Do yourself right and start Monday morning off Emoji-Style with Beyonce and Jay.
Meet the striking elegance that is “Creole Soul” Swirl Girl babe, Shawna Gaspard. Between us, we’ve been secretly
stalking lurking around Shawna’s Instagram page for a while now for her keen sense of stye and sophistication (anyone who can rock a short hairstyle like this is always #winning in our book.) And when we finally got to meet her, we discovered she also has a great sense of humor (#doublewinning).
Check out how this beauty’s personal style flirts with “androgyny” and her 3 top favorite online places to shop below!
My interview with the lovely blogger, Miracle Hines :)
Being a girl in this world hard! But every once and while, you have a brave chick thats willing to change the scene, and make difference.The brave chick is Liz Brinson.
I found out about Swirl Girl Army, and liked how empowering and Inspiring it was to girls. The best part about SGA is that it has a message in each girl thats been picked. So you’re not just looking at pretty faces, you’re getting a story, fashion, and how these girls view life. I recently gotten the opportunity to touch bases with the creator of the girl power army: Liz Brinson.
All my girls Enjoy! #SGA
1. What inspired you, or what was the inspiration for you to create this awesome moment?
Being a Swirl Girl myself (My mom is Korean and my dad is Seminole-Black) It was important for me to create an online platform to encourage young girls to celebrate their unique heritages and dream big. Since mainstream media hasn’t fully embraced the notion that beauty is represented in all shapes,sizes, and colors, I found that it was
my responsibility to fill that void as best as I could.
2. Can you tell us what’s it about?
Swirl Girl Army is a fashion/ lifestyle website (hair, beauty, fashion, videos etc) that works to provide awesome multi-cultural/multi-ethnic Swirl Girls around the world with a one stop destination for beauty secrets/products, role models, personal stories, fun videos and the latest fashion trends. Finally there’s an online destination for us girls of every flavor!
3. What is your goals with SGA? And what is your future plans with SGA :
To help women celebrate and be proud of who they are no matter how different they look and feel. Embrace what makes you different in a world that is trying to make you look and act like everyone else. Moreover, I’d also say that my goals with SGA is to remind women that inner beauty is just as important if not more important that outer beauty. Glow from the inside out and it will shine on everyone you come in contact with!
4. If you had to pick your favorite Swirl Girl which would it be?
Aweeee maaaan. You know, that’s a tough one. I will say there are a few interviews which stood out for me personally: Jessica Kemejuk, Jodie Smith, Hannah Sidibe, Erinn Westbrook, Tatyana ali to name a few…
5. I see you have some amazing curls! I love them! What’s your secret to keeping them fresh? (I love curly hair)
My main secret is Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner and letting it air dry (No touching until it’s completely dry!)
6. Name one Swirl Girl you’d love to add to your roster ?
Can I choose 3? (haha):
1. Michelle Obama 2. Oprah 3. MIA
7. I’m a stylist so I love fashion. What girl right now has your fashion eye?
hmmm…again I have a few haha:
Solange Knowles for color blocking.
Nicole Richie for Boho. Lupita Nyong’o for overall class and elegance. The artist MIA and Rainy Milo for creativity and originality and blogger Micah Gianneli for jewelry.
8. Last question. You as the founder of SGA, how do you plan on changing the world:
Love and acceptance through being a positive role model and simply leading by example. My goal is to inspire girls to fully accept and love themselves for who they are so they can in turn be inspired to become the best versions of themselves.
We have a section on the site called Swirl Girl Icons. A Swirl Girl Icon is more than just a pretty face: she’s brains, beauty, and demonstrates kindness and compassion to others. She has a sense of responsibility to the world, values, aspirations, and can rock a fierce stylish outfit if and when she wants to. She respects herself and has inner/outer beauty. We all have been endowed with special gifts and talents that are unique to us and we all have the potential to change the world with those talents. I wanted to show girls that they don’t have to choose between Beyonce or Michelle Obama when they can be both. That is the ultimate Swirl Girl.
How do YOU view this message? Positive? Negative? Degrading towards Nicki Minaj? Or progressive? Does this invalidate Nicki Minaj as a legit role model to young girls? Are both women validated role models in their own right?
We wanna hear from you. Voice your opinions in the comments!
The elegant and classic beauty, Lupita Nyong’o, delivers a touching speech every little girl should hear on the importance of treasuring one’s inner beauty.
Sidibe: ”I wash my hair twice a week. I adore Oribe products because they keep my hair moisturized while still providing volume and texture. I apply the Oribe Moisture Cream and diffuse my hair until it is nearly dry. Then I let it air dry. To finish, I use Oribe Texturizing Spray and shake my hair out. In between shampoos, I just wet my hair and add the moisture cream and texture spray again. The less time I spend on my hair, the better. I’m lucky that my stylist Philip Wolff has given me a haircut that looks amazing without much effort on my part. He’s a hair genius.”
Check out the full interview HERE
I knew I fell in love with Sidibe when we were able to discuss the role of Beyonce in pop culture (I.e., does she symbolize female empowerment or is she just profiting off of being a sex symbol?), our love of shopping ebay, and mutual fascination with all things fantastical (fairies, nymphs, unicorns). Let’s just say this vixen has got it all: beauty, brains and an incredible ability to convey the emotion of her lyrics through song.
Meet our latest Swirl Girl babe, style icon, princess of puns, and ultimate singer-songwriter siren, Sidibe.
Swirl Girl Icon: Sidibe
Top: vintage Emanuel UngaroBottoms: vintage Azzedine Alaia ( Sidibe: “My favorite designer ever!!!!” )
Photography: Adrian J. Martin
Third time’s a charm! A smiling Ri-Ri covers Vogue's March 2014 issue for her third time in four years admitting that she’s still not entirely comfortable with her worldwide notoriety and fame: “I never wanted to be famous,” she told Vogue. “I just wanted my music to be heard all over the world. Then it happened and the fame came with it. I can’t ever imagine feeling used to it.”
Check out the full article at Vogue