BHM Fashion Tribute: Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige has maintained a strong, glamorous appearance throughout her years as a successful singer, songwriter and actress.
Her style has transformed along the way, reflecting issues in her personal life and her growth as an artist.
When Mary first broke out on the scene in the early 90s, she was a the epitome of a fly girl – bandannas, baggy colorful clothes and gold chains. Diddy, who was at the time an A&R executive for Uptown Records, crowned her as “the queen of hip hop soul”.
She soon entered a darker phase, rocking sultry makeup and lots of black, and then seemed to get in touch with her softer feminine side as her music lightened up as well.
It was clear with the title of her 2001 album, No More Drama, that Mary was back in a dark place. Her style took a drastic turn, where she showed more skin, experimented with wilder hairstyles and ensembles to match.
In recent years, Mary seems to have become comfortable in her skin, with her previous personal woes being motivation to help others, instead of acting as roadblocks in her life. She has been a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund, opened “The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc.” (FFAWN), and more.
With her ninth hit album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009), Mary seems to be happy, at ease, and her style has naturally matured. The classy beauty we see today can be spotted in creamy neutral colors, sleek leather jackets and boots, elegant red carpet gowns with fresh natural looking makeup and hair.
As she said said in a recent interview with Associated Press:
“I mean I’ve had some disasters, some trials, some errors, some disastrous hair moments and clothing moments, but that’s due to the insecurity in me and not knowing what works for me and trying to do what works for everybody else. But once you fall into what works for you, which is what I did, you can’t go wrong unless you just want to go wrong”.
Check out this recent interview where Mary discusses her latest album, her growth throughout the years and much more: