Caribbean Vogue or Nah

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CARNIVAL COSTUME from the CARNIVAL BAND: SONG OF THE EARTH.

The other day at work, I was scrolling through this free app for magazines, so I can keep up a little with what new styles and looks are taking the world by storm. I didn't have homework, and I thought, hey, why not indulge yourself in looking at some pretty things; it always relaxes me and puts me in a good mood, so I searched for Vogue in the app because I really enjoy their photographs (to me it's like browsing an art magazine). I also enjoy the clothes, makeup and background sets, and the ways this publication shows me something new and different. It's a lot like peeking into someone else's mind and is another way of seeing what's happening in the world at large, as well as the world of fashion.

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DESIGN BY CARIBBEAN DESIGNER: MEILING

I know people may think fashion magazines are trivial, but I think it stretches my mind a bit and gives me a new outlook or different perspective on something. It could be an article on a famous person, but I find out some weird thing that happened to them, or it could be an article on a wedding documented, and I see how a perfect wedding differs from someone else's, granted it's some rich heiress somewhere off in some European country, but it's new and different, and I gobble all of it up.

It's being able to see what is considered beautiful in another part of the world, how people decorate their houses in a Swedish city, what's great to eat in Italy, or the fashion that is practically art because to me, any type of self expression is art. All creative expression is art; whether it's painting, drawing, spray painting, writing, singing, dancing, poetry, acting, sculpting, style, interior decorating, cooking, baking -- basically any way a person can express themselves and their love or passion for something, I enjoy seeing and learning from it. I'm not sure why I need to know how other people think and feel, and why I like seeing how that differs from mine, but I suspect this can in turn influence my thinking and expand my mind. I relish it and can't wait to see something new, consider what I think about it or how it makes me feel, and see if I got the same feeling as the creator intended or did I get something completely different.

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DESIGN BY CARIBBEAN DESIGNER: KEISHA COLLETTE

While I was casually browsing the app, I noticed different editions for different countries and I was excited; I was devouring magazine after magazine, trying to get the feel of these different countries that I had never been to and the people, getting glimpses of what is important to them, trending in beauty, health and what good food looks like to them. I was enthralled with the Turkey edition of Vogue, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Japan and Thailand. I mean, every issue was different and filled with new information and ideas about life related to the specific locations. You see, this is how I travel, through books and magazines, as I can't actually go to these countries due to circumstances. It's a great way to learn about different cultures.

And then it hit me: there was no Caribbean Vogue? No Vogue for any African countries and no Vogue for the entire African continent. I know this may seem inconsequential to many and maybe it is, but I would love to learn about different African styles, weddings, health and home interiors. I am sure there are many people who would love to see Caribbean art, fashion, culture, food and living.

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PAINTING BY CARIBBEAN ARTIST: SHANNON ALONZO

It would be such a lovely glimpse into our world. I know, I know, I have seen the articles and editorials on the Maasai, on Kenya and an article on Saint Lucia's carnival etc., but it's not a Kenyan Vogue, like an Italian Vogue. I don't know what the criteria is for having an edition of Vogue for a particular region. I don't by any means, know what it takes to take a magazine to print, how the sponsors work, and how the money is generated to produce such a magazine. Nor do I ever want to presume to tell anybody how to run their business.

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DESIGN BY CARIBBEAN DESIGNER: OYLAN BALDEOSINGH

I am just saying, "Hey editors at Vogue, I think the world may be interested in seeing these perspectives from these parts of the world, and there is a wealth of art, fashion and culture to fill an illustrious magazine such as Vogue, just in case you didn't know, if not every month at least quarterly, no? Give us a chance, I am sure you won't be disappointed." I believe in their potential so much that I offer my services if people are needed to travel to get the stories for the magazine. I am just kidding, but not really. I could be wrong though, maybe these Vogue editions exist and I just haven't discovered them. If so, please let me know; I would love to journey through their pages and learn something new.