The #BlackLivesMatter movement is not only a political statement to bring awareness to the injustices of brown women and men by police officers, but it is a lifestyle.

Wearing the names of lost ones on your back is a literally act for a quartet of magically women during #NYFW.


The city got an unapologetic face-lift after the squad used their fashions for activism. Black girl magic realness was in full effect, as these brown-skinned beauties paraded the streets of New York City. The fashions included: hand painted messages on denim, sequins, and leather goods. Their uniform consisted of monotone looks, smiles, and hairstyles for the Gods! Its safe to say this quartet of women were definitely in Formation. The campaign, coined as  #SlayForAChange is organized and created by Shayla Hill. The campaign was developed to educate and deliver social change through Fashion.
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Shayla Hill, creator of #SlayForAChange. Image via Instagram.

The vision and purpose of creating Slay for a Change came from combing my love for fashion with the issues I’m most passion about. -Shayla Hill
Mandee: I am ___, and I ___…
I am Shayla Janel and I am a blogger/stylist and owner of Wear My Chic.
 
Mandee: Why was it so important to make a bold statement and to educate others?
Shayla: I felt like this was so important because these are issues that still way heavy on my heart. And I hate how when an incident occurs that people are outraged and a week later the “hype” is gone. I feel it’s gone because perhaps people feel they’ve done all that they could do. But for me I felt like there was more I could do. 
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l-r, @thefancygoddess Labrea Sharneice, @randomandchic Shayla Hill, @apriljoi April Joi, and @slaymskaye Kaye Washington. Image via Instagram.

M: Explain your vision and purpose for creating #SlayForAChange.
 S: The vision and purpose for creating Slay for a Change came from combing my love for fashion with the issues I’m most passion about.
M: Describe your experience wearing the garments and sending a message.
 S: The experience was so amazing. I think the unity of the four women made the statement that much more powerful. We had a few side eye stares but it was amazing.  
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Image via Instagram.

This experience was an eye opener for me. I learned that their is power in Sisterhood, as well as surrounding yourself with people that believe in you! With all that I say, ‘Soul Ain’t Dead!’Kaye Washington, one of the women from the quartet and owner of Washington Ave.
M: I read that you and your sister are creating a short film entitled Fashion Weak. Could you give us some details about the film and what inspired it?  
 S: The film will bring the issue of fashion and racism to the forefront. I was inspired by my own experiences as a black woman that loves fashion. What it’s like to love the art but not the industry. 

The love and support that I have received within the past 24 hours is truly overwhelming. #slayforachange is truly a passion project that doesn't just end at #nyfw. My sister @apriljoi (who is also the director) and I are producing a documentary entitled, Fashion Weak. The film will not only follow the events of fashion week. It will also address the lack of diversity, cultural appropriation and the silence surrounding melanin issues within the fashion industry. It tells my story and perspective on my first love which is Fashion. Thank you again for all the love and let's keep reposting these images of Black Girl Magic, unity and sisterhood. #slayforachange Special thank you to @iamcurtis the filmmaker and to @apriljoi @slaymskaye @thefancygoddess for believing in my vision and being brave!

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M: As a stylist, did you personally piece everyone’s monotone looks, or was it a group effort?
 S: I styled each look for each girl with the help of Kaye Washington. Most of the items are from my own closet and also pieces from Washington Ave, Kaye’s online boutique.
                                       M: Who painted the powerful messages on the garments?                                          S: Soul ain’t dead Denim was from Washington Ave. The rest of the items I personally hand painted on them statements that I knew would be bold and daring. 
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The brown beauties posing at show during #NYFW. Image via Instagram.

M: What’s next for the #SlayForAChange campaign, and were can readers receive more information?

S: What’s next for me is the documentary! I feel like this type of film is long over due. As for #SlayForaChange I hope next fashion week to see more and more girls banding together to make a statement. I can’t do this alone….I need everyone to keep passing this torch. My hope is that it becomes global. 

Stay update with Shayla and her inspirational movement through Instagram @randomandchic and her blog, RandomandChic.