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ARTICLE ZAC BAYLY

PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY / BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY

STYLIST JODIE BARNES

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HBD STEPHANIE SEYMOUR

BROOKE CANDY

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Makeup Florrie White for NUDE skincare (D+V Management)  Hair Karin Bigler for Sebastian (D+V Management)  Manicure Shardae Green for OPI  Digital technician Dave Imms  Photo assistants Edd Horder and James Donovan  Fashion assistants Manuel Estevez and Polly Butler  Makeup assistant Nelson Catarino  Hair assistant Declan Sheils  Production Chantelle-Shakila Tiagi (REP Limited)  retouching provision  Location Spring Studios, London  Special thanks Hannah Holland

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BROOKE CANDY

PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY / BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY
FASHION JODIE BARNES
TEXT Zac Bayly



It might surprise you to learn that Brooke Candy—whose near-naked, booty-shakin’ video clip for “Das Me” went viral in October 2012—isn’t out to shock. In fact, the 24-year-old American rapper, whose singles include “I Wanna Fuck Right Now” and “Pussy Make The Rules,” has plans to record melodic pop music.   

“I’m working towards world domination,” she says without a trace of irony. “My music right now is very polarizing. There are people that will listen to my music before they go out, but it’s not melodic shit that everyone can listen to, and I want to make that…What’s important is my message, not my music, you know? My music takes a backseat to my message.”  

That message is one of furious feminism and gay pride. An outcast at school, Candy was kicked out after coming out. She lived in her car for a year and a half, working as a stripper and at an “illegal weed clinic.” She began freestyle rapping at clubs. Not long after someone uploaded a video of her debut performance to YouTube, she stole the show as a pink-haired Mad Max-esque entity in the video for Grimes’s hit single “Genesis.” Since then she’s become the most-watched new figure in the music industry.   

Candy is determined to make it to the top. She oozes confidence and conviction, barely drawing breath while outlining her agenda. “It was hard for me, growing up,” she says. “I wish that there had been someone who was weird and successful and cool and gay and all these things that I would have looked up to. I’m trying to be something that would appeal to the 13-year-old me. I stand for people who don’t fit in. I want them to understand that they can fall and they can fail and they can live out of their car and they can feel like nothing and have their family hate them and feel like shit and still come out of that shining and fucking winning—because I did it. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Florrie White for NUDE skincare (D+V Management)  Hair Karin Bigler for Sebastian (D+V Management)  Manicure Shardae Green for OPI  Digital technician Dave Imms  Photo assistants Edd Horder and James Donovan  Fashion assistants Manuel Estevez and Polly Butler  Makeup assistant Nelson Catarino  Hair assistant Declan Sheils  Production Chantelle-Shakila Tiagi (REP Limited)  retouching provision  Location Spring Studios, London  Special thanks Hannah Holland

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