The latest issue of Paper Magazine celebrates Erykah Badu’s unique style and talks about how this beautiful marriage of music and fashion started out.
Last year, Givenchy head Riccardo Tisci rang Badu up to ask if she’d be the face of his Afro-Japanese spring collection. Badu, who credits Tisci with “finishing my musical sentences visually with his designs,” obliged — and from the sensual draping to the splashy textiles, her influence was stamped all over the line. Swapping her signature Nefertiti headwrap for a top hat, Badu happily modeled and styled the multicultural collection, whose ads make a welcome statement in fashion with their racially diverse lineup. We phoned Badu at her Dallas home to talk about working with Tisci (as well as photographers Mert and Marcus, with whom she also worked on Tom Ford’s White Patchouli fragrance), why Rihanna excites her and the secret to being a lifelong noncomformist.