ITALIAN VOGUE INTERVIEW :
Evolving, Bold, Unrefined, Expressive.
Place you call home
Must have wardrobe items
Vibrant colours and print fabrics. High waisted silhouettes, statement shoes, easy dresses and Doc Martens for rainy days.
Marni, DVF, Acne, Opening Ceremony, J.Crew, Boxing Kitten.
One item every girl should have ?
“I believe every girl should own a pair of chic and comfortable flats.”
What is your definition of style ?
“The canvas of our individuality. An outlet for expression.”
Favourite places to shop?
“I do most of my shopping online with Net A Porter, Shopbop, Theoutnet. When I need the in store experience, Opening Ceremony in New York is always fun.”
“Diana Ross, Erykah Badu, the Fela Kuti Queens, my uber glam mother, Chaka Khan, Bjork and the girls on the street in my hood.”
Most valuable possessions
Where do you find inspiration?
“Travelling, diving into other cultures face first. The colours everywhere, the colour palette of shotgun houses in New Orleans, spices in Marrakesh, nail polishes on shelf at my favourite nail shop in Brooklyn. I just left Rwanda and have never seen colours used in such natural and spectacular way in my life. I see colour before I see any other element in design.”
Song of the moment?
CJ HILTON Cold Summer.
“I am very low maintenance. I think I am lucky when I get to wash my face at night. I occasionally get facials by a miracle worker in Los Angeles named Mirta. However, apparently getting facials is not the way to erase months of carelessness and angry pores. Sleep is vital, happiness is key so I feel the most beautiful with those two elements combined.”
Make up Routine
YSL concealer, Rimmel mascara, Rimmel pencil eyeliner, bright lips… Keep it moving
“I have never really been a bag girl.(Shoes is a whole other monster) but I am currently carrying a Mulberry bag that I love!”
Fondest childhood memory
“Too many good ones to share!”
“Happily Committed. It is not complicated, thank God!”
“I tend to adopt Tamar Braxton’s Motto over my OWN.COM.”
What does success means to you?
“Defining success on my own terms. First, being a loving and committed mother. I have failed in all things if I have not achieved that. Being an artist that creates to express the needs of my, and in the process hopefully inspiring others. Having the financial stability to support the lifestyle that makes me feel fulfilled. I know that happiness is a temporary state of mind, success means for me constantly growing, evolving to find that place.”
How do you feel about being recognise for your great sense of style?
“I feel completely flattered and also very humbled.”
Your wish list for the season?
“I am still on last season wish list! I still need to dive into some of the insane sales of things I drooled over but could not fix myself to buy new things when I have a new house to furnish. There is a pink and orange wool jacket from Bottega Veneta that I am lusting over. A yellow Proenza Skirt I have been trying to get my hands on forever. I am definitely into waiting until I can truly afford the statement pieces I love, that I will wear forever! I still have couture dresses that came out 4 years ago, that have not worn yet. I am definitely not in a rush to wear things because they are the new new. I guess when I will decide to wear those pieces people will be calling them vintage (Laughs).”
What is your opinion about the black representation in the fashion industry?
“I think it is evolving, and that is a beautiful thing! Now when I flip trough magazines I can see just as many beautiful black models in major campaigns as any other race. Unique, striking,beautiful women. I felt so extremely blessed to be Rimmel’s first black spokesperson, and to be embraced fully for being exactly who I am. And standing next to Kate Moss, with my Afro bigger than days light. I don’t by any means consider myself the most qualified for model material. I think that people tend to respond to what is real. Black women carry that flame with so much ease and confidence. It is being captured and celebrated on all fronts in fashion now. I have friends who are doing greats things, that movement is very real and well deserved!”
5 things you can´t live without?
Water, food, plants, sun and sex.
“My blood, sweat, tears and long awaited album, which is being mixed as we speak.”
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