Oh Hey Fatoumata Diawara!
It is very often the case that people we consider to be stylish usually end up wearing something that approximates a uniform. Not in the sense that it’s compulsory, but because they have found that they feel most themselves wearing whatever it is they’re in. And once you feel most like yourself wearing something, it seems the logical reaction is: why would you wear anything else?
We kick off this series with an extraordinary musician, Fatoumata Diawara, a Malian singer who lives in France. I came across her magical voice by way of Pandora and have been a fan since the very first time I heard her sing. Having been introduced first to her voice, I didn’t have any expectations of what she would look like when I Googled her one time to learn more about her. Staring back at me from the global reaches of the e-universe were images of an incredibly striking woman, who as it turns out, was usually wearing a variation of the same thing.
Here’s the Fatoumata formula:
- Her hair is usually wrapped in colorful printed fabric.
- Her arms are bare—she often wears strapless, corset-like tops that show her both décolleté and arms, other times it’s just a tank top.
- She adorns her upper arms with bracelets, as well as wearing bracelets in their natural habitat (i.e. wrists).
- She accessorizes with shells.
- She wears a lot of color.
- Her makeup is a swipe of blue over the eyes and a touch of purple on the lips.
If you think she is a feast for the eyes, just listen to her sing. Here are a few of my favorites.