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Islandistas we love: Tamu McPherson the fashionista photographer

Equal parts style star and style spotter, photographer Tamu McPherson is a fashion favourite whose influential street style blog All the Pretty Birds is cited by Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and beloved by celebrities such as Tracee Ellis Ross. The Jamaican-born, New York-raised fashion blogger moved to Milan in 2005 with her Italian husband 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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Islandista on the rise: the versatile Naomie Harris

When the red carpet season gets started next Sunday, January 12 with the Golden Globe Awards, expect to start seeing a lot of islandista actress Naomie Harris. With her strong Jamaican mother and (sadly absent) Trinidadian father, Naomie has been on our our radar at Islandista for years now. However, it is in the last […]

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Looking ahead to Fashion Week!

It’s upon us again islandistas! Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is here and that means we are on the hunt once again for islandista fabulousness and style. We’ll be looking out for islandistas like Jourdan Dunn, Melodie Monrose and Cora Emmanuel on the catwalks. We will keep a keen eye out for the collections […]

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Say it ain’t so…VCB tests positive for banned diuretic

It’s been over two days since I first heard the news and I still cannot believe it. I have to write this post in the first person because this is personal. I have admired VCB for so long – have sung her praises right here on Islandista so many times. So words are inadequate to describe how […]

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Jeneil Williams in new Jean Paul Gaultier ad campaign

The stunning Jamaican Jeneil Williams is featured in Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest ad campaign which is inspired by his pop culture muses of the 70s and 80s. I love the concept with Jeneil as Grace Jones, Hannelore Knuts as David Bowie, Ginta Lapina as Madonna (wearing a spin on Madonna’s iconic conical bra which Gaultier […]

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‘I Am An Islandista’ featuring Nikeisha Boothe & Kimberley Lue Lim of ‘I Love JA’

Yayyy! We’re super excited about this interview. We featured their hot, boasy, islandista-ful tees last week and now here they are – the islandistas behind the ‘I Love JA’ line – Kimberley Lue Lim and Nikeisha Boothe. One thing comes across clearly from these two 20-something islandistas – they really do love Jamaica – a deep pride […]

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New girls Melodie, Ornelia & Alyssah @ NYFW!

  Islandistas, it’s that kinda time again – Fashion Season! New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday at a brand new location – Lincoln Center. And with the new location and new season, comes a host of new runway talent and as per usual, we are back to poring through the web pages of style.com […]

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Terror in Tivoli and women’s role

And so islandistas, it has come to this. The ugly, jagged and dark side of the Caribbean’s ultimate Jekyll and Hyde island has been unveiling itself in all its horror over the last week as the forces of Dudus have been unleashed against the Jamaican state. Dramatic? Not really. A state of emergency was declared in Kingston […]

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Island combination – Gyptian feat. Nicki Minaj on ‘Hold Yuh’ remix

Seems like islandista Nicki Minaj is all over the place these days (except on tour with fellow islandista Rihanna on the Last Girl tour). The latest track that she’s on is a remix to Gyptian’s stripped-down hit Hold Yuh where Nicki spits a little patwa in her verse which opens the track. People either seem to […]