When Miss Eaves dropped her body-pos summer jam “Thunder Thighs,” something beyond its encouraging message caught our interest: the colorful, exciting styling within it, ranging from eye-popping neons to funky cat-laden skater skirts. Turns out, this was just the tip of the iceberg for the multi-hyphenate known as Shanthony Exum.
As a well-rounded creative human—an “illustrator, a rapper, a designer and a street-style photographer”—and ball of good energy, Exum let Jezebel visit her home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, to see how the style made the woman, and the woman made the style. In this case, she literally made the style, showing us a melange of wacky earrings she’s crafted via plastic toys and everyday items, and also letting us peek in on her range of Frida Kahlo and cat-inspired garments.
But with Clothes Whores, it’s never just about the items—it’s about what they say about the woman, and how she relates to them. With Exum, her desire for her clothes to be “joyous, exuberant, just really fun and easy,” could describe her entire aura, and her oeuvre; positive, bright, unique, and cool as hell. Feminasty, Miss Eaves’s latest album, is out now.
Video by Phoebe Bradford and Zoe Stahl.