Getting Ready

Meet the Rising Fashion Star Who Pregames with ’70s Music and Doritos

Here’s what happened when Cordell Broadus invited us over before a Dior party.

By: Leah Faye Cooper
Photography: Ben Ritter

“Can I get you some water? Let me pour you some water!”

It’s a few hours before the annual Guggenheim International Gala, hosted by Dior, and Cordell Broadus is making a turkey sandwich at a friend’s airy loft in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and pouring everyone in the room a glass of water. Dressed in a long white robe, he smiles incessantly, is generous with compliments (he says he loves my hair), and spends much of the evening laughing—sometimes at himself, sometimes when talking about his father, famed rapper Snoop Dogg, or his grandfather, affectionately known as Poppa Snoop across the internet.

A junior at UCLA studying film and television, he’s on a break from school while pursuing various projects. In addition to taking the reins as creative director of L.A.-based streetwear brand Joyrich, he’s working on a short film for Kangol and also modeling, most recently walking for Dolce & Gabbana and Phillip Plein.

Tonight, however, is all about Dior, and by the end of our time with Broadus, he’s dressed in the label head-to-toe, his complexion gleaming thanks to a Dior face mask. It was an evening filled with ’70s music, Cool Ranch Doritos, and a very indulgent bubble bath—a Getting Ready we won’t soon forget.

“This sandwich is a sandwich I’ve been making since I was six years old. I would always resort to these when I didn’t have any more leftovers or I didn’t want any more leftovers. It’s just a regular sandwich with smoked turkey breast—no lettuce or tomatoes or anything like that. I like to eat my food extremely plain.”

“These are the best Doritos. Cool Ranch. If I was at my house in L.A., I would have made breakfast. That’s my real pregame food. I would have made eggs, waffles, and a grilled cheese. The waffles would be Leggo my Eggos [laughs]. For the grilled cheese, I put butter on both sides and use two pieces of cheese. I make it real brown, but I never burn it.”

“I’m going to be honest, I don’t work out anymore. I just eat well and drink a lot of water. A lot of water.”

“I’m using the Mixed Chicks shampoo and conditioner, and I’m actually looking for a new lotion. I want to use something coconut-oil-based. [This is] the Dior Hyrad Life Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask.”

“I use Secret deodorant. Don’t tell anybody!”

“I have bathtubs at my house, but I haven’t taken one there yet. I’m gonna have to start doing that now because this is real soothing. I feel so relaxed right now. I feel like a merman or something [laughs].”

“I listen to a lot of ’70s music. I love the Super Fly soundtrack and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. ‘Hope That We Can Be Together Soon’ is one of my favorite songs. I grew up listening to ’70s music. My dad doesn’t listen to hip-hop.”

“I’ve been really obsessed with the color red, so I’ve been researching all different tones, and I decided to dye my hair burgundy. I had a friend do it. I don’t think I’ll ever do it [myself] because I don’t want to mess it up—I don’t want to take that risk. My friend did it at the house. She went to Target and got some stuff and hooked me up. I love it. [Also] a haircut is extremely important. I get my hair cut twice a week. You feel so confident after a cut.”

“When I’m getting dressed, it’s really important that I feel confident before somebody else tells me they like [what I’m wearing]. If I like it, I know I’ll feel better about the way I look. I’m not somebody who’s looking for people to like my outfit. I’m wearing it because I like it and it makes me feel good.”

“I feel immaculate. I feel influential. I feel innovative. I feel like me.”

“Before I leave the house for an event, I Facetime or call five of my family members. I make sure I talk to my mom, dad, grandfather, sister, and brother. I always want them to hear my voice because it’s a crazy world—you never know what could happen. And I think staying connected to your family while you’re traveling and working is really, really important, because you don’t want to get lost in this world chasing something, you know what I mean?”

“I’ve been practicing being vulnerable. I want people to know that nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes and we all have funny family members and we all do crazy stuff at times. I want people to see that because in entertainment, they don’t really shine a light on that. I don’t want to mislead anybody, I want people to see the real deal, and that’s what you’re going to get on my Instagram. You’re going to see who I really am and who the people around me really are.”

“Sometimes I’m an introvert. I’m weird [laughs]. I’m a Pisces. We’re fishes in life, we swim and we just know automatically where to go. We follow our instincts. We know a lot, but we don’t say a lot.”

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