It’s been over ten years since Kelis’ first album “Kaleidoscope” hit the world. The Harlem-bred songstress emerged on the scene with a vengeance and a bright ombre fro to boot. She had a powerful voice that she stills carries with her –one marriage, divorce, child and four albums– later. The only issue is, what happened to that style?
While we’re all for evolution, when personal style leans towards gimmickry it seems more intentional than organic. Take “Kelis Was Here,” released in 2006, which was also the peak of her style star. She recently married Nas and had a new sense of freedom, indicative of her bouffant cut. Her look was fresh, edgy, admirable and, above all else, s*xy. While many reference Cassie as the first to rock the urban half-shaven hairstyle, Kelis was doing it years before.
Fast forward to 2010, when she’s gelled down her crop and wore horns. Yea, we were just as confused.
While her hair and wardrobe choices are less strikingly odd these days, we do miss the soulful songstress with a modern femininity. We miss her informed fashion sense. And we miss whoever was styling her before!
Kelis, come back!