Daydreams and Joyrides. SLAY TINASHE SLAY.
When are we gonna stop sleeping on Tinashe? Because these girls are not cutting it. I saw her live stream of her and i was amazed at how much talent is being slept on. Now let’s get into her SLAY for Paper Magazine.
Tinashe is standing on the front lawn of her childhood home in a suburb of Los Angeles, debating with her dad about which color to paint the recently repaired fence. She’s in sweats and glasses, a dramatic contrast to her glamorous onstage persona, and she’s trying to get herself motivated to pack for a massive three-month tour that will hit the States, Asia, Europe and Australia. As she edges around the grass, you wonder, “Do the neighbors know who she is?” As Tinashe settles into the massive brown couch in the living room, she confirms they do. “Uh, yeah,” she says. “They know.”
“You can’t have too many chefs in the kitchen,” she says, curled onto the couch. Her dad has disappeared into the other room and she speaks freely, clearly uninhibited. “You have to stay true to your own instincts and just have your own vision. I think that is very important. Otherwise you just get lost in the sauce.” She adds, “Especially as a young woman in the industry. A lot of people think, ‘Oh you’re just a cute girl.'” She cringes. “It has nothing to do with your artistry or your heart or work or anything like that. It’s obviously just about what you look like.”
“I don’t feel pressure to look any way so much as I feel pressure to act a certain way,” Tinashe reflects. “I feel the pressure to date around. People are always shocked to know that I don’t date around with other celebrities. [But] it’s just not my style. I’m not trying to be well known because of the people I’m dating, or the people that I’m seen with. I’d rather just be known for my music or my art.” She grins. “People will say something crazy like, ‘Why don’t you just go date Justin Bieber and be way more famous?’ I’m like, ‘What?'”
Styling by Sammy K for Cloutier Remix.
Photographer’s Assistant: Will Vaughn
Art Direction & Prop Stylist: Victoria Tam
Makeup: Emily Moses at Opus Beauty using Chanel Rouge
Hair: Frankie Payne at Opus Beauty using Number 4 Hair Care
Manicurist: Tracy Clemens at Opus Beauty