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As a freelance personal shopper and burgeoning cultural critic/blogger, Marjon balances that very thin line of being both a total bluestocking and fashion geek. She's either gobbling up (and then meticulously dissecting) the recent works of race theory or shipping her clients the season's best. Interestingly enough this all informs her work on style, race, and gender, and keeps the Brown alum quite busy. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her clothes, laptop, and stacks of books.

Read more of her musings at LADYPANTS, the blog.

Entries by Marjon Rebecca Carlos

The Lady Is A Champ: How One Fashion Journalist Rewrote Her Tale Of Victory

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:25 AM


As a fiercely competitive female--with no one in particular but myself--it's incredibly reassuring to learn that victory is a woman. A goddess, actually, if Greek lore serves me correct.

Victory comes baring gifts--laurel wreaths, glory, and all those pleasantries for the champs--but...

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Black Girl Crush Series, Part 4: Shala Monroque

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 6:45 PM

In the recently published third issue of the provocative art/fashion magazine, GARAGE, there is no dearth of fascinating images. The magazine, ferocious in size, literally opens itself up to page after page of expressive and intellectual visual dialogues on the subject of time. Simply checking the contributing page you'll find...

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Black Girl Crush Series, Part 3: Vashtie Kola

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 2:57 PM

To be sure, the allure of the tomboy has stretched over time, mediums, and cultures, the beguiling assemblage of female magnetism and male dominance funneled into a single physical embodiment. Simply look at screen god(desses) Marlene Dietrich and Diane Keaton, jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday, or even Joan of...

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Black Girl Crush Series: Part 2: Darlene & Lizzy Okpo of William Okpo

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 10:24 AM

A fashion insider, who shall remain nameless, once told me that the idea of a Black female fashion collective was an impossibility. The idea of creative like minds -- in its simplest form, a crew, and in its grandest, a nucleus of Black female talent and cool -- could never...

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Black Girl Crush Series Part 1: Estelle

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:43 PM

When I initially wrote "Sisterly Love: The Rise of the Black Girl Crush" I simply wanted to offer a modern reading on the powerful and delightful connection women of color have always shared with one another. Though the term "crush" insinuates an inane, temporal connection with certain subjects,...

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Sisterly Love: The Rise of the Black Girl Crush

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Writer, David Foster Wallace, once wrote that the lives of others are a writer's dinner; they are our sustenance. We observe, analog, and interrogate the sequential series of events, happenstances, and eccentricities of strangers and those closest to us, out of necessity -- not to meddle. Life's oddities are our...

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Pret-a-Parler: Kanye's Debut Conversation With Style

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 4:05 PM

In RJ Cutler's meditative 2009 fashion documentary, The September Issue, Vogue's preeminent Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon Talley, is shown dripping in leather fringe, all six feet and six inches of his imposing frame cloaked under an audacious and signature cape, discussing exactly why he's here in fashion.

Talking a mile a...

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The Styles of Black Folk: How Race, Memory, and Social Media Is Changing Fashion

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 8:57 PM

On the eve of New York Fashion Week, I found myself tipping slowly into the Uptown location of Miu Miu for the Italian luxury brand's Fashion Night Out event with a very tall date on my arm.

We whispered to one another to assuage the apprehensions of such social functions...

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Lady of the Hour: LeToya Luckett Takes on R&B, Love & Self

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 4:18 PM

When sitting down recently to interview R&B singer, LeToya Luckett, I couldn't help but pick up on this certain something about the star, this ineffable quality that makes one want to just root for her. I would never consider the former Destiny's Child bandmember and now successful solo artist...

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(Electrik) Red In The Face: Not Your Mom's All-Girl R&B Group

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 1:12 AM

The last time I wrote here, I waxed on the subject of Beyoncé's split personality cum business marketing scheme, "Sasha Fierce", a phenomenon which more or less fortified her position as the "flyest chick in the game." It was a tipping point, for sure: a pop cultural moment that influenced...

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Beyoncé's Split Personalities

(10) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 3:48 PM

A "robohand" is a hard act to follow, especially when attached to everyone's favorite cyborg, ahem, songbird, Beyoncé Knowles. But even more, it's certainly a difficult act to live up to. With last week's debut of her third-solo album, I Am...Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé attempts just that with what many would...

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