Wu-Tang Clan and Teyana Taylor have already connected in the studio for Taylor’s remix of “Gonna Love Me.” Now, they are collaborating outside the studio for a unique business venture: a makeup line.
Billboard reports that the Wu-Tang Clan has collaborated with Milk Makeup for a line of lipsticks and Teyana Taylor has been snagged as the face of the limited edition collection.
RZA said his wife exposed him to the makeup world and sparked his interest in collaborating with Milk Makeup.
“I have a great relationship with Milk’s founder, Rassi, and as New Yorkers, we’ve frequented some of the same circles. We spoke about fashion and the cosmetic world and I revealed that [Talani], my wife, has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles,” RZA told Billboard. “She is a fan of Milk Makeup’s products and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility and philosophy, makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice. The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife.”
Chinese culture has been a major part of the Wu-Tang Clan’s image and has been incorporated into the names for the eight lipsticks in the collection. The line of lipsticks come in eight colors of the I Ching Trigrams: Sacred, Fire, Chi, Flow, Frequency, Source, Cypher, and Ruckus.
When Taylor was asked to be the face of the collection, she didn’t think twice about saying yes.
“[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer,” said the “Gonna Love Me” singer said. “I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed — it’s like a work of art. [The collection] makes me feel empowered, because I definitely feel like a warrior in how I live my life. When I’m rehearsing for my shows, performing, and getting to share my craft with the world, it allows me to access serious personal power to do what I do. I love the idea that lipstick can be war paint of sorts. A power lip is called a power lip for a reason.”
The Harlem actress and singer stars in the 47-second-ad for the line where she is a warrior perform kung-fu inspired moves on a New York City rooftop.
“Teyana is using Lip Color as a coat of armor. She’s a badass. She is exactly who she is. She’s unapologetic in every aspect of her life,” Milk Makeup co-founder, and director of the visual, Georgie Greville said in statement.
The collection is available on MilkMakeup.com. Each lipstick, which is vegan, costs $55. The collection also includes a 24-karat-gold compact mirror for $75 and a pin set for $18.
Take a look at the visual for the line below.