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NATURAL YBF CHICKS: Solange, Corinne Bailey Rae & Esperanza Spalding Rock Their Fro's New York Times STYLE Magazine

If you've ever wondered the proper way to rock a "natural" with an evening gown, The New York Times T Magazine called in Solange, Les Nubians, and Corinne Bailey Rae to pair their naturals with evening wear.  Meanwhile, Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding  appeared on the cover of the mag.  See the pics inside....

In "Nightie Aphorodites" some of R&Bs brightest stars paired their "naturals" with evening wear.  The gorgeous YBF chicks showed off what their mamas gave them in the new style magazine called "T" by New York Times.

Above, Solange rocked a Giambattista Valli dress, Leviev ring and a Cartier ring. Her hair was by Chuck Amos for Bumble and Bumble at Jump and her makeup by Regina Harris for Lancôme Cosmetics.

Helene and Celia Faussart, aka Les Nubians, also posed.  Célia wore a Bottega Veneta dress, Borgioni earrings and Sevan Bicakci rings.  Hélène wore a Bottega Veneta dress, Bulgari earrings and Sevan Bicakci rings.  Their hair was by Gerald DeCock and makeup by Regina Harris.

Corinne Bailey Rae rocked Donna Karan with H. Stern necklaces, a Leviev brooch and Carolina Amato gloves.  Her hair was by Gerald Decock and her makeup by Regine Thorre.  

 

LOVES these pics of the ladies.  WORK.

 

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love each and everyone of the

love each and everyone of the pics ! I have been natural 5 months.My hair had been relaxed since I was four years old. Got tired of the relaxers and the up keep but my hair didn't have the fullness I desired. Since I have been natural my hair is not only full but curly like wow. Ppl need to educate themselves before they judge and claim that there is no way natural hair can be as full thick and beautiful as it is!
Anonymous's picture

love each and everyone of the

love each and everyone of the pics ! I have been natural 5 months.My hair had been relaxed since I was four years old. Got tired of the relaxers and the up keep but my hair didn't have the fullness I desired. Since I have been natural my hair is not only full but curly like wow. Ppl need to educate themselves before they judge and claim that there is no way natural hair can be as full thick and beautiful as it is!
Anonymous's picture

love each and everyone of the

love each and everyone of the pics ! I have been natural 5 months.My hair had been relaxed since I was four years old. Got tired of the relaxers and the up keep but my hair didn't have the fullness I desired. Since I have been natural my hair is not only full but curly like wow. Ppl need to educate themselves before they judge and claim that there is no way natural hair can be as full thick and beautiful as it is!
Anonymous's picture

love each and everyone of the

love each and everyone of the pics ! I have been natural 5 months.My hair had been relaxed since I was four years old. Got tired of the relaxers and the up keep but my hair didn't have the fullness I desired. Since I have been natural my hair is not only full but curly like wow. Ppl need to educate themselves before they judge and claim that there is no way natural hair can be as full thick and beautiful as it is!
Anonymous's picture

Who cares if their wigs are

Who cares if their wigs are fake! It's about encouraging black sisters that if they rock their NATURAL texture.. they too can look flawless! Please wake up people!! it is about embracing AFRO-centric styles and getting it to be respected, celebrated in PUBLICATIONS so young girls can feel proud. Gimme a break!
BrooklynDiva's picture

Why is your natural hair such

Why is your natural hair such a priority?? I'm speaking as a woman with natural hair. Your generation has failed in regard to fighting for what really matters: economic and academic progress for your people; preservation of Black communities and quality Black businesses; you have no united Black congress, the way my grandmother's generation did under the UNIA; Black families and couples are becoming more and more rare; your population is being wiped out slowly but surely with programs that place a Planned Parenthood clinic in every Black neighborhood to ensure that the Black & African tradition of LARGE FAMILIES is snuffed out, so that you don't become a predominant group in America! You have NO MEDIA OF YOUR OWN. So why in the WORLD is your HAIR your priority?? My daughter will feel PROUD as a Black woman/girl/child when her people rise to their rightful state of economic and academic GLORY, and NOT because of the way her hair looks. Young chicks are so twisted. Get your priorities in order, damn!
Anonymous's picture

