Wow I’m really enjoying this series of photos from South Africa, I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly but outfits look different from the usual Paris, London, New York triumvirate. Keep it coming, it’s a breath of fresh (style) air.
martha, i assume you mean well but something about your choice of words strikes me a bit uncomfortably. connecting a black woman with voodoo or with a movie that promotes certain stereotypes about the people that live in the caribbean… just because of the color of her skin? i am assuming you would not draw those comparisons if she were white, of course. perhaps i am wrong. in any case, this is touchy territory where i am from (canada).
the cultures that exist within the caribbean are entirely different from those of south africa. you’re drawing politically incorrect parallels here that may not intend to do harm with, but harm can be done nonetheless. i mean no personal offence by this, just food for thought.
Lighten up! We are all thinking she looks a little voodoo, what of it? You’re the one who’s making it an issue by pointing it out through your subjective and all-to-sensitive perspective. I bet the girl in the pic doesn’t give a hoot!
It is generally uncomfortable to be called out for making racist assumptions, whether they are intentional or not (does not affect whether they are racist or not). Life is a learning lesson. Try not to be offended when your place of privilege is called into check.
LOLOLOL!!!! Oh, Amelia, what a good laugh. Yes, actually part of the reason Voodoo comes to mind for most people in connection to black people is because the FACT that it is practiced mostly by black people. Just like when I say “Viking” I think tall blond guy. Rastafarian- I think of black people from Jamaica. Cossak- I think of big hats, horses and fighting skills. Now there probably are short Vikings, white Rastas, and clumsy Cossaks. But thats just not what comes to mind. People in Canada must have too much time on their hands during the winters and work on finding things to be offended by to stave off the boredom.
Besides, Martha is talking about a character from a movie, not a Mambo in general, although I bet at least 90 percent of them are black anyhow.
She totally reminded me of Calypso/Tia Dalma from “Pirates of the Caribbean” the second I looked at her.
Enough. If someone tells you it is offensive, please stop. To tell someone they are thinking too much or suggesting they are being sensitive is negating someone’s feelings. She may remind you of someone from a movie, but she is not dressed in character. Perhaps commenting on her style as opposed to referencing her to a character would place your comment in a better light.
Honestly, I see absolutely nothing wrong with your statement. Your concerns with Martha’s remarks are valid. I particularly love the irony of everyone jumping on the “you’re too sensitive” bandwagon, whilst simultaneously responding to you in a way that suggests they’re equally sensitive to your critiques. Hypocrites.
Not exactly hypocrisy, but I see what you’re saying – that AEC gets to be sensitive about the voodoo comment, but we do not get to be sensitive about her remark… hmmm… not hypocrisy, but double standards, perhaps?
She’s got a superlative hair. She reminds me the past Chanel collection’s hairstyles, all played on dreadlocks. I’d like to make a similar hairstyle on me, but I’m afraid about the drastic cut needed when I’ll have got enough. :S
I am enjoying this series from South Africa! Not a part of the world I think about in terms of fashion, nor a place we get to SEE in terms of fashion – so this is a valuable peek into how people dress there. I like seeing how women wrap fabric around their heads – an art I never mastered.
I absolutely love and truly appreciate your showing pictures of Africans in here. I check The Sartorialist routinely and I must confess it is refreshing to see different faces. I hope we will also see Sartorialists from other African regions (North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Saharian Africa (in the desert)). All these African regions have very different and very interesting fashion styles.
May I also suggest that you venture out and look into traditional African styles as well. You will be surprised what you can find.
As someone who has followed your site for a couple of years now and who has live in South Africa I am so happy to see South African’s beautiful men and women being recognized on your site. Johannesburg is a special place I hope you spend some time in Soweto while your there and most definitely make the trip to Cape Town. Both are visually striking cities with the people and landscape.
BEAUTY – it really does come in all forms and all shades. Often times, we get real stuck, seeing the same things over and over again – making it known or putting it out there and then without even knowing, we are all reflecting that – its been ingrained in us – in our DNA. Next, we give birth to this conglomeration of “the same” – multiply that, etc.
These pics, Scott, have surprised me that they are so refreshing, I cannot express to you how much – so, I am grateful you are taking pictures of the people of SA. I am African American (which in itself can mean a number of things), born and raised in SF (Go Giants!!) – I love my City, I am fortunate to be born American and especially at this time, but, maybe it is just me, but I yearn for something else, something more… something deep and true – from anywhere – the soil of an experience – here, finally, you give us a glimpse of “style” from another place. Yes, they are wearing, in many cases, western wear, but underneath, they are still WHAT they are, still their Soil…well, for now, at least!
I know you’ve been to “other-other” places – please keep doing that. Help us not to forget our own authenticity – the Salt of ourselves. Beyond our clothes, being deeply ourselves can bring a truer connection to all that we meet, the things that we do or touch.
That is what this series of Joburg pics reminds me of.
The first thing I thought when I saw this girl was… woooow she is gorgeous and what a body. I am not insulted, but nothing about voodoo came to mind when I saw this young girl, and I think I speak for most people here after I’ve read there comments.