Kate Moss-Approved Musician Tora-i Shares Some of Her Favorite Things with Vogue

In her early teens, Tora-i (née Tora Lambie) was an aspiring musician who performed covers of songs by her favorite artists, but even then she knew she was “not going to sing other people’s songs to still “. The East Londoner started writing her own but realized, aged 16, that she lacked life experience. “I wanted to know what kind of artist I wanted to be and what I wanted to say, so I spent a while trying,” she says. vogue.

Four years of exploration later, his first project, Rider, was born in 2020. A unique and ethereal alternative soul EP, its fully formed sound was influenced by Solange, Frank Ocean, Banks and the ballads of Whitney and Mariah that once filled his family home. Since then, the 22-year-old has been working on a new EP, due out in the spring, while starting to make a name for herself as a model too, signing with Kate Moss last year. So with the worlds of music and fashion at her fingertips, what is her purpose in life? “Contentment,” she said, smiling. “Telling yourself, ‘OK, that’s enough for me.'”

Below, she shares some of her favorite things about British vogue.

“I have never been more invested in a book than when I read Go say it on the mountain, by James Baldwin. I really felt everything.”

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

“I prefer masculine scents most of the time, but Gucci Bloom isn’t too floral and smells good, light and youthful.”

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“Maximilian is one of my favorite designers right now.”

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Maximilian crepe de chine dress

Maximilian satin dress with collar and belt

“Jamaica feels like home. When I stayed at Runaway Bay, we got up early in the morning and went for a walk on the beach.

Runaway Bay in Jamaica

Jenny Lily

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“[The film] Babymotherby Julian Henriques, gave me so much styling inspiration.

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“Fenty Beauty Brow MVP is the best, and I love using The Ordinary Primer.”

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“Bombay Bustle is a great restaurant for dressing up. I love the prawn biryani.

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“I never leave the house without earrings. I love Marco Panconesi jewelry.

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