Afrofuturism

You may be asking what is Afrofuturism? Many different people have many different ideas when this word is being said. For me it is an artistic style I didn’t know I needed in my life. So you guys remember how I’m on this journey to find my Blk girl magic? Yup, still going through it. The reason I brought this up y journey is because I feel as if discovering this art form/concept has really inspire to look at life differently. To look at my original home land differently.

Afrofuturism looks at the past, the present, and the future. It combines the flow of time through images, sounds, text and even mindset. As I’ve learned more about Afrofuturism the more I wanted to represent it in my work.

Due to it still developing in the artistic form I didn't really know how to go about styling and creatively directing a shoot. Until someone highlighted a great example Solange’s Cranes in the sky music video. As soon as I saw this my mind overflowed with ideas. Here is my interpretation of Afrofuturism via images. (Haven’t gotten all the photos back) 

Keep Styling,

Kyanna 

 

The Stylist Assistant

I started styling with little knowledge of the industry. I knew I always had a passion for fashion but didn't know where I stood in this big industry. My first photoshoot was very low key but I had finally got my foot wet. The second was a happy mess the vibe was electric and I was helping a friend for her line. The third was a bit of a challenge. This was the shoot that made me decide to reach out to other stylist. In the beginning of summer I reached out to a ton of stylist/agencies to land an internship. Unfortunately it was a slow period and I didn't get any response. So I went ahead with organizing my first shoot. I was progressing but I was lacking some serious on hand experience.

So when I started following Rachael on IG I decided to reach out to her. We meet on Sunday morning to pull pieces for a creative the following day. I learned so much about polices, etiquette, what time to shop, malls to go to and much more. On the day of the shoot I saw her create. From tearing off fake flowers from a shoe to mixing colours and textures. She really inspired me to continue to believe in myself and create realities/narratives.

Overall experience don’t give up or be afraid to reach out to other people in your industry. Also even if you don’t believe you can teach someone something the experience alone will be beneficial. Keep an eye open for styling based content like “what’s a stylist kit” 

Keep Styling, 

Kyanna 

Social Detox

Do you every just get sick of social media? Do you find yourself comparing yourself to a frenemy? Or you’re always checking up on an ex? 

It’s time for a social media detox. A lot of people don’t realize the effects SM has on their lives. Take it from a personal who build a personal and manages a brand as a SM manager, a detox is necessary. I always start my detox by blocking/unfollowing people who don’t add to my life in a positive way. Protect your energy people! Trust me you’ll feel lighter.

After that step I take a hard look at my content on SM. If I feel like the text or image doesn’t reflect my current self I delete it. I’m always trying to show my truest self. 

The last step is to take a break. Sign out of all your accounts, Heck delete the apps off your phone. Take time off to replenish your energy and reconnect with yourself and the important people around you. You’ll realize all those things that seemed important no longer hold the same urgency. 

I once read that someone saying “Sorry I’ve been absence on social media. I’m too busy creating a reality than trying to portray one online” Don’t get caught up with edits of people. Trust me all these images are altered so don’t compare yourself to anyone aside from your old self. 

  1. Block and Unfollow negative people in your life 
  2. Delete old content 
  3. Log out/ Delete apps 

Follow these three easy tips for any time desired and I'm sure you'll feel a shift in your overall mood. 

Keep Styling,

Kyanna