59 comments

  1. STEL STYLE

    April 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    So interesting style!

    http://www.stelstyle.com

  2. Maggie A

    April 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I really like that top! :)

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVE MAVIN/BLOG

  3. Linda

    April 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Top is very cool-has she just got back from Bali?

  4. milex

    April 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Would you be my girlfriend? *___*
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  5. natalia

    April 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Is it fashion to appropriate rappers and basketball players now?

    • MW

      April 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Yes.

  6. tmt

    April 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    the crisscrossed patterns are referenced everywhere in this photo. very cool.

  7. Liz

    April 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    That is one very New York kid! This makes me wish I lived there.

  8. InVinum

    April 30, 2014 at 3:08 am

    interesting shot…

    InVinum

    http://invinumblog.com/

  9. Denisa

    April 30, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Very interesting outfit.
    xx
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  10. Maggie

    April 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Puzzled.

  11. debbie

    April 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Go ahead-buy it!

  12. Andrew

    April 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Her entire outfit matches so well!

    http://umhomemnacidade.com

  13. elena

    April 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The pattern of the top is so great, I would definitely buy it if I was her:)
    http://dcinstyle.com/

  14. Colbert

    April 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Very nice outfit. Her hair makes it complete. She looks cute as well as tough and the shirt she’s looking at is also very lovely.

  15. Chris

    April 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I don’t feel like this is appropriation… You don’t know her, you don’t know her story. Is she not allowed to be a rapper or a basketball player and also a white female? You’re close but not fully there, Natalia. You look mad 20th century thinking like that. This is NYC.

    • Molly

      May 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      The use of other cultures is always appropriation. In a day and age where Marie Claire posts photos of corn rows and calls them “bold new braids” I think we have to be cautious how we take from cultures that are not our own. So other than that she is a white woman imitating another culture, there is nothing unique about this. In fact, that’s not unique in the slightest.

      • Natalie

        May 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

        What if she was adopted into a black family? Or grew up in Africa? Or just plain wanted to wear corn rows? As Chris said above, you don’t know her or her story. Personally, I don’t particularly like the look, but I wouldn’t accuse her of appropriation. Would you say to black woman wearing brazilian hair that she was appropriating someone else’s culture? I don’t think so.

      • Natalie

        May 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        And while I think I would be annoyed at Marie Claire printing something like that, were I a black woman, the fact that she’s a white woman wearing a typically black style is exactly what makes it new and unique and brave. That’s the whole reason we’re having this conversation.

        • MS

          May 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

          Sincerely,

          A woman of African-American/Afro-Brazilian descent.

      • Anne

        May 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        What other culture is she borrowing from? How do you know she is not a rapper or a basketball player? Who are you to judge whether or not a braid is bold. Was it cultural appropriation when Bo Derek braided her hair? It seems like you are looking for a problem more than you are thinking about how your comments describe your world view, Molly.

        • Molly

          May 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

          I’ll be honest, I’m not really here for the “let’s jump to the defense of the white woman in corn rows” conversation. Natalie, please tell me how many ww you know that have been adopted by black families. Please. Also, the argument that maybe she was raised in Africa comment doesn’t even consider the colonial narrative of why she might be there in the first place. And there are black people in Brazil, by the way, so probably not. But no, white women wearing corn rows will never be bold or brave.

          And Anne, maybe she plays basketball, cool. I did, too. She’s still white and appropriating black culture. Yes it was cultural appropriation when Bo Derek braided her hair. I’m not just looking for a problem. The problem exists.

          And lastly, to speak from experience against the whole argument of “you don’t know her story.” I am white, I was born and raised in a predominantly black county outside of DC. I learned how to step when I was 7. That does not mean it was not appropriation as I continued to step up until high school.

          • Nic

            May 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

            Is it appropriation when black women adopt straightening techniques for their hair? Black women for the most part are born with kinky/curly/wavy hair right?

            That being said, isn’t MOST fashion appropriation? Especially post- 1970′s when street style became equally, if not more important than high fashion.

          • westcoasttiger

            May 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

            I think the use of the word “appropriation” needs to be taken into context. Of course you could claim black women are appropriating the white women’s straight hair look but it’s not quite the equivalent of the use of corn rows and dreads. Not to sound the victimization card, but black hair style was and sometimes still is regarded with ridicule and/or disdain in some circles. For example, it’s like when McDonalds creeps in a hip-hop soundtrack to their commercials – black culture pervading into the mainstream.

            But when Nic Lewis says, ” Especially post- 1970′s when street style became equally, if not more important than high fashion.”

            +++1 (e.g., grunge, hip hop, normcore, cowboy, school girl, construction worker). Fashion “creativity” often appropriates the street sense of utility and/or financial power.

        • MS

          May 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

          “Would you say to black woman wearing brazilian hair that she was appropriating someone else’s culture?”

          Natalie,

          Black people have been in Brazil since the early 1500s, genius. Next time do your research please.

  16. Eric

    April 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The jersey is a University of Nebraska football jersey. Go Huskers!!

    • Dat Dude

      May 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      GBR!

  17. Laura

    April 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    These sneakers!!!

    Xx
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  18. Mish

    April 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Oh my god, I think this is Kayla. Kayla, is this you? I know this is you! Love from Omaha!!!

  19. Deeds

    April 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Such great style and taste and discriminating. I’ll bet her friends hit her up for style tips.

  20. M.

    May 1, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I cannot take this seriously. There might be a girl under there somewhere but we shall have to wait for her to emerge from this imitation of a basketball player.

  21. JJ

    May 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Refreshingly different. Her hair looks painful, though.

  22. George

    May 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I get that it’s about exhibiting personal style and all, sure. But come on…

    If this photo was taken in a Walmart instead of OC, would you all be oohing and ahhhing over it? Of course not. There’s no such thing as Walmart-chic. And don’t even try to make it a thing, please!

    Run of the mill Adidas, a Nebraska FOOTBALL (not basketball as you all seem to think) jersey, and a I-went-on-a-cruise-to-the-Bahamas-and-they-did-my-hair-like-this hairdo errs this on the side of Trying Too Hard.

    • Mish

      May 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      She a wonderfully creative girl and she rules.

    • LIZPR

      May 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      George,

      I totally agree with what you’re saying, and I’ve been fairly vocal about saying, “oh come ON, you guys!” when I see people swooning over something (I consider) pedestrian.

      This woman IS exhibiting “a style” in the sense that it’s an urban, sports-related look common to sports fans either in big cities or small towns. Does it, plus the cornrows, flatter her? No.

      But Scott is no dummy. He takes photos of everything from couture to street style to travel and to “observational” shots where he sees something – and posts it to see if we see it, too.

      I don’t know if she’s “wonderfully creative” – this outfit doesn’t imply that – but it’s a style nonetheless. We happen not to like it.

      http://www.lizpr.com

    • natalia

      May 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Hahahaha George you are so right! Says a lot about how context interplays with style.

    • K

      May 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I’m with you. She looks horrible.

  23. Judith A.

    May 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    To buy or not to buy…

  24. T

    May 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hideous ensemble.

  25. Robert Jenkins

    May 2, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I hope she bought the top!

  26. Everyday Coffee

    May 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Amazing prints choice ;)
    kisses

    Francesca http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

  27. patricia

    May 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    wow. what a bunch of negative comments and a lot of assuming
    about this person and how she chooses to dress.

  28. Buddy

    May 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    She’s got those Raiders colors rolling.
    http://buddysbest.com

  29. Tiana

    May 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Wow I love this outfit so much. Her shoes <3 I had them when I was like 9 and it's so funny that they're coming back into fashion!
    Tiana x
    http://www.the-romanticiser.blogspot.co.uk

  30. jessbuurman

    May 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

  31. Clothes Whorse

    May 4, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Totally loving the restricted colour pallet yet the mix of patterns in this portrait. I always enjoy that your photos are just as much about people as they are about clothes.

  32. Michael Scott

    May 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    An interesting stipey, patterny, black and white story…however, if there is a less flattering hairstyle in the world, I cannot imagine it.

  33. Alexis @ BPR

    May 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    What a great shot!

  34. ebiere

    May 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    lol wowww. those are cornrows invented by africans and perfected by black people you know they have been wearing them for centuries and usually keep them in for months at a time i know that took forever and hurt unfortunately im sure she has to wash her hair after a day or two.her style looks very ethnic

  35. Ebiere

    May 5, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Afrocentric.

  36. westcoasttiger

    May 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I can’t help but think she’s looking forlornly at the stylish patterned blouse or the one on her arm instead of the stupid football jersey and matching gym shorts given to her by her unthinking boyfriend/girlfriend… and damn, I wish I could have dreads instead.

  37. Loove

    May 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Kayla’s the best! Love from LA hunny

  38. justin

    May 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

    She’s got those Raiders colors rolling.

    http://www.stylegrapher.com

    • westcoasttiger

      May 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Raiders fashion is always a no-go.

  39. Ndumiso

    May 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve forgotten how cool cornrows can look, #MissMyHair

  40. Asia

    July 16, 2014 at 4:50 am

    What is the brand of pattern b&w top?

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