Wu-Tang Clan have released a new makeup collection with New York-based Milk Makeup and Teyana Taylor is the face of their new line.
“I have a great relationship with Milk’s founder, Rassi, and as New Yorkers, we’ve frequented some of the same circles. We spoke about fashion and the cosmetic world and I revealed that [Talani], my wife, has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles,” said Wu-Tang’s RZA to Billboard. “She is a fan of Milk Makeup’s products and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility and philosophy, makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice. The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife.”
It’s no secret that Wu-Tang draws major inspiration from Chinese culture, and this collaboration with Milk is no different. The collection is comprised of eight different longwear lipsticks, each of which are named after the I Ching Trigrams: Sacred, Fire, Chi, Flow, Frequency, Source, Cypher, and Ruckus. All of the colors fall in the pink and red family, ranging from a pale baby pink to a deep oxblood, and come in three different formulas (high shine, nourishing matte and dimensional glitter).
“Beyond the common denominator of Wu’s and Milk’s NYC cultural background, I’m excited about this collaboration for the Yin, or Feminine energy, that it invokes,” said RZA in a statement. He continues, “Milk Makeup has been bold in creating beauty products with unique ingredients. This collab dives deeper into that realm and I’m sure will inspire the Wisdom, Beauty, and Strength of today’s Modern Warriors.”
“[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer,” said Taylor to Billboard. “I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed — it’s like a work of art.”
She continued, “[The collection] makes me feel empowered, because I definitely feel like a warrior in how I live my life. When I’m rehearsing for my shows, performing, and getting to share my craft with the world, it allows me to access serious personal power to do what I do. I love the idea that lipstick can be war paint of sorts. A power lip is called a power lip for a reason.” Source: Billboard