Celebrities like Beyonce, Lance Gross, Pharrell Williams,and Rihanna are but a few of many Hollywood stars sportin’ African prints. But is this adornment of African fashion a trend, fashion faux pas, or is Black Hollywood finally embracing their “roots”?
Inquiring Ankara fashion gurus wanna know… do Black celebrities embrace the cultural context through which these clothes are made, or do they wear them merely because the bold prints and bright colors help set them aside from typical day-to-day fashion trends? Who’s to say?… And moreover, does anyone care?
The ongoing debate is whether or not a person HAS TO, “embrace Africa” in order to wear African print, or is it simply “ok” to wear print because it looks “nice” or “stylish?”
Despite questioning the intent of those celebrities who adorn African garb, it’s great to see African fashion receive global notoriety! Formerly, notoriety and Africa would seem to be antonymic-with the media oversaturating the public with misleading stories about religious conflict, poverty, and disease-driven pandemic. Black Hollywood wearing African print helps to give the world a mental break from the exacerbated atrocities that we’ve forcefully grown accustomed to.
All things considered, double-handed hi-five to our Hollywood brothers and sisters expanding the spectrum of stylish fashion by way of African print.