“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
The strength of a woman can be found in her essence. All women are born with this inner strength; it is in her connection to the universe that a constant flow of strength, motivation, humbleness and ability to breathe new life is realized. Some women simply don’t know of their full potential, and/or choose not to utilize it. Sometimes we may question our “womanly ways”, why do we behave the way we do? Why are women so emotionally invested?
"I woke up one day and just felt it; I was ready to relaunch Nanichi. I didn’t give it much thought, however ideas just came to me and they felt right. I am in a new place as an individual and an artist and Nanichi will definitely reflect that.
I designed and created Nanichi’s new logo in a matter of minutes, I knew I wanted something simple and easy on the eyes but I didn’t want anything shallow. I wanted something that represents Nanichi going forward and convey a positive message. I used the Gye Nyame (jeh N-yah-mee) symbol in the design of the logo and precisely at the beginning of the word Nanichi. It symbolizes the supremacy of God and a translation of the symbol is this: This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end, EXCEPT THE CREATOR."
ANGUILLA FASHION EXPO 2016
Nanichi means ‘my heart/ my soul’ and explains what art and craft means to me. I am Anguillian native Ilka Harrigan. Having grown up on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, I have always demonstrated a passion for the beauty, arts and cultures of the region.
Designing has allowed me to step away from the everyday stressors and express myself in my own creative niche. Over the years, my collections of jewelry have been inspired by the Caribbean culture and scenery in many ways but this collection salutes the carefully crafted woman.
On Thursday afternoon, Kanye West held an event at Madison Square Garden during which he played his new album, The Life of Pablo, for the first time before a huge crowd. This being Kanye, it wasn’t just a mega listening session, but also a visual art piece and a showcase for Yeezy Season 3, featuring stoic models in muted and neutral tones. Many of them had signed up (through online recruitment) to serve as sculptures in what turned out to be a long, exhausting, thrilling experience for some. One of the models spoke anonymously to Jezebel. Here’s her dispatch of the day’s events, as told to Clover Hope.
“One of our instructions was that the theme was channeling a Rwandan refugee camp.”The day before the show, on Wednesday morning, I got a text message saying: You’ve been chosen as an extra for Kanye West’s show. Click here to print your ticket. It had all these rules on how to arrive: No nail polish, no jewelry, no makeup, don’t style your hair, dress cool, dress nice, wear jeans and sneakers. It was all very strange. I found out about it through a friend who wrangled me to go with her. When my friend didn’t get chosen, I was like, I’m not going; 10 hours for 100 dollars isn’t worth it. I like Kanye, but I don’t care that much.
But every one of my friends and family members were like, “This is such a cool opportunity.” “It’ll never come around again.” “You have to do it.” I was peer-pressured into doing it and, in a way, I regret not listening to my instincts.
The call time was 8 o’clock. Instructions said to arrive early to Madison Square Garden. Apparently at exactly 8, they put a cone down, so whoever arrived after 8 was part of the waitlisted crew. I got there around 8:03. Throughout the day, there were different people from the production company leading the way. There was one big director for the whole thing and we didn’t interact with him until later in the day when we rehearsed in the arena. We never heard directly from Kanye.
We stood out in the freezing cold, 19 degrees, for a good 45 minutes. And then once you did go in and you were approved, you got an NDA to sign. There were like 15 different buses—and this is where it got weird.
We were bused to a warehouse in New Jersey. It took maybe 20 minutes to get there. And they don’t tell you anything. There’s no instructions. It’s just, “Line up in a single file. Here’s this NDA. Here’s a bag to put your cell phone in.” And you’re just on a bus. You have no idea where you’re going until you’re going through the Lincoln Tunnel. I didn’t really understand why it had to be in Jersey. I had my cell phone up until we got to the warehouse. I was texting my friends a play-by-play, saying in case I go missing this is where I am.
“It was like a really big assembly line. It was literally like a factory.”As we were getting off the bus, we had to turn in our forms and cell phones and then go into this warehouse. The warehouse is this huge open space lined with racks and racks and racks of clothes and different color schemes: the tan section, the burgundy section, the green section. They dressed you there.
Two buses would come through, they would dress them, and then another two buses would come through. It was like a really big assembly line. It was literally like a factory. You go through, you get your outfit, go to the shoe section and get your shoes, go to the hat section and get your hat. Put it on, take your picture, go out, get on the bus again.
They had a bunch of interns or whomever was producing the show at each section or station, and they would send one model, like, “You go to the leotard area.” A person there would put on looks for you, you try them on, and if they didn’t like it, they’d give you something else to try on. Each person got one outfit. There weren’t any outfit changes.
I think a misconception was that the clothes the extras were wearing were from the Yeezy collection. All the shoes were Adidas, but the clothes were thrift store finds that I think they dyed to be the same color scheme.
When I first got to the warehouse, I was like, how in the world did he produce all of these pieces. Then I realized they weren’t his label. The models that were wearing his designs were all on the platform, but they were also mixed in with some of the extras.
On the bus driving back to the Garden, there was a moment when I was like, I don’t want to do this anymore. I feel like I’m headed to a concentration camp. It feels odd. I don’t know anybody. It was a weird feeling.
We went back, they gave us sandwiches—Subway—and we were instructed to wait in the arena for hair and makeup. This is the best part. Hair and makeup consisted of the choice between lotion or coconut oil. And hair was pretty much just making sure your hair wasn’t too style or adding a head scarf. Extremely minimalist.
We got an instructions list when we got there: “Stay in character.” “Don’t smile.” “No sharp movements.” And they repeated it to us over and over. They read it so many times so we didn’t forget. My favorite was, “Don’t be cool.” I understand why it was useful, because it was a group of a thousand extras, and some of them were very uncooperative, some a little rowdy. A lot of them were just really excited to be there. To wrangle everybody together to behave how you want them to was very difficult and they did a great job accomplishing what they wanted, given that you’re trying to control a thousand twenty-somethings.
I think legally they can’t be like, only black models. That was never discussed. But I started to notice it as we were loading on the bus, and then I definitely realized it when we got to the warehouse. Like, there’s not one white person, even Asian, Hispanic.
I remember texting my friend on the bus, like: “I honestly feel like Kanye’s about to make some political activist statement and if he has me up here dressed like a slave to make some sort of blactivist moment, I’m gonna be so pissed.”
And it turns out, one of our instructions was that the theme was channeling a Rwandan refugee camp. We were Rwandan refugees. At this point, my mind was so blown. I was exhausted. I had been standing around for hours. I was honestly over it. I was like, I literally cannot believe Kanye has us out here dressed like refugees on this stage and we’re supposed to look sad and angry.
While everyone filled in the arena, we were covered with a silk tarp and once it pulled away, we’re in character.
You have to zone out, stare at a point, make sure you’re not smiling, try to really concentrate and focus. It’s hard because the sound system is intense. Your whole body is vibrating. That was probably the best moment, that first 30 minutes of the show. Your adrenaline’s rushing, the crowd’s screaming, and the music is literally coursing through your veins. It takes a lot of focus and concentration to not smile out of anxiety. It was surreal.
I found myself sort of moving to the music and I had to stop. After a while when we realized he’s not just playing a couple songs, he’s about to go into a major rant, he’s gonna show his mother’s video twice, this is gonna be a long day, we started moving around. We were instructed to be statues, but there was a point where I shifted my weight and turned to get a different viewpoint. You start getting dizzy from standing there and staring at one point for so long. We were probably standing for like an hour and a half.
At the end, my whole body was stiff. What was going through my mind was, Don’t fuck this up. Don’t have a panic attack. This is awesome. And then it’s like, Holy shit what am I actually doing? I’m standing in the middle of Madison Square Garden at a Kanye West show. I can panic right now or I can just breathe and enjoy the moment.
You’re so close to all the speakers and everything is so amplified that it’s hard to hear everything he’s saying. When I went back and watched the live stream, everything came together. His album is fire. His album is awesome. It was interesting that he said it’s a gospel album, but he’s talking about fucking Taylor Swift and Ray J fucking his wife. Not like any gospel album I’ve ever heard.
“There was a point where I was like, ‘Fuck Kanye for this.’”Once I turned one way, I could see the whole Kardashian clan. Lamar Odom first. We kind of had no instructions. They were like: “When the show’s over just walk this way.” But the show never really ended. The music kept playing, the audience was still there. We were all just like, Okay, do we still stand here? How long do we stand here? There was part of the extras group that just went off and started dancing at some point.
This was a great example of the fashion industry as a whole, that from an outsider’s perspective it looks so glamorous. Everyone’s like, I can’t believe you did that, that’s so cool. And I’m literally like, if you knew the experience you probably wouldn’t be saying that. Yes, now I can tell my kids I was in a Kanye West show, but the entire 12-hour day itself was pretty excruciating. And by the end of it I was ready to run out of there and just get home.
