Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rihanna's Hairstyle At The AMA's

Rihanna's recent appearance on the American Music Awards totally inspired me to hit the keyboard and post my thoughts.
Rihanna wore a hairstyle which is called a "hair wrap" or "doobie." Latino and African women have long been using this technique, wrapping their hair around the head to keep it smooth, while also inserting bobby pins around the head to keep it in place. It's basically a set without the hair rollers.

First I had to ask myself, was it that unattractive or funny to cause such a stir? I think not. Let's face the beauty industry everything from every culture can be an inspiration. With so many things being repeated each season, why not bring something fresh to the stage?

Then I recalled a hairstyle that shocked the couture runway shows seven years ago. I had to ask my friend and mentor, Orlando Pita about the inspiration for hairstyle he created for Christian Dior Couture in 2009 A/W.  

"We were trying to create 1920's inspired bobs...which was the beginning of the bob being a stylish hairstyle for women. Instead of using wigs and since we couldn't cut all the girls' hair. I thought of creating a bob silhouette with the girls own hair using bobby pins. Lol! No pun intended!"

To me this is another example of someone using their imagination and creating something that they think is beautiful. Yes, Rihanna's choice was a little more literal but fashion can be literal or just someone's creative juices flowing big time!

Let's embrace it all!!

Thank you Rihanna for being so brave and bringing home some "realness" to the big stage!


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