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Rochelle Bilal, Comforting? Yes.

I want to thank my colleague Monica Yant Kinney for writing today about Philadelphia Police officer Rochelle Bilal, president of the black police officers' Guardian Civic League. I'm greatful the city has someone like her to stop racism at the hands of law enforcement officers in its ugly tracks. Well, if anyone can handle the bull, she can. Her actions - not to mention her Afro - earned her the nickname, Angela Davis. Her sculpted brows, her pursed lips remind me of sisters on a mission. Kind? Yes. Purposeful? Yes. It's the don't mess with her look we need. Yeah, I know this is not really fashion and some of you may not care, but I was struck by her take no nonsense style and at the same time I was comforted buy it. It screamed, "Go head, give us your best shot!" and in Bilal's kind of business that's the kind of style this city needs.

Rochelle Bilal, Comforting? Yes.

James Heaney/ Staff Photographer. Something about Bilal´s no nonsense look says she´s dedicated to making her city safe.
James Heaney/ Staff Photographer. Something about Bilal's no nonsense look says she's dedicated to making her city safe.

I want to thank my colleague Monica Yant Kinney for writing today about Philadelphia Police officer Rochelle Bilal, president of the black police officers' Guardian Civic League. I'm greatful the city has someone like her to stop racism at the hands of law enforcement officers in its ugly tracks.  Well, if anyone can handle the bull, she can. Her actions - not to mention her Afro - earned her the nickname, Angela Davis. Her sculpted brows, her pursed lips remind me of sisters on a mission.  Kind? Yes. Purposeful? Yes. It's the don't mess with her look we need.  Yeah, I know this is not really fashion and some of you may not care, but I was struck by her take no nonsense style and at the same time I was comforted buy it.  It screamed, "Go head, give us your best shot!" and in Bilal's kind of business that's the kind of style this city needs.

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Reach Elizabeth at ewellington@phillynews.com.

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