For anyone reading Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” — you know that the former First Lady has been a boss since day one. If you’re not reading it, you should, like right now. The memoir is a touching and inspirational look at how this woman formed into a confident, sassy, incredible, and admirable leader of the world. As she continues on her record-selling memoir tour, Mrs. Obama is bringing show-stopping looks.
Obama’s book tour is a fashion runway for this former First Lady.
She’s been serving some amazing looks.
She’s always been stylish, but this year she is taking it to another level.
On May 11, Michelle Obama showed up at her book event in Atlanta wearing this incredible bustier, and we were beside ourselves.
The New York Post reports that Obama was wearing a Sergio Hudson-inspired “custom silk crepe two-piece” with a black sequin bustier top by Christy Rilling Studio, her “personal tailor since 2009.”
And we cannot deny how much she resembles Selena Quintanilla with her purple and black outfit.
Selena is the queen of bustier tops, after all.
We’re not the only ones who saw the resemblance.
Selena would be proud.
Yeah, we thought of Selena’s dad too.
She wears it with so much class too!
During her Q&A with Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, Obama talked to audiences about the importance of being president, which we took as some much welcomed shade toward President Donald Trump.
“Being president is hard and it’s dangerous because there are no easy answers to any of this stuff,” she said, according to Oprah magazine. “It requires intelligence and it requires understanding history. You’ve got to have the temperament and patience.” Umm, yes!!
She added, “As a mother what you do not understand if you’re asking me to run, is the toll it takes on the people around the president. It is a heavy ask. My children are graceful, wonderful, and they are champions to have made it through eight years alive on the other end of this. I am grateful.”
We are grateful to you, Michelle, and your amazing fashion sense.
Acrylic nails have been a long-time fashion staple. Many of us have those early memories of a tía, a vecina, mom, etc., rocking the long red nails. Today, fake nails are not just a passing fad, but they have become an essential part of pop-culture, wearable art. Most famously, Cardi B (who has worn acrylics since before she was famous and has remained loyal to her same nail artist Jenny Bui) is one of the celebrities that has captivated the world which her famous “sets” which, no doubt, has inspired millions of fans.
Acrylic nails have always and will continue to be a woman’s strongest style accessory.
One of the most iconic sets is part of a special exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Back in the 90s, Lil Kim (the original Queen Bee) asked her manicurist – celebrity nail artist Bernadette Thompson – to add something different to the nail design for a photoshoot for the Junior M.A.F.I.A. single “Get Money.” Thinking on her feet, Thompson cut up a dollar bill and…the rest is history. Thompson is credited with moving nail art into the world of high fashion since she often had to fight against editors of Vogue, and other big-name fashion magazines, to feature the nail designs worn by the artist.
They can tell any story you want and make any statement you can imagine.
However, acrylics have been here long before celebrities and Instagram. One of the most famous manicures has even held Olympic gold, thanks to Hall of Famer, Florence Griffith Joyner. “Flo Jo” – still considered the fastest women in history – not only was she an iconic Olympian, but she was also known for her distinctive fierce style and nails.
If we look at the history of nail art, India is the first to put color on the map in 5000 B.C. and are credited with being the ones to dip fingertips in red henna, a practice which is still seen today.
Different cultures across the world have incorporated acrylic nails.
But where did the concept of acrylic nails come from? The earliest traces can be found somewhere around 3000 B.C between Egypt and China. We can thank ancient Egyptians for almost every aspect of the beauty and cosmetics that we use today. They also introduced the notion of associating red with power and nobility. Noblemen and women would use berries to add red hues to their nails and if anyone from the lower class was caught with red nails, they were put to death. It is believed that the ancient royal Egyptians used ivory, gold, and bone to create extensions of their nails. Shorter nails implied that you needed your hands available to work, therefore, longer nails became a symbol of status, wealth and non-laboring hands.
Around the same time period, the ancient Chinese were the first to make a “permanent color stain” that would taint nails the same as nail polish does today. Here is also where we have the closest example to modern-day acrylics. The earliest dynasties created elaborate “fingernail guards” which gave the appearance of exaggerated long nails. The nail extensions were made of gold and precious gems; and as with the ancient Egyptians, long nails became a symbol of a someone that did not need their hands free for manual labor and therefore became a symbol of the ruling class. The ornate nails were usually worn on one hand, covering each finger (except the thumb) and only the most elite wore fingernail guards on both hands.
In both Egypt and China, higher-ranking men and kings also sported the acrylics and nail polish. When King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, among his treasures they found the royal red nail coloring still in a sealed bottle, and the paint was still good.
Ancient Greece also got in on early acrylic nails. They believed in the healing energy of the moon and favored the appearance of moon shape nails. Greek women would place pistachio nut shells over their nails and in order to give a pleasing round appearance.
In South America, the Incas of Peru, are said to have been the first to have actually created nail art, by adding a decorative element – an eagle – to their nails.
Over time, artificial nails were slowly making their way throughout Europe and eventually made their way across the ocean.
In 1934, Dr. Maxwell Lappe – a dentist from Chicago – was working on a remedy to help his patients who bit their nails. Mixing two dental acrylic products – liquid and powder – he created Nu Nails. The mixture was thick and heavy, meant to create a hard nail protective covering.
