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The Power of Style

How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

by Christian Allaire

tagged: fashion, aboriginal & indigenous, customs, traditions, anthropology
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Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.

As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are never just clothes. Men’s heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author

Christian Allaire is an Ojibwe writer who grew up on the Nipissing First Nation reserve in Ontario, Canada. His writing has appeared in ELLE, FLARE, and VOGUE, among other outlets. He is based in New York City.

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Contributor Notes

Power of Style Profiles and Contributions:

  • Alim Latif, shoe designer,  London, England
  • Anita Fields, Osage and Muscogee (Creek) artist,  Tulsa, OK
  • Anita Riggs, aka Tranquil Ashes, cosplayer, Baltimore, MD
  • Bethany Yellowtail, Crow and Northern Cheyenne designer, Los Angeles, CA
  • Billy Porter, actor, NYC, NY
  • Casey Nichole, cosplayer, Cleveland, OH
  • Chelene Knight, owner of Learn Writing Essentials and Breathing Space Creative, Vancouver, BC
  • Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer, Vogue, Nipissing First Nation/ NYC, NY
  • Durrant Santeng, longtime wearer of braids and other natural styles, Brooklyn, NYC, NY
  • Elaine Mokk, YouTuber who posts videos about her ongoing struggle with acne, Toronto, ON
  • Halima Aden, Somali-American model, NYC, NY
  • Halisma Hossinzehi, henna artist, East Gwillimbury, ON
  • Haatepah Clearbear, model/Kumeyaay, Pai Pai, Chicimeca-Guamare, Los Angeles, CA
  • Henry Bae, shoe designer, NYC, NY
  • Ivan Lam, makeup YouTuber, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jackie Aina, Nigerian-American beauty YouTuber,  Los Angeles, CA
  • James Jones, Cree dancer and performer, Edmonton,  AB
  • Jamie Okuma, Indigenous fashion artist, Pauma Valley, CA
  • Jennifer Bear Medicine, Indigenous makeup artist based on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT
  • Justine Carreon, editor, NYC, NY
  • Kaptain76, aka Kap, plus-size cosplayer, Southern CA
  • Leah Vernon, Muslim fashion influencer, a model, and author, NYC, NY
  • Melanie Elturk, hijab fashion designer, NYC, NY
  • Modupe Oloruntoba, writer and editor based in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nyma Tang, beauty influencer, Dallas, TX
  • Olloum, sportswear hijab label, founded in Scotland
  • Philip Bread, model/Comanche, Kiowa, and Blackfoot, Santa Fe, NM
  • Quanah Style, Vancouver-based Cree queen, Vancouver, BC
  • Shaobo Han, shoe designer, NYC, NY
  • Shirley Melendez, aka Surely Shirley, plus-size Latinx cosplayer, Palm Beach, FL
  • TudungPeople, sportswear hijab label, Malaysia
Recommended Age and Grade
12 to 18
7 to 12
  • Joint winner, Bank Street College of Education’s Book of the Year List
  • Joint winner, Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, YALSA
  • Joint winner, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List
  • Joint winner, Texas Topaz Reading List
  • Joint winner, Best Bets Book List, OLA
  • Short-listed, Cybils Awards
  • Joint winner, Top 10 Arts Books for Youth, Booklist
  • Joint winner, Best of 2021 List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Commended, Eureka Nonfiction Award Honoree, California Reading Association
  • , Yellow Cedar Award
Editorial Reviews

“An offer to preteens and teens that seek to find their bodies, identities, and experiences reflected in the world of fashion and a contribution to non-fiction on fashion that expands its contours.” 

— Canadian Children’s Book News, 08/13/21

“A celebration of humanity.” 

— Black Goddess Reviews, 04/26/21

“Though it tackles heavy topics like cultural appropriation and the importance of representation, The Power of Style is resolutely celebratory.”

— Vogue, 04/22/21

“A gorgeous and enticing book about fashion that will broaden definitions and embraces inclusion.”

— Waking Brain Cells, 06/10/21

“A vibrant read about the connections between fashion, culture, and social justice.” 

— Kirkus Reviews, 02/23/21

“Dazzling and empowering . . . Fab drag queens, genderqueer and BIPOC YouTubers demoing makeup, plus-size and gender-bending cosplayers, men wearing high heels and fem fashion—they’re all here, a proud and dazzling explosion of confetti transforming the landscape.” 

— Booklist, *starred review, 03/02/21

“Edifying and uplifting.”

— BlackBook, 05/11/21

“A visually stunning celebration of self-expression, self-acceptance, and cultural pride.”

— Chatelaine Magazine, 04/21

“The book to appeal to a wide age range. It is important that readers of all ages be given the opportunity to learn that there are others who have had the same or similar experiences of feeling that they were different from their peers because of the way that they looked or dressed. Highly Recommended.” 

— CM Reviews, 02/12/21

“Ultimately a book about empowerment. It champions diversity and self-acceptance through style and encourages readers to discover new ways of expressing themselves.”

— Quill & Quire, 05/21

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