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This is what Tommy Genesis smells like

TextAlex Peters

From conditioner to foundation, we caught up with the rapper to find out what beauty products she swears by

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Taking the 808s and synths from the trap artists currently dominating our airwaves, Tommy Genesis twists it into something darker, more serious and mature, more sinister and more sexual. In a world full of men spitting hypersexualised lyrics, Tommy Genesis holds her own. The Vancouver-born artist, who once described herself as a “fetish rapper” and hasn’t been able to shake the moniker since, is openly and unapologetically sexual in her music. “When you leave me I need to go take my mind off your dick / Get some yogurt covered pretzels and a pound of a clit,” she raps in 2015 single “Angelina”.

Undeniably beautiful, Genesis challenges anyone who might attempt to objectify her by unapologetically objectifying herself first, by doing it better and in her own tongue-in-cheek way – making herself invincible in the process. “The only person who shapes my identity is me,” Genesis told Numero last year. “When I film myself naked in the video for Tommy, the most important thing isn’t that I’m naked but that it’s me who’s filming myself. Do you know how many men have tried to do this video? To shape my sexuality to their vision? With Tommy, I directed myself, I chose my own team, I edited the film... I’ve taken control.”

Since appearing on the scene with her World Vision mixtape in 2015, Genesis has not only released her self-titled debut album – a trap record that leans further into pop than her previous offerings – but has also modelled for Calvin Klein’s AW16 campaign (“I am starstruck in my #mycalvins”), performed on the Miu Miu runway, and collaborated with M.I.A. Refusing to be limited by labels (“if I had it my way, you wouldn’t know my gender,” she told W magazine, “I hate being put in any box”), the enigmatic star crosses boundaries of style and sound, genre and gender. We caught up with Genesis to find out more about the beauty products she swears by.

Burberry Brit

“I would always wear this growing up. The first perfume I ever bought was Burberry Brit, it’s such a ‘I’m going to go buy a perfume’ scent but I actually still wear it, which is funny. It reminds myself of myself. So if you want to know what I smell like, go to duty-free!”

Get it here: Burberry Brit Eau de Toilette

L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner

“If you have curly hair and if it’s frizzy, this conditioner is amazing. I used to always buy expensive conditioners because I’d have to leave them in my hair for it to not be tangled but this conditioner is literally four dollars. Joico’s Intense Hydrator Conditioner is also amazing.”

Get it here: L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Conditioner

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

“I always wear Embryolisse moisturiser underneath my foundation. It’s the only moisturiser I’ve found that isn’t oily and sticky. It dries like it’s not there.”

Get it here: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre


“I used to always break out – actually I’m breaking out right now because I’ve been on tour – and it was because I didn’t moisturise enough. I put Bio Oil on every night and it stopped my breakouts.”

Get it here: Bio-Oil

Fenty Foundation

“I’m obsessed with my foundation. I use Fenty foundation and I mix colours 310 and 330. It’s the only foundation I’ve found that dries like it’s not there. It’s not too oily but it’s not too dry.”

Get it here: Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Aztec Clay Mask

“You can get it for like five dollars and it’s amazing. I mix it with apple cider vinegar, it smells kind of crazy but it really works”

Get it here: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

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