How Kwena Baloyi, A Fashion Stylist From Limpopo, Dominated The Streets of Italy

On first sighting Kwena Baloyi, you can easily tell that she's fearless. In fact, that's probably what it takes to pull off outfits the way she does.

Fondly referred to as 'Kween Kwena', this fashion stylist tends to see many things as art. Hair, for example. In her opinion, hair is an extension of who she is, and according to her, expresses her personality more than any item of clothing.

(Photo: Kwenasays)

(Photo: Kwenasays)

Just last month at Pitti Uomo, the most important International event for menswear, Kwena walked the streets of Italy, adorned in eccentric essembles and an elegant crown of hair that caught the attention of Vogue Italia, British Vogue, French Vogue, New York Times and Essence. 

Obviously, her eccentric approach to style and hair is tied strongly to her African roots, and she confirms this during an interview with Marie Claire SA, saying:

"I mostly look to women like Mama Miriam Makeba – the krown that made its debut at Pitti was inspired by her and many other African ladies that came before us. I feel I have a responsibility to keep the past alive – our history is rich and full of life lessons and is part of our present lives, so I make sure our krowns keep shining."

Kwena may have been under the radar all this time, but now, we know she's definitely one to watch.

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