STARRING IFE IBRAHEEM OF Z MAGAZINE
by TOBI GBILE
STARRING IFE IBRAHEEM
WHO IS SHE?
NAME: Ife Ibraheem
HOMETOWN: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
UNIVERSITY: Fordham University Lincoln Center Class of 2025FUTURE PLANS: Fashion / Creative Director for a major fashion house or magazine; Celebrity Stylist
Personally, I love to get a read on who and what is up next — especially in times like these where we're finally up and out in the world again. I couldn't think of anyone better to be the covergirl of this month's issue, than Ife Ibraheem, who is probably one of the coolest teenagers on the planet, and most definitely the modern day reincarnation of True Jackson, VP.
Before graduating from high school (yes, you are reading that right), the future Fordham University student and two of her friends started Z Magazine, the LA based fashion and lifestyle magazine that you most definitely don't want to sleep on. No surprise why her style is LITERALLY unmatched.
Right after I graduated from high school, I started Girl With Purple Gucci's — in an effort to start my career in the music, TV, and fashion industry. Let's just say that it's worked out so far :)
Your Creative Director job opening? Keep it on ice. It's Ife's.
You heard it here first. This is a glimpse into what I'll be listening to all summer long. Standouts include TGBEAM, SILVER SPHERE, and Bleachers!
SZNL TO WATCH
What have I recently discovered that I can't get out of my head?!
Up and coming indie pop artist
SILVER SPHERE first came across my radar in 2019 when I stumbled upon her single: boys in bands - a slow and steady pop record with a throwback instrumental, where Silver SWEARSSSS that she's done with boys who play guitars and drums in their moms' garages.
Then, I slept on her for a year, and while wathing Season 2 of The Hills: New Beginnings, perked up my ears when I heard a voice that was eerily reminiscent of hers on the soundtrack. And that's when I discovered ghosts!, and her 2020 EP, "all my boyfriends".
Let's just say that since that episode — I have not stopped looping ghosts!.
Her lyrics are reminiscent of a make-believe world in which Lorde went to high school in the US in the 2010s and was plagued with boy craziness (HEARRRRD that).
Her sound is breathable and her production is blessed by the likes of Dylan Brady on tracks such as football game.
And I love EVERY SECOND OF IT!
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
I first came across this podcast in 2018, before moving to Germany to start my job in the sports fashion industry.
So often, black women are expected to be the strongest, most individualistic, independent women in the world. We can't carry all of society on our back, and we too need support to live and thrive in the world that we do.
That's where Therapy for Black Girls comes in.
It's hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia, and the topics range from body image, to menstrual health, to how music and dance impact our mental health.
How can we be our best selves if we aren't taking the time to self-care? If you (like me, tbqh) need to invest more in recharging and rebuilding to become the best version of yourself, this podcast is definitely for you!
If you know me, you know I LOVE reality television, and there isn't a week that goes by where I don't watch it, while simultaneously telling my friends what's the latest on how Audrina Partridge and Brody Jenner's re-budding relationship is doing on The Hills: New Beginnings, or who was just eliminated on last week's episode of The Bachelorette.
So you can probably understand my excitement when I was able to bring my passion for reality TV to my 9to5 in an impactful way last month — by bringing in an iconic, fan-favorite from Season 25 of The Bachelor, Chelsea Vaughn, to have an open and honest conversation with myself (and our audience of nearly 200 adidas employees) around our hair journeys as black women, and how hers affected her experience one of the biggest reality shows of all time.
We tackled elements of texturism + the Black hair journey, the Western Beauty Standard, the impacts they have on BIPOC youth, and how they impacted her experience on and after The Bachelor.The response, engagement, and positive sentiment from my colleagues is a true reminder that there is a strong desire to learn about all aspects of the BIPOC experience.Overjoyed that Chelsea, adidas United Voices and I were able to bring this conversation to the brand!
The truth gem? Don't be afraid to bring your passions and interests into the workplace. It's these unique qualities that opened the door for all of us in the first place. Why would you leave them at the entrance?
Did I mention that I am a published author? Click the links below to purchase my first teenage fiction novel: "The Stunnerz"!
Amazon (kindle/ereader versions available)
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© 2021 Tobi Gbile