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PInk Slip Interviews Sam Sarpong: BET Host & Tommy Hilfiger Model

Sam Sarpong. In case you haven’t heard of him (even though I’m sure you have), he’s a jack of all trades AND master of all! As a successful model, actor, and recent host for BET, Sarpong is stealthily taking over the entertainment industry! 

Elan Carson: At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to establish yourself as an entertainer? And why was that important to you at that time?

Sam Sarpong: When I was a kid I liked to watch T.V. a lot. One of my favorites was Dukes of Hazard because they drove really fast cars. It was the fast cars on Dukes of Hazard that did it for me. I love what I do and the fact that I can affect so many people’s lives by my work as an entertainer.

EC: Where were you when you first heard the news that you landed a job as a BET host and how did that feel?

SS: It felt great knowing I was going to be hosting the BET Awards. BET had come to me after seeing my work at MTV. I looked forward to it because I had never hosted the BET Awards and it was my first time also attending them.

EC: Who are some of the people that have been crucial in helping you to succeed?

SS: There are several people that help me succeed daily. My father, sister, my publicist Terrance and Nyvia, my management Steve, my hosting agent Melissa, my agent JD, my road manager Brian and the entire Future Stars staff. You are nothing without your team.

EC: Looking back at how far you’ve come, how does it now feel to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man?

SS: It feels great to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man. It’s a true blessing. It shows that if you never give up, things can happen for you.

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EC: If you could look into the future, how do you see your career evolving over the next few years?

SS: In the next few years I see myself running Future Stars Entertainment Group as a management, production company, clothing brand, and just building an empire to create jobs for other people.

EC: How have you changed from your first role as a host to being the face of Tommy Hilfiger to appearing in 60 films?

SS: I haven’t really changed much since my first role as a host and Tommy Hilfiger. It is all the same to me. Entertainment cross references each other, so all the things I do whether it be acting, modeling, hosting or music, they all help build my brand.

EC: Knowing that you possess a variety of talents, what’s the one skill on which you pride yourself the most?

SS: Acting is the one skill I pride myself most on because it is the hardest. When you are acting you are playing someone else so people really judge your work. [With] music and hosting, ultimately you are being yourself. Even if people still judge you, you don’t take it as personal.

 EC: Has race ever been a defining factor in determining if you’re the “right” fit for a position and how have you leveraged being an African-American male in a pre-dominantly Caucasian industry to your advantage?

SS: Race plays a role every single day for me. I have always seen myself not as a color but as a person. There have been many times through my career where they didn’t want a black person for the job, but I walk in the room and with the presence of God they end up wanting me and they don’t even know why. If you strongly believe that you are right for something you will continuously break down barriers.

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Pink Slip Fashion recently had the chance to interview Hollywood’s Renaissance Man,

EC: What’s one trend for men that you think is going out of style and should get the PINK SLIP?

SS: The style for men that should definitely get the Pink Slip is when men wear real colorful shirts like some of the crazy Versace prints. Especially when they are wearing them just because it costs $2,000.00. Clothes don’t make a man, a man makes the clothes.

You can stay up to date with this leading Hollywood Renaissance Man via Twitter: @mrsamsarpong

Not So Pretty In Pink (or Pastel)

A beauty trend you’re probably tired of spotting, Pink Slip was all over this pastel shade coif last year (we even tried our own version of pink dip-dyed locks inspired by master’s Chris Benz and Charlotte Free).

Now, after donning lots of bleach, Kool-Aid inspired hues, and rainbow streaked extensions, let’s take a step back from our metaphorical rosy-color shades this spring/summer and choose a more natural hair hue.

No more chasing rainbows! This look is getting the PINK SLIP.

(photo from weheartit.com)

Nail Down a New Look!

Popularized by the Real Housewives, a splash of a contrast nail color on a solitary finger was big for 2012. People even added a little more drama to this cool trend by tossing in prints and shimmering glitter polish. 

As we’re transitioning seasons, we’re also spotting a transition of this beauty fad that has made it’s way around the style gamut. It’s time to usher back into play uniformity. Be it a solid shade lacquered all the way across your nails or a standout pattern, switch out the one-nail color trend this season. 

We’re giving this look the PINK SLIP.

Queen Bey Needs a Reality Check!

