I love learning and documentaries are perfect for that. And if there's one thing Netflix has a lot of it's documentaries! But with so many options which ones do you choose? Grab your popcorn and hot chocolate because I lined up my favorite 5 documentaries for you about inspiring people that we can all learn from.
1. Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer
Jeremy Scott is a creative genius. Did you see the pill bag he created for Moschino recently?
In this documentary you learn more about the humble beginnings of Jeremy and how growing up in a small town in in Missouri allowed him to tap into the power of his imagination. Even though he wasn't surrounded by creative fashionista's, Jeremy Scott was a trendsetter in more ways than one and was able to transform his passion for fashion into his carreer. One thing I didn't know is that he was an autodidact at first and later did fashion studies which allowed him to combine the best of both worlds. Want to know how he made his debut at Moschino? Then make sure you watch
Iris Apfel is so creative and unique that they organized an exhibition with some of her most memorable outfits. Although there was no budget to promote it, it became a hit thanks to word of mouth. Whether you know her for her signature glasses, chunky bracelets or bigger than life necklaces, Iris has mastered the art of combining wordly styles, high fashion and low budget items creating gorgeous looks that are breath taking. Her documentary was so relatable because like Iris I love travel and fashion. But my favorite part was when I saw that she also shops at Kaarta Fabrics in Harlem, one of my 6 favorite fabric shops in New York! Iris' documentary inspired me to up my accessories game because like she says 'it needs to tell a story'.
3. What Happened Miss Simone?
I love how Nina Simone turned her pain into her power and used her gift to educate people but also make a difference. Although Nina was a brilliant artist and her music helped black people feel proud about who they are her life wasn't easy and she had a couple of demons to battle in her private life. This is a must-see if you want to learn more about Nina Simone and what role she played in the black civil rights movement. It also inspired me to create this DIY Painted Dress
4. The 100 Years Show
In an age where fame and success seem instant with social media, it was more than inspiring to learn that Carmen Herrera waited almost a century for hers to manifest. Carmen is a Cuban artist living in New York whose work was 'discovered' when she was in her 90s. She is 101 years old now and has an exciting exhibition coming up next year! If you feel like giving up or that you're too old to follow your dreams, this documentary is a must-see!
5. You Laugh But It's True
They say that we often like the people because of how they make us feel. I like Trevor Noah because he makes me feel smart, informed about the news and makes me laugh at the same time. I recently got cable TV and started watching The Daily Show. I love how Trevor stands up for minorities (all of them, not just blacks) and is able to brilliantly combine humor with journalism. Thanks to the help of his fabulous team as well ;-)
And let's not forget the Africa jokes! It reminds me of when I was in New York last year with my friend Joanna and everywhere we went people would ask if we were models. I'd say yes (I couldn't dissappoint them, now could I?) and that we were from Zamunda and they would get beyond excited. Off course at that moment I lost every inch of respect for them. Haven't they seen Coming To America? That movie is a classic
But back to Trevor Noah's beginnings. If you didn't know it already he's from South Africa where his carreer as a comedian began. On The Daily Show he's always wearing the finest suits whereas in the documentary he was dressed in regular clothes and looked like any regular guy in Africa, and that contrast was lovely to see. And although most documentaries glorify their subjet of affection I thought it was quite peculiar that they showed other South African comedians who openly criticized him. In my opinion it looked like the comments were racial driven but go see yourself and let me know what your opinion is!
Have you seen any of these documentaries? If so, which one(s)?