off. Bravo, girls; I’m off to discover a shade of lipstick that enhances my slippers.

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