Queen Bey is in need of an “Oops I did it again” moment with a hit single as her latest track “Bow Down” is not playing out so well with the public. Celebrated fashion icon and diva, as well as noted women’s rights supporter, her new track features the repetitious B-word and some odd imagery that’s, quite frankly, scaring us! Come on Beyonce, stop jockin’ Rihanna’s style and get it together…pronto. I’m gonna have to give this song the PINK SLIP!

Sarah Burton: Top Contender to Design Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress

Pink Slip Fashion is proud to report that Sarah Burton is a top contender to design a custom collection of maternity wear for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

Making a successful splash with her first runway show as Alexander McQueen’s successor, creative director Sarah Burton was already on track to become a household name. From hit after hit on the runway, Burton kept in line with McQueen’s signature aesthetic by incorporating embroidered designs and sculptural drama, while also bringing forth her strong sense of craft. Creating an indelibly strong impression within the fashion world, she continued to impress by working with music and style icon Lady Gaga.

As Burton’s résumé grew, so did her fan base, and she’s hit an even higher note by establishing a significant reputation with London’s Royal Family. As designer for Kate Middleton’s iconic long train, white lace wedding dress, Burton is possibly back in the picture to create a most covetable collection of awe-inspiring maternity wear for Middleton. When interviewed on the topic of designing for the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, she replied “I hope I will be.”

We at Pink Slip Fashion hopes so too! We can’t wait to see the line of chiffon embroidered tunics, empire waists, and feminine fit, ribbon trim silhouettes for Middelton’s royally fab collection.

(photos from time.com, mod-tv.com, and samisoni.blogspot.com)

Perks of Being a Wallflower: Sam’s Style

If it isn’t already noted, we at Pink Slip Fashion are huge fans of Emma Watson. From her lovable know-it-all persona and ofttimes brains behind the Harry Potter trio as Miss Hermione Granger to her new role as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, she treads in the offbeat path of her characters, capturing audiences with her uncouth cool.

In her new film,  Perks…., Watson forms another unlikely trio, as her character Sam and step-brother Patrick take in an introverted freshman, Charlie, and together they battle the stomping grounds of high-school.

Though they may easily be mistaken as misfit youth, this dynamic threesome is really on the revolt for a much better reality than the harsher setting of adolescent culture clash inside of school hallways.

Doing this all in style and to the tunes of Bowie, The Beatles, and Sonic Youth, this cinematic adaption of what it’s like to be youthful and simultaneously broken, is heartwrenchingly truthful and marvelous to watch.

To capture some of the spirit of Sam’s preppy-meets-alt style, I’ve compiled some images of slouchy sweaters, maryjanes, lettermen jackets and three staples that you’ll never see her without: opaque tights, some form of plaid, and her signature headband. Have fun recreating her east-coast on revolt aesthetic for your own fall wardrobe.

Style Evolution: Britney Spears

What’s fascinating about pop music is the idealized culture that comes along with it — the identity branded with a celebrity created through lyrics, dance moves, and how an artist dresses on and off the stage. The intention is for listeners to unite and revel in the music collectively. Yet, there has to be a level of sincerity behind a pop star’s image in order for listeners to participate and fully buy into the complete experience of the music.

When I think “Pop Star,” names that come to mind include industry heavy weights Madonna, The Beatles, Michael & Janet Jackson, Prince, Christina Aguilera, and as of late, Lady Gaga. Yet there’s one woman who has made a clear mental imprint. After nearly two decades of simplistic yet ingenious song lyrics, catchy tunes, and unquestionable influence on youth, Britney Spears has more than earned the moniker Pop Princess, but can we also throw in the title fashion icon or is it too soon?

Sure Britney has had numerous memorable costumes, starting with her first hit video “Hit Me Baby One More Time” when she wore a Catholic schoolgirl uniform. Or in the “Oops…I Did it Again” video, she donned her own full length red bodysuit. But she’s rarely pushed the boundaries with her personal image, outside of tanks, shorts, flip-flops and trucker hats. She even states in Elle, “I love my jeans and my sweats-I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup-and hair-ready every time I go out of my house. I’m not a believer in that, you know? On the other hand, when you do wear those sweats, you’re like, Oh God, I should step it up a notch.” Yet with her dual covers on October’s issue of Elle, it seems as if this pop star is reinventing her good-girl-gone-bad-turned-mommy image to include fashion icon as well.

