Constance White Talks New Book, ‘How To Slay’

by Yah Yah

Constance C.R. White is a veteran journalist, author, and former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE magazine.

White is renowned for her wealth of experience and significant contributions across print, broadcast and online and has helped steer brand and editorial direction for some of the most exciting companies.

She has guested on several television shows, including The Today Show, MSNBC, and LXTV and was an acclaimed style reporter for The New York Times. White also made history as the first Black executive fashion editor at a major fashion magazine, Elle and has even served as a style director, brand consultant and spokesperson for the leading online company eBay.

In this sit-down with The Breakfast Club, White weighs in on men wearing dresses and drawing the line at men who wear heels. She also breaks down why fashion is so important as well as her book, How To Slay.

According to the book’s synopsis:

How to Slay offers a lavishly illustrated overview of African American style through the twentieth century, focusing on the last thirty-five years. Through striking images of some of the most celebrated icons of Black style and taste, from Josephine Baker, Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Miles Davis to Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams, this book explores the cultural underpinnings of Black trends that have become so influential in mainstream popular culture and a bedrock of fashion vernacular today. A preponderance of Black musicians, who for decades have inspired trends and transformed global fashion, are featured and discussed, while a diverse array of topics are touched upon and examined—hats, hair, divas, the importance of attitude, the use of color, ’60s style, the influence of Africa and the Caribbean, and the beauty of black skin.

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