As you know, February is Black History Month, and every year we try to bring you the best knowledge about African-Americans in Fashion!
When we first started, we offered history on black designers known and unknown, and last year we blitzed you with a bevy of fun black history facts (read our section here).
This year, we’re going to take a look at beauty and fashion trends born in the black community.
Our first trend: Bamboo Door Knocker Earrings:
Salt N Pepa, New York City 1987
Starting in the mid 1980’s female rappers like Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shanté popularized large, gold, bamboo door knocker earrings.
Roxanne Shante, Roxanne’s Revenge 1984
Scores of women incorporated the trend into their lifestyle, so much so that in his song “Around the Way Girl,” rapper LL Cool J rhymed, “I need a girl with extensions in her hair, bamboo earrings, at least two pair.”
In recent years, young starlets such as Meagan Good, Rihanna, and Keri Hilson have reinvigorated the trend, rocking the style in many designs and shapes.
You can now find mainstream designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane and John Hardy selling hip-hop inspired bamboo earrings in Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus:
Have you ever rocked Bamboo Earrings?
Stay tuned for more Black History Month fashion and beauty fun!
Until then, check out these 80’s videos and reminisce:
Salt N Pepa, Push It 1986
LL Cool J Around the Way Girl, 1987