However, these are the first official artificial nails documented in modern history.
During the 1930s, starlets – like Greta Garbo – often tried to create their own “nail extensions” by wrapping foil around their fingers and then painting the foil red.
In 1957, twenty years after Nu Nails, another dentist – Dr. Frederick Slack – made a breakthrough. As the story goes, he broke his own nail and in order to create a temporary fix, he used dental acrylic and aluminum foil, and accidentally invented the first sculpted acrylic nail. The Slack family went on launch the modern acrylic nail industry and has since created several innovative products, including the first non-yellowing bonding formula, which is still used today.
The nail game is constantly growing and evolving. Today, we are in an acrylic boom again, nails are not only a part of our fashion, but they can also be part of the larger conversation.
Your set can reflect your politics, religion, heritage etc.
Acrylic nails and nail art aren’t going anywhere, they have been here since the days of B.C. and will most likely continue to always be part of our human story. Although women of color in the United States are often chastised for wearing long and elaborate nails, it has never stopped us from doing so, nor should it. We are walking in the traditions of ancient royals and nobility – men and women – so continue to hold your head high, pick your colors, add some bling and don’t be shy; tú dale, and make the ancient world proud…live boldly.
Selena Quintanilla is a pop music icon. Nicknamed the “Queen of Tejano music,” the Mexican American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer was one of the top-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. After winning Best Mexican American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards and releasing another critically-acclaimed album, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar at the height of her success.
While many are familiar with the story of Selena and her sordid romance with her guitarist Chris Perez from the hit film Selena, we thought we’d break down their relationship timeline.
Chris Perez joins Selena y Los Dinos.
In 1989, after lead guitarist Roger Garcia departed Selena y Los Dinos, A.B. Quintanilla III asked Chris Perez to join the band. Chris admired A.B.’s musical arrangements and Los Dinos’ fresh take on Tejano music.
At first, Selena’s manager and father did not like Chris’s hard rock image and feared it would ruin Selena’s “perfect image.” But with bandmembers defending him, and as his tastes evolved, he was welcomed into the band; eventually co-writing some of Selena’s music.
Selena and Chris realize they have feelings for each other.
In 1989, Chris co-wrote Selena’s Coca-Cola commercial jingle. While on vacation with the band in Acapulco, Mexico, Chris and Selena realized they had feelings for each other. However, Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio at the time. The pair tried to stay away from each other but eventually gave in to their impulse to be together. The two confessed their love at Pizza Hut, which is adorable.
Was Chris bad for Selena’s wholesome image?
In 1991, Chris was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding in Texas leading to a physical altercation between him, his cousin, and the police. Chris was arrested but later released without charge. When he confessed the incident to Abraham and Selena it helped him build their trust, but only aided in cultivating his “bad boy” image.
That same year, Chris and a couple of road crew members of Selena y Los Dinos began drunkenly wrestling in a hotel room. The three of them trashed the room. Selena was so furious she broke off her relationship with Chris, but she and Abraham forgave him.
A secret relationship.
Selena and Chris knew they had to hide their relationship from her disapproving father, Abraham Quintanilla. However, Selena was resistant and wanted to tell her family. When Selena’s sister Suzette told Abraham about their relationship, Abraham kicked Chris off the tour bus. Despite the drama, Selena and Chris stayed together in secret.
Chris is fired from the band.
One day, Abraham ambushed Chris and Selena while they were alone on the tour bus. He told Selena they had to break up, but Selena fought back with Chris’ help. Abraham threatened to disband the group but just fired Chris instead. Selena wanted to run off with Chris, but her father thwarted her efforts.
Selena and Chris elope.
On April 2, 1992, Selena barged into Chris’ hotel room. The “Dreaming of You,” singer couldn’t stand to be without Chris and demanded they get married. Chris didn’t think Abraham would approve, but Selena was adamant her father would never attend a planned wedding anyway. Selena believed getting married would show Abraham they were serious about each other. The two eloped that day in Nueces County, Texas.
Abraham finds out about the secret wedding.
Selena hoped to keep their marriage a secret, but it was announced on the radio within a few hours of the ceremony. The two ran away together. At first Abraham was furious, but eventually, as Selena predicted, he accepted that two were husband and wife. He apologized and asked Chris to rejoin Selena y Los Dinos.
In 1995, Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar. After becoming one of Selena’s closest confidantes, Saldívar embezzled money from the boutique and fan club. She denied the accusations after meeting with Selena and Chris.
When Selena discovered Saldívar had given her incorrect documents, she arranged to meet with her the next morning. On March 31, 1995, Selena met Saldívar at her motel where the thief falsely claimed she was raped, a fact that was proven when Selena had her examined by doctors. The two returned to Saldívar’s motel room where Selena fired her. As Selena turned to leave, Saldívar shot her in the back.
The aftermath of losing his wife.
In 2017, Chris shared a copy of his marriage license with Selena to commemorate their 25 year anniversary.
“Obviously, Selena’s impact on the world is still being felt today…as it deserves to be. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the event to my messages and on my timeline. On another note, it’s hard to believe that today marks 25 years since Selena and I decided that the only way to be together…was to run away and get married (at 20 and 22 years old) in secret,” he wrote.
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