Alma

Alma

Alma, she’s a waitress in her parent’s restaurant in Jamaica, Iowa. Called “Nacho’s,” it would seem it advertised what it sells but it was truly named after her father, Ignacio, whom they called “Nacho” for short. Her parents opened the restaurant after they moved to Iowa, and she was born in Des Moines and raised in Jamaica.

This is what Alma wants you to know: yes, she is a US Citizen and no, she doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. She says “warsh” instead of “wash” just like every other person in Guthrie County. The tacos her dad makes for the farmers? He uses Taco Bell seasoning he buys in bulk. The tortillas are made in a factory in Des Moines from true blue Iowan wheat and corn. Her parents—Ignacio and Rosita Flores—moved here from Texas, where they were both born.

When she was a little girl, Alma wanted straight thick blonde hair and blue eyes just like her friend, Justine, which much closer to being a real princess than she was with her kinky brown hair and brown skin. Until she went away to school at the University of Iowa, she didn’t even put a name to her difference but now she knows what she is—Chicana. And her dream is to leave Iowa someday and find out what that really means. For now she helps Rosita and Ignacio with Nacho’s, serving up tacos and burritos to hungry farmers and laughing with them when they ask for her green card.

Alma

This was Alma’s Cinco de Mayo outfit this year—a short top and colorful skirt, which was perfect on unusually warm May evening. (By the way.. Cinco de Mayo? Totally American. Sells a lot of tacos.) Her top, from Mala Oh, features and orange bodice and sleeves with ties, making it look very light and comfortable. Her skirt is a colorful ethnic piece she got in Iowa City, made by Trill Zapatero to benefit Afghan women. (Visit Trill’s store in world to find out more and see a virtual Afghanistan. All proceeds from sales go to the “Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan” (RAWA).) Her shoes are also from Trill, however I was able to fit them OVER Siddean Munro’s bare feet by using the “add” feature available in V2 and Firestorm. No longer do you need to wear system feet because of multiple attachment.

Alma

Alma is made possible by the artistry of Anzhela Karsin. I have been fascinated with this set of skins and their opportunity for making beautiful women of color in world. This time I wore the skin over my own shape and Alma was born. My hair is a beautiful kinky masterpiece from Keri Clip.

Alma

“No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country…we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.” ~ Luis Valdez

Hair: [Detour] Torrid – Brown – Hair by Keri Clip for [Detour]

Skin: Rhianna with eyes ultra smokey by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Bronze (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: .:A&M:. Boho Chic Mini Top – Orange-Red – Culture Shock’11 by Mala Oh for .:A&M:. *

Skirt: BoHo HoBo-Banjara long skirt 2 by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Belt: *::UM::* Stone change_Belt by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::* (no longer available)

Earrings: [ glow ] Studio – Folk Green Drop Earrings by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

Shoes: BoHo HoBo Sandals by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Mollena, Redux

Mollena Redux

A few weeks ago I did a blog post called “Mollena,” based on a song by James Hunter, which I had heard while I was taking the photos for the post and rather liked, so I based the whole post on the imaginary Mollena of the song and a  bad girl I grew up with. Turns out there is a RL Mollena, and she left a comment on my blog making claim to her song and asking why I was not showing Mollena with her real race. (She could be full of it but really—how many Mollenas could there be out there?)

So this is for you, darlin’… Mollena Redux.

Mollena Redux

It turns out Mollena is a voice in the BDSM community, making her life from performances and speaking engagements about BDSM and leather. While I am fully cognizant that putting a corset or leather on her might make sense, I preferred to dress Mollena up in something that she might wear when she doesn’t need to wear leather. This chic little dress from Shinichi Mathy does the trick with its modern print and silhouette and soft fur hem. I can truly imagine Mollena putting this on with zebra-print boots like these from Bax Coen and feeling perfectly right, being the cosmopolitan jetsetter she is.

Mollena Redux

I am able to do Mollena right because of the work of Anzhela Karsin. She has opened a skin store called Angel Rock Skins, stocked with skins for African-American women, and in this she has done a great favor. No more do we see the skins of unlikely women of color but the honest, beautiful look of a woman like the RL Mollena. This skin has the right complexion for an African-American woman and terrific lips. It’s amazing work!

This presented a great opportunity to wear one of Mina Nakamura’s creations for Hair Fair 2011. I love these braids so close to the head and the matching hair base. It replicates Mollena’s look to an extent—she has blonder hair. I love this striking look on some women. I paired with sexy eyes from Ikon Innovia, and here is Mollena, complete.

Mollena Redux

“It ain’t just the hair that’s kinky….” ~ Mollena Williams on her blog, The Perverted Negress

Hair: MINA Hair – Kezia – Black & Grey with TanglesWeave_BG01by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hair Fair 2011 *

Skin: Nubian M0-12 no oil by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: SHIKI-dress METROPOLIS by Shinichi Mathy for SHIKI *

Earrings: [ glow ] studio designs – round me by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Nails and ring: [MANDALA]MILKY WAY NAILs&Rings/polly white by Kikunosuke Eel for MANDALA

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Zebra by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *