She wore a strapless white dress with the faces of Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, and Lauryn Hill drawn onto the gown’s full skirt. The 17-year-old tells Teen Vogue that she was inspired by designer Kyemah McEntyre‘s dress for the 2016 BET Honors, adding that she loved the idea of having artwork on her own dress. “I’ve always been very inspired by those three women and what they stand for,” Aishamanne said of Erykah, Angela, and Lauryn. “I love Erykah Badu’s music…her spirituality, [and] the way that her energy speaks to mine. Listening to her music and her words makes me feel at home, so I wanted to pay homage to her for making black girls like me feel loved and represented. Lauryn Hill’s unapologetic blackness has always inspired me as well; I’ve admired her skillful lyricism and soulful music since my childhood. I’ve also learned a lot from Angela Davis. I consider myself to be an intersectional feminist, and from studying her words and life, I’ve learned a lot about feminism, race, and class.
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