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Style Scout: Danielle Brooks

June 11, 2014

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Clothing details: Sperrys, $85; “skirt” (it’s actually my godfather’s shirt that was fashioned into a skirt); leather belt, store in Germany, $20; shirt, $5, H&M; lace top, gift from niece; earrings from Germany; purse, handmade from a friend in Germany made of Ghanaian fabrics.

Clothing details: Sperrys, $85; “skirt” (it’s actually my godfather’s shirt that was fashioned into a skirt); leather belt, store in Germany, $20; shirt, $5, H&M; lace top, gift from niece; earrings from Germany; purse, handmade from a friend in Germany made of Ghanaian fabrics.

Name: Danielle Brooks

Age: Young and hip!

Hometown: New Orleans

Time in Lawrence: Just moved back from overseas.

Occupation: Architect

Dream job: I’m doing it!

What were you doing when scouted? Shopping

Describe your style: I would just call it “eclectic chic.” Hairstyle-wise, I love the natural look.

Fashion trends you love: I don’t follow brands or trends. I love when people do things when they are inspired to do them, not just because they are following a specific trend. It’s good to get inspiration from a Lookbook or a window display mannequin, but make it stand out by allowing your own expression to come through.

Fashion trends you hate: Most people who wear “skyscraper height” platform heels seem to be performing a balancing act, which completely negates any air of confidence they may have. However, I believe in people just doing their thing: If that’s something that they like, then they should just go for it!

Fashion influences: I’m both self-inspired because it’s my God-given talent and by the creativity of other fashionable people I encounter. I’m also inspired by God’s beautiful handiwork in nature.

What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? There’s a lot of live music here, but Lawrence needs to host more genres like soul music singers on a regular basis. Less of? Narrow views of what diversity means and looks like in the community.

Tattoos or piercings: Nose ring

Whom do people say you look like? Believe it or not, somebody told me that I look like Whitney Houston especially when my hair was longer. I heard that a lot when I was in Germany.

What type of music do you like? Gospel, neo-soul and New Orleans brass band music.

Tell us a secret: The secret to great skin is aloe vera juice. Nothing fancy!

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