Sting with Authenticity

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

Muhammed Ali, the undoubtedly silver-tongued boxing champion of the world, proclaimed himself as ‘The Greatest’, wildly regarded as one of the most celebrated sportsman, died last week Friday (June 3rd 2016), at the age of 74, from respiratory complications.

Ali battled Parkinson’s disease for over three decades, a progressive neurological condition that gradually robbed him of his agility.

What does he have to do with fashion you may ask?

Muhammad Ali, was known for his easy glides and poise in the boxing ring, his personality and striking stature. Ali was also a dapper gentleman with a crisp sense of style, effortlessly clad, ahead of his time with his choice of snugly fit suits and narrow/bow ties. In his prime, he rocked sunglasses to press conferences, mastered the perfect flattop fro, paired leather gloves with trench coats and carried leather briefcases to finish off his looks. Not to forget his cut sleeves sweatshirts that has become a timeless look. Ali’s style was immaculate, though what overshadowed was his conviction of himself and the truth. Making him the perfect example of substance over style.

Ali was the perfect model of someone who embodied greatness in all he did. Beyond the boxing ring, he burst into national attention in the early 1960s, when as a young heavyweight champion he converted to Islam and refused to serve in the Vietnam War. His words have become an anthem for many. He called himself Muhammad as his free name, taught us to be free, unshackled by the imaginary bounds we’re placed upon. He exemplified dignity during his trails and spoke volumes on the oneness of humanity. 

He made it his mission to become an emblem of strength, eloquence and one of audacity at a time of deep divides. Ali transcended all barriers of race and religion. His fights embodied much greater battles. He gave resonance to many (marginalized) folks and with his humbleness as a champion lead a life filled with philanthropy.