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Q+A with Hardy Indiigo

How to describe Hardy Indiigo?  This multi-level-creative force of a man exudes the kind of positive energy that just makes you want to bake in the warmth of it. Hardy (born Hardy Muanza) was born in Congo, raised in France is now based in New York where he continues to develop his talents as a creator whilst working with various artists in “creating innovative sounds and captivating musical textures.”

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hardy indiigo mdna madonnaKeeping the party moving..

In 2012 Hardy produced and co wrote the hit song “Superstar” on Madonna‘s MDNA album as well as collaborating as a musical director and Dj for her Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, the Macy’s Launch event for the Material Girl clothing line as well as many other private functions (Hardy “kept the party moving” as Dj for Madonna’s 2012 and 2013 Oscars party).

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Stella Santana

In 2014, Hardy produced 4 songs for America’s Got Talent finalist Kehlani as well as producing 10 tracks for Stella, (Carlos Santana‘s daughter) including a duo with the Carlos himself.

…with a passion for fashion…

Hardy’s love of music and passion to create also lead to his first accessories and leather goods capsule collection. A sneaker collaboration with Italian sportswear brand Fila that is expected to be released in fall 2016 as well as a collaboration with Italian eyewear brand Glassing. Keeping up?

…and giving.

Feeling the desire to help kids in need Hardy founded Invest In Kids (called iiKids), a foundation that empowers kids through education, arts and culture. Hardy and iiKids donate a percentage of his earnings to non-profit organizations, charities and foundations involved in helping kids such as our friend Noella’s Malaika Foundation, a school in Congo that empowers women through education.

For us, like all the men we invite to our Q+A,  he embodies qualities of manhood that we love to represent.

 

hardy indiigo interview thandiekay blogDo you remember the first time you found a girl or woman ‘beautiful’?

Yes it was at school I was like 7 years old, her name was Laura Crispy.

 

Can you describe why you found her ‘beautiful’??

She was blonde with blue eyes and a beautiful smile. Everybody wanted to be with her, I didn’t pay her no mind until she did and we became very close. The best part about it is that she was loyal. She didn’t care about nobody or nothing else but me. That was attractive to me.

 

How important is physical beauty important to you and why?

As a human being  and especially as men we are attracted by what we see first then everything else. Physical beauty plays a part until it doesn’t, it’s one of the element that defines attraction. But physical beauty is not enough and will never be for the simple fact that our body transforms as we get older, and only the internal beauty will live as long as we have a soul.

 

What do you find beautiful about your mother? hardy indiigo baby thandiekay blog

She’s physically a beautiful woman, and a great mom. She raised 4 kids on her own as a young Congolese fresh out the plane. The sacrifices she made, the education she gave us is priceless. Even if a lot of mistakes were made she stood by us and did everything she could. That’s a beautiful person in my eyes.

 

What do you find beautiful about women now that you are an adult?

Values and principles. I get it from my mama. That’s the most important thing for me. This society breeds lost souls, and push insecurity to the extreme. Social medias are the best platform for it.

 

Have