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Black Faces: Why I Surround Myself with Black Faces in Fashion and Beauty

When I was a little girl fashion was one of many escapes from my reality. Catalogs and magazines were the fodder on which my dreams were built. I could sit for hours upon hours looking at the same garments again and again, imagining how I would have styled them. I learned about brands and labels through magazine articles, and what would be the latest and greatest. Studying the drape of a dress, the hem of a skirt, or the silhouette of a blouse; I taught myself how to sketch out the outfits that lived in my head. I kept countless notebooks and sketchpads of my illustrations. I learned about the fit of a garment, the terminology, the difference between an “A”-line versus a full, circle skirt. Or why a sheath dressed worked better on my sister’s athletic build instead of my pear-shaped physique. Eventually, I designed my own prom dress, as well as dresses for several of my friends in high school. Fashion, catalogs, magazines… these were my windows to escape my reality. I once harbored …