Leah is a Cowboy Just Trying to Get Her Justin On

It’s round two of the library photoshoot. This time we’ve got Leah, a magazine journalism student. What this means is she spends a lot of time writing articles and keeping her level of caffeination to a maximum. What this also means is she’s more used to being an interviewer than an interviewee and spent a lot of time laughing about what she was trying to say. When she’s not hard at work on her senior seminar, Leah folds clothes because those kicks don’t pay for themselves. Are you ready? Get set? Go!

How do you describe your style?

“Um, I guess I really try to channel Kanye West as much as possible. Don’t put that in! I think my style is demonstrative of my inner cowboy. No wait I think my style is pretty casual. I’d say casual but mostly for comfort not because it’s not important to me. I like to look casually awesome. If I can get away with wearing a hoodie every day I would…if I could…I would do that. I would rather wear a hoodie every day than…not every day.  My style is casual, it’s thug chic. I don’t like my pants to be too tight, I don’t like anything to be too tight. It’s a loose casual. I’d call it inner city hype. Okay I’ll be for real now.”

What were your early years like as a young casually awesome thug cowboy in the world of fashion?

“There was a time when I was little where I really liked my older sister’s ’80s sweaters. So I would usually wear horizontal stripes with vertical  striped shorts and really short hair and a backwards hat. Those were the days of my life and I only got asked if I was a boy or a girl once.”

So what do you go for now?

“I really like boys’ skinny jeans because they’re not as tight as girls’ skinny jeans but they’re still slim around my ankles. But have a little baggyness to them so I’m better able to channel Justin Bieber when I want to do that. I also really like sneakers so if I can find a pair of sneakers that I really like for $30 then I have to buy them. And polos! The only thing in my closet are polos. I almost always have to wear something with a collar.”

Would you call yourself a bro?

“No, would you call me a bro?”


“No, I wouldn’t call myself a bro, I just like having things around my neck. I feel like I have to have something, so rather it be a hood, a bandana, or a collar, I have to have something or otherwise I feel uncomfortable. I can’t function. I feel exposed if I don’t have something around my neck. So you could say that modesty’s a big thing for me.”

Where do you get your clothes?

“I shop at Old Navy. Not necessarily because it’s my favorite but out of convenience because I work there. So when I buy things from there, when I see a shirt I like, I’m no longer sure if it’s because I actually like it or if it’s because it’s one of the better ones there. That’s pretty much it; I like TJ Maxx and I like Marshalls.”

How about celebrities? Is there anyone you aspire to look like?

“Who I aspire to look like? I don’t know, I wouldn’t say I aspire to look like him, but I’d say that Justin Bieber aspires to look like me. ‘Cause I was born first. When I go out though and I have to dress up, I try really hard to look like Justin Timberlake. That’s me: love me or hate me. I do try to to look like Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, and Justin Bieber as much as possible. In more ways than just clothes. I like wearing things that I can sing and dance in. I’ve got to be able to move my feet and my legs!”

This week’s photos were brought to you again by the incomparable Jonathan Braymer who is climbing the Appalachian Trail as we speak!

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Laura is a tiny girl who wishes she were a superhero. She likes talking to her grandma on the phone and making things with her hands. Strengths include an impressive knowledge of Harry Potter, the ability to apply sociology to everything under the sun, and a knack for haggling for groceries in Spanish. Weaknesses: Chick-fil-a, her triceps, girls in glasses, and the subjunctive mood. Follow the vagabond adventures of Laura and her bike on twitter [@laurrrrita].

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    I’d always had mixed feelings about polos. Like I really wanted to rock them but then got unsure of myself. Leah looks so good in them though so maybe I should try again. Also, her description of what she wore as a child is basically what I’m trying to do with my life right now. This interview was mad funny too, nice job chiquita!!

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    I knew you guys would do an interview with J. Biebs eventually, he is so cute and lifelike especially when his head is under a book. Isn’t he clever.

    Seriously I want those shoes but could not pull it off nearly as well as her. Great article.

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