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Style: Sarah in Florida

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Introduce yourself!
S:
I am Sarah Nicole François, I’m from Mars and I’m just passing through this planet right now. I’m a writer, artist and a designer of a clothing brand called 000sportwear.us//by Sarah Nicole François: http://000sportwear.us.

What is your style philosophy?
S:
Less is always more. If I have to make too much of an effort or think too hard about what I’m wearing, it’s not going to work.

How would you describe your sense of style?
S:
It’s all black, all the time. Some days I’m minimalistic and futuristic, some days I’m ridiculous and gaudy, some days I’m really punk and sort of bummed out, and other days I’m a beach bum in a bikini top and shorts. But no matter what way it’s always black. My style is as temperamental as I am. It’s the perfect conglomeration of all my different moods and aesthetics, muted. I love pleather. I wear a lot of pleather and latex… I’m really curvy, so I love to show that off with really fitted clothing.

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What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
S:
Right now I’m living in Orlando and it’s very hot, so in consequence my Florida wardrobe mostly consists of light fabrics and crop tops. I like to spend a lot of time at the beach or lakefront doing a lot of outdoor activities, so my uniform for a regular day is all about practicality; A safari hat to shade me from the sun, any kind of crop top or tube top, some shorts, combat boots, and my leather jacket because I’m punk and it doesn’t matter if it’s like 2000 degrees Fahrenheit out, I will be in my leather.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
S:
Just three? That’s very limiting! lol
1. My overalls that I got from an 80’s vintage store in NYC. I love them because they’re dingy and old and oversized and soooooo comfortable. It’s one of those things I throw on about 3–4 times a week just so that I don’t have to think about what I’m wearing that day, and I can work or paint in them and not have to be concerned about getting anything on them.

2. My 000sportwear clear PVC crop top. Everything I make for 000sportwear comes from that frustrated shopper part of me who hates having to go into stores and just feeling underwhelmed and bored by my choices. This crop top is a direct result of that part of my mind. It’s so impractical and so awesome, and I can turn any boring outfit into something impressive by throwing that top on top. It’s definitely a showstopper, and I love the looks I get from people in the streets because it’s weird, but it looks fantastic.

3. My 000sportwear Vegan Leather Lab Coat. I really really love a good textured leather or pleather and this jacket is light enough for me to wear in Florida and not pass of a heat stroke. It makes me feel real Matrix‑y and next level wearing that thing.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
S:
I don’t shop often. Especially since I have my own line. If there’s anything I ever want, I just make it for myself. It’s more satisfying that way for me.

How long have you been natural?
S:
I never “went natural” I just cut my hair off because I was fed up with having to deal with the laborious task of dealing with hair. I used to change my hair quite often. This is my second time going bald, and I’m going on 2 years now. The first time I did it, I was bald for 2 years then let my hair grow for a bit until I cut it again.

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
S:
I don’t actually consider me cutting off my hair a transition. While I appreciate the natural hair movement for what it’s done for a lot of Women of Color globally, I have some reserves about the current state of the natural hair movement and I don’t really associate myself with it.

What is your signature hairstyle?
S:
I like to keep it simple: a buzz cut as low as it can go.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S:
I wanted something simple that I didn’t have to think about, and I figured what better way to deal with my hair then having no hair at all? Cutting if for the first time was a bit nerve racking, but I just went into my bathroom, took my dad’s clippers and shaved it all off. When I did it, and I looked in the mirror at myself, I felt so in love and so much like myself that I decided this is the person that I always was meant to be. My hair grows pretty fast, so I cut it myself once a week. I just take the clippers, no taper, and buzz it all off as low as it can go, and that’s as much effort as I put into it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
You can follow my looks @instagram.com/sarahnicolefrancois. I also get a lot of love on Tumblr: foxxxynegrodamus.tumblr.com.

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Wendy
Wendy
6 years ago

Haiti represents.… (Can tell by the name)
Love her style

Conspirator
Conspirator
6 years ago

Why is she on this blog if she disassociates herself with the natural hair movement?

Lana
Lana
6 years ago
Reply to  Conspirator

I am interested in why she isn’t 100% with the natural hair movement. For me personally, it depends on the day. Some days I see people with natural hair who are saying everyone else is crap if their hair isn’t natural and some days I see people who don’t care what your hair like as long as you keep it respectful with them. I fall into the latter category myself.

cheni_zim
cheni_zim
6 years ago

Worst feature I have read thus far on this site, albeit pretty girl. It is a site about natural hair after all, I mean was she forced? Or is one looking for instagram followers?

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago
Reply to  cheni_zim

I have some reserves about the current state of the natural hair movement and I don’t really associate myself with it.”

OK, I like your style and the clothes you design, but I have some reserve about the quality, and don’t want to go to the website.

Dorian
6 years ago

Her responses read as if someone forced her to be on this blog.

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

Okay, first off: WOW. She looks amazing!

Secondly, I too would appreciate hearing more of her opinions about the “movement.” No judgement; I’m just curious. Don’t just leave us hanging, BGLH!

crystalc
crystalc
6 years ago

I love how she is wearing her hair and I love her style!

Karen
Karen
6 years ago

She said: “While I appreciate the natural hair movement for what it’s done for a lot of Women of Color globally, I have some reserves about the current state of the natural hair movement and I don’t really associate myself with it.” Not sure how that translates to her being overly negative. She definitely has a viewpoint which some of us might share. She chose not to elaborate which is pretty respectful considering that there are lots of natural women who strongly feel that they are part of a secret society or global movement when it comes to natural hair. It… Read more »

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

I am Sarah Nicole François, I’m from Mars and I’m just passing through this planet right now

If I was a Martian, I would not associate with the natural hair movement either. Now I get it.

Redseouls
Redseouls
6 years ago

Pretty lady!!

Me
Me
6 years ago

This feature did read a bit cold and standoffish. Maybe she just wants some shine for her clothing line? I think being natural is both mental and physical and if she doesn’t consider herself to be then she shouldn’t have been featured.

As soon as I finished reading I went straight to the comments because I wanted to see what the streets were saying haha cuz I know what I’m saying!

beatrice
beatrice
6 years ago

She needs to cover up.… .jeez does fashion mean showing off your body too?

Maggie
Maggie
6 years ago

If you check out her tumblr, she explains why she feels that way.
Don’t know if I can post links but here it is: http://foxxxynegrodamus.tumblr.com/post/81223689697

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  Maggie

I like her a lot more after reading that link. I wish her words there could have somehow been incorporated into this interview, because it may have sparked truly meaningful discussion. Nevertheless, I love how bold this fashion icon is, and that body is amazing! Why cover it up? Modesty doesn’t have to be for everyone.

Dorian
6 years ago
Reply to  Dananana

I also went and read her perspective and now I see why she said what she did. I think she should have added a few snippets of her opinion when answering her questions because she brings up a few valid points regarding the movement. Some I have also noted in passing. Nonetheless, she is beautiful.

pisces girl shar
pisces girl shar
6 years ago
Reply to  Dorian

I love what she said on her tumblr. I agree with it and yes I wish she would have included it because a ton of girls on this site in particular can relate to this perspective. I know I for one can! I like her and her tumblr is interesting, I can tell she is very intelligent.

missafro
missafro
6 years ago
Reply to  Dananana

you can have a bold fashion sense and still leave a little to the imagination…sheesh

Kelly R
Kelly R
6 years ago
Reply to  missafro

or you can stop perpetuating misogynistic viewpoints by policing what a women chooses to wear? did you consider that?

beatrice
beatrice
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly R

wow.…chillax people jeeze u mad bro?

KP
KP
6 years ago
Reply to  Maggie

*snaps*

LBell
LBell
6 years ago
Reply to  Maggie

Thank you for posting this. I totally get what she’s saying and I agree with it for the most part.

Pretty sure BGLH has addressed this in the past but I don’t have time to find the link(s)…

Deb
Deb
6 years ago
Reply to  Maggie

Someone can submit that link to BGLH and she might post it on it’s own to spark much needed discussion. I had a feeling that’s what she was referring to.

spunkrock101
spunkrock101
6 years ago

hey, i follow her on tumblr and she’s spoken about this before.
she wasnt able to elaborate but (i hope im explaining it right) but she’s seen that most natural hair blogs arent about accepting or loving nappy hair but stretching it, but making it grow longer or be more neatly curled. The aesthetic people like are light skinned/mixed ethnicity girls with 3b/3c huge hair and that’s mainly the type of hair people aspire to get.
i have natural 4c hair myself and i totally agree, blogs are rarely about girls with short 4c hair but rather huge shoulder length big curly.

spunkrock101
spunkrock101
6 years ago

not saying that i think that she doesnt like the natural hair movement as a whole btw, just that it needs to be more representative and accepting of how different black hair types are.
but obv im not her so i cant say that she thinks exactly what i say but this is the impression that i got.

Yagazie Emezi
6 years ago

Fuck ‘em. When I was featured, the commentary got disabled due to the amount of negativity coming in stating that I was ‘just a pretty face’ and that I didn’t give any ‘hair care advice’. Bear in mind that I stated that I just don’t care for my hair the way that some do. It’s all fucking bullshit. Set aside my boo Sarah’s explanation on why she excludes herself from the ‘naturalista’ click, it’s bloody ridiculous that people can so readily jump down her throat because she’s beautiful AND clearly, strongly opinionated. It’s a hair blog. And it addressed her… Read more »

Karen
Karen
6 years ago
Reply to  Yagazie Emezi

Fuck ’em,” I agree.

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
6 years ago

She’s very pretty (she reminds me a little bit of Kellis)and uber sexy. I love her “grown woman” curves.

Kelly R
Kelly R
6 years ago

i hate the comments on here that talk about how “little” she has on.
It’s so disgusting and ugly.
All it does is perpetuate rape culture and the idea that a womens body is not her own to do whatever the fuck she wants with it. Fuck all this “leave it to the imagination” bullshit, how about if she loves the way she looks thats LITERALLY ALL THAT MATTERS. I wish I could look half as good as she does lol

Jo
Jo
6 years ago

I love that she includes vegan leather in her line. Vegan leather is always a kinder alternative to real leather. 🙂

Zaza
Zaza
6 years ago

I’m afraid I have to be honest, while this particular feature does nothing for me in terms of inspiration or solidarity in the natural community, I still wish Miss Sarah well. I don’t see the logic in featuring people who are not here to uplift and share their tips and regimes and generally encourage black women (and men) in their hair journey.

Peace

Chariot
Chariot
6 years ago
Reply to  Zaza

She’s not a spokesperson. She was asked for an opinion and she gave it. It seems that to be natural with some, means to embrace the natural community and view it through rose tinted spectacles. I’m glad Sara passed through here to remind us that there is a good and bad side to the natural community. I’m afraid some commenters are showing her the bad side in response to a rather innocuous comment.

Zaza
Zaza
6 years ago
Reply to  Chariot

While I understand that she is not, nor is anyone, a spokesperson for the natural community I hold true to my personal opinion that this should be a site to encourage and share tips amongst one another, an opinion which I stated without malice. I also agree with you that some commenters are showing her the bad side of the community with the negative comments particularly about her style of dress etc. However, as someone who has been natural all my life so not necessarily a part of the recent “movement”, I can still appreciate all the good that it has… Read more »

Amma Mama
6 years ago

She is beautiful and her body is sick.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

I love her curves!

Belle
Belle
6 years ago

I am not sure when the comment section became this negative but it is definitely sad. This has been the trend in several recent posts. Once again, we as women are failing to see the big picture. We form the majority but our pettiness and cattiness make us the poorer sex. The moment we start uplifting each other and cut out the negativity is the moment we will all be richer and start winning in all aspects of life. There is no need to police Sarah. What she wears, how she wears it, what she says, how she says it…… Read more »

Anna
6 years ago

First off, let me start by saying I was blown away by how bold you are Sarah ! From head to toe, I am truly in love with your minimal style , you own it girl ! Then as I’ve read your thoughts on the ‘natural hair movement’ my first thoughts were pretty much this : ‘well why would you say you don’t associate yourself with the natural hair movement although you are on a natural hair site’. With more thoughts on it, I too can look at myself and say the same thing about me. I have deception about this movement from… Read more »

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

She is so gorgeous . Also she has a nice face I would look horrible if I went bald . She gas a beautiful sense of style and she is right about the natural community . The natural community uplifts 2 and 3 type hair and constantly bring down 4 type hair . They still do that good hair vs bad hair crap and companies are making money off of girls who have so called good hair and many black women buy their products to have ” good hair ” . As a 4a I’m stick in the middle .many… Read more »

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