When Bella Thrawn entered the modeling game, she was a young, black model with an unassuming personality.
But now, as she prepares to open her own fashion boutique and launch a line of no-name no-bra items, she has become a fixture of fashion circles.
“I am just like, ‘Whoa!
What is this?'” she said, explaining that she wanted to “open up a space for the black women of the world to come and experience the world as it is and that’s what I’m doing.”
Her new brand, Bella Thorns, will debut in January.
The 34-year-old has been featured in the media in recent months, and has been described as the “next Bitch,” according to The New York Times.
“I just want to empower the black woman in the world and say, ‘I’m not the only one.’
If you don’t believe that, then you’re not the first one,” she said.
“Black women are the next generation, the next wave of fashion models.”
Bella Thrawn has been known to wear a no-makeup outfit to work in her fashion career, and she told The New Yorker last year that she wears a no makeup for a reason.
“The reason is because I’m black,” she explained.
“When you’re a black woman, you’re always thinking, ‘If I’m not wearing makeup, what am I doing?’
It’s a constant battle.
I don’t know how to deal with that.”
Her style and her voice have drawn attention to herself, and her fashion style is a departure from the more conservative style that has dominated her fashion world.
She has recently been appearing in black-and-white and red-and green colorways.
The Bitch-esque looks are also part of a trend in black women’s fashion that has recently hit the streets, with Beyonce and Rihanna wearing black clothing to sell their products and appear more daring.
Bobby Ray, an African-American fashion designer, is among those who says black women should embrace a no make-up look for a number of reasons, including the desire to be seen as the other.
“It’s a way to express yourself,” he told HuffPost.
“A lot of the younger black girls are very into it.
A lot of them don’t like to be on social media, so they want to wear makeup all the time.
It’s just another way to get away from all the negativity that comes with the negativity of social media.”
“Black women should be able to do whatever they want, but they’re not supposed to be the butt of the joke, so we need to make sure that we’re not doing it in a negative way,” he added.
“There are a lot of young black girls that are trying to do what we all want to do, but there’s a lot more that is doing it that’s not.”
Ray said he has also been inspired by other black women who have used no-cost clothing in the past.
“Bella’s the most unique example because she’s the one who’s actually doing it, and that gives me so much confidence in the future,” he said.
While black women have traditionally been considered to be more independent, there is a growing trend in recent years in which black women are wearing clothing that is part of their identities.
In the past, the style has tended to be associated with older women, but some younger black women like Thrawn are taking on this trend and wearing clothing with a new, more empowering image.
It’s the same trend that inspired Rihanna to dress up as a superhero in her first music video.
Thrawn’s look, as well as the new line she is launching, is an homage to her grandmother, who lived to be 91.
After the publication of her story, Thrawn received a barrage of emails from fans, telling her how much they loved the no- make-ups look.
She was even invited to be one of the models at the upcoming New York Fashion Week and she was also interviewed by BET about the brand.
And with her fashion brand, she hopes to empower more young black women.
“That’s my whole mission, to empower all of our black sisters,” she told HuffPost, adding that she hopes the fashion brand will help to “break down stereotypes.”
The trend for black women to wear no-takes is gaining steam, as evidenced by the popularity of the “Bitch”-inspired look on Instagram, where it has been viewed over a million times.
Many people see no-makes as an extension of Black Power and Black Power culture.
A recent article in Vanity Fair explained that the trend was a response to the rise of black feminism in the late 1960s and 1970s, when black women were still being oppressed in the United States