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Islandistas in June Vogue & July Elle!

It’s all islandista, all the time in fashion’s biggest magazines this summer! The fashion folk can’t get enough of island girls from all spheres, be they designers, models or singers.

In the June edition of Vogue is Jamaican designer Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs – along with her design partner, they are highlighted in a feature on New York fashion’s New Guard. To paraphrase Daddy Screws, big t’ings a gwan fi yu Carly!Also in the same June edition is Puerto Rican/Virgin Islander (St. Thomas to be exact) Joan Smalls, who truly ripped the runway in the FW10/11 fashion season just gone- walking 40 catwalks.


Vogue Editor at large Andre Leon Talley profiles the refreshingly down to earth Smalls as June’s It Girl – and we love it. We’d been wondering how a boricua ended up with a surname like Smalls – now we got it!

And of course, the It Girl of all islandista It Girls, Barbados’ own Rihanna, is the cover girl for the upcoming July edition of Elle magazine. They also blurbed her interview.

Our favourite quote from the interview bits thus far is undoubtedly this one:

On turning her dream of popstardom into reality: “If I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this. I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying ‘I’m so tired—this is so much.’ Then I thought, What the fuck? You asked for this—you prayed to God to tour like Madonna.”

Love. Her!

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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