“Icy is bougie, it’s expensive, it’s high maintenance,” explains Diamonté Harper, better known as Saweetie. “Icy is a hustle.” The moniker comes from a nickname Harper’s grandmother used to call her as child. Sweetie because, well, she is undeniably adorable, and the extra a because, as the rapper puts it, “I have some extra sizzle.” And certainly she does. Born and raised in California’s Bay Area, platinum-haired Harper remembers writing poetry as a young child, piecing together words—some random at times—to form beautiful series of mouth work. Soon, she turned to music, reflecting on her own mixed house upbringing (Harper’s mother is Chinese Filipino and her father is African American) as well as moments of independence, love, and self-worth in assailing freestyles and bouncy tracks.
Her first single,”Icy Girl,” debuted on Sound Cloud earlier this year and immediately became her calling card, racing from web streams to college dorms and night clubs across the world. It was only topped in popular by its corresponding music video, which the 24-year-old self-produced herself. Quickly shooting up into the double-digit million mark, “Icy Girl” on YouTube—with its lush Cali tree scapes and a fur-covered Saweetie front and center—led the way to a series of firsts, including Harper’s first-ever live performance (a Turkish club that flew her to Istanbul after discovering her on social media), a Super Bowl ad spot for Fenty Beauty, a Chanel bag and the full Rodeo experience, and, perhaps most exciting, the release of her freshman EP, High Maintenance, which comes out this spring.
“I work out so my body is high maintenance. I’m very traditional in relationships and friendships so my soul is high maintenance,” she explains. “Obviously, I like nice things, but it’s deeper than that. I expect a lot from everyone. As an artist I want to present that.” To celebrate New York Fashion Week, the artist joined supermodels Yasmin Wijnaldum and Hoyeon Jung for CR to spotlight the iciest fashion pieces from Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, and the rest of the best Fall/Winter 2018 runways.
PHOTOGRAPHS RENATA RAKSHA
FASHION RON HARTLEBEN
CASTING EVELIEN JOOS
HAIR FERNANDO TORRENT
MAKEUP GRACE AHN
MANICURIST MEI KAWAJIRI
SET DESIGN HANS MAHARAWAL
MAKEUP ASST SENA MURAHASHI
PHOTO ASST BRENDAN WIXTED
HAIR (PERSONAL FOR SAWEETIE) SETO MCCOY
“ICY GIRL” BY SAWEETIE
SPECIAL THANKS SANDRINE CHARLES
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