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Viral TikTok star and singer Yung Baby Tate on her camp beauty aesthetic


TextLaura Pitcher

Following her appearance at the Red Bull Festival Atlanta 2019 show earlier this month, the singer shares her expressive approach to hair and her plastic surgery plans

Atlanta-based artist Yung Baby Tate is best known as a feature on Ashnikko’s “Stupid” song, which (unsurprisingly) has turned into a viral Tik Tok challenge, and the all-female project GIRLS which dropped earlier this year. The 23-year-old really leans into her ‘cutesy’ personality and sense of childlike fun, putting together her looks the way her mother would for her when she was younger. “Looking like this just brings back the natural happiness that I had as a child,” she says. “I want to walk into a room and look like a smile.” And she does. 

Yung Baby Tate’s latest song “Camp” came out last month, inspired by this year’s Met Gala theme, and is also the theme of her Red Bull Festival Atlanta 2019 show. “Camp” felt like a safe space to celebrate everything and anything extravagant, an environment Yung Baby Tate feels passionate about creating. “I want people to be comfortable being themselves, not chase after an image that is not who they are, and not give a fuck about what people think about them. To me, that’s what ‘camp’ is.”

The singer’s hair colour dictates the rest of her look: “When I had my rainbow raccoon hair, I only wore rainbow outfits,” she explains. “Now I’m wearing all pink for my show because pink is my favourite colour.” Pink and blue eyeshadow, pink hair bobbles, pink whistle and a “Camp” inspired fanny pack. Her entire Red Bull Festival show is like taking a trip to a carefully curated all-pink Disneyland, joined by all-female artists Baby Rose, BbyMutha, Kari Faux, Mulatto, Precious Ebony, Queen Key, and UNIIQU3. You lose track of how many times the singer changes outfits and are hypnotised by the choreography instead. 

When speaking with Yung Baby Tate, she says “cute” more than anyone you’d ever meet, to describe herself, her music, and her show. Here, we catch up with the singer about her expressive approach to hair and her plastic surgery plans.

How did you get into music?

Yung Baby Tate: I've always been into music. My mum is an artist and I went to a performing arts elementary school and high school. I started writing my own music when I was 13 and was putting it out by the time I was 19. I have around seven albums that I made from the ages of 13 to 17 that will never come out.

What’s your earliest beauty related memory?

Yung Baby Tate: I was on a hair box when I was 10. The lady that was doing my hair had a lot of friends in the industry and asked me if I wanted to be on an ‘Africa’s best’ perm box. It was my first photoshoot and I didn’t even have a perm.

How do you assert your identity through your beauty looks?

Yung Baby Tate: I’m really into what my hair looks like. I express my personality a lot through my hair, whether it’s a wig with super creative colours or a ponytail with butterfly clips. 

When do you feel most beautiful?

Yung Baby Tate: When my hair is done and my face is beat. I’m still cute when my hair isn’t done and I don’t have any make-up on but when I get all dolled up from head to toe, it’s like a super upgrade version of what I am.

“I’m still researching but I know I want to get a boob job... I was also thinking about a BBL and then I want to get my eyebrows lifted. I want to do it, not because I feel pressured to... I used to play Sims a lot so I feel like I’m my own Sim” – Yung Baby Tate

You speak very openly on Instagram about wanting plastic surgery. Why?

Yung Baby Tate: I think I’m so cute, but I think it’s so awesome that I could be cuter. I’m still researching but I know I want to get a boob job. Nothing too crazy, but at the moment I don’t have to wear a bra. I was also thinking about a BBL and then I want to get my eyebrows lifted.  

I want to do it, not because I feel pressured to. It’s just like accessorising honestly. Sometimes I think of my life as a simulation. I used to play Sims a lot so I feel like I’m my own Sim and I just want to add this mod, and this mod, and get this expansion pack.

Who is your beauty idol and what look do you want to recreate?

Yung Baby Tate: Probably Rihanna. She’s just gorgeous. I really want to get a Fenty highlight and try her look with the pink highlight on her cheek.

What age do you wish you could permanently be and why? 

Yung Baby Tate: Probably 25 or 26. That’s going to be a time when I’ve started to take care of my body more and hopefully would have gotten my boob job. I think 25 is going to be a good year, but I guess you never know until it comes.

You have to replace your body with that of an animal or a mythological creature. What do you go for and why?

Yung Baby Tate: Something cute like a tiny teacup kitten. They can just chill out but also bounce around. Kittens and I are kindred spirits.

If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would it be and why?

Yung Baby Tate: I’d commit fraud and take all the money in the world. Or make fake money and use it. I think that would be a good crime because it wouldn’t really hurt people.

What is the future of beauty?

Yung Baby Tate: Everything is just going to be starting younger. Kids are going to be doing make-up and becoming make-up artists as we grow as a society. Youth is really going to take over. 

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