The Influence in Our Stars

By: Lauren Gutierrez

It is no secret that celebrities influence consumer fashion choices. But who influences those celebrities? Young women, ages 18 to 22 that are considered to be a part of the mainstream, or those who adopt trends or styles that are acceptable to the majority of consumers, are often influenced by actresses such as, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, and Emma Stone. These actrePicture2sses might not take huge fashion risks, but their influence is widespread due to the popularity of the movies they star in. Television stars that influence the mainstream include actresses like Blake Lively, with her beachy un-done hair, and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, always wearing white or neutrals, and even Kim Kardashian who has really gotten the media’s attention with her recent fashion choices.

A few well-known bloggers influencing fashion include Lauren Conrad, CoPicture3urtney Kerr, and Kendall Jenner, all of whom have blogs in which they profile their outfits and fashions they love. YouTube personalities Zoe Sugg of Zoella, and Jenna Marbles make beauty, fashion, and life expPicture1eriences the focus of their video blogs. Musicians such as Ariana Grande with her super girly style, Demi Lovato with her constantly changing hair color, Katy Perry with her whimsical pop-art style, and Rihanna who is a fashion chameleon also influence the mainstream.

Even trendsetters have to get their inspiration from somewhere. Bo Derek was famous for the cornrows she wore in the 1979 movie, “10.” Now many stars are sporting the look but do not even recognize the name Bo Derek. Zosia Mamet of the HBO show “Girls” has been said to influence trendsetters’ style, as has YouTube star turned entrepreneur, Michelle Phan, a make-up artist Picture4whose make-up tutorials have been viewed more than 1 billion times. Olivia Palermo and Nichole Richie are both reality television stars with blogs devoted to their own fashion as well as their views on current fashion. Celebrities including Rihanna have named them as influences on their own fashion. It is no surprise that musicians like Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and Michael Jackson with their recognizable style influence trendsetters. At the top are those celebrities that influence trend creators or those that adopt new trends before anyone else has even seen them. Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe each had a womanly style that reappears time and time again. Someone morePicture6 current is Cara Delevingne, who influences trend creators with her famous eyebrows and presence on social media. Musicians also influence the style of trend creators. FKA Twigs is a singer, songwriter, dancer and producer whose style is very unique and progressive. Picture5Nancy Sinatra, of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” fame, was known for her go-go girl style. David Bowie influences almost every trend creator, especially as his most famous persona “Ziggy Stardust.” Another star who influences trend creators is Grace Jones, who accentuated her masculine side. Although the mainstream might not know who Grace Jones is, they know who Rihanna is and Grace influences Rihanna, and Rihanna influences us!


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Can Grace be your Salvation?

By Preston Blackburn

gracejonesImagine a stage. Quiet. Dark. Eerie almost. The crowd flutters with anticipation and you can hear a low, electro pop beat filter through the air. Suddenly, a beam of light pierces through the sky only to land on a fuzzy, womanly silhouette on stage. You quickly realize that this is no ordinary woman. An intimidating figure standing just under seven feet with a long mane of hair flowing down her back, just barely touching the floor. As her shape becomes more visible, you notice that she’s dressed in a tight, cat woman inspired bodysuit, ten inch leather boots, and a headdress so mesmerizing you would think she was from an ‘80s Vegas primetime attraction. The crowd rips into applause. You may not know who this woman is but she was the Rihanna before Rihanna went bad, the Beyonce before she was Sasha Fierce, and the Lady Gaga before Stefani had a chance to bleach her brunette roots and dance with a disco stick. Grace Jones, woman extraordinaire, paved the way for all these women to have the gumption to grace the magazines and television shows of today one squeaky, latex boot at a time.

grace jones2Beverly Grace Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica before moving to New York where she began her career as a high fashion model. Appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue magazine, Grace began to achieve supermodel status due to her dark, bold skin and androgynous appeal. Grace was not afraid to be overly sexual while blurring gender lines (10 Things You Never Knew). She even credited attending a party nude as her best outfit. Grace’s inescapable allure propelled her into other creative mediums such as music and acting, as well as being the muse for painters such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Though she rose to fame within the modeling world, Grace found commercial success in music, releasing nine albums before 1990 with five number one singles and one Grammy nomination (An audience with Grace Jones). Her constant desire to march against the grain inspired fellow musician Annie Lennox as she modeled the early stages of her career after Grace’s aesthetic.  Grace single-handedly influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s inspiring women that it never pays to be afraid. Sometimes you just have to paint your face purple, staple some barbwire to your fro, and cut up your sheets into a slinky, low-cut toga in order to grab a drink at the downtown hotspot.grace jones3

Today, designers are continuously looking for new ways to inject androgyny into their collections. From Emilio Pucci to Lanvin, androgynous fashion is a revolving door that continues to spit out new ways for women to strut their stuff to the beat of a man. Grace Jones continues to inspire fashion spreads in W magazine and Italian Vogue. Always constant, Grace’s style transcends through time. Lady Gaga may be asking for our applause, but the true praise belongs to the woman who never saw a boundary her stiletto couldn’t break.


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