This post was originally published on Afro

By Aria Brent

The Black community has truly mastered the art of storytelling. Using art as a form of communication and documentation is nothing new. We tell our stories with the written word, songs, dance— and yes, even via the very hair on our heads.

Whether it be a voluminous Afro, Senegalese twists, waist length locs or a high top, Black fashion has been used for years to tell stories.

“We weren’t given much, but we used what we had and it became trendy and iconic,” said Alexis Noble, a Mississippi native and creative director who has witnessed the influence of Black fashion first-hand. “[Black fashion] has become the go-to source for what we’re seeing in society today.” 

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