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Leather Harness by Zana Bayne, fishnet dress by Tripp NYC, Fleece top and bottom by Moonchild Cultwear.

Blue Velvet: Moonchild Takes New York City

Photographer Andrew Boyle follows South African creative Moonchild as she roams around New York City in a fashion editorial.


"yo!!!! I'm here America heeheehee! Scope the Moon" — Moonchild

South African experimental electro-pop artist Moonchild recently made her first trip from her home of Johannesburg to New York City. The singer & fashion designer—who made her mark with the striking visuals for “Rabubi" & “Go Starring" and her collaboration with Fantasma—came to town for her American live debut at the CMJ Music Marathon.

We asked photographer Andrew Boyle to document the blue-haired creative's stints across Williamsburg, Times Square, and the MTA subway in the following fashion editorial photo shoot. See the full gallery and a behind-the-scenes video, which features Moonchild wearing some of her own designs as well as clothes styled by Karina Sharif and Honey Makwakwa, below.

Moonchild x NYC video by Andrew Boyle.

Velvet jumpsuit by Moonchild Sanely, socks by Uniqlo, Shoes by Forever 21, Pink eyelash glasses by Party City, sparkle tulle top created by stylists,Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace and black and gold bracelets.

"I WAS HERE in Brooklyn—with a mark that stamps it i.e. graffiti."

Velvet jumpsuit by Moonchild Sanely, socks by Uniqlo, Shoes by Forever 21, Pink eyelash glasses by Party City, sparkle tulle top created by stylists,Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace and black and gold bracelets.

"I felt playful because it was so comfortable and I was in my comfort zone #skateboard"

Leather Harness by Zana Bayne, fishnet dress by Tripp NYC, Fleece top and bottom by Moonchild Cultwear.

"The train just felt liberating, people doing their own thing on a moving wagon."

Coat by H&M, black and silver wings by Party City

"My wings made me feel invincible yet subtle"

Coat by H&M, Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace

"Oh, I hope my boobs are sitting right lol"

Coat and shoes by H&M, black and silver wings by Party City

"When I crossed the street running, more like searching, where I could skate again a Sex and the City-on-steroids shot was captured"

Quilted drape coat by stylists, shoes by Forever 21, blue fishnet gloves by Party City, Moonchild wears her own black bracelets and leotard.

"Running in Times Square in a leotard not giving a rats ass was also a dope high. No one was offended at any point."

Photography: Andrew Boyle

Lead Stylist: Karina Sharif

Assisting Stylist: Honey Makwakwa

Makeup: Honey Makwakwa

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

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We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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