Her clothes reflect her world view

CANDID CLOSET

In the way she dresses, Queen Ma'at Myasia, aspiring writer and editor, expresses her own uniqueness and her place in the world.

July 01, 1999|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

Dawn Scroggins, who recently changed her name to Queen Ma'at Myasia, answers the phone with the word "peace." It is her wish to greet you with peace and to leave you with peace. And in between, there is Myasia herself, whose sense of style -- a blend of black pride and her unique world view -- communicates its own sense of peace.

But peaceful for Myasia doesn't mean bland. She loves her platform shoes, long patchy skirts and brilliant Afrocentric head wraps. Growing up in primarily white Dundalk and then attending a traditionally black college before transferring to Towson University, Myasia had a cultural awakening.

"Once I started knowing more about myself and how I related to my heritage, I understood how I wanted to represent myself," says Myasia, a 22-year-old aspiring writer and editor who founded a publication called "Black Voices" at Towson. "I saw myself as a queen."

What do certain articles of clothing represent for you?

I love platforms. I want to be elevated in everything I do. And I always wear skirts that are three-quarter length, as a symbol of the Earth, which is three-quarters covered with water.

Are your bell bottoms a recent addition?

I really love that style. A lot of things like bells I've incorporated from the past. History always repeats itself. But I always wore bell bottoms; they were never a fad for me.

Talk about your head wraps.

I go to fabric stores for my hair wraps, or sometimes I go to thrift stores. I either work with it or get somebody else to make it. Sometimes I just use the fabric, but usually I have my own unique way of adding certain things, like patches. I put my own individuality into them.

How do you wear your hair?

I just wear it out in a big Afro and usually have it in a head wrap. I can do different things with my hair in a natural state, either an Afro or corn-row it or twist it.

What do you look for in thrift shops?

I go for anything unique: pocketbooks, belts, dresses or coats.

Do you have clothing made?

If I have an idea and can't put it together myself. I was in New York once, going through thrift shops, and I saw a woman wearing something really unique. She told me she made it and gave me her phone number. She made me a wrap skirt of different patches and different colors.

Do you ever shop in a real store?

It has to be really something that's a necessity, like a T-shirt.

What does your clothing say about you?

That I'm unique in everything I do. That I'm serious-minded but also have that little playful side to me.

Do you know any snappy dressers? Let us know. Write to Stephanie Shapiro, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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