Meet The New Little Mermaid: 5 Fun Facts About Halle Bailey | Clozette


Ever since Disney announced their casting choice for the role of Ariel in the live-action remake of the iconic 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid, there's been a hot debate going on among fans. Some say that the casting of a black actress is a progressive step towards inclusivity in Hollywood and that race doesn't matter anyway as mermaids are fictional creatures. Meanwhile, others consider it as disrespectful to the original version, which was based on the work of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and a lazy attempt on Disney's part to promote diversity.


But opposing arguments aside, let's get to know Halle Bailey, the actress chosen to play the coveted part. Keep reading to learn five fun facts about her!


She's part of a sister act



Halle, together with her sister Chloe, started doing covers of songs way back in 2011, and eventually officially formed contemporary R&B singing duo Chloe x Halle. Their first album, Sugar Symphony, came out in 2016 and the year after, they released an album called The Two of Us, which was included in Rolling Stone's list of best R&B albums of 2017. Their most recognisable song is called Grown, the theme song of TV series Grown-ish.

Her acting debut was in Last Holiday



Halle's first-ever role was in a rom-com movie — with Queen Latifah, no less! It was a small role but a jumpstart to her acting career. Before getting the role as The Little Mermaid, she also had recurring roles in Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Disney Channel's Austin & Ally.


She's a series regular in Grown-ish



Aside from producing the theme song for the show, Halle and Chloe were also cast as regulars in the sitcom. They play the sporty and outspoken sisters Jazlyn and Skylar Forster, who are track athletes at Cal U. The show, which is a spin-off of the ABC series Black-ish, follows college student Zoe and her misadventures with friends. It's currently on its second season and has already been picked up for a third season. We wonder how this will affect Halle's character once she spends more time filming for The Little Mermaid.

She's in Beyonce's Lemonade visual album



In 2016, Halle and sister Chloe scored a cameo in Beyonce's Lemonade visual album, along with Zendaya and Serena Williams. The duo was first noticed by viewers with their cover of Beyonce's hit Best Thing I Never Had so there's a real bond between the sisters and the multihyphenate popstar. 



She just turned 19



With all the acting and musical achievements under her belt, would you believe that she just turned 19? Her birthday falls on 27 March, which makes her a fierce Aries. That could explain her charismatic personality.


(Cover photo from: @chloexhalle)


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Today's hottest word in fashion is 'sustainability'. Apart from being a movement towards more eco-friendly choices, it's also grown into a fad that brands often use to up their social standing and sellability. But while other sectors in the industry are still trying to make sustainability a need more than a want, Sweden's fashion scene is already ahead on a different level. 



In order to make a statement on how serious they are on sustainability in fashion, the Swedish Fashion Council decided to completely axe the upcoming Stockholm Fashion Week this August. This is due to the unwavering (yet unspecified) environmental concerns that are yet to be addressed by both participants and organisers alike. The bi-annual event is one of the biggest fashion occurrences in the country, showcasing some of the best in the Scandinavian fashion scene since 2005. 


Changing the narrative for the better


The decision may be shocking to some, but it's worth noting that Sweden is one of the pioneers of sustainable living even before it was considered 'cool'. Some sources suggest that as early as the '60s, Sweden was already taking steps in addressing depletion in natural resources, even headlining a UN conference about the environment in 1972. 



Jennie Rosén, CEO of the Swedish Fashion Council, said in a statement that this move is "to stimulate the development of a platform that is relevant for today’s fashion industry," and a way to "adapt to new demands, reach sustainability goals and be able to set new standards for fashion." This is because, for the longest time, Fashion Weeks all over the world became the breeding ground for making environmental sacrifices in the name of what's trendy and stylish. The promotion of fur and animal skin as luxury status symbols is just one of the few yet most glaring examples. 



Today, renowned brands from the country like Acne Studios, Filippa K, and Cheap Monday, in varying degrees are developing their sustainability units. All are reported to be working with regulatory boards to ensure that these processes are maintained and improved. 


A domino effect


Sweden's bold move to reformat one of their biggest fashion weeks may just be the starting point of something bigger and better for the fashion industry. This is on top of the foundation laid by brands like PradaBurberryStella McCartney and more in pledging to shift from their non-eco-friendly methods to more mindful and ethical productions.




This also solidifies the stance that sustainability isn't just a trend that will pass and be forgotten, but a long-term concept that should take planning, action, and maintenance in order to succeed. Sweden's move serves as an invitation to other Fashion Weeks like New York, Paris, and London to follow suit, reformat, and commit to the call for change. We can only hope that this truly heads to the direction we're picturing it in. 


What can you do? 


Sustainability in this region is still a novelty. After all, we're still majorly reliant on trends from foreign fashion houses and fast fashion retailers. However, local brands are stepping up to make sure that this idea makes it into the mainstream and into the consciousness of many people. So what you can do is offer your support the next time you go on a shopping spree. Not only are you helping these brands grow and develop, but you're also doing your part in participating in a larger and grander scheme that will benefit generations to come. 


(Cover photo from: @josefinelaul via @fashionweekstockholm)


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When it comes to wearing white clothes, we all have our hesitations. There's the constant worry that we might spill food or smudge random dirt and ruin the whole look. If you take public transportation, the chances of getting grime on your white clothes become higher. But despite all this, we're here to convince you that sporting white ensembles is still worth it. Keep scrolling and be inspired by how the Clozette Community pulled off all-white looks. 


Fiercely fab


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Playful in polka


White Outfits

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