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Hair: Yohey Nataksuka using Bumble and Bumble Makeup: Satsuki Soma using MAC Cosmetics Manicure: Eri Narita Barcode t-shirt with fur by LPD New York Dress by A Détacher Shoes by Adidas

which makes sense considering her stage name was inspired by Wu-Tang Clan’s enigmatic lyricist himself, RZA, as well as the Supreme Alphabet: “A stands for Allah, the S stands for Savior Sovereign, and the zigzag A stands for embodiment of self,” she said. And while SZA has a strong sense of sovereignty, as the oftrepeated “First Lady of TDE,” she’s also quite comfortable being one of the boys. “Here’s the thing, in hip-hop, it’s more glorified, but there’s crew mentality in music, period. I think it’s just more obvious in hip-hop. But I feel like it’s an indicator that I would be separate from the guys and I don’t feel that way,” she said. And as one of the guys, SZA gleefully opines about her past juvenile delinquent activities: smoking weed, go-karting and spray-painting. In fact, the Z artwork is fittingly an actual beer label, epitomizing SZA’s upbringing as a “suburbanite.” “It spoke to

all my camping trips I’ve ever taken and it spoke to my days playing in the creek with my friends…running from the cops and having golf course parties and just all kinds of stupid nonsense.” Her fashion sense follows the same outline. Calling herself “deliberately casual,” she jokes about buying Hawaiian shirts at Kmart: “I think fashion speaks to who you are so much and I think if there’s something that’s off, it’s like you’re talking to people that don’t know you.” As she gears up to release her first full-length album later this year, SZA is working on communicating her charmingly weird persona to the world: “I just want people to hear me clearly and I think now that I’m on a bigger platform, sometimes you have to talk louder in every way.” Luckily for us, we hear her loud and clear.

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Relapse Magazine - Fall 2014  

The Current State of Mind: For this issue, we explore and celebrate the most up-to-date viewpoints in New York City fashion and culture.

Relapse Magazine - Fall 2014  

The Current State of Mind: For this issue, we explore and celebrate the most up-to-date viewpoints in New York City fashion and culture.

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