Gwen Stefani has wowed fans with a ton of different styles over the years, and somehow she always manages to pull them off no matter how outrageous. But there’s one certain look she’s rocked recently that beau Blake Shelton prefers over all the others, and her stylist revealed to People that it’s not what many might think it is.
“He likes her black-tipped bob. I think as any couple, they’re supportive of who each other are. They get together and strengthen one another with complements,” Danilo said.
Gwen raised the ire of some fans, however, with the braided look Danilo invented for her. Stefani shared several photos on Instagram of the tribal style, which has earned her some backlash for “cultural appropriation”.
“You should, in my opinion, be using your celebrity as a platform and mentoring new artists against cultural appropriation in this day and age. You know the ‘learn from my mistakes’ talk. There’s so many other way to be creative than to take very recognizable pieces of other cultures and exploit them,” one user wrote.
Gwen has been inspired by different cultures for years and has integrated them not only into her personal style — such as the jeweled bindi she used to wear on her forehead — but into her fashion line, L.A.M.B., as well. Her other fashion venture, Harajuku Lovers, takes cues from Japanese style.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been super busy of late — both have new albums and have been working on The Voice together — and Gwen hasn’t commented on the cultural backlash. She did, however, take to social media to confirm that she and Blake did indeed write a duet together, which will appear on his new album, If I’m Honest. The song, “Go Ahead And Break My Heart,” is part of a record that is so personal to Shelton, he says anyone who listens to it will know every emotion he’s had over the last year. The country star not only started dating one of the most famous women in the world, but it came after a painful divorce from fellow country star Miranda Lambert, and after Gwen and her ex, Gavin Rossdale, split over his alleged affair.
“There’s a feeling that I have about this album that’s not like anything I’ve ever experienced before with my music. I don’t know if this album is full of number one songs or is going to sell 5 million copies or win a bunch of awards. It’s just that I know that when people hear this record they’re going to understand every emotion I’ve gone through in the last year and that makes me feel really good,” Shelton told Rolling Stone.
Gwen put quite a bit of their story into her own album, and said earlier this year that after the dissolution of her marriage, she felt like her world had been blown up. Being able to write songs about what had happened was the only thing that got her through it, and she quickly realized she had enough music for two albums.
“It was really a life-saver record for me. It wasn’t until I had to go through the worst tragedy that it really opened up a channel for me to be like, ‘God gave me a gift. I’m going to use it now. Because if I don’t, I’m going to die,’ ” Stefani told Time about This Is What The Truth Feels Like. “I’ve really been trying to exercise my spiritual side in the last year. I scraped myself off the floor and went into the studio and tried to somehow be alive again.”
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