Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.
A Midweek Meditation dedicated to celebrating black women who stay serving beauty and grace and the outlets who are sharing their stories. Elle features dancer Khadija Shari in all of her beautiful glory. Serena Williams graces the cover of The Fader‘s “America Issue.” Schön! Magazine highlights Kelly Rowland in a stunning fashion editorial.
While there is work to be done when it comes to representation of black women, it is fair to say that progress is in motion. How thrilled I am to know that black women of all ages are witnessing their magic being honored. We got so much magic.
Khadija Shari for Elle’s The Movement
The Movement is Elle‘s new series where “dancers celebrate their bodies.” Khadija is strong, opening her segment by saying, “It was the no’s I got on jobs. It was the injuries that caused major setbacks in my career. It was the adversity I face at times because of my height, my size, and my skin complexion. It was even just being a strong-minded black women in the entertainment industry. It’s all made me who I am today.”
Then. She begins. Her movements fluid, her sexuality present but not at the forefront of her choreography. Rather, she is the focus. When Khadija moves, there is no divide between her body and her beat. As she shape-shifts before our eyes, her strength is present without explanation. Physically, her muscles contract as the notes of the song swell. But, the art is in the emotions we see conveyed through her body. She carries herself with the sort of authority that only comes from transcending self-doubt and fear. She moves with power – and that’s a movement I can stand behind.
Serena Williams is The Fader’s “America Issue” Cover Girl
Serena Williams on the cover of The Fader‘s “America Issue” is nothing short of iconic. Emphasizing William’s natural beauty, she is clad in an old track tank top and boy briefs. Her eyelashes long, her nude-swiped lips are softly parted. She stands with her arms akimbo, highlighting her enviable biceps and hourglass-shaped body. She’s aspirational, a magnificent portrait of power and perhaps the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.
The first athlete to grace the cover of The Fader, Serena speaks candidly, answering questions with her signature confidence and wit. Catch the full read here.
A New Side of Kelly Rowland in Schön! Magazine
Kelly Rowland delivers an elevated dose of high fashion in the latest issue of Schön! Magazine. However, epic fashion isn’t the only thing happening in her feature. She discusses the importance of supporting black creatives and the burdensome etiquette a mother must teach their black son. Yet, she isn’t devoid of hope – in fact, she mentions the possibility of having a female president a major indicator that the tides are turning. And for her own career? Music is coming and, thanks to David Guetta, we can expect to hear some EDM influenced tracks. All hail Queen Kelly.
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