The Zoe Report

Afropunk Brooklyn Beauty Street Style Is Better — And Bolder — Than Ever

It’s almost inevitable: By the time April rolls around, you’re inundated with thousands of stories on festival beauty. Fast forward to the dog days of summer, and you’ve probably seen enough glittery highlighter and unicorn hair “inspo” to last you three lifetimes. There’s an exception to the rule, though — and that’s Afropunk. The music festival is obviously open to all, but known as a safe space for Black people to celebrate their heritage — one that’s frequently ignored yet constantly appropriated. And, while Afropunk’s beauty street style is reason enough to go, you’ll also find plenty of great tunes (this year’s lineup included Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Miguel, for starters) as well as an eyeful of African wax prints straight from the continent. And the beauty will always be a step up from your typical glitter brows and neon two-toned lips.

“It sounds so typical, but it’s so important to come to a space — such a large space — and see myself,” Chanelle Marshall, a sound selector from Toronto, tells The Zoe Report. “On billboards, TV, when you look on your phone, everywhere you go… you have to curate your life to see yourself in this western society. And it sucks. Afropunk is an experience I want to have every day.”

And sure, we spotted our fair share of well-placed glitter and curls in every color imaginable. (It wouldn’t be a festival without ‘em, right?) but the real standout looks all boasted a single theme: pride. Ahead, hear the stories behind them — and find some inspiration for your next totally casual, not-at-all extra Monday evening.

 

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