Not only does she embrace her identity as a pop star in this issue, confidently wearing a brief-like pair of rhinestone hot shorts, fishnets, and cropped top with blue leather jacket on one spread, she also expresses her softer mommy-chic side. On the following page, you can find her wearing a viscose blended dress from Bottega Venetta with red patent pointed toe pumps as a sleek contrast to the navy hued knit. Who knew she had it in her? If you continue to flip through the editorial, her style goes back and forth from stage diva to sophisticated and cool off-stage celebrity, unifying her pop and down-to-earth real life persona with casually polished looks.

Britney is certainly coming into her own with her personal styling choices and to me that’s good enough for this pop princess.

(Photos taken from Huffingtonpost.com/Elle’s October issue) 

The Voice Season 3: Daniel Rosa & Preppy Style

Hands down one of my favorite competitors on season 3 of The Voice is Daniel Rosa. Though I do not watch reality talent shows often, there’s something alluring about this series that from time to time I find myself plopped in front of the television set blubbering. This was one of those episodes.

The three-hour premier kicked off Tuesday night airing on NBC. For those who aren’t up to speed on what was so emotionally heart wrenching about this particular episode, let me fill you in: Last season Daniel Rosa walked away without being chosen by any of the panel’s judges consisting of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, despite his unique vocals and amazing potential. 

Leaving the stage with advice from the Top 40 superstars, he returned this season and knocked it out of the park with an unrecognizable and smoothly cool rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” this time around catching the attention of both Cee Lo and Blake Shelton (Spoiler alert: he opts for Cee Lo as his coach). 

It was obvious that everyone — including Adam Levine who immediately jumped on stage and embraced Rosa before he made his selection on who was to be his coach — was uproariously excited that he succeeded in the blind auditions after giving it a go for the second time. I too cheered and became teary eyed (cue tissues), because his story represents the classic case of the underdog. Before I became too overwhelmed, I changed the station to regroup (yes, I was THAT emotional), but caught one last glimpse of Daniel’s look before tuning out.

If you check out the above photos, it’s clear that in addition to his undeniably rich and simultaneously raspy vocals, this kid has a knack for styling and I’ll have to catch each episode to update you on what he’s wearing next (though I may be playing crossies behind my back, as I have stated earlier that I’m not the best with following shows season to season, though this could be a great idea for future blog posts.)

Back to Daniel: From Season 2 in the bottom right photo, he sports a grey cardigan, burgundy button-down — and with a pop of yellow —, a cordial bowtie. The later look was topped off with his signature wide brim black glasses.

This year, he continues in the same vein mimicking his former on-air look with yet another grey cardigan. Though this time, he swapped out the burgundy button-down for a white-collar shirt and caught our attention with a green necktie instead of a not-so-mellow yellow hue.  An owl emblem decorated the chest of his cardigan giving his look a bit of East-coast prep, as Lisa Birnbach would say, and somehow subtly reminded me of Hogwarts (did anyone else get that vibe?). Either way, I loved it and I am not letting my bias as a Harry Potter fan precede this decision. 

Overall, I’m excited for this season and hope other participants can nail both their vocals and style just as well as Daniel, though we’re rooting for the underdog of course! I’m sure he won’t leave us disappointed with the many more episodes to come and will continue impressing us with his soothing voice, as well as sharp aesthetic.

(Photos from pe.com blog, allaboutidolshows.com, and fashionweekblog.com)

Trending: Pink Hair Everywhere!

Pastel colored hairstyles have been picking up momentum, arguably since 2010, especially in shades of pink. From Valentino’s spring ‘10 advertisements featuring Dree Hemingway with romantically dramatic all pink locks to notoriously pink haired model Charlotte Free, this sizzling shade seems to be inescapable in a got-to-have-that-look kind of way. Designer John Galliano even took a swing and hit out of the park having his models sport the multicolor painted on shades at one of his shows. Though we’re creeping up on two years since this trend first surfaced, it’s hanging on and successfully making its way through the 2012 season with gained velocity.


