Twenty Women Who Wear What They Want

Twenty Women Who Wear What They Want
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 27, 2011

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The eclectic beauty is the leader of this pack, wearing exactly what she wants since she first burst on the scene. From head wraps to cropped overalls, Badu matches to beat of her own drum!

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Usually this model turned mogul keeps it conservative. But every once in a while, like her recent appearance on 106 & Park, Banks gets umm…quirky. We applaud her ability to get into character(s) with no fear.

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Sometimes it’s “Hmmm” sometimes its “Hot!” But whatever your reaction to Keri Hilson’s outfits, it’s always uniquely hers!

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The Brit beauty is known for her bold personality and even bolder style. From PVC bodysuits to frilly ballerina style skirts, she wears it all – and she wears it well.

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Everyone knows she’s a “Monster” with a manic wardrobe to match. Her cooky costumes have been a huge part of her successful persona and from the looks of things, they are here to stay!

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Just like her music and her life, when it comes to her clothes: Lauryn Hill does what she wants! The last few years have been a testimony to this as the star has trotted out in one quirky look after another.

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In recent years, it feels like the boho-beauty as been on a campaign to ‘do-her!’ From a cropped natural to blown out afro to towering turban, her hair transformations have echoed her style evolution from glam girl to eclectic chic. We applaud her journey.

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The art-loving beauty, who is a muse for Prada, captured the attention of the fashion world for her bold eclectic sense of style which is often eclectic and always chic.

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Shoniwa’s creativity knows no bounds. From her music as lead singer of the Noisettes to her sky high hair to her fashion forward wardrobe she always goes for the bold.

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What some younger celebs have been doing for months, Bonet has been doing for decades. The “Cosby” kid grew into a woman who expresses herself decadently with flowey tops and sweaters, bold pops of color and eclectic accessories.

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While she was never conservative, the pop singer’s wardrobe has taken an increasingly eclectic turn in recent years. It takes a special woman – and a fierce body – to pull off some of her sartorial stunts. Kudos.

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The dashing diva, who single-handedly brought back the turban, is a trend setter who allows herself the freedom to wear what she wants. From bold prints to bright color, Ambrose continues to show us how its done!

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With a voice as loud as her style, the iconic Chaka Kahn belongs on this list! We love how she shows off her beautiful curves in eclectic custom pieces like this embellished suit.

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Janelle Monae found out what she loves to wear a long time ago and stuck to it! Her constant costume – a black suit, accented by white shirt – works so well, we can’t be mad!

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There’s nothing gray about Macy’s colorful wardrobe. Like her music, Gray’s wardrobe is a soulful symphony of textures and tones.

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Meagan Good has a routine she never breaks: leggings, boots and a basic top. While some might complain that she always wear the same thing, she sticks to what she loves and wears what she wants. If we looked this good in her ensembles, we would too!

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The European fashion editor has become an internet sensation with bloggers loving her cool, laid back style. From a statement fro to laid back jeans and statement tops, we totally get the obsession!

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The Bajan beauty came into “the game” like a classic beauty, but it wasn’t long before she upped the ante with electric locks and eclectic wardrobe. On or off the stage she’s sure to make your head turn!

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From the very start Lil’ Kim has entered the game with statement wigs, pieces and shoes. She shows no signs of slowing down the pace with a collection of outfits as daring and extensive as her wigs.

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Like mother and father: like daughter. Kravitz keeps things eclectic with a wardrobe that effortlessly mixes uptown and downtown.

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What’s interesting about Jones is we can’t ever remember when she was toned down. From start till now, she has given full throttle fashion from head to toe. And even better? She wears it with Grace!


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