Contemporary Around The Way Girl

Hey everyone!

Growing up my Dad had a ton of snapbacks and was just the coolest person alive to me. I wanted to be just like him. He’d tell me and my brother stories of how he’d always be late to first period because everybody wanted to talk to him and dap him up in the hallways on the way to class. As I got older, I knew I wanted to capture his essence of cool for myself.

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I knew what vibes I wanted give off and for me, they were very Oakland, very black, and very unapologetic. I did unconventional things, used a lot of slang in conjuncture with academic prose, made a lot of facial expressions, collected records, did poetry, shopped in the men’s section at Forever21, during the process of developing my own style I thought I was lit, LOL. I put a spin on what I thought my Dad’s aesthetic of cool was and made it my own. It took me a minute, but I made it a point to make myself comfortable in my own skin, and once I reached a certain level of comfort, the level of cool that proceeded it was effortless.

I’ve always kind of considered myself a contemporary ‘Around the Way Girl’, especially once I figured out how to comfortably rock men’s clothes too. If anyone asked me, I just knew I was either the lyrics to LL Cool J’s ‘Around The Way Girl’ or one of the background dancers in Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ video. Either one or a combination of both was me. I knew I was very different and this look is one of many that captures me owning that.

This is a Men’s shirt btw, and you may be wondering the same thing I did when I found it. What could guys possibly know about Clueless, a 90’s cult classic? Probably nothing, LOL.

Hope this inspired you, until next time :)

Peace,

Dij<3

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