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So it’s time for our ultimate showdown. That’s right, Fashionista of the Year.
You guys sent in your nominations, and this year’s contenders are Rihanna, June Ambrose, Kerry Washington, Shingai Shoniwa, Cassie, Solange, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, and Kim Kardashian. Let’s take a look at some of their best outfits, shall we?
Rihanna has gone home with the title of Fashionista of the Year for 2007, 2008, and 2009. Rihanna even won by default after we tried to take her out of the race and give other fashionistas a chance to shine.
With the help of her stylist Mariel Haenn, Rihanna’s fashion reign was unstoppable, and this year saw her not only adopting a new hairstyle, but a new vibrant wardrobe to match.
As she said in her hit So Hard, “I’ma run this $hit like fashion, as in, going til they say…stop/My runway never looked so clear/Got the hottest chick in heels right here.”
2. June Ambrose
June Ambrose has been working behind the scenes for years, creating camera ready outfits for Jay-Z, Chrisette Michele, Diddy, and Missy Elliott. 2010 saw her stepping into the limelight and garnering attention for her very own lustworthy looks.
Her bubbly personality, undeniable business sense, and sick wardrobe put her on the radar of the folks over at Vh1. Expect to see her in her own reality show very soon.
3. Kerry Washington
We already waxed on about her beauty attributes, but Kerry Washington has a great sense of style as well.
She stayed on best dressed lists rocking designer threads that weren’t overbearing in their trendiness, but fresh and contemporary nonetheless.
4. Shingai Shoniwa
The lead singer for the Noisettes has stolen our hearts thanks to her haute hair, makeup, and adventurous style choices.
She went from Undercover Fashionista in 2009 to on our best dressed list this go round, and brought her funky British aesthetic to everything she wore.
5. Kim Kardashian
Kim’s family owns a chain of clothing boutiques, so it’s no surprise she’s into fashion.
With the help of her stylist, Monica Rose, she plucked outfits that suited her curvy silhouette played up by accessories that cinched her waist and framed her gorgeous face.
Solange took fashion risks, wearing patterns, combinations, and lengths that most of us would be too shy to try.
Unapologetically unique, she worked whatever she was wearing to the hilt–and we loved her for it.
7. Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz had no choice but to be beautiful, with parents like Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.
Daddy’s little girl took off swimmily this year, securing acting roles and an ad campaign with Alexander Wang.
8. Kelly Rowland
Though Kelly’s wigs were thrown into question this year, her wardrobe left no room for discussion.
She sizzled in frocks by Dolce & Gabbana, Georges Chakra, and Burberry, twirling around in Christian Louboutin heels and Zanotti stunners.
9. Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee has always been known for her style, ever since her days as the fierce Joan Clayton of Girlfriends fame.
This year she proposed her own look, comprised of wide legged pants, fun rompers, and, of course, fly shoes.
Cassie gets a bad rap. Some wonder why she’s famous, others think she can’t sing. One thing is undeniable: her great taste.
She wowed us this year in dresses by Herve Leger and furs by Isabel Marant. She even made her fashion show debut walking for LaQuan Smith’s Spring/Summer 2011 show.
That does it!
Who do you think should be 2010’s Fashionista of the Year?
Winners in all categories will be announced tomorrow! Also, stay tuned for our Best of 2010 Trends piece.