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Check out islandista model Chantelle Brown-Young in Eminem’s ‘Guts Over Fear’ music video!

The gorgeous and inspiring Jamaican-Canadian model Chantelle Brown-Young (also known as Winnie Harlow) just keeps going to higher heights in her career. Check out her latest effort in the music video for Eminem and Sia’s ‘Guts Over Fear’.

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Behind the magazine mastheads, Caribbean fashion editors are making moves

So one of the things that I have always enjoyed most while running Islandista for the past 6 (nearly 7!) years is ‘discovering’ cool islandistas making their mark on the world. It always provides a jolt of joy when I figure out that this fascinating, fabulous woman has parents from the Bahamas or was born […]

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Meghan Trainor’s surprising soca background

By now, you surely must have heard Meghan Trainor’s number one hit ‘All About That Bass’. The catchy, bass-heavy (of course) tribute to thickies has been all over the radio. Its popularity has been boosted by her fun and frothy music video with its pastel colours, bamsy-shaking and none-too-subtle digs at skinnier women. The 20 year […]

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Islandista on the rise: Haitian-born designer Azede Jean-Pierre

‎This time last year, Haiti-born, Atlanta-raised designer Azede Jean-Pierre was getting ready to make her official debut at New York Fashion Week. Since then, you would have ‎seen her designs every where – on US First Lady Michelle Obama who wore custom Azede Jean-Pierre on the cover of Essence Magazine’s August issue, on Lady Gaga […]

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The islandista doctor behind a public health revolution: Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris

Have you heard of Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris? Because Hillary Clinton has and enlisted her to work with the Clinton Foundation on the Too Small to Fail paediatric health initiative. And New Yorker Magazine has. And Huffington Post and a host of others. But that’s not the reason you should hit google after reading this and […]

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Islandista model with vitiligo Chantelle Brown-Young on America’s Next Top Model

She’s proudly Caribbean, repping her parents’ native island of Jamaica wherever she goes. She’s a pretty darn proud Canadian and Toronto native too, as a glance at her Instagram account will show. But perhaps most importantly, Chantelle Brown Young is a proud spokesperson for those who like her, are living with vitiligo. The 20 year old […]

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What a week for Islandista supermodels!

Two of our absolute favourite islandista supermodels, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn are definitely cementing their places at the top of the model pyramid this week. First came the news on Monday that both Jamaican-Brit Dunn and Puerto Rican-Virgin Islander Smalls had been named in Forbes’ Magazine’s model ‘rich list’ of the highest-paid models in […]

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A look ahead to the Islandista Summer 2014 issue!

Islandistas, we are SO excited about what we have in store for you in just a few days’ time when the Summer 2014 edition of Islandista Magazine comes out! For this issue, we teamed up with Barbados’ hottest Crop-Over band Zulu International for a fabulous cover shoot that totally captures the spirit of playing mas […]

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Islandistas heating up the summer on Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar covers!

You know you just can’t keep islandistas off of magazine covers! Barbadian pop star Rihanna and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams are stunning on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Vogue Turkey respectively. With both ladies known in different ways for their sensational bodies (Jeneil for being more toned and athletic than the average model […]

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Six years of chronicling islandista fabulousness!

a message from Islandista Editor-in-chief Amanda Lynch-Foster Today marks exactly six years since I wrote my first post on Islandista. It was not my first foray into blogging – that had come over a year earlier with some other, earlier experiments where I dabbled in more a somewhat different beast. Islandista was an outlet for […]