It’s me again, Afrobella!
I love you. Hopefully you know this by now. Your music has been the soundtrack to my life and your voice has lifted me in my darkest hours. Having said that, I’d love to remind you of the offer I made in my last open letter to you. We need to make this shopping trip happen.
Aunty Aretha (do you mind if I call you aunty? Where I come from it’s a mark of respect and love. And I feel like I know you!) — please let me go shopping with you. I know you’re a beautiful woman but outfits like this right here… so not the biz.
I know, I know — snoods are in right now! I just blogged about wanting a snood this week! But the fur snood with the open coat, over your trademark sparkly dress with spaghetti straps holding on for dear life — put all together, it just doesn’t make sense.
As an animal lover, I can’t condone the fur. Besides being cruel, it can make a big girl look bulky. I’m thinking you realized that, hence leaving the coat open? Just trying to figure it out here. Because it makes no sense. I’m not gonna say you look like a Jim Henson monster (I’ll leave that to my friend Thembi), or a ghetto Eskimo (I’ll leave that to Thicksational)…but I’ll just say this — we both know you can look amazing and that didn’t happen on this particular evening.
I know you’ve clearly got your own fashion sense and I love that about you. Clearly nobody is behind the scenes telling you what to wear. But maybe 2010 would be a good time to leave the newsworthy headgear and in-your-face cleavage behind. I’m not saying any of this to be mean, I just sincerely believe that this is the time to step your fashion game up. As a plus size bella myself, I can identify with your struggle.
Look at your friend Chaka Khan — she’s working with UK plus size line Evans! And setting a gold standard in how you can work plus size fashion at any age. You can do it, Aunty Aretha! I believe in you!
Call me! Let’s get it together!