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Famous Church Hats worn by Beautiful Woman

Updated on September 4, 2015

Famous Church Hats worn by Beautiful Woman

Beautiful famous hats are making a come back as bold, courageous woman in recent times choose to wear them. Many sophisticated woman wear their hats to church every Sunday religiously (pun intended). These church hats are made of a variety of designs and accessories. Some have feathers in them. They usually match her dress and , of course, the hat will match a woman's shoes perfectly. These lavish Sunday best church hats have bright colors based on the season of the year. Just like the woman who wear them, these hats are bold, beautiful and full of life.

In the movie, The Help, Aibileen, Minny and the other maids are seen wearing very pretty hats. The church scenes depict woman in church hats. The Help is a wonderful movie set in the 1960s in Mississippi and is about the black woman who are maids, who take courage, and with the help of a young new white journalist, bring about change. Beautiful famous hats have been around for many, many years, and date way back in history. They never seem to grow old or out-dated. These hats and the woman who wear them are confident and courageous.

Famous Hats from the movie "The Help"
Famous Hats from the movie "The Help"

Famous hats in current times.

From "The Help" Movie.

Beautiful famous hats are making a come back as bold, courageous woman in recent times choose to wear them. Many black woman wear their hats to church every Sunday religiously (pun intended). These hats have feathers in them, match a woman's shoes perfectly, and have bright colors based on the season of the year. Just like the woman who wear them, these hats are bold, beautiful and full of life.

In the movie, The Help, based on a book written by author, Kathryn Stockett, Aibileen, Minny and the other maids are seen wearing very pretty hats. The church scenes depict woman in church hats. The Help is a wonderful movie set in the 1960s in Mississippi and is about the black woman who are maids, who take courage, and with the help of a young new white journalist, bring about change.

Aretha Franklin wearing famous hat
Aretha Franklin wearing famous hat

Aretha Franklin Wearing Beautiful Hat

Obama's Inauguration

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, belted out "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, and her hat was an overnight sensation.

Her hat was made in Detroit especially for the gala event and similar hats started flying off the shelves. Everywhere people were talking about the hat. It is a beautiful hat in the color grey, with rhinestones set on the border of the large, oversized bow, truly fit for a Queen.

African-American woman take great pride in their hats, especially their church hats. Fashion and faith are a strong part of a woman who is African-American. The hat is a wonderful show of who they are, where they come from, as well as their custom and beliefs.

One of A Kind- A Promise to Aretha Franklin

Milliner LUKE SONG will create knock-off versions of the hat he made for Aretha Franklin to wear for Barack Obama's inauguration. He made the headwear especially for her and promised her he'd never make another like it.

When America saw the soul legend wearing the grey hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow, as she sang My Country, 'Tis of Thee on Tuesday, January 20th for the big gala event, it became a hot item and Song was inundated with orders.

Mr. Song Millinery's boss said, "We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers." Song refused to charge Franklin for the hat, but admits it would cost over $500 to the public. Besides, there's no way he could recreate it out of respect for Aretha Franklin who is a longtime customer of his family's business.

Instead, Song is crafting a cheaper look-a-like hat with a ribbon bow.

He tells U.S. TV show The Insider, "They want the same hat, but they understand it's for the queen only. Ninety-nine per cent said, 'That's fine. I'll get the next best thing.'"

Aretha Franklin Singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" - Ms. Franklin wearing the Famous Hat

Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats

From the Inside Flap

Countless black women would rather attend church naked than hatless. For these women, a church hat, flamboyant as it may be, is no mere fashion accessory; it's a cherished African American custom, one observed with boundless passion by black women of various religious denominations. A woman's hat speaks long before its wearer utters a word. It's what Deirdre Guion calls "hattitude...there's a little more strut in your carriage when you wear a nice hat. There's something special about you." If a hat says a lot about a person, it says even more about a people-the customs they observe, the symbols they prize, and the fashions they fancy.

Photographer Michael Cunningham beautifully captures the self-expressions of women of all ages-from young glamorous women to serene but stylish grandmothers. Award-winning journalist Craig Marberry provides an intimate look at the women and their lives. Together they've captured a captivating custom, this wearing of church hats, a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.

Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats

Countless black women would rather attend church naked than hatless. For these women, a church hat, flamboyant as it may be, is no mere fashion accessory; it's a cherished African American custom, one observed with boundless passion by black women of various religious denominations. A woman's hat speaks long before its wearer utters a word. It's what Deirdre Guion calls "hattitude...there's a little more strut in your carriage when you wear a nice hat. There's something special about you." If a hat says a lot about a person, it says even more about a people-the customs they observe, the symbols they prize, and the fashions they fancy.

Photographer Michael Cunningham beautifully captures the self-expressions of women of all ages-from young glamorous women to serene but stylish grandmothers. Award-winning journalist Craig Marberry provides an intimate look at the women and their lives. Together they've captured a captivating custom, this wearing of church hats, a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.

 

Got Hattitude?

Sunday Best Beautiful Church Hats

Phenomenal Black Women Over 50

You can't deny that Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul and her big, beautiful hat exemplifies her stature as the Queen. Her famous hat got lots of attention, but for the woman beneath that hat, the attention is well-deserved. It's a wonderful thing to celebrate a woman. Woman of all walks of life are special and beautiful in their own right, however, black woman over 50 who have achieved personal accomplishments, whether in the public eye or not, are something to behold.

From Booklist

Photographer Cunningham and best-selling novelist Briscoe offer a stunning photo-essay tribute to 50 black women over the age of 50 who defied racism and sexism to realize rich lives of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. Each striking black-and-white portrait accompanies a personal essay as the women often recall the people who came before them, inspiring them to achieve and admonishing them not to allow themselves to be defeated by the limitations they faced. The women also recall many firsts: the first black woman to achieve some status in the nation to the first black woman (or person) in her family to get a college degree. The subjects include celebrities and noncelebrities in medicine, education, business, and social activism. Among the jewels are Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marian Wright Edelman, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Briscoe herself. Poet Nikki Giovanni is also here and contributed an original poem in tribute to the achievements of black women. A beautiful and inspirational book. Vanessa Bush

Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Here's and excerpt from the book.

"What do you learn when you're in this position of being the first?"

6:18 AM PDT, April 10, 2007

(Excerpt From Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50

by Michael Cunningham and Connie Briscoe

.... When I became the president of Spelman College in 1987, I was the first African-American woman president in the 107-year history of that black women's college. Also remarkable is the fact that last year I became the first person of color to chair the board of United Way of America. I was also the first woman to sit on the board of directors of Coco-Cola Enterprise, the largest bottler of Coca-Cola. So what do you learn when you're in this position of being the first? The first thing I hope you learn or know is that many other black women are also qualified to hold that position, so don't get too hung up on yourself. Second, you better know that your responsibility is to make sure that although you're the first to hold the post, you must help to guarantee that you are not the last.

Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50
Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50

From Publishers Weekly

Photographer Cunningham (Crowns) and popular novelist Briscoe (Big Girls Don't Cry, etc.) honor 50 women, more than half over 60, in this collection of stunning photographs and inspiring personal recollections. While a few have officially retired, none of these women can be described as retiring. "I'm having a wonderful time being exactly who I am at the age that I am," says one, reflecting the general sentiments of this diverse group, which includes a financial consultant, reading specialist, sign language interpreter, tax lawyer, real estate broker and a bookstore owner (Clara Villarosa). Some are familiar (e.g., Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nikki Giovanni, S. Epatha Merkerson), but most are not. Several are involved with powerful institutions little known outside the black community—sororities, women's clubs and service organizations. Tucked into their succinct narratives is a surprising abundance of practical advice about maneuvering between the worlds they have survived and mastered (corporate, military, entertainment, government, entrepreneurial). Some recall hard knocks, having faced deaths, depression and divorce, cancer, a child with Down syndrome and teenaged pregnancy, but all acknowledge the helping hands of parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors. This book will have special resonance for black women, but offers its inspirational message to all. (Apr.)

Copyright FFFD Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

 

Flambuoyant Hats Match the Person Within - Healthly Living - Both in Body and In Mind

A hat of Aretha Franklin's magnitude is usually worn by a woman who is confident in who she is. The hat is an extension of the person and to wear a hat of any sorts is a statement to the world of how you feel about yourself and the state of mind that you are in at that particluar point in your life.

