Space Girl: Nichelle Nichols’ Impact on Fashion and Black Pride

Space, the ultimate frontier, not only of mystery and unexplored possibilities, but also of fashion. Nichelle Nichols joined the crew of the USS Enterprise in 1966 as Nyota Uhura. This character would soon change history.

At first, “Star Trek” looked like a cheap little show cobbled together on NBC to fill air space and let people see a campy space show. Instead, it turned out a ship not only to show the future we could have in the next hundred years, but also the future we could have now.

When the show originally aired, the civil rights movement was fully effective. Nichols, getting a role she wanted, was all set to quit the show, until a quiet voice told her to stay. That voice belonged to civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He told her that “Star Trek” was the only show he allowed his daughters to watch late because it showed a black woman in a place. of power and equality. It made her want to stay on the show and also share the first interracial kiss on national television.

The rest is history.

As God teleported Nichols to heaven, we are left with his incredible legacy, which led black girls, like me, to STEM and also interested in his ethereal looks. Many people of color, and especially black girls, have been fascinated by the “space girl” aesthetic. A mix of 60s and 70s style hairstyles and colorful makeup. This is particularly evident in the cover of Beyoncè’s latest album, “Renaissance”.

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The shining galactic horse, the diamonds covering its body and the dark background evoking the infinite void of space. This is the quintessential black girl from space with the highest potential, and she could not have been created without pioneer Nichols to lead the way. Not only was Beyoncè inspired by her, but also by artists such as Doja Cat on her album “Planet Her”, especially on the video for the song “Kiss Me More”.

Finally, we have the dark princess of pop, Rihanna, who composed a song for “Star Trek Beyond” in 2016 called “Sledgehammer.” In this video, instead of appearing as Uhura or even a human member of Starfleet, Rihanna appears as an alien.

The contributions Nichols left us are legendary and have inspired not only many, but myself as well. It was his role as a boundary breaker that showed black people that the sky is not just the limit, but also the stars. Of all the souls I have known, his was the most human.

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