The rapper tells us how he really feels about a red lip.
We met A$AP at the Soho House in Toronto, speech slow and heads aching from a few too many Belvedere vodka-somethings at our fashion week party the night before. But the hangover was no match for A$AP’s savoir-faire—he totally schooled us with his encyclopedic fashion knowledge. We sat down with him in a Kindergarten show-and-tell-like circle and learned the A to Z's on fashion - literally. He gave us the golden-grilled goods on witch hazel, purple lipstick and his philosophy on women’s beauty (and er, the facts of life?). Break out that Moleskine, ladies, because this worth taking notes...
On his skincare regime: "Honestly, I haven’t been told my skin is flawless. What I use is something called Witch Hazel to cleanse and exfoliate every day. You’ve got to exfoliate, you know?"
On his hair care regime: "For my hair, I don’t have to wash it as often because it's just like easy. I can just tie it down and just wake up and just grease it and make sure it’s still moist and that’s it. For black people, dirt actually makes our hair grow. I know you probably don’t believe it, but it’s true. I wash my hair once a week."
On girls wearing makeup: "But you girls don’t understand how much you mess up your skin. You can’t help it, but make-up is the worst thing you can do to your skin. I love girls natural, but I don’t mind make-up. There’s nothing wrong with it, there’s really nothing wrong with it. See, guys like us we just like—well me, I only speak for myself, but guys like me, I’m used to normal. I’m used to real. Like yeah, your shit is going to stink, you’re real, you know? You piss, you bleed, you laugh, you cry—you’re human. So makeup is just like an artificial expression if you ask me. When it’s time to get all dazzled up or you’re going out, then fine. I like red lips, it’s fine. I’m going to be real, though: it’s bad for making out, because it gets on the guys."
- As told to The Coveteur by A$AP Rocky
Photographed & interviewed at Soho House Toronto, a private member’s club for people in creative industries.