Hot Read: Constance White Celebrates Black Fashion & Style In ‘How To Slay’

How To Slay

Constance White, former ESSENCE editor-in-chief and ELLE’s first and only Black fashion editor celebrates Black beauty in her latest book, How To Slay,  which hit shelves earlier this year. The fashion tome takes us through 224-pages of American Black style and fashion via a series of some of the most striking diva, afro, trendsetting and fashion moments over the past 35 years.

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“There are a lot of people, black people, who have been overlooked by the history books. I wanted to make a beautiful book about the contributions of African American style to fashion and how we dress,” she told Teen Vogue in a recent interview. 

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Catwalk down memory lane as she celebrates Naomi Campbell, Diana Ross Rihanna, Josephine Baker, Michelle Obama and Pharrell Williams who serve up more than just red carpet-worthy hair and fashion. 

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They represent the beauty and power of Black skin and its influence on the beauty industry-at-large.

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“Black style is beauty, intellectual and inspiring,” writes White in one chapter. “It is, sometimes, all-out eccentric even while it is brilliant.”

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See more of the book here.