A woman must be mentally and physically well in order to attract the attention and to live up to the hat. You walk around with a sense of pride for what the hat stands for and you feel special and very much like a queen. The hat speaks vloumes and you must be in the right spiritual frame of mind. Confidence, inner strength, spirituality and a sense of pride shows through in your hat.

Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

Having a healthy mind, spirit and body are so important. Here is another recommended book called Blessed Health.

Product Description

Blessed Health offers African-American women the medical information and inspirational motivation they need to achieve total health -- a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Many black women will go to church all day every Sunday but won't take one day out of the year to get a Pap test and mammogram done. Yet that yearly doctor's visit could help save lives. Often the first people to pray when a serious illness strikes, black women may be the last to seek timely medical care. As a result, they are suffering with, and dying from, manageable illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes more than any other group in the United States.

It doesn't have to be that way. Don't wait until a health emergency happens before turning to your faith and your physician. You can achieve optimal health by arming yourself with medical knowledge and a strong spiritual base. Research has proven that a well-nurtured spiritual self can help to replenish, rejuvenate, and safeguard your physical self.

Written by a prominent African-American OB/GYN and a highly respected journalist, Blessed Health is a personal health and spirituality guide for every stage of a black woman's life. Included here is important information on:

How your body works, and what can be done to prevent or help solve common health problems, including pelvic infections and fibroid tumors

How to find a doctor that ministers to your physical and emotional needs

How to successfully cope with illness, from a faith perspective

How spiritual wisdom and prayer can decrease the harmful effects of stress

How best to take care of your breasts and reproductive organs, and decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer

and much, much more, including the latest on managing menopause.

Blessed Health: The African-American Woman's Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-being
Blessed Health: The African-American Woman's Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-being

Review

"Life changing...provides solid information that could, literally, save your life. Blessed Health should be read by every African-American woman!" -- Large Print Reviews

A blueprint for a better you, Blessed Health combines medical information and spiritual advice every sister needs to know. -- Heart & Soul Magazine, April, 2003

Blessed Health educates women about their bodies, provides practical advice choosing a doctor; encourages women to be proactive seeking treatment. -- Black Issues Book Review, Jan.-Feb. 2003

Blessed Health is chicken soup for the body and soul. -- The Village Voice, March 12-18, 2003

Blessed Health is the perfect book to help women find a balance between spiritual and physical health. -- Blackbookcentral.com, Spring 2003

Great information on everything from pregnancy, disease and menopause. Great way towards better health. Great addition to your library. -- Rolling Out Newspaper, March 20, 2003

Inspiring book. After reading, you too will start taking better care of yourself! -- Family Circle Magazine, From The Editor, March 4, 2003

McCloud and Ebron encourage women to put themselves first. -- Essence Magazine, February 2003

The medical and spiritual information applies to women of all races, since medicine is a universal language. -- Roswell Neighbor, February 12, 2003

 

Mid-Life Health and Wellness

From Library Journal

Written by an assistant surgeon general of the United States and a clinical psychologist, respectively, Prime Time is a wellness book aimed at African American women over the age of 40, covering issues such as heart disease, diabetes, menopause, and depression. The usual prescriptions of diet, exercise, and stress reduction are included, but each focuses on the medical and emotional needs of older black women in particular. Statistics dealing specifically with this group are used when available, and the authors do a good job of identifying certain diseases that may be more significant for African American women than for the general population. The authors intersperse their medical advice with personal stories about quitting smoking and dealing with the death of loved ones. This guide is similar to other books like Body & Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being (HarperPerennial, 1994) and The Black Women's Health Book (Seal, 1990) except that it focuses on older women. Affordable, comprehensive, and focused on a very specific population, this is recommended for public and consumer health libraries. Elizabeth Williams, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA

Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

© 2009 SunnyDaze LM

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      I love to see women wear hats to church. These pretty hats bring an air of respect to a church service.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      I love to see women wear hats to church. These pretty hats bring an air of respect to a church service.

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      KSara 6 years ago

      I absolutely love hats! I have always kept up with the latest trends in hat fashions and have been a hat maker for the past 2 years as a side hobby. If anyone is interested in actually learning how to make their own hats from scratch, I highly recommend this site: http://www.dawnapproaches.com/millinery.html . They carry a carry a collection of 17 vintage how to hatmaking books on a dvd-rom. I ordered one and got it in a few days and it has been one of the best hatmaking tools I have invested in. Highly recommend it!