Ziwe on ‘Black Friend’ and Her Best Fashion Advice

Ziwe may have made a name for herself by putting her interviewees on the spot with uncomfortably pointed questions—first on her highly watched Instagram lives, and later on her eponymous Showtime talk show, which ran for two seasons from 2021-22—but during her rise as an Internet favorite personality, she’s also become known for a bold fashion sense.

From the start, Ziwe has spoken through fashion as much as through her one-liners. While asking her guests questions like, “How many Black friends do you have?” at the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests (a question that lends itself to the name of her new hilarious book of essays, Black Friend, out now via Abrams), Ziwe might wear latex, opera-length gloves paired with an Adidas tube top; or a hot pink top with matching puffy headband.

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She’s also a regular presence at fashion week, walking for designers like Mugler, popping up front row at shows like Loewe and Miu Miu, and appearing on the carpet of events like the CFDA Awards and the Victoria’s Secret revival (or seated next to bestie Emily Ratajkowski at the U.S. Open). Below, Ziwe tells us about her very tactile approach to personal style:

When did fashion first become important to you?

Probably when I laid eyes on Lizzie McGuire, and saw the fits that she was absolutely getting off with her platform sandals. I dressed like Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince as a child.

How would you describe your approach to getting dressed now?

Color is king for me. I love to wear bright colors, it makes me feel better about everything. I also am really tactile. If it’s a marabou or, like, a velvet, I’m really attracted to it. Because I identify as a baby—I need to

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Sustainable Fashion Tips For The Festive Week

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time for joy, celebration, and togetherness. As we immerse ourselves in the festivities, it’s essential to embrace the spirit of sustainability and make conscious choices, even when it comes to our fashion. This Diwali, let’s embark on a journey towards eco-friendly and sustainable fashion that not only enhances our style but also contributes to a healthier planet.

1. Rediscover Your Wardrobe

Before rushing to buy new outfits for Diwali, take a moment to explore your own wardrobe. You might be surprised at the treasures you find hidden in the back. Reviving old favourites not only adds a nostalgic touch to your festive ensemble but also reduces the demand for new clothing, thus promoting sustainability.

2. Opt for Ethical and Sustainable Brands

If you do decide to add new pieces to your festive wardrobe, consider investing in clothing from ethical and sustainable brands. These brands prioritise eco-friendly materials, fair labour practices, and transparency in their production processes. By supporting such brands, you contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry.

3. DIY and Upcycling

Get creative this Diwali by incorporating do-it-yourself (DIY) and upcycling projects into your festive fashion preparations. Transform old sarees into stylish drapes, add embellishments to plain outfits, or repurpose accessories to create unique and personalised looks. DIY projects not only showcase your creativity but also reduce the environmental impact of fashion consumption.

4. Natural Fabrics and Dyes

Choose clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton, linen, or silk, as they have a lower environmental footprint compared to synthetic materials. Additionally, opt for outfits dyed with natural and plant-based dyes, which are less harmful to the environment. Embracing these choices not only feels good on your skin but also aligns with sustainable fashion principles.

5. Minimalism is Key

Embrace the

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Women Find Fabulous Fashion Online and Expert Virtual Personal Styling at ResidentFashion

From timeless classic styles to seasonal trends, ResidentFashion’s founder has developed a passion for helping women build confidence and dress to accentuate their best features. ResidentFashion offers daily fashion tips, virtual personal styling, and a curated selection of high-quality, fashionable clothing.

ResidentFashion founder Angelina is a self-proclaimed shopaholic with a passion for fashion. After leaving a stable, lucrative career as a design engineer, she followed her joy and created a business helping women find the perfect flattering, fashionable items to make them feel great. Now, she’s made fashion her full-time job, offering virtual personal styling services, daily fashion tips to help clients stay updated with the latest trends, and an online store filled with curated pieces. 

From helping a woman build an entirely new wardrobe to finding a few foundational and standout pieces to create multiple looks with what she already has, Angelina is an expert at finding fashionable clothing for clients that makes them look and feel great. 

“Every woman is beautiful, and I love helping that inner beauty radiate to the outside,” Angelina said. “I firmly believe in dressing to flatter your body shape by accentuating your best features.”

A Trusted Source of Style and Inspiration

Many women enjoy being stylish and staying up to date with the latest trends but don’t necessarily like shopping or researching how to apply new styles to their body shape and individual preferences. That’s where Angelina’s expertise comes in handy. When clients are struggling to identify their personal style or running short on inspiration, Angelina has a blog full of fashion advice and plenty of tips on how to use it. ResidentFashion also offers a personal shopping concierge—a certified image consultant—who makes specialized product recommendations for a client after a free 30-minute style consultation. 

“Get personalized clothing options

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Celebrate the festive season in style with these fashion tips

As the festive season with Dussehra, Diwali and Dhanteras approaches, the anticipation not only brings the warmth of lighting diyas and worshipping deities but also an exciting opportunity to elevate your fashion game.

These festivals are a time to celebrate the victory of good over evil, and what better way to do so than by adding a touch of glamour to your wardrobe? You don’t have to break the bank to shine this festive season; top fashion influencers are here to share some invaluable tips that will give your wardrobe the much-needed glow-up.

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    Go Indo-Western

    The fusion of Indian tradition and modern styles can create a stunning fashion statement. Consider pairing a fancy crop top or a stylish blouse with comfortable palazzos, chic shararas, or sleek cigarette pants for a look that seamlessly blends the best of both worlds.

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    Intensify Traditionals

    Give your traditional suits or ghagras a contemporary twist by incorporating some fancy lace, opting for modern blouses, or experimenting with unique dupatta drapes. A touch of innovation can breathe new life into your existing wardrobe staples.

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    Bling Out Your Outfit

    Embrace vibrant colours like red or purple to make a bold statement and stand out in the crowd. Sparkling accents can add that extra pop to your festive look.

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    Make a Statement with Jewellery

    Elevate even the simplest outfit with statement jhumkas or eye-catching bangles. It’s the finishing touches that often make the most significant impact on your overall look.

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    DIY Bling

    Unleash your creativity by adding your personal touch to plain kurtas or saris. Embellish them with DIY details, such as hand embroidery, sequins, or a splash of fabric paint. Your unique creations will make you stand out in style.

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    Vintage Vibes

    Explore your mom or grandma’s closet

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