While being woke is almost a constant state of being for many of us particularly in the Black community, the term “woke” has made a major impact this year. It was added to the dictionary earlier this year, and according to Lyst, it was also the second most used word in fashion in 2017. “Power” topped the list for the number one.
Considering the disappointing loss of Hillary Clinton to President Donald Trump and Clinton’s influence on the resurgence of power suits in addition to the impact of the Women’s March on feminist fashion and powerful slogan tees like Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists”, it’s no surprise that “power” and “woke” took a front seat in the fashion world.
Many designers have used their influence for good this year by protesting change, encouraging activism and taking stances against racism, sexism and more, and that’s a cause we can all get behind.
“We were carried here in shackles from the homeland
Broom-chopped, chain-locked, brainwashed, programmed
Time’s changed, freedom reigns, I’m a grown man
Holding the future in the palms of my own hands
In this world the coonery and tomfoolery
All I’m trying to do is stay true to my community
The daily news ain’t the only thing that’s schooling me
Watching these haters operating with impunity
It’s dirty dollar signs
Black and white collar crimes
Running out of time
Out of sight, out of mind
It gets realer in Israel, in Palestine
Troubles of the world start to seem intertwined
War criminals, conflict minerals
Pillagers are coming home
Telling lies in press conferences and interviews
I’m trying to take back the power
Cause it’s been abused.” Black Thought
Black girls are punished and mocked for their originality while others co-opt it. #VogueArticles
The very people who exclude black girls from beauty standards profit from and co-opt black women’s creations. #VogueArticle
For the same reasons Vogue says Jennifer Lopez ushered in the “booty” era. When something is inherent to our culture, it is marginalized and seen as undesirable. When the dominant culture does it, they are given benefit of doubt. We saw this with Miley Cyrus and twerking, JLO and booty, Angelina Jolie and thick lips.
What’s going on Family.. lets talk. These double standards HAVE TO STOP?
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