Should people tune or

Should people tune or everything in the world and only focus on the negative things in life . This is irrelevant. Hair is a big deal for black females thy won't change for years. This is not the place for vent your anger
Anonymous's picture

Should people tune or

Should people tune or everything in the world and only focus on the negative things in life . This is irrelevant. Hair is a big deal for black females thy won't change for years. This is not the place for vent your anger
Anonymous's picture

Should people tune or

Should people tune or everything in the world and only focus on the negative things in life . This is irrelevant. Hair is a big deal for black females thy won't change for years. This is not the place for vent your anger
Anonymous's picture

Should people tune or

Should people tune or everything in the world and only focus on the negative things in life . This is irrelevant. Hair is a big deal for black females thy won't change for years. This is not the place for vent your anger
Anonymous's picture

This is neither the time nor

This is neither the time nor place for your post...
Anonymous's picture

There's a place and time for

There's a place and time for everything...you've missed both appointments!!!
Anonymous's picture

There's a place and time for

There's a place and time for everything...you've missed both appointments!!!
Anonymous's picture

There's a place and time for

There's a place and time for everything...you've missed both appointments!!!
Anonymous's picture

There's a place and time for

There's a place and time for everything...you've missed both!!!
Anonymous's picture

Off your high horse,

Off your high horse, sweetheart. All this "you you you" and "your your your." Where is YOUR responsibility? Where did YOUR generation fail? What are YOU, personally, doing right now to uplift Black communities other than spew on an internet comment board about fashion and hair? If this topic is so unimportant to you, why did you even click on the article? Just to come in here and talk down to people? Your daughter is sooo lucky to have someone so positive, uplifting and productive with her time as her mother. Why don't you have this conversation with your daughter? The problems of a nation are obviously her fault, since she's young.
Puh-LEASE's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

Your comment brings tears to

Your comment brings tears to my eyes. It makes me want to cry for this world, and for this misguided generation who thinks that the fight is over. If something isnt embraced my the mainstream it must not be worth pondering over. I do however think that something as simple as hair and the fight that ensues with the person who choses to go natural is important; definitely not as high a priority as social and economic change, but it goes a long way toward helping reshape the theory of beauty and being black. At 29, I think that we should continue to stress the importance of being earnest, but we should also celebrate our uniqueness.
Diadria Raquel Robinson's picture

This particular article is

This particular article is about hair & fashion. Every race of people have problems but we do as human beings like to stop and partake in something other than our sorrows. Please relax. No pun intended.
Anonymous's picture

Who cares if their wigs are

Who cares if their wigs are fake! It's about encouraging black sisters that if they rock their NATURAL texture.. they too can look flawless! Please wake up people!! it is about embracing AFRO-centric styles and getting it to be respected, celebrated in PUBLICATIONS so young girls can feel proud. Gimme a break!
Shayla's picture

I love Esperanza Spalding and

I love Esperanza Spalding and Corinne Bailey Rae. They look beautiful. Rocking a natural is hard work. Make no mistake. I stopped perming in 2009 but your hair is thick and unruly :)
Mz. Opinionated's picture

Corinne is my absolute

Corinne is my absolute favorite.
GlitterGun's picture

I think all 3 ladies look

I think all 3 ladies look fabulous !!!
MissJackieM's picture

Did you think Erykah Badu,

Did you think Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and Lauryn Hill all wore their own hair? You are misinformed. Yes they did not wear relaxers, but they all wore lots of extensions (especially until their hair grew out to a certain length or if they didn't wish to color it. When extensions, weaves, or wigs are done properly viewers don't know what they are looking at - that's the point. All the ladies look beautiful. That's enough and that's all.
SweetDivaT's picture

very nice... and all these

very nice... and all these ladies are rocking their own hair, solange's fro is bigger than this, its packed down it looks like... stop hating and wash out that weave glue LOL
Open your eyes n close your mouth's picture

Well can't speak for all

Well can't speak for all these women but for the comments suggesting these women aren't sporting their natural hair Corinne Bailey Rae certainly is.
Bubbles's picture

Solange is riding on her

Solange is riding on her sister's fame. That's not an accomplishment.
Anonymous's picture

Wrong! Solange is involved in

Wrong! Solange is involved in the music industry and her single "I decided" is my all time favorite! Black women can't wait to put their own people down. Even a young woman who is trying to do her thing. So what if her older sister is a star? Thats even better! It helps to be related to people in high places and thats her luck. What have you done lately thats so great and worthy of a shout out?
Anonymous's picture

Is it her fault her sister is

Is it her fault her sister is famous? How could she EVER be seen has NOT riding her sisters coat tails. She is the complete opposite of her sister in music and style. what more do you want from her?
:-('s picture

I think she's going out of

I think she's going out of her way not to. She's talented and beautiful in her own right. And she's her own person. Go Solo!
JuneMoonPearl's picture

Whats so natural about them,

Whats so natural about them, they are wearing wiggs
Anonymous's picture

We slap extentions, weaves in

We slap extentions, weaves in perms in our kids hair so early now, that they don't even recognize hair in it's natural state. SAD....
JuneMoonPearl's picture

You must be a permed head.

You must be a permed head. That's why you don't know natural hair when you see it.. Thank goodness I got off that creamy crack bandwagon in 2009, I chopped all my perm out and have a head full of beautiful, thick and most importantly, healthy hair.. I hope all black women see the light and have the courage to go natural..our hair is so versitile, we can do a lot with natural hair as opposed to limp, over processed straightened, dyed, fried and laid to the side hair..These women are all natural, and all beautiful.. Watch and learn!
Lolly's picture

I don't have a perm I have a

I don't have a perm I have a relaxer and if natural hair works for you then great! No need to suggest that all black people see the 'light' and go natural as you did, people do what's best for them they shouldn't be made to feel that they must go natural or they are not black...
Relax's picture

Thank you, thank you for

Thank you, thank you for saying that! I get so sick and tired of people with natural hair trying to shove their ideas of relaxed hair down our throats. I think women with natural hair is beautiful, but for me, I prefer my hair relaxed. It works for me. Having natural hair takes a lot of time and patience to work with and I personally don't want to wear my hair that way....
CurlyGyrl's picture

If you do your research on

If you do your research on each person..you would know how ignorant that comment is. It's almost as if you are saying there is no way their natural hair can get that long, it must be a wig.
BlueValentine's picture

Very useful information,

Very useful information, Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.
Herve Leger Dress's picture

I love all of the pics. They

I love all of the pics. They all look fabulous. Doesn't appear that Solange is feeling this shoot. She's a bad girl. She's not working the whole look. Don't like that LN are sitting or in positions that don't show the gown. Really disappointed with pics of Solange. She's a bad girl.
Anonymous's picture

CBR, Les Nubians and

CBR, Les Nubians and Esperanza look elegant. Solange, well, I like her hair, but the dress is just tragic. I love her for being different and I love her music. At least her hair looks good.
A Fan's picture

Love Esperanza! She's a BAD

Love Esperanza! She's a BAD chick! And, personally, I love Solange's dress and the little fro. She can rock something like that and get away with it.
Anonymous's picture

LOVE these pics! All of the

LOVE these pics! All of the ladies look fabulous, Solange reminds me of Minnie Ripperton in her picture.
NY Seedy's picture

How is this a natural shoot

How is this a natural shoot when half of these woman aren't wearing their natural hair? #justsayin
angelita's picture

ure an idiot

ure an idiot
ablacktv.com's picture

Why am I an idiot for

Why am I an idiot for speaking the truth? Sorry if the truth hurts. I thought the whole point of being natural is to be just that. So before you comment and call someone names educate yourself IDIOT!
angelita's picture

I'm natural, your apparently

I'm natural, your apparently not, she's calling you an idiot because again, too manynpermed heads out there that haven't seen their own natural hair since they were a small child, and don't remember what their own natural , non-chemically processed hair looks like and they got the nerve to try and say these women aren't showing their own natural hair in all it's glory.. Your an idiot.
Lolly's picture

You clearly have issues and

You clearly have issues and sound very insecure. First educate yourself about these woman, second learn how to spell and last instead of coming at me like psycho bob about not knowing what natural hair is do your RESEARCH! I have great respect for each and every one of these woman and I love the fact that this article is featured but I feel it's sending a mixed message when clearly everyone in this shoot isn't natural.
angelita's picture

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