By ROBERT COOPER
Special To CTNow
December 5, 2013
How would you describe your fashion style?
Getting dressed is one of my favorite things to do! My clothing choices are versatile and free-spirited, all determined by my mood what I would like to project as well as the occasion. I have a hard time describing my fashion style in any certain terms. It can be militant mixed with urban chic, or classy and sexy, Afrocentric, or just plain sexy. It all depends, but, I must admit I am always looking to add a twist to any outfit, through accessorizing, and the shoes I choose. I love accessories and shoes. Fashion is certainly very important to me, and I am always asked if I'm either from New York or Jamaica, which happen to be two of my favorite cultures and areas!
Where do you go shopping for clothes?
I purchase clothes from all types of places. I have clothing and accessories from second-hand stores, places I've visited like London, Mexico, DR, Bahamas, Jamaica, Portland, Or., online, directly from designers, boutiques, and you can find me on East Fordham Road. in the Bronx for sure. That area has the best prices around for the same stuff they sell in CT, where clothing is priced two and three times its value.
How long have you had locs and what made you loc your hair?
I struggled with my hair and identity for years before choosing locs. I wore wigs, weaves, braids, twists, and permed it consistently, all deleteriously affecting the health of my hair. Everyone knew me for the different hairstyles I donned, but I was never completely happy with any of it. I came to realize that it was more work to maintain the unnatural hair than my own. Because I cherish versatility and the need for a hassle-free coif, I cut all my hair off and I loved it. My loc journey was a gradual transition that began in February of 2010. Minor hair loss encouraged me to shave the sides about three to six months into my journey, and I couldn't be happier now. I feel so much more connected with my true self.
What do your locs symbolize to you?
My locs symbolize freedom, rebellion, spirituality, being Black and loving it. My hairstyle is very in-your-face and I like that. It commands attention, whether good or bad, and is a symbol of my innate inability to conform to social norms. I feel it also adds to my allure and sensual nature.
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