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Curvy Iconic Fashion meets Modern-Day Looks

Icons are legends, worthy of veneration, who have graced this earth with their amazing presence and contributions. In Black History, we have been blessed with some pretty outstanding icons who have paved the way for our civil rights, in entertainment, sports, medicine, innovative technology, education, and even politics. Our people are resilient, cut from a “different cloth”. One can almost say that we were made from the stuff superheroes are made of- impacting the world in such a way that other races of people admire us, hate on us, and try to “be” us. Though our struggle over centuries has been apparent, it has never crushed or demolished our race, producing some of the strongest human beings that ever walked on this planet. 


This Black History Month, I wanted to focus on empowering ALL women through the iconic fashion and brilliance of Black Women whose style and class coupled with their hard work and reputation made them world-renowned legends. 


At the end of 2021, I introduced the concept of “Curvy Iconic Fashions Meets Modern-Day Looks”, paying homage and the utmost respect to some of the greatest Black Women of all 

Time. We’re talking Aretha, Patti, Cecily, Pam, Dorothy, Etta, and the list goes on and on. I would select a single look and put it side by side with a modern-day remix, yet keeping the integrity of the original inspiration worn by the “icons”. 


I chose this theme due to being a writer and following the psychology of fashion. So many people are insecure with their bodies and only wear what will keep them hidden from the ridicules of society. On the other hand, some will purposely show off everything, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination – yet will get upset when they are not taken seriously. With so many issues from depression, anxiety, and even body shaming, especially in the Black community, we sometimes have to look back in order to find inspiration and courage. 


Taking a page or two out of history where fashion, style, and class went hand in hand; where dressing up was something “we just did” and stunningly “stepping out” was normal. Where people, Black people, felt good about their entire outfit, from head to toe.


Unbeknownst to me, I was “on trend” (as they say in the fashion world) for the year 2022. Timeless silhouettes are making a comeback, resembling a historical past of beauty, sleek lines, rich tones, chic monochrome looks, and the accentuation of curves in a confident and sophisticated way. The only difference today is the modern touches through accessories – keeping the looks current, yet still paying homage to the classic style. 


Presenting…Curvy Iconic Fashion meets Modern-day Looks by Sabrina Carrington


*When I speak of “curves”, I am not only referring to the plus-size industry. I am speaking of every Black woman and the curves of their beautiful body, not defined by size or a specific shape.*


Dorothy Dandridge, was a remarkable actress, dancer, and singer. Society named her the “first African-American sex symbol’. If so, okay. She was. But by calling her a “sex symbol,” it places her in a category of “video vixen” when I believe she should have been categorized as a picture of femininity and coveted beauty. Society focused on her tragedy. Okay. She experienced tragic events, but what about her triumphs and outstanding accolades? 


This stunning star, beautiful but also talented, was the first African-American actress nominated for an Oscar. She was the first African-American actress to receive an Academy Award. Was it easy for her? No. She, like many during her time, experienced brutal racism, however, she never lost hope or sight of her passion. She pursued her dreams in the face of negativity and was known for her inner and outer beauty. Her style was classic. Her presence was always felt. She made a statement. Honoring Dorothy Dandridge. 


Classic Looks 


We selected two of Dorothy Dandridge’s looks. One is a simple, yet elegant ensemble. A black button-down cardigan with pencil pants and a detachable tulle train. All in black! Very simple, timeless, and stunning! Shop this inspired look today on SwagHer’s Amazon Storefront!


Another Dorothy Dandridge look was taken from her role in “Tarzan”. This look can be achieved with items found on SwagHer’s Amazon Storefront!

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Sabrina Espere Carrington

Sabrina Espere Carrington @sabrinaespere| Born and raised in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., Sabrina Espere Carrington has always been around creatives, writers, artists, and powerful women in business. As a little girl, Sabrina enjoyed writing poetry and even short stories. Little did she know that she would grow to love writing and have the desire to become a columnist/magazine writer. In addition to her writing, Sabrina is also a motivational speaker and Women’s Empowerment Coach. She has been featured on numerous podcasts, live talk shows, and radio broadcasts. Since the Pandemic, Sabrina has been a sought-after expert- giving advice and encouragement to listeners around the world. She has been interviewed by some of the best hosts in the media.





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