If you’ve been following this site for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge proponent of females in country music. Beyond the fact that they inspire me musically and get my heart racing when they sing, they also inspire and encourage me to feel confident in the beauty department. When they’re up on stage rocking a certain style or giving make-up advice, I pay attention. Over the years, Country Music has become more and more fashionable, with the women stepping away from boots and jeans and exploring the world of beauty on a higher level. Which makes all the sense in the world; fashion, beauty, and music have a lot in common. They’re all creative ways that we express who we are and what we’re about, and it’s so easy to take that message and convey it in a music video or stage performance to add to the entire atmosphere of the show. So, welcome to our newest column, SOUTHERN BEAUTY. I’ll be dedicating a little corner of this website to beauty and fashion as it correlates to the beautiful women of country music.
The first stop in our wonderful world of country are those corsets we’re seeing on artists ranging from the up-and-coming to the major superstars. With CMA Fest on ABC this weekend, you may have unknowingly already seen one in action on the stunning Miranda Lambert. The Platinum and black corset she wore on stage was specifically designed for her by Ani & Ari. Not only was it made to g
o with the theme of her newest album, this handmade corset had over 6,000 rhinestones, the perfect amount of sparkle for a festival the size and reach of CMA Fest.
Ani & Ari are Nashville locals with a knack for showstopping designs that have become a staple on the music scene. Comprised of sisters Danielle and Ariel Tredway, who were born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, they moved to Nashville shortly after graduating from their individual colleges in 2011. It was shortly after launching their couture corsets, that are individually crafted and inspired by Danielle’s vivid imagination, that the company really began to take off. Their attention to detail, beautiful handmade craftmanship, and show stopping style have caught the eye of artists across the country music landscape. Beyond Miranda, they’ve designed corsets for Carrie Underwood, Raelynn, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. That’s just to name a few!
More recently, you’ve seen one of their stunning visions in The Voice’s Raelynn “God Made Girls” music video. More than just a corset, this custom dress was a vision of soft floral and a high-lo skirt that added to the ethereal, girly feel of the cinematic video. As they’re first foray into styling a full music video (rather than just giving over a few pieces), they really did exceptional job of matching not only the set, but the feel and meaning of the song itself. This isn’t the first of Ani & Ari you’ve seen on Raelynn recently, they even custom designed four different looks during CMA week for her to rock on various red carpets, catapulting their name to even bigger fame.
Some of my favorite corsets they’ve made include the ones from 2013’s CMA Fest, specifically, Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert in a custom designed American flag corset. It was custom made
for the groups debut LP Field performance of the National Anthem. The American flag sparkled thanks to the hand stitched Dolly Parton rhinestones, giving even more power to the beauty of the song they were singing as it sparkled in the glow of the flashing stadium lights. There was also Miranda Lambert’s pink flame corset, which pretty much blew the audience away from the second she stepped out on stage rocking the tight little number, making her look like even more of a badass when you add in those painted on leather pants.
Ani & Ari have already made a name for themselves, not only in the world of country music, but beyond. To learn more about them and see pictures of their most recent work, head on over to their official website.
What are some of your favorite corsets that you’ve seen the stars rock? Let us know by leaving a comment below or tweeting us @JukeboxMixtape.