How did this trend begin? It seems as if this fantastical style has dribbled up from the streets and onto the runways with seemingly impeccable speed. Outside of the Katy Perry, Gaga, or N. Minaj realm, all of who are expected to carry the torch of shock factor, other Hollywood stars have taken note and donned wearable  adaptations of colored locks, which has now quickly filtered back into the mainstream of the masses.

Everyone from Lauren Conrad, who’s notorious for donning flirtatiously dip-dyed pastel hues to Julia Roberts who has boasted a mommy-chic version with wavy pink streaks has personalized this youthful, yet sophisticated and cool style. And let’s not forget about one of our favorite comedians and host of E! Online’s Fashion Police Joan River who wanted a piece of this poppin’ pink shade for herself (also take a look at a new backstage interview with Chris Benz on E! Online who has debuted an all pink coiffure while speaking on his NY fashion week line).


After some debate, I too jumped on board with this trend and excitedly made a visit to my hair stylist to reinterpret this popular style. Once the process commenced and the dip-dyed phase of dying my dark brown hair to blonde took place, I knew there was no turning back. 5 1/2 hours later, I was staring vis-à-vis with handheld mirror adjusted in sunlight, witnessing my chopped, pink ombre locks. To say the least, I absolutely love it! 


(Photos from NYMag.com, Glamour.com, People.com, Sfgate.com, and Dolly Rocker Girl blog)

Fafi: Graffiti Meets Fashion

Hey readers! I apologize for not giving you interesting content to sink your eyeballs into for the past couple of days. Honestly, I wasn’t sure which direction I was headed towards next as far as who or what I should blog about. After cajoling the edges of my many crinkled post-it notes by my laptop with smeared ink of ideas, I finally decided at 5:00AM to bring you a post on the legendary female graffiti artist and designer Fafi. 

I first came across her work freshman year of college (never mind how long ago that was) when researching project ideas for my final in the course Art, Space, and Identity in Urban America. After my very down-to-earth professors orchestrated a graffiti tour in the heart of Los Angeles lead by graffiti artist Mear One and L.A. historian Mike the Poet, I knew I had to somehow bring the idea of urban art as graffiti into the forefronts of my final and integrate it with my love for fashion. 

Scouring through every Nylon magazine I could get my hands on, I finally came across the name Fafi (Nylon magazine has NEVER let me down) and her rise as a woman’s graffiti artist from Toulouse, France who has garnered attention with her eye-popping, multicolor visuals showcased on city streets. 

The ingenuity behind her art (in this case I’m referring to graffiti as art, not to be confused with inelegant street tagging or gang affiliated pictographs strewn on brick walls), stems from her impressive use of colors as well as subject matter. She boldly articulates herself as a woman in the mainly thought of male culture by choosing to illustrate sexy, doll-like women known as Fafinettes.

One thing that separates her from a traditional graffitist is her use of paint and a paint brush instead of spray paint, which as the Noisette blogger points out, makes her an undoubtedly easy target to be arrested. But where would we be without the audacious talents of Fafi who has earned respect not only on the streets as an artist, but who has also caught the attention of numerous fashion and beauty industry savants.

On that fateful day when I came across the Nylon magazine article covering Fafi, it detailed her collaboration with M.A.C. cosmetics. I knew at that point that fashion was more than just a private art for the elite, who arguably use runways similar to the likes of gallery showings. And despite high criticism from bohemian classmates at the time who defamed any artistic adventure, such as fashion, as a capitalistic and inarticulate means of expression to dominate youth culture, I turned to Fafi as a model for my argument against their ideas.

Fafi risked being apprehended for her artwork to bring to the public undeniably breathtaking visuals. She aroused a strong sense of personal responsibility as an artist, attracting a wide audience, including M.A.C. cosmetics, which earned her a spot as one of the designers for their February 2008 line. This was a clear case that fashion and beauty has and always will have the power to filter in from the streets, asserting the power of youth culture instead of youth culture being victimized by the fashion and beauty industry.

It’s also about taking one woman’s very public space and identity as a graffitist and re-creating that same momentum and love for art on a different platform via an industry of beauty and fashion. Outside of M.A.C., and if you can’t make it to a Toulouse city street, Fafi has worked with Adidas, LeSportsac handbags, and Chanel. She has catapulted into the fashion industry, bringing her edge and culture with her, unveiling the sought after persona behind her whimsical and fashionable street art. 

(photos from fafi.net and bkrw.com)