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Cowgirl style: The Beyoncé-influenced fashion trend

by The Grio

Saddle up and get ready to travel to the Wild West. Through fringe, wide-brim hats, boots and lots of denim, fashion is encouraging everyone to channel their inner cowboy/cowgirl in its newest trend. Coinciding with her country musical debut, Beyoncé has been seen sporting a number of Western-inspired looks. Giving her own modern, Renaissance-inspired twist to the cow-girl looks, the “Texas Hold ‘Em” singer has inspired many to incorporate the aesthetic into their wardrobes. 

However, this is not the first time fashion has drawn inspiration from American Westerns. According to Business of Fashion, last year retailers in the U.S. and U.K. introduced 240% more new styles of cowboy boots and denim shirts than they did in the same period [in 2022].” Often referred to as “cowboy-core” or the “yee-haw agenda,” in recent years Black stars like Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Snoop Dogg and more have sartorially stepped into the rodeo. 

Similarly, Black designers and creatives like Grace Wales Bonner, Dapper Dan, and Pharrell Williams, in his role as Louis Vuitton’s menswear creative lead, have made some subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the growing trend. As previously reported by theGrio, Louis Vuitton’s show at Paris Menswear Fall/Winter 2024 Fashion Week was an ode to the Black cowboy. 

“When you see cowboys portrayed, you see only a few versions,” Williams told reporters after the show, per Women’s Wear Daily. “You never really get to see what some of the original cowboys looked like. They looked like us. They looked like me. They looked Black. They looked Native American.”

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