There were people in the group that were like, “This is the best day of my life!” Mentally, it was tough because you’re figuring it out as you go along. You’re just expected to comply and follow. I felt like cattle. I felt like I was being herded into a concentration camp or something. It’s not something I would want to do again. But I wouldn’t say I regretted it.
It took almost an hour to get everybody wrangled together to turn in our looks and get our phones back. That whole process was when I really started to go crazy, sitting in this auditorium waiting for my number to be called. There was a point where I was like, “Fuck Kanye for this.”
At the end of it I’m like, he actually is crazy. I think there’s a line in one of his songs that’s like, “Name one genius that isn’t crazy.” I remember hearing that while I was on stage and at that moment it clicked. Alright. Name one genius that isn’t crazy.
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The Anguilla Expo will host the Island Vibes Beach Party.
Island Vibes beach party is a multi-faceted celebration of Island Culture that includes Art, Food, Fashion, Music and craft.
The Anguilla Fashion Expo is here once again. One of the most highly anticipated show in region. The Expo brings together local and regional designers and showcases both original and custom made clothing, Jewelry, Art and a lot of our local cuisine all connecting upon the pristine shores of Rendezvous Bay.
The Expo is the only place where you can see fashion and culture coming alive in an exuberant style. Boat racing, bands, DJ’s, Producers, Distributors, Artists, Musicians, and Food all help to empower... this electrifying Expo as it combines the beauty of the island through the eyes of its residents and visitors alike. Come, see, and hear much more of the Anguilla Fashion Expo; also boasting one of the longest beach party you'll ever hear about in the Caribbean.
The Anguilla Fashion Expo is the place to be this coming February, come and enjoy the Regional Runway Show on the 27th at the Paradise Cove Resort and one of the Best Beach Party to ever take place in Anguilla, on the 28th at the Rendezvous Bay. Enjoy 14 hours of non-stop fun. This year make it your business you join us at the Anguilla Fashion Expo.
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You Lack The “IT” Factor
You ever wonder why he’s content with keeping you on the side? You ever wonder why you’re good enough for him to get some quick beats, but not good enough to be the matriarch of his household? You lack “it”. Now, I don’t know what “it” is. Most men may define “it” differently. Some people have “it”, some don’t. His Wife/GF/Main One has “it”, while you attempt to #Swindle him into thinking you are “it”.
You Think He’ll Drop The Wife/GF for You
Somewhere within the side chick psyche exists a fantasy world in which their love interest falls in love and leaves their current situation to be with them. Too bad 9 times out of 10 this will never be the case. For one, you are an extra curricular activity compared to the real life task that is their main piece. These side chicks don’t understand that men will tell them whatever they want to hear in order to keep them happy, and sometimes these word pale in comparison to the truth. You know he lives with his boo. You know he’s married. Yet you still think he’ll leave his situation when he has the best of both worlds? C’mon SON!
Can’t trust you
After all this whistle blowing by all these secondary Heauxs, you think any man stepping out on his lady will trust you? The honor amongst thieves seems to have been lost upon you deceitful vixens in 2010, so every man is going to cross t’s dot i’s and so forth. You have gone from fantasy to liability and that doesn’t translate to the head of the pack, you may even have one foot out the door.
You aren’t the only one
What, you thought you were special? You may not even be the first option! We live in a society based off of multitasking. Consider yourself managed adequately, especially if he makes you feel uber special and doesn’t miss a beat!
You Have a False Sense Of Entitlement
These chicks want book deals, interviews, money, and the world for their pain and suffering. I knew things were out of order when I heard that a couple of Eldrick’s side pieces DEMANDED a public apology. Demanded?! Are you serious? You founding members of Jumpoff Incorporated can get an apology when you hold a press conference and apologize to Eldrick’s WIFE AND CHILDREN!! Stop it, PLEASE! You side chicks need to stay in your lane and stop swervin, because you’re going to cause major accidents. The main definition of side chick is secondary. Supplemental. Second/Third/Fourth tier. You are the extra biscuit a man get at Popeye’s just because he’s greedy and on his fat boy flow. You are NEITHER the 3-piece, nor the side dish (because it comes with the meal). You are not entitled to anything but a hard dyck and bubble gum. If you were looking for a come up and fell short, don’t be mad, find a better simp to expose! Gravity needs to take some type of shape and reel these women back to reality and stop the madness!