VIDEO PREMIERE: K Rizz – “If It Ain’t Foreign It’s Borin'”
Keith Lafuente top and pants. Zana Bayne belt. Topshop earrings. Stylist’s own sunglasses.
THE FILIPINA PRINCESSA: K RIZZ
In the wake of futuristic films that fetishize Asian culture but ignore Asian bodies and endless whitewashing scandals, Filipina American artist K Rizz has always been an outspoken voice that challenges the erasure of Asian Americans in media. Unafraid of questioning the status quo, she rhymes about problematic topics like xenophobia and eugenics in a recent collaboration with Dorian Electra and Refinery29.
In her self-directed music video for “If It Ain’t Foreign It’s Borin’,” a veritable anthem for immigrants, K Rizz reclaims a menagerie of Asian imagery while referencing issues of cultural appropriation and fetishization in the song’s lyrics. Besides being a total Slaysian, K Rizz’s wardrobe, representing different Asian diasporic aesthetics, is completely custom. Her accompanying photo shoot also features custom looks by Keith Lafuente, who designed the dramatic Filipiniana-inspired tops in honor of Filipino American History Month. She enjoys finding ways to pay homage to her heritage in her art.
For anyone who prefers to see an Asian American body juxtaposed with futuristic Asian imagery, look no further:
IF IT AIN’T FOREIGN IT’S BORIN’
Directed by / Slayrizz
Cinematography / Grace Naw
Video Fx / Tristan Jalleh
Hair / Tai Harris
Custom Wardrobe / @vallyg_irl @Freakcityla
Keith Lafuente top. Wig & Weft gloves. Vintage earrings.
The Plastic Age Vintage top. Keith Lafuente pants.
Keith Lafuente jacket and skirt. Vintage accessories.