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Islandista It Girl: Shala Monroque

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Islandistas, you know what we love?

We love reading about islandista it girls – chicks who are just killing the scene in New York, London, wherever, with their style, flair and islandistas-ness. We love when something about their name or look gives us that little inkling… is she…an islandista?

And we’ve found another one – she’s St. Lucian Shala Monroque, editor-at-large for Pop magazine, girlfriend of art dealer and gallerist Larry Gagosian  and the fashion set’s darling.[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Shala+Monroque&iid=1462031″ src=”6/b/3/1/Gagosian_Gallery_Private_9d61.jpg?adImageId=12815999&imageId=1462031″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]

Seriously, Monroque, who was born and raised in bel Sent Lisi, is everywhere that matters in style.

She makes regular appearances (like here and here) in’s Ten Best Dressed of the Week and was profiled as an ‘It Girl’ in the Flash section of Vogue last month (April 2010). also praised her style in a piece recently, noting how she sent the fashion blogosphere in a tizzy during the SS10 season last year.[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Shala+Monroque&iid=8654059″ src=”5/1/5/1/CHANEL_Tribeca_Film_bc34.jpg?adImageId=12816028&imageId=8654059″ width=”234″ height=”352″ /]

Her style is distinctive – a variety of turbans and beanies so she doesn’t have to fuss too much with her short, natural do, the sickest shoe game this side of the Atlantic and a love of bright colours and prints.[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Shala+Monroque&iid=6741799″ src=”3/1/e/f/Miu_Miu_4dc3.jpg?adImageId=12815993&imageId=6741799″ width=”234″ height=”330″ /]

That same month she was also in Harper’s Bazaar, in their 7-day Wardrobe feature, showing the range of fabulous style. In the feature, she attributes her love of big, bold colour to her Caribbean heritage.

She also attributes that heritage, specifically her looshan-ess to her fearless attitude. In her blog for Pop, she drops the stat that every St. Lucian must remind you of – their Nobel Laureate ratio,  while musing:

“Anyway these two events coming from an island with a population of 160.000 people has left me and many other St. Lucians with the idea that we can achieve anything…”

Yep, pretty much!

By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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