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Charity Chicks Spread the Joy of Giving Back

Happy 2014 Islandistas! What better way to start the new year than with the positivity of a feel-good feature? In our Holiday 2013 print edition, we highlighted some very charitable chicks – Tracey Worme, Dr Madhuvanti ‘Maddy’ Murphy and Kelly Gibson, the founders and trustees of Charity Chicks Barbados. There was so much more that they […]

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Islandista on the Rise: Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams

So there we were browsing through Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 listing when we got an Islandista inkling. It’s kind of like Spidey sense but only goes off for the fabulous and Caribbean. Something about the lady with big smile and big curly hair just struck us, even though there was nothing especially telltale about the […]

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Islandista Magazine’s Power Dressing Party – a ladies’ lime for a great cause!

It was a ladies’ lime for a great cause! And there were even a few gentlemen present as well at Hempstead House on Sunday when Islandista Magazine hosted its Power Dressing Party, which was held to assist the Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Safe House for domestic violence victims.

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How to get to the Power Dressing Party

Getting to Islandista’s Power Dressing Party is really simple and easy! Most Barbadians would be familiar with the Barbados Worker’s Union’s headquarters Solidarity House which is also in Harmony Hall. And most Barbadians would definitely also be familiar with the old Globe Cinema complex which is on the corner of Roebuck Street and Harmony Hall […]

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Jourdan Dunn shares her teenaged insecurity in insightful new interview: “I’d look in the mirror and hate myself”

In a wide-ranging and really insightful interview with The UK Guardian’s new magazine The Fashion, our favourite islandista model Jourdan Dunn got raw and real about becoming a teen mom, racism in the fashion industry and how insecure she felt about her tall, thin frame as a young girl. On racism in the industry: “I […]

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Shelly-Ann Fraser’s Pocket Rocket Foundation gives back

As if we didn’t already know that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is pure class, she confirmed all the reasons we love her when her Pocket Rocket Foundation donated J$700,000 (US$6800+) in scholarships to seven students in Jamaica last week. The donation underscored many of the things we’ve already seen or recognised in Shelly-Ann, like her firm belief […]

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Islandista supermodels call for more diversity on the catwalks

Jamaican-Brit supermodels Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn have added their voices to Bethann Hardison’s call for more diversity on the catwalks at the Big Four fashion weeks. Coming off the runway after the Jason Wu show at New York Fashion Week (one of the few shows to really display diversity but Wu knows how his […]

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New York Fashion Week islandista spotting & Bethann Hardison’s cause is ours too!

It’s early days yet but things are looking good as islandistas have been making their presence felt on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week. Fashion industry insider and activist Bethann Hardison continued her good work with a blistering open letter sent to the fashion councils for the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks – New York […]

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Dear Tiana, your school is wrong: a letter from the islands

I had so many emotions when I saw this news clip circulating online yesterday. It is from Tulsa Oklahoma, where 7 year old Tiana was forced to change schools after being continually harassed by the school’s management over her dreadlocks. Tiana’s father Terrance Parker told Fox 23 that he was forced to make the decision […]

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So basically twerking is wukking up?

So twerking has been in the news a lot recently…thanks for that Miley Cyrus. The rise of twerking culminated (or crashed depending on which direction you’re coming from) with Miley’s dreadful VMAs performance last week. Oxford Dictionary added it to their online dictionary of current English and CNN and every major (ie. ‘serious’) news network […]