Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. If you remember before the new year I started a segment called Style Icon? I have renamed it to something I thought was more fitting for the purpose of the segment, which is to showcase various style inspirations not just in fashion but tv, music and fellow bloggers. So I have renamed the segment Style Muse.
To kick things off I have a treat for you if I do say so myself, the StyleMuse of this week is none other than Saidah Nairobi *insert applause*. Saidah is well known for being an incredible dancer who just recently finished the formation tour with Beyonce and has worked with other artists such as Neyo and Ciara.
But she is not just a dancer, she recently released her debut Single We Are, she is also on the board of directors of a Non-Profit organisation Gold Hearts&Crowns, which seeks to "enlighten our generation and the next through education, scholarship and service".
I could go on and on about her careers and accomplishments which she says has been a journey of faith and "profound in blessings". To read more about her visit her website on SaidahNairobi.com
Lets get into today's post. Enjoy x
You are known for being a dance and now a record artist do you see yourself being a triple threat and going into fashion?
"Is there such a thing as a quadruple threat? Lol. Because i see myself going into both fashion and film. The beautiful thing about being multidimensional beings is that we don't have to limit ourselves or put ourselves in a box. Creativity is limitless in expression. And one of the many wonderful things about the arts is that there are sooo many components to it, so i see myself delving into a lot of areas. Debbie Allen is a great inspiration".
What does Style or Fashion mean to you?
"The foundation of my style is comfort but individuality. Coming from an athletic background, I've always found ways to be stylish but comfortable at the same time. Big hoops, short hair, and an athletic chic style has been my thing for many years. During the day, I love accessorising my outfits with afrocentric statement pieces and spiritually grounding pieces like chakra bracelets, rings, and crystal necklaces".
"I tend towards more gold than silver accessories, and rose gold has become a new love of mine. On any given night, I love fly tall boots or booties, and high waist jeans. For sophisticated events, I love accentuating my neckline whether that's a halter or turtleneck for example, and/or my legs. Style to me is an outward expression and statement of who we are. And fashion is ever-changing, ever-evolving trends that can serve as inspiration to add to and enhance your unique personal style"
You have a lot of African inspired pieces in both your Music and Fashion what inspired this?
"A lot of people ask if I am from Kenya because my middle name is Nairobi or they'll ask where my family is from. Truth is, I am from Queens, NY, my mother from Brooklyn, and my Dad the Bronx lol. But, I grew up in a household that embraced and appreciated the history of who we are and it was especially important to my parents to give me a name which kept me connected to our deep roots in Africa. They believe, as I do, in the power of a name. And I'm thankful for the unique identity that my family imparted to me".
"Our culture is rich in so many ways, that have nothing to do with money, and everything to do with strength, resilience, and power. I feel the power of our history in the rich colours of our clothing and the rich vibrations of our music. From Gele's, to wrap skirts, to kente cloth, it is just so beautiful the richness of colours in African fashion. In music, the sound of drums resonates with the beat of our heart. That connection through music is so powerful. I am in constant awe and inspiration by the greatness of Africans and African-Americans"!
Who or what are your fashion inspirations?
"The '70s and '90s...my absolute favourite eras. It would be a dream come true to star in a movie that was based in either the 70s or 90s. It would also be another dream to attend a fashion show in Milan. The Fashion model icons -- Iman, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, and Grace Jones -- they were everything. I'm inspired by simplicity and effortlessness but poignant statement pieces whether that's the accessories, shoes, or the jacket. I'm inspired by people that create something out of nothing. A pair of jeans that have fabric added to it, an oversized denim jacket that gets shoulder padding, I love that"!
What Clothing Item best describes you?
"Ha, I love this question. I would say... a leather jacket. I'm durable, genuine, and I get better with time"!
What does your Style say about You?
"My style says that I am confident, consistent, comfortable in my skin -- Im edgy, fun, sophisticated, athletic, and I embrace my heritage"!
Her new single and music video "We Are" is so visually appealing and a celebration of blackness and black beauty and looking inwardly to truly see who we are. "We are Kings, We are Queens, Royalty..." You should check it out especially if you are a fan of everything Afro centric like me (see below)
Thank you to Saidah for being my Style Muse of the week and thank you guys for joining me. Till next time. Duces x