December 17th, 2013
Alicia Keys, Best of 2013, Fashion, Featured, Lala Anthony, Nicki Minaj
Best of 2013: Most Improved Fashionista
By Faith

We’re kicking off our Best of 2013 superlatives with our Most Improved Fashionista, taking a look at the lady whose style has taken a turn for the best over the course of this year:

Check out this year’s noms!

1. Rita Ora


Rita Ora really gained some time in the spotlight this year, garnering DKNY and Material Girl campaigns, as well as a coveted role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film.

Rita Ora is a Material Girl

Dressed by stylists Jason Rembert and Kyle Devolle, Rita turned our heads this year in Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford, Marchesa, and a host of other high-fashion designers.


You all have given Ms. Ora her props, with Onyx raving, “She looks like an ice princess, the blond hair, the smile, she looks so cute and happy. I like that <3.”


I’ve been here for Rita since day one and her style strides are undeniable. Kudos!


At any rate, review her best looks of the year here.

2. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj shows off her bubble gum pink Lamborghini after the launch of her 'Nicki Minaj' Collection at Kmart in Los Angeles

Nicki Minaj has definitely had a whirlwind year, officially becoming the the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, releasing a new fragrance, signing as a new face of MAC, and snagging her own KMart collection.


She’s become a huge Twitter and Instagram sensation, posing on the social mediums in pieces from Moschino, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Chanel.


Off of the internet, she has gravitated toward pieces from her own KMart collection, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and a host of others.

0 Nicki Minaj's Hot 97 Reggae Show Alexander McQueen Purple Space Lace Jacquard Mini Dress


Though Nicki’s looks aren’t always my cup of tea, I’ve been quite impressed with her style evolution this year.


There’s no doubt that she’s improved from last year.


Next year should be bigger and better for Ms. Minaj! See more of her here.

3. LaLa Anthony

Charli Baltimore vs. LaLa Anthony in Balmain's Wool Jersey Mini Dress

LaLa Anthony has had quite the stylish year, getting the thumbs of from Vogue and launching her own clothing line, 5th & Mercer.


She’s hooked our interest with a predilection for Balmain, Tom Ford footwear, and cool leather jackets.

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She’s also found a home on Instagram, documenting her daily musings in high-fashion garb.

Lala Anthony before Knicks game 2

See LaLa in 2012 below. Since then, she’s lightened her hair and started working more with stylist Marni Senofonte to hone her signature look.


Get every look from LaLa in 2013 here.

4. Fantasia


2013 has truly been Fantasia’s comeback year, with a new album and a new Broadway role in After Midnight.

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She’s also been racking up style points, catching our eyes in looks that show she’s definitely been doing her fashion research.

fantasia barrino fashion style

Like so many fashionistas this year, Fantasia has also been using Instagram to showcase her ensembles: pumping out her getups to her 500K followers.

Fantasia wearing blue Dani Nichole romper

She’s truly flourishing and making her mark with each step. Take a look at Fantasia’s transformation from just a year ago.

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See some more of her looks from 2013 here.

5. Naya Rivera

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Naya Rivera is no longer the girl you knew from Glee, showing us all she’s a grown woman this year in curve-hugging silhouettes.

Naya Rivera date night

From Michael Kors to Donna Karan, she has kept us all delighted in an array of statement-making frocks.


Naya also shacked up with Big Sean this year and the two were arm in arm at almost every red carpet event. Not bad for some arm candy right?


She’s no less beautiful than she was last year, but she has definitely added a dose of glamour to her looks since 2012.


There’s no denying her red carpet appeal, but is Naya the most improved fashionista?


6. Adrienne Bailon


This year, Adrienne Bailon snagged a spot on talk show The Real, as well as a starring role in film I’m In Love With A Church Girl.


She took to the mean streets of NYC, LA, and other stylish cities in designs from Cushnie et Ochs, Rebecca Minkoff, and Catherine Malandrino. The leather trend pulled her in, allowing her to showcase her newfound edgy style and curves.


You all approve of the change, with Honeybrown stating, “Adrienne has been looking good lately!!! Her looks used to feel forced and contrived. As of late she’s been bringing it!!!”


True indeed! Adrienne has always been beautiful though…check out a look below from last year. Her new bob has made it all feel more modern and new right?


If you’re in need of more Ms. Bailon, check out the rest of her ensembles here.

7. Alicia Keys


Last, but not least is Mrs. Alicia Keys, who spent this year as Blackberry’s new Global Creative Director. She also was the executive producer of the film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.


Alicia was a fixture on the red carpet this year. She made her presence felt everywhere from Sydney to her hometown of NYC in fabulous gowns.


Mrs. Keys became quite the fan of Cushnie et Ochs and Stella McCartney. Could you blame her? The brands’ form-fitting silhouettes gave her the chance to flaunt her toned figure.


I’m here for Alicia’s style evolution and I hope she continues in the same vein in 2014.


Check out one of her looks from 2012.


See all of Alicia’s getups from the year and more here.

Tell us who you think evolved the most this year.

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18 Responses to “Best of 2013: Most Improved Fashionista”

  1. k says:

    Well as far as im concerned, the only one that made even a semblence of change is Rita. Naya’s looks are nice but I’ve not followed her style game long enough. And she looks to-ta-lly different in that grey gown at the Golden Globes. She jacked her face up. Everyone else still has work to do.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fantasia and Adrienne

  3. bella says:

    …none of them tbh

  4. heyyall says:

    No on everyone but Nicki.. I love her style.

  5. Madpet says:

    I think we can all agree that just a year ago Fantasia looked a hot mess. With a new body and stylist, I think we can all agree that Fantasia is the most improved fashionista.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Not sure why half of these people are even on the list. Adrienne, Rita, Lala and Naya have been consistent with their style; don’t really see the improvement. Ugh at Alicia Keys her style is and her hair is never hott, blah! Fantasia deserves it because her style has improved drastically. I don’t love it but it’s a vast improvement from old Tasia

  7. I would have voted Ciara. I am not into any of the above looks.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This list is just… Not it. Was this all 2013 had to offer?? I feel like people are missing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Claire add Mary j. bilge. June Ambrose has been working magic with her

  10. TNChic says:

    Nicki Minaj! Thank God for the new hairstylist or lack there of… she succeeded in being taken “seriously” IMO and for that she gets my vote!

    P.S. too late to comment on who you all thought should be chosen for this category! Claire clearly stated DAYS ago to submit your vote! No? So SUAD (!


  11. Anonymous says:

    Of this list, only Rita Ora and Adrienne Bailon could be “Most Improved Fashionista”. I’m still underwhelmed by the rest.

    I think Ciara should be added to this list…I definitely believe her style has taken a turn for the better this year.

  12. Kilode? says:

    Rita Ora!!! We’ve all witnessed her ups and downs.

  13. FLEE says:

    as far as IMPROVEMENT.. Fantasia!! She used be super TACKY! Nicki would be runner up, but she’s still TACKY from time to time.

  14. Anonymous says:

    What happened to Khloe Kardashian? She stepped her game up this year. My vote is for nada. Half of these ladies don’t even need to be on this list.

  15. Candace says:

    Nikki gets most imporved hair!!

  16. Oh says:

    Nicki Minaj deserves this she had the most drastic makeover

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