British Jamaican actress Lashana Lynch made history as the first black female 007 in the historical Bond franchise. No Time to Die, which hit theaters October 8th, is Daniel Craig's 5th and final 007 appearance. He's now passing the torch to Lynch.
She won't be a Bond 'girl' frolicking in the ocean in a bikini, but rather an agent or a spy for the British Secret Intelligence Service. About this historic appointment, Lynch told the LA Times, "We [Black women] know how it feels to be mis- and under-represented and we know how it feels to yearn for someone, anyone in the world to speak our truth for us when we feel like we don’t have a voice. And I’m hoping that my career and my choice in roles and me just being me, authentically, is shining a light on our power.”
Speaking of shining a light on power, rapper and fashionista Cardi B had an epic birthday party in LA to celebrate her 29th, and invited Hollywood glitteratti to partake. Cardi shined in Laurel Dewitt and Chanel accessories:
Another hard to forget sartorial moment from the party? Lizzo in a Matthew Reisman Collection Dress.
While controversial, Lizzo certainly takes agency in her representation, and is quite unapologetic about doing so. True diversity is women of all shapes and sizes expressing themselves however they see fit. Lizzo has an authentic point of view that is powerful in its audacity.
Speaking of power, Queen Garcelle Beauvais showed spectacular poise and restraint in her Monique L'huillier Gown at the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion.
As the first black women in the popular franchise, Beauvais has dealt with disrespect and confusing hostility with unwavering grace. Unlike Lynch in 007, shaking up the status quo isn't always comfortable. However, Garcelle is holding the crown with poise. I personally can't wait for parts 2 and 3 of the Reunion.
Lastly, in Fashion, icon of Diversity Tommy Hilfiger was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars.
Model, Jasmine Sanders, told the crowd, “Everybody thinks it’s a big fun thing to be inclusive now...But this is a man who really started it and opened doors for people and really gave us a stage to walk on and to be us.”
Slowly but surely, a shift is occurring.
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