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Closet Raid: Gisella

Avatar • Jan 26, 2012

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Gisella was featured as a Natural Hair Style Icon on January 12, 2012.

Where are you from?
G:
I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Did going natural affect your style choices at all? If so, why?
G:
I wouldn’t say it affected my style at all, but as I went natural before 18 years old I have been developing my style sense along the years by getting more and more inspiration, experimenting, and finding out what works better on my body. I also got more aware of my hair´s visual power, so I learned how to better use it as an accessory; styling it according to my mood (and to my clothes, as they reflect that too). But going natural did not determine my style. Maybe it made my image funkier?

How does your hair complement your style?
G:
It makes it all bolder I think. Sometimes I like it bigger or normal volume depending on the day, on my mood, or on the weather cause Rio is very warm. My hair is the main accessory I have; it is totally neutral and versatile. So when I want more colors I use a scarf to make a bow on my hair. If I want to look more edgy, I create enormous volume in my hair and complement it using just lipstick to balance the look as I love using makeup. When I have colorful eyes for instance, I balance by not having too many colors in my clothes and not too much volume in my hair. I feel those choices can make it all more pleasant to look at.

How would you describe your style?
G:
Humm. Hard to name it, but I would say I’m a dresses gal, with a retro look (50´s and 80´s) but not stereotyped. Colorful, bold prints and patterns all mixed according to my peculiar taste.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
G:
Choosing only three is a bit like “killing my darlings” but I do love my white purse better than the others. I use it all the time. I also like my latest gift from my boyfriend a lot — a gorgeous blue dress and a pink vintage dress bought in Oslo at one of the coolest second hands I´ve been to. You can see all of those items in my pictures.

What are your three must-have items of clothing?
G:
I think every gal deserves a proper purse. Hehehehehehhee
A statement pair of shoes and a classy dress that makes you look like a million dollars. No matter what your style is.

Your style is very classic. What’s your advice for selecting pieces that add a touch of class into a wardrobe?
G:
I think class is not something you add, it is related to your attitude, the way you behave and treat others. But maybe dresses are classier than the combo jeans+t‑shirt? Nice shoes, jewelry and a cool purse help a lot.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
You can find me on www.gisellafrancisca.com or www.collectiveforusall.tumblr.com.

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Missy Bimbamboum
Missy Bimbamboum
8 years ago

Lovely style! I love the way you play with all colors! Keep going!

Rosie
8 years ago

love it!

Shante
Shante
8 years ago

Hi! I LOVE your style.. do you have a blog or youtube?

Shamira
Shamira
8 years ago

Ok, her whole style is the bomb, and I know she lives in Brazil but I love her shoes. She also makes me want to honeymoon in Brazil!

gisella francisca
8 years ago
Reply to  Shamira

U gonna loveto honeymoon here, Shamira! 🙂

gisella francisca
8 years ago

Hey gals! Thank you very much for all the positive feedbacks. <3

monisola
monisola
8 years ago

I love that BGLH has featured a lovely and stylish voluptuous/thick woman. This site has really been amazing for my self esteem as a black woman and a natural.. and now as a healthy, but curvy woman (size 10)!She is gorgeous…her style is effortlessly elegant and she dresses her lovely curves so well. No hate to the girls whose healthy beautiful bodies are naturally thin, but it is nice to see a curvy gal on here 🙂

LOVE IT!

Karen
Karen
7 years ago
Reply to  monisola

No hate felt 🙂 Gisella has a lovely head of hair and her body and fashion are both on point. I can always appreciate a beautiful woman of any size.

Pam
Pam
8 years ago

I love her style, she looks fabulous!!

I also am loving these style posts!!

Gabrielle
8 years ago

Wow!
She looks great. Hair, style, even her personality comes thru these pics.
Thanks for sharing BGLH!
And I agree with Monisola, she dresses her curves VERY well and I am also glad to see a curvy girl here 😀
Gisella, you are the bomb!
Fierce style and hair! Love it. I will definitely be checking out your blog YT, etc.
Peace

Jordan
Jordan
8 years ago

Love ur style. You look great.

Julia
Julia
8 years ago

You should be the queen of colour blocking; you know the perfect way to mix colours, so that they come out attractively.

Jaki Dee
8 years ago
Reply to  Julia

+1

Cia
Cia
8 years ago

Wow a beautiful girl and love love love the style. The colors are just beautiful. My favorite was the picture with the green jacket (I want that man!) and the red skirt. I really enjoyed this post. Can’t wait to get to Brazil!

Godiva
Godiva
8 years ago

This girl is BAD!!! Your style is ridiculously amazingly! It is feminine, bright, sophisticated, lovely, etc… I LOVE IT!!

Shak
8 years ago

Seriously, I want every single dress featured in this post! I absolutely LOVE her style and the dresses speak to me so much (it’s my style in the summer), I just have to figure out a way to do the same in the winter months (but it be too darn cold, lol!). Gisella photos just make me smile!

(P.S. I am loving this “Closet Raid” series of posting big time!)

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Always wanted to visit Brazil.

Gisella is a beautiful woman.

tbaby
tbaby
8 years ago

I’m sooo jealous! i would love to get to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! such a lovely city and Country!

Lotus
Lotus
8 years ago

I’m late but your hair, body, and sense of style are on point!

Nichelle
8 years ago

Love her style. Love it.

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