I’ve been toying with the idea of styling my hair with dreadlocks like Lauryn Hill for a really long time. I haven’t gone through with it because I’m chicken and my family isn’t very supportive. They weren’t supportive when I cut it off either, but something about the persona of Lauryn Hill makes me want to try it. A venerable style icon in the world of R&B, Lauryn Hill set the stage for both music and style for today’s artists. Janelle Monae has been named as her predecessor of sorts, but I’m hesitant to say that anyone can compare to this empress of cool. Her music has spoken to generations and from afros to locks and leopard print to black, she’s this driving force that has the potential to overpower the soul. I suppose marrying into the closest thing to Jamaican royalty, the Marley family, Lauryn Hill holds a sacred place in the hearts and minds of anyone who’s ever took heed to the lyrics of any track on ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. Lauryn always looks amazing in a halter, and she’s never been shy about prints, a piece like this Missoni vertical striped jumpsuit is a must-have when channeling her style. I love wire necklaces and this one is almost an exact replica of a necklace Lauryn has been photographed wearing time and time again. The cover art for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is legitimate art as far as I’m concerned, and this acrylic painting from Artie Barksdale elevates it to another level. Lauryn loves her leopard, and while I’m not sure I could pull off a leopard print coat like her I most certainly could rock this cross body vintage-esque leopard print bag.