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Musician Shea Rose Talks Her Afro, Aversion to the Mall, More

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Welcome to Into It, where, we chat with Boston's movers, shakers, and candlestick makers (okay not really) about how style fits into their lives.


Photo by Marcus Smith, provided by Shea Rose

What makes Boston great? It's the plethora of interesting people doing interesting things. Though not always falling in the fashion realm, we think they deserve some notice. Today, we're talking to Shea Rose, award-winning musician (we can't get enough of her blend of soul, rap, jazz and R&B) and CoverGirl, chosen by Queen Latifah herself. This Berklee grad has revitalized Boston's music scene in just a couple of years. Here she discusses her rockin' afro, an aversion to the mall, and gold fronts.—Heather C. White

1. Describe your style.
"Girl meets boy"—Fresh, striking and sexy yet practical, comfortable and simple.

2. How does work influence your style?
I use to overthink my style. I thought because I was on the stage that I had to really go for it with the glam and sparkle. The more I've become comfortable in my own skin, I realize that less is more and that making myself up so much before a performance became a distraction and a ton of work. A unique statement piece with an eye-catching accessory, fierce hair, and bold eyes and lips makes a powerful entrance.

3. Favorite places to shop in Boston?
"My Mother's House," the place where every closet is overflowing with clothes, shoes, and even extra hair extensions if you need it. She hasn't thrown anything away since the 70s, seriously! I'd say LIT, LF and Urban Outfitters too.

4. Places you don't shop in Boston?
The mall!

5. Describe Boston's fashion sense in three words.
On the rise.

6. What's the one thing you can't live without?
Music.

7. And the one you can't live with?
Smoker.

8. What is your biggest indulgence?
Watching "The View" and eating a bag of Hickory Honey Barbecue "Baked" Kettle Chips. I feel less guilty when they're baked.

9. If you could only exist in one moment in time, what would it be?
On the set of "Leave It to Beaver."

10. And what would you be wearing?
I'd be rockin' my afro and a wearing black leather romper and maybe gold-fronts?!
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