Fashion Icon Files: Blaque

Late 1990's, early 2000's girl group Blaque was quintessential futuristic Black girls magic. Blaque standing for Believing in Life and Achieving a Quest for Unity in Everything was formed in the late 1990's featuring singers Shamari Fears, Brandi Williams, and the late Natina Reed. The trio was signed under late TLC rapper Left Eye's production company and according to The Source, they were even first featured in Lil' Kim's 1997 "Ladies Night" music video (a tidbit I just found out and that's one of my favorite videos ever!).

The three songbirds brought the world pop with Black girl style which was so dope because at the time, the genre was dominated by non-Black singers like Britney Spears, Christina Aguleria, and Madonna. During that era, there was a major shift in the industry where mainstream artists were transforming music videos and overall style into a futuristic aesthetic, especially upon the new millennium year 2000 craze. 

Blaque definitely took this aesthetic to the next level, especially with the guidance and mentorship of Left Eye, who was always known for her own eclectic steelo. Natina even embodied Left Eye from style to musicianship. Here's a look into their iconic styles:


UNCONFIRMED: Natina Reed, Of R Group Blaque, Dead At 32 (PHOTOS)

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Blaque

What I love most about Blaque's style is the fusion of  pop, punk, and futurism all piled together. Eventually as the ladies got older, their styles became more mature, but the funky, colorful, out of this world style will forever be my favorite! Rest in Power Natina Reed.



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6 comments:

  1. This blog post brought back so many memories! I remember their style but didn't think of it the war you described it. Listen, you were right on point!!! I'm like how did I miss this lol.

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  2. I use to love them now I gotta go and listen to a few of their songs because this is the era I grew up in. Miss this style too funky and being unique
    Kita

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  3. I so remember them, and back in the day 808 was my jam. It is crazy that one is married to Ronnie of New Edition.

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  4. Wowww this is way before my time but they look fierce! I also love what their name stands for.

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  5. Oh the 90s! What a decade for fashion and female icons. LOVE it and hope some of this fierceness comes back.

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  6. Thanks for doing this Blaque tribute post. They were amazing and I still do not think they get enough recognition they were the mini TLC - I loved them so much and RIP to Natina Reed so young.

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