“I dress according to how I am feeling… I like the idea of an empowered woman who’s intelligent, but can turn a head as well.” Zamari Graham-Smith
occupation: sales director at Bess
Strong and statuesque in mind and body, Zamari could turn heads wearing a paper bag – she is virtually effortless in her skin. Like the women she has always been drawn to in a Helmut Newton photograph, she commands attention in her ability to communicate a strong sexuality in the most holding-true-to-her-power kind of way. Zamari dresses according to how she feels, and can carry off anything from her Jamaican-partly, rooted (she is English as well), ’70s-vibe patchwork jeans to a floor-length Haider Ackerman white silk skirt (its romantic silhouette makes me think of nineteenth-century Russian picnics in the countryside – I wanted to take it home with me). She says that she loves things that are “beautifully destroyed,” like her long and raw-edged kaftan-ish dress, and the haunting etchings in the wooden floor of her loft, done by a poet that once lived there. Next to my time with Zamari, the vision of this man’s words so passionately written and indelibly marked was one of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced. Zamari is a breath of fresh air in an era of reality tv show idols and fashion that hits you over the head with tasteless uniformity. A picture of Martin Luther King Jr. leading a Civil Rights march hangs on Zamari’s wall – the subjects wearing the most classic tweed and flannel suits. Just as Zamari honors these originals for the power they have in their convictions (and appearance), we honor her for wearing her heart and soul on her sleeve.