Flo Milli’s influence knows no bounds. Since her debut, the Alabama native has crafted a solid brand that falls at the intersection of megawatt talent and a concrete work ethic. Whether it’s creating music focused on female empowerment or delivering fiercely intelligent rhymes, she’s certainly made her mark on the music industry. Which is why it should come as no surprise that she’s taking her arsenal of talents to another realm: fashion. Flo Milli recently debuted her line of Cheetos-inspired sneakers in collaboration with The Creative Era creative designer Whitney House. The sneaker line debuted exclusively at “Yachts Beats and Art” aboard the mega SeaFair hosted by Cheetos and Rock The Bells at this year’s Miami Art Basel. The rapper was excited to participate in this collaborative effort due to her affinity for sneakers and the iconic snack brand.
“Little do people know, I love sneakers; even though I just started wearing heels, I love dressing up and performing in sneakers, and they’ve always been my thing,” Flo Milli told For(bes) The Culture. “I also thought the collab was dope because I love Cheetos and I used to eat them as a kid, so that made me want to do this. I feel like this is the start of something bigger, and I’m looking forward to doing more. fashion stuff “.
Regarding his favorite part of the sneaker design process, Flo Milli said it was collaborating with House.
“My favorite part had to be getting to know Whitney more,” said Flo Milli. “Just knowing their story made me want to collaborate even more. We actually share the same astrological signs – I really love stuff like that.”
Throughout her career, the musician has not only received praise for her music but also for her fashion sense. Slowly but surely crafting a style as unique and brilliant as his sound, the MC considers his predecessors, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah and her older sister, to have significant influences on his style.
“If I’m being honest, I’ve been lucky because I’ve never had a personal style. I’m from Alabama and we don’t have that many resources when it comes to styling,” said Flo Milli. “I really love Missy Elliot because I compare myself to her a lot, especially in terms of style. I also love Aaliyah’s style, and I feel like we have similar styles sometimes when it comes to me wearing baggy clothes. Lastly, I would say what an older sister, because I’ve always admired her.”
The “May I” rapper may have been catapulted into the hearts of many fans around the world, but he’s also garnered equal support from legends of the hip-hop and fashion industry. Misa Hylton, founder of the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy and architect behind many of the iconic looks worn by Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and more, has nothing but admiration for the performer. Hylton, who has lent his Flo Milli-esque creative vision on many occasions, saw his greatness early on.
“When I saw Flo Milli and I heard her music and I saw her style and I saw her natural beauty and talent, that’s what I see in all my clients. I only see the great things in someone when they stand out and I feel like that’s just my gift and something I got to see from Biggie Smalls, Mary J. Blige and so many others, I started with so many people from the beginning, and I was happy to be a part of the beginning of Flo’s career, and I’m even more excited for Jenna Tyson now, being his stylist and them creating a path together and making noise.”