Many of the things that are now part of our everyday fashion and pop-culture didn’t originate from a history of white girls. Black ladies have rocked some of these ‘modern’ trends long before they became mainstream, but now everyone wants to try them out! Timberlands with white T-shirts, nameplate necklaces, and pierced nails are only a few things that came to be because of black women. And everyone loved them for that! Here are 11 things we wouldn’t have without black women.
Now du-rags are simply an accessory many white people wear because it’s trendy or fashionable, but originally du-rags were popularized by black women and men. Basically, it’s a black variation of a satin scarf or bonnet that is used to cover hair for protection or fashion.
2. Gold hoops and bamboo earrings
All these accessories can easily get you followed around on the street, but some of the trendy white ladies out there can rock them without any stigma. In Taylor Swifts ‘Shake it Off’ video, she wears a look typical for any black girl – denim booty shorts, jumbo gold hoops, and knee pads. Black girls may get frowns for wearing things like that, but now that Taylor Swift has used them – they’re a trend!
3. The ‘All-American-Look’
It may come as a surprise to many of you, but the ‘classic’ Timberlands plus white tee and jeans look was originally created by black women. Yes, Karlie Kloss and Vogue might have popularized it in fashion mags nowadays, but long before Karlie Kloss became Karlie Kloss, black women have been rocking this carefree look that was saying ‘I don’t have time, but I’m still trying to look cute’. They’ve been wearing it for ages!
4. Nameplate necklaces
Long before Carrie Bradshaw revealed her nameplate in Sex and The City, black women were already wearing their names around their necks as a proclamation of individuality. The TV show’s stylist admitted that she got the necklace idea by watching the ‘kids in the hood’ who had accessories like that. One more thing we owe to black women!