Is there room for the n-word in fashion? Issa Rae apparently thinks so.
That’s a question that’s up for debate after Rae rocked the words “Every n**** is a star” on her belt at the CFDA Awards, reports theHollywood Reporter.
Rae’s fashion ensemble was the talk to the town as Rae strutted the runway in a gorgeous blue, beaded gown created by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. But it wasn’t so much the gown that everyone gawked at.
Rae’s bold belt proved she’s still rooting for everybody black. And her black girl magic was shining so bright that she wanted every n-word to know they shined too and are stars.
Yes it’s controversial because at the end of the day that word has a negative connotation. But when you own it and take it from negative to positive then it because a badge of honor that that no one can negate.
And some social media users seemed to agree.
Say whatever you like about #issarae and her choice to wear the N word on her belt, but remember that fashion is not about comfort – it’s about pushing boundaries, about making people think and making statements.
Also, her Pyer Moss jumpsuit-dress was RAW and BAE. <3 https://t.co/7NFCJsGHkW
— LaFemmeMag (@laFemmeMag) June 5, 2018
“Say whatever you like about #issarae and her choice to wear the N word on her belt, but remember that fashion is not about comfort – it’s about pushing boundaries, about making people think and making statements. Also, her Pyer Moss jumpsuit-dress was RAW and BAE. <3,” said @LeFemmeMag
While others said the word still shouldn’t be used in this context.
“Very tacky & not stylish. Joan Rivers would have a field day with this one. I’m not shocked. Those days are over. It’s beyond ridiculous now. We know it’s not fair for everyone and that’s the problem,” said PAT_1776USA.
Said Rae about wearing the controversial ensemble.
“[It was] interesting and new for me because a lot of it was done via phone and pictures because of our work schedules…The sketching process was very fun,” the designer told PEOPLE.
“Comedically, she’s my spirit animal. It’s also very important because [the CFDAs are] in Brooklyn, a mile away from where I grew up.”