Thanksgiving

I read an article today which said, “You probably don’t come close to realizing the degree to which indigenous people suffered and sacrificed so that America could be what it is today. Even if you’re well meaning, you’re probably not as grateful as you should be.” There are some great articles out today on MIC and TruthDig (by @Chelsey.Luger) on acknowledging the indigenous sacrifice this season and Teen Vogue just posted a powerful video, below, that’s worth watching. Read more…

DTMH

DTMH. For those who do not know, Solange’s hairstyle for the Evening Standard editorial was a symbolic, culture-rich style. My beautiful friend @Shingai is known to regularly rock similarly threaded ornate styles when she performs. This hairstyle is symbolic, rich in culture and hella offensive to be edited out. Even the journalist who wrote the accompanying article and photographer who captured the original image have condemned the magazine’s edit. Read more…

Cicley Tyson on ELLE

As if she weren’t already legendary enough, actress Cicely Tyson just landed a magazine cover at the age of 92. The actress, who recently presented alongside Anika Noni Rose at the Emmys, is one of Elle’s picks for this year’s Women in Hollywood Issue, and her cover is gorgeous. The annual list, which celebrates a number of Hollywood’s trailblazing females, prompted the reveal of seven different cover versions created by the publication. It seems like Tyson’s might be the most popular.At 92, Tyson is officially the second-oldest woman to grace the cover of a magazine — fashion guru Iris Apfel was a cover girl at 93.

ELLE Magazine deserves all the praise for honouring this absolute legend Cicely Tyson. I’m not sure why some people are upset that her cover is in black and white, for me it makes this legend stand out even more. No distractions, just her power. How many times have you seen an icon (over the age of 90) looking so amazing and powerful on a magazine cover?  @ElleUSA || Photo by @TerryTsiolis, styled by @SamiraNasr.

How to tie a headwrap – Part 3

Here is my third headwrap tutorial video – this time featuring a little prop, my AWE Inspired Classic Diamond Awe Medallion’.

Watch the videos here, you can slide right to watch the full video which is broken to 3 parts but clicking on the left and right arrow on the Instagram post below – enjoy! Also clear here to watch the tutorial and read below… Read more…

How to tie a headwrap – Part 2
Here is my second headscarf tutorial video, as requested by my Instagram followers…

I tie this style for drama and ease – all your hair away from your face and a pretty cool statement. If this headband tutorial is easy to follow then I’ll keep going, so let me know in the comments please. If you have a favourite style you would like me to recreate, comment under the pic (browse #SamatasHeadwrap on Instagram to see them). This gorgeous headscarf is from  luxury British fashion house Lily and Lionel, I actually met the founder at Tom Dixon  dinner last year – she is incredible and talented so do take a look at what the brand creates by clicking in the link about my look here.

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Browse Samata’s Headwraps here

Grace Jones Documentary

At 69 years old – and looking at least 20 years younger – the singer Grace Jones is the subject of this documentary portrait by Sophie Fiennes. It’s a celebration of her musicality and The Grace Jones documentary is almost here and I am here for it. Read more…