Cameos: Alyssa O., Fantasia Young, and Sean D. Henry Smith
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Good news from this month’s cameos, who all agree on at least one thing: when it comes to personal style, comfort comes first. So sit back and relax as they fill you in on their favorite outfits, playlists, creative collabs, and all-around fundamentals for living the good life.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I grew up in Fresno, CA. It gets a lot of shit but I love it here! I’ve met so many gems. Currently I still live here but I’ll be moving to the Bay Area hopefully by the end of this year. I’m getting tired of this damn heat.
What’s your signature style? It’s definitely still evolving, but I’m really drawn to dark colors and textured fabrics. I love silk and mesh and fur. I love feeling and looking comfy. Big jackets over slips or short skirts. Oh and hoops, always. Lots of gold jewelry. I gravitate towards plain pieces because it leaves more room to get crazy with accessories and my nails.
What are the beauty and skincare products you can’t live without? I’m a Paula’s Choice stan ... her BHA exfoliator and products for breakout-prone skin are the TRUTH. They cleared up my cystic acne within a week. Also tons of coconut oil after I shower.
Fav song to get you going or cheer you up? It changes daily but right now it’s probably “Sunshine” by DJ Manny. It’s a Roy Ayers flip and really good to get ready to.
What gives you hope? A lot of things, I think something that’s been giving me a lot of hope lately is seeing women being true to themselves, and doing what they want to on their own terms ... and people being here for it! That’s definitely not something I was familiar with seeing a lot until later on in my life and I love it, it’s really inspiring and beautiful.
What are you craving these days? More time!
Any people or projects you want to hype? So many that come to mind, but one of the first is @earthaklitt, her work is so unique and crazy. She has this really cool shirt up on Spreadshirt that I ordered recently called “We F****n’ Hate You Donald Trump” I wore it for a week straight. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.
Also Maia, creator of WET NATURE. She’s so sweet and talented, I’ve seen some people picking up her work in different pockets of the Internet and the attention is well-deserved. Hopefully you’ll see a collab of some sort from us soon.
Where are you from? Where do you live now? I grew up in Decatur, GA. I reside in Marietta now.
What’s your signature style? Comfortable. I like to do a bold or glittery eye shadow and over-sized tees with tights.
What’s your beauty and skincare routine? Any products you can’t live without? I wash my face with Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. After rinsing my face with cold water, I put their Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip on my nose. Let it stay on for 15 minutes, peel, and rinse. When I have a breakout I do a banana and honey face mask. I use 100% Shea butter and lavender oil from head to toe. Lately, I’ve also been using Shea Moisture’s coconut and hibiscus body lotion. A few beauty products I can’t live without are shea butter, African black soap, and tea tree oil.
Fav song to cheer you up? I listen to “Fancy Clown” by MF Doom when I’m in a shit mood. Or any mood, really. I’m so into his style. I love his “super villain” stage persona and unique lyrics and lyrical abilities.
Fav item of clothing in your closet? I have these baby blue tights that I really love. I peed in them while I was drunk one night, and haven’t worn them since. Still my favorite though.
Lessons learned from 2016 so far? Never trust, and also, lemon makes a great antiperspirant.
What gives you hope? I give myself hope.
What do you want to see more of this year? I’d love to see people creating their own waves, instead of riding each other’s shit.
Any people or projects you wanna hype? @Trillpharoe is an extremely talented artist from New Orleans, he does all of my tattoos and makes amazing art. He’s one of the humble ones. And @gucciwomane is another badass artist in Atlanta completely doing her thing and prospering. I’m proud and appreciative of every young person doing their thing. @JE55ICAFANT is a super tight musical artist, and just badass all around.
@Indiaelle_ and @witchycleo are two extremely talented models in Atlanta making shit shake. I want to give a huge shoutout to someone who recently passed away, Taylor Crenshaw (@nicolemilfie). A beautiful genius, a mother, a daughter, and an icon with a blunt personality.
Sean D. Henry-Smith
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Miami. I am currently based in Syracuse.
What’s your signature style?
I was once told never to leave the house looking a way I wouldn’t want my mugshot taken. With that in mind, and the sentiments of my mom (who still chastises me if I send her a selfie with an un-ironed T-shirt; “Ya cyan’t iron ya shirt, bwoy?”), I feel like my signature style is neat and comfortable, minimal and intentional. Recently, I’ve been more focused on what works best for my body type, and allows for freedom of movement – both literally and between spaces; I like being able to wear something to work and to a casual gathering afterward. I have a soft spot for drapey shirts, stripes, cropped pants, and everything linen. And Huaraches.
Fav song to get you going or cheer you up? Late the other night, deep in conversation, “Best to You” from the new Blood Orange album started playing and I couldn’t stop myself from singing and dancing. There’s an embarrassing Snapchat in my CIA file somewhere. I FEEL MY BONES I FEEL MY BONES I FEEL MY BONES
Nina Simone’s performance of “Lil Liza Jane” at the 1960 Newport Folk Festival can ease me out of any darkness. From the very start, “Where’s my tambourine? Can’t forget my tambourine, boy,” my heart begins to smile.
What are you craving these days? More intimate engagement with nature and mangos in Miami with my mom and more tattoos.
Any people or projects you want to hype? I have been so blessed by SHYBOI’s “Anansesem,” Mhysa’s “You Not About That Lyfe,” and NONAME’s Telefone. Sade Murphy’s new new in glitterMOB. Anaïs Duplan’s interview with Elysia Crampton and Fred Moten at Ploughshares. MAMI at the Knockdown Center; Rodan Tekle’s video installation (I don’t even know where to begin). Rafia Santana’s work (I have been seeing Free in my mind’s eye for weeks now). Rahma (@goyaguayaba) on Twitter. MOMMY AND KEISHA AND KERRY-ANN AND BRANDY. THE SOON COMING VIRGO SEASON (and Queen Virgo Nikki Wallschlaeger).