The drug holds a lot of significance for us as black individuals, it’s not just a head piece we wear to keep our “waves in check” or for fashion purposes, the story of this item lies deeper than that - it’s life began on the heads of black female slaves. The ultimate purpose of the durag when it was first conceived was a method to suppress black women’s beauty and distinguish their lowly, inferior status as labourers. But today we thank god that times have changed and the fact that the durag is now a celebration of black culture. Extolling its virtues are the artists who paint it, musicians who write songs about it, festivals dedicated to it and Instagram accounts born to serve it. The fabric has been reclaimed as a symbol of black beauty, a signifier of style worn on the streets, the catwalk, the red carpet… And now, in a powerful mic-drop moment, the durag is making its first appearance on the May 2020 cover of British Vogue, worn by Rihanna. This woman is a walking legend and will forever go down in my history books as one of the most influential black females of my generation, a woman that has made history and created change in multiple industries. At this point, how can you not love Rihanna. She is everything and influencer should be and more! The way she uses her platform to fuel change is so incredibly powerful and inspiring!
Look out for my blog post later on this week where I will talk more in-depth about this cover and what it means to us as black individuals and the statement it has created within fashion!
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