Yeehaw!: See How The Black Cowboy Aesthetic Inspired Major Pop Culture Fashion Moments

Western Cowboy Fashion Style: Lil Nas X, Destiny's Child, Megan Thee Stallion

Yeehaw!: See How The Black Cowboy Aesthetic Inspired Major Pop Culture Fashion Moments

Lil Nas X, Destiny's Child, Megan Thee Stallion, and more!

Published April 5th

Written by Tira Urquhart

For many of us, Western Cowboy Culture has always been associated with White Americans and movies such as Indiana Jones, Broke Back Mountain, City Slickers. Still, some may not know that there is a legacy of Black Cowboys in America. Historians state that 1 in 4 cowboys was Black

The history of the black cowboy has mostly been erased from American culture, however in recent years, we've been seeing an influx of Pop Culture phenomenons paying homage to the Black Western aesthetic.

Western cowboy hats, chaps, cow prints, rhinestones, suede outfits, and fringe head-to-toe is now seen on the hottest celebrities, and in 2019 Lil Nas X took it to a different level. His "Old Town Road" hit went number one on Billboard within weeks, and the 21-year-old Atlanta native took home two Grammys for his song. He rolled up to the 2019 BET Awards on a horse and performed alongside Billy Ray Cyrus, wearing a yellow leather fringed look with a matching cowboy hat. Talk about swag!

In 2000, Houston native Beyoncé and Destiny's Child represented their roots with Western-inspired looks. And recently, "Houston Hottie" Meg Thee Stallion showed off her perfect curves donning leather chaps for a performance. 

There are also more Black Western-inspired movies taking over Hollywood. Netflix released a new film, Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, based on the novel "Ghetto Cowboy." The movie aids in bringing to light how Cowboys are deeply rooted in Black culture and Black history.

Related | 'Concrete Cowboy': Idris Elba Shares Why Black Hollywood Can Never Relax

Although Black Cowboy culture looks like it's on the rise, it has persisted for some time. Today, an organization of black community leaders in California called Compton Cowboys had blazed a trail by preserving the history and legacy of the black cowboy while also providing guidance to Compton's youth and keeping their communities safe. And Black-owned fashion brands such as Pyer Moss and Telfar continue to pay homage to the Black Cowboy figure through their designs. 

Take a look below at some of the significant fashion moments that Black Cowboy Culture inspires. 

  1. Destiny's Child
    Destiny's Child, whose album 'Survivor' was released today, pose for a photo during Hip Hop Week on MTV's TRL, a special week of hip hop music on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City. 5/1/01. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.
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    Winners of best international R'n'B act, Destiny's Child perform at London's Royal Albert Hall,  during the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards.   (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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    Destiny's Child sport their sexy customized Levi's looks at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
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  2. Megan Thee Stallion
    JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, July 8, included Tracy Morgan ("The ESPYS"), Patrick Mahomes II (Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs), Gwen Stefani, and musical guest Megan Thee Stallion. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
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    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Megan Thee Stallion (C) performs onstage during Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Billboard)
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  3. Lil Nas X
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lil Nas X, winner of Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)" and Album of the Year for his EP, 7 poses in the press room during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Billy Ray Cyrus (L) and Lil Nas X pose for a portrait at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
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    INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28: Lil Nas X poses backstage during the 2019 Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 28, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
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