PREMIERE: Princess Nokia “Tomboy” Video

Princess Nokia is back at it again. Directed by Milah Libin, the music video for “Tomboy” is the most personal look into her life as a New York City youth thus far.

A Nuyorican native, she brings us into her world of the Jacob Riis projects of Avenue D and the shade she received from her grandmother as she sports a boyish, careless behavior, sneaking out to the hallway to smoke weed and sloppily eating cereal on her grandmother’s couch. A spitting image of would-be Larry Clark protagonist, Princess Nokia reveals to us her fragmented, orphaned world of low-maintenance minimalism, where ugly shoes, gold jewelry, and XXL T-shirts are pivotal. The humorous back and forth between Destiny and her abuelita speaks to the times the two would argue over Destiny’s careless appearance (her fucked up kicks and messy hair-do) and constant weed smoking, after which Destiny would sleep in Tompkins Square Park to avoid fighting.

With roots in hardcore, Princess Nokia flashes the camera openly on an overpass, giving us a taste of her punk rock take on body shaming. Creating a hybrid of Uptown Beauty and Downtown Scumbag, Princess Nokia navigates both worlds, unbothered.

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