Can you believe that the June issue of Elle is Kerry Washington‘s first major fashion magazine cover? That is a Big Deal for the first black woman to headline a network TV show. Kerry’s just breakin’ barriers left and right, isn’t she? I like it.
It should come as no surprise that for all the obsessing we do about Ryan Gosling, baby pandas, Grumpy Cat, Karl Lagerfeld, Chavril and the endless array of Be My Boyfriend candidates, The Frisky is most inspired by the work of the many rad women we look up to. There are so many pop culture heavyweights and high-powered newsmakers who show us how its done and inspire us with their achievements every day. Naturally, of course, we each have our favorites. With that in mind, each Frisky staff member was tasked with choosing and submitting their favorite rad and inspiring woman — okay, a few of us got to pick two — for nomination, along with a photo of herself and a blurb about why they chose the woman they did.
And now we want you to vote for your favorite of the 10 women we’ve chosen.
The poll will remain open for two weeks — until April 22 — and, at that time, the woman with the most votes will become, effectively, our Rad & Inspiring Woman of the Year.
So what do you say? Will you tell us who you love, too? Vote now! Keep reading »
Fresh off a week of the Internet wondering whether singer Indie.Arie lightened her skin on the artwork for her new single, there’s a new Black woman looking awfully light-skinned. “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn posed in flagrante on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly and if you aren’t distracted by Goldwyn’s chest hair peeking out from underneath his shirt, you’ll notice Washington’s looking a lot lighter-skinned than her usual gorgeous chocolate brown skin. The reason, I suppose, is probably the same reason as it was for Indie.Arie: the set lighting and camera flashes wash her out. Given all the attention paid to magazine covers by an art department staff (and trust us, there is a ton of attention paid — covers are what move magazines), we know the choice to leave it that way is deliberate. I think Kerry Washington looks gorgeous no matter what. But I also think women of color are beautiful no matter the darkness or lightness of their skin. I wish our culture, including our pop culture, didn’t privilege the light-skinned and lighten darker women. [Entertainment Weekly]
I’ve been doing my utmost to debate less, but it’s hard when you’re as naturally opinionated as I am. This is compounded by the fact I come from a highly opinionated gene pool. Our family dinners sometimes spiral into debates. And when I say “sometimes,” I really mean 90 percent of the time.
Usually my mother plays referee, and when I say “referee,” I mean she’ll eventually shout, “Will you all be quiet!” My father plays the contrarian, opposing whatever view I hold. And my sisters may or may not be on my side.
I thought everyone did this — debate over dinner, as an expression of love and then pretend like nothing happened. Apparently not! Dinner is for small talk. So I’ve been trying to reprogram myself whenever I go out, because my opinions can be a bit disruptive. Keep reading »
Maybe the 2013 Golden Globes is a good omen of what’s to come this year, fashion wise. When they were bad, they weren’t all that bad, and when they were good, well, they were amazing. Stand out fashion stars on Sunday night’s Golden Globes red carpet included Kerry Washington, whose delicate shift played nicely off her modern hairstyle, and Katharine McPhee, who took a daring plunge into sexy town in all black. There was a lot to praise last night, and we’re hoping that as award’s season continues, we’ll see more great looks from these stars.
These were our favorites, but don’t forget to share yours in the comments!
Have you guys seen “Django Unchained”? I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t yet, but it just requires, like, so much effort to actually plan it and go to the movie theatre, and spending $15 just to sit down and watch something always makes me feel weirdly cheated. I’m the type of person that will spend however much on clothes or makeup and then bitch about the price of a movie, which is actually a really terrible quality now that I think of it. I should address that.
Anyway, “Django Unchained”! Kerry Washington is in it. Here she is at the Berlin premiere in a checkered Louis Vuitton dress (from the same collection as the black and white playsuit Kristen Stewart wore back in October), which she accessorized with a white bow headband and white pumps. Something about the way the dress falls has an “Alice in Wonderland” disproportional effect, like she could either be very large or very small, which is only magnified by the girly (indeed, very Alice-esque) headwear and tiny rectangular clutch. That said, I think I love it. It’s weird and sort of mod, and I am certainly not opposed to “Wonderland” chic. Are you feeling it, or is it a little too artsy for your taste?
Kerry Washington’s Mary Katrantzou dress is sleek, colorful and totally awesome. It also costs upwards of $2000, which means you could either pay your rent for a couple of months, or buy this dress. We say, pay your rent and go for a less expensive version of this graphic, thoroughly modern look.
Check out our options after the jump!
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“Are there any styles you can’t pull off so you just admire them from afar?” my friend Becca asked me the other day, and before I could answer she said wistfully: “My style crush is jeans tucked into boots. Doesn’t work on me. Looks amazing on other people.” I gave it some thought and realized I feel the same way about strapless dresses, maxi skirts, vests, capes, and anything orange. For a variety of reasons (body type, personal style, complexion, etc), these looks aren’t quite right for me, but I’ve made peace with that fact and will happily dole out compliments and adoring glances to anyone who can rock them.
So, how about you? What styles do you love but don’t actually wear?
I haven’t been a fan of Tyler Perry since I figured out his formula — no-good man wrongs strong black woman who is saved by do-right man with a lot of Madea thrown in for comic relief. That being said, I’m really excited to see his film version of Ntosake Shange’s acclaimed play “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” This 1975 choreopoem, as Shange named it, consists of 20 poems performed by nameless women, who are known only by the color they wear. It explores the black woman’s experience with abandonment, love, domestic violence, rape, and abortion.
The characters in “For Colored Girls … ” speak to many women throughout the stages of their lives, which might be one reason Perry was able to secure such an all-star cast. Keep reading »
Kerry Washington looks gorgeous in her hoop earrings, and this mighty appearance is being heralded as the return of the massive ear accessory (which we’ll kind of take with a grain of salt). While we’re vehement supporters of statement jewelry, we’re not at all into the idea of accessory overkill, which the hoops can easily foster. Take the jump for five tips to help you rock big hoops without looking tacky. Keep reading »