KiKi Layne is using fashion as a way to break boundaries as a Black star.
The actress, who's currently wowing in Netflix's The Old Guard, isn't afraid to take risks when it comes to her red carpet style.
At her debut Met Gala in 2019, she was dressed in top-to-toe Gucci, styling her sparkling fringed dress with chunky sandals and sunglasses.
"Fashion is another opportunity for me to break through boundaries and to be seen wearing things. It's not lost on me to have the ability to be wearing custom Dior or Gucci, with my box braids or my bantu knots," she told Stylist. "It's another opportunity to show that Black girls belong in these places and that what I naturally bring as a Black girl belongs as well. The texture of my hair, my skin tone; it does work, you don't have to change. But historically we've seen fashion try to change that: straighten your hair, thrown on a super straight silky wig, lighten your skin tone."
The 28-year-old, who also starred in If Beale Street Could Talk and will be seen in the upcoming Coming 2 America, is hopeful her star power can change the narrative surrounding high-end fashion.
"I like to be a part of the conversation that shows that is completely unnecessary and these brands need to expand their horizons of what does a Gucci girl or a Dior girl or Chanel girl look like? It can reflect me with my multi-coloured braids, and my chocolate skin," she stated.
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