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Ten Years, Ten Islandista Moments

Today is a day that I never thought about. When I started Islandista 10 years ago on this day, I didn’t have any long term goals for it. I just wanted to read about women like me whose identity sometimes gets lost when we rely on media from other places to report on their accomplishments. […]

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Wish you were here! Shala Monroque and Michelle Elie capture Caribbean vacations on IG

A whole lot of Caribbean cool collided in recent weeks as two of our favourite islandistas, Michelle Elie and Shala Monroque have been travelling up and down the region. The good friends and fashion world insiders have been showcasing the true beauty of Michelle’s native Haiti, Shala’s native St. Lucia and Trinidad through a series […]

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Stella Jean brings Caribbean flair to Milan

It might not be the place you expect to find it but Milan is having a Caribbean moment right now. Like, today. Milan Fashion Week kicked off just today and all of the coolest islandistas are in town for the fashion festivities. Shala Monroque, Michelle Elie and Tamu McPherson have all been linking up at or […]

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Wyclef for President?

That was the big talk yesterday when news broke that mega music star Wyclef has filed the necessary paperwork to run in Haiti’s November 28 election.  The New York Times reports: “You can either live trying to do something or die having done nothing,” he said, adding that he did not want history to remember […]

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Lest we forget …

It’s been six months since the horrific events of January 12th. [picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Haiti&iid=9342959″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9342959/recovery-remains-slow-six/recovery-remains-slow-six.jpg?size=500&imageId=9342959″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] It has been slow going. Only two per cent of the pledges made in March, when the memories were still fresh, have been fulfilled. [picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Haiti&iid=9342962″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9342962/recovery-remains-slow-six/recovery-remains-slow-six.jpg?size=500&imageId=9342962″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] Shamefully (but sadly not […]

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Fashion Society

Haitian designer Hassan Pierre in Vogue!

We love to see island folk doing big things so we were very happy to read about Haitian-American designer Hassan Pierre…  in the May issue of US Vogue, no less!   While folks may not always associate Haiti with haute couture, Pierre, who is a 22 year old grad of Parson’s School of Design, has fashion […]

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Model behaviour: Naomi for Haiti, Jeneil’s nude cover & more

Islandista born and descended models have started 2010 as busy as they were in 2009. The queen of them all, Brit-yaadie Naomi Campbell has been working hard at putting together her annual Fashion for Relief show, which will benefit Haiti this year. She is teaming up with Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for […]

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Island folk part of massive Hope for Haiti telethon

And I can’t tell you how…  how moved I am that everybody cares. It means a lot because for so long, no one cared. For so long, no one knew us. And this really means a lot. – Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Those were the words from a tearful Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon earlier this week on Larry King […]

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UPDATED: Wyclef under attack: doubts raised about Yele Haiti

It  has been less than a week since Haiti, a member of our Caribbean family, was hit by an absolutely devastating earthquake. But already the cynics’ chorus is tuning up. On Thursday (two days after), The Smoking Gun website launched a salvo with an article entitled ‘Wyclef Jean Charity’s Funny Money’, claiming that Jean’s Yele […]

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Oh Ayiti…

There are no words we really have tonight to express the sorrow and dread we feel for our Caribbean sisters and brothers in Haiti after the earthquake which hit hours ago. I’m sure every true Caribbean person felt the same way: “Why Haiti? Of all places, why Haiti?” Is like … oh gawd nah… dey […]