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STYLE FILES

Amandla Stenberg, we like your style

By Catherine Nieto, 26 February 2016

For those of you who aren't already obsessed, Amandla Stenberg is the 17-year-old actor/writer/activist who is inspiring far beyond her peers. Check out the ASOS magazine cover star's interview here or read on for an exclusive sneak peek into her fun world… 

Photography by Adrian Mesko. Styling by Natalia Michaelides. Interview by Francesca Babb

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Picture: Adrian Mesko

Describe your style… 

Constantly evolving.

Who's your current girl crush? 

I have to pick?! My friend Willow Smith, obviously! I also have a huge girl crush on Zoë Kravitz. She’s so cool.

What's your beauty saviour? 

Vitamin E oil. For everything. I put it on my hair, on my face, I use it as lotion. Sunflower seed oil and jasmine oil, too.

What's in your make-up bag?

I don’t really have a make-up bag. I don’t like wearing foundation, usually the only make-up that I carry with me – in case I’m feeling really moody – is a dark burgundy lipstick. That’s pretty much it. 

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Picture: Adrian Mesko

What keeps you busy? 

School keeps me busy, senior year, hanging out with my friends, driving around, going to Cafe 50's, making artwork keeps me busy, I’m making these portraits of my friends. Working on movies, working on photo shoots. Writing, personally in my journal and then writing things for people to connect to on the internet. Ideas that I want to communicate. The Art Hoe Collective keeps me busy, and music, too.

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Picture: Adrian Mesko

Obsessed with RN… 

Solange and giant jackets. My dad has this grey jacket and he gave it to me. I rediscovered it in my closet the other day and it was so oversized and I felt so powerful in it! There are so many pockets! Pockets on the outside, pockets on the inside. I felt really tough. I love the styling of Mathilda from Léon, too.

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Picture: Adrian Mesko

If you could invent new emojis, what would they be? 

I like that now they’ve changed it so you can have multiple races – I love the hand with the nails when it’s a black hand. It perfectly describes my friend, November. I know there’s a fox emoji, but I love foxes, and I’d like more of a red fox. Maybe a nose ring emoji. Or an afro emoji.

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