Young Africans in the diaspora largely abandoned the Dashiki and other traditional attire in the 1960s. The younger generation didn't want anything to do with it because it was only seen as something worn by older immigrants. They pushed their heritage to the side because no one wanted to be labeled "too tribal or too African."
Then, from 2012 to 2016, Black Americans began to wake up. They reconnected with their roots, becoming black, bold, awake, and ready to lead. That's when traditional clothing began to make a greater and stronger reappearance. A new wave of representation led by black celebrities such as Drake, Wale, Rihanna, Zendaya, Solange Knowles, and many others.
Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States, has been seen wearing African print on multiple occasions.
Jidenna, a Nigerian-born singer, zealously honors his nation by wearing African designs on numerous occasions, and he looks dashing in them.
3.Lupita Nyong'o, a Kenyan-born actress and Black Panther star, never fails to remind people of her roots by looking stunning in Ankara. Almost every black celebrity wears Dashiki and African material as a fashion statement.
Beyoncé especially is the personification of African excellence, strong, curvy and regal. Whether she is casually strolling down the streets, performing at the Grammy’s dressed as Oshun the Yoruba goddess of fertility and love or flaunting it in her music videos.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes.
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. Zendaya began her career as a child model and backup dancer.
7. Solange Knowles
Solange Piaget Knowles ( born June 24, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, performance artist, and actress. Expressing an interest in music from an early age, Knowles had several temporary stints as a backup dancer for Destiny's Child, which featured her elder sister, Beyoncé Knowles, among its members, before signing with her father Mathew Knowles's Music World Entertainment label. At age 16, Knowles released her first studio album Solo Star (2002). Between 2004 and 2007, Knowles had several minor acting roles, including the direct-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) and continued co-writing music for Beyoncé and former Destiny's Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
We are Africans, and we are here to represent. We are no longer ashamed of our roots.”
As more black celebrities began to appear in traditional garb, more Africans in the Diaspora began to do so. Designers were inspired by their burgeoning sense of style and began producing more Ankara-type garments for them to wear. They've been putting Africa on the map with a simple fashion decision since 2016, and they're no longer ashamed or shy about it; they're simply basking in their African excellence with fashion and style.
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