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In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Teen Vogue unveiled images from its December cover shoot with Alabama rapper Chika. And while every photo looked insanely beautiful, there was one shot, in particular, that had us mesmerized: a still of the “Can’t Explain It” artist rocking a braided crown.
The visual, captured by photographer Kelia Anne, gave us nostalgic feels. Upon laying eyes on Chika with her braided crown cocked to the side, we were instantly reminded of an iconic photo of Christopher Wallace, the late and great rap legend who is better known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G. Coincidentally, the braided crown was inspired by the rap icon.
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“You said do I consider myself famous? No, I literally don’t. I always say I ain’t nobody. But I’ve always valued the work over the title and my presence. My presence means nothing if there is no kind of work to back it up.” December cover star Chika (@chikalogy) opens up at the link in bio.Photographer: @kelianne Stylist: @ericjmcneal Hair: @lacyredway Makeup: @porschefabulous Nails: @lisajachno Set Design: @jebuz
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Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway,who created the cool crown says Chika is about to take over the rap game.
“I guess I was subconsciously channeling Biggie from that [iconic] photo,” Redway told ESSENCE. “I dreamt up the crown, and I thought that I wanted to crown her the queen of the rap game. So I decided to make this crown.”Redway says Chika is one of the greats to come. We would have to agree.
And if you need more braided crown inspo, we’d be remiss not to shoutout the regal >our cover story with Tracee Ellis Ross. Time to crown yourselves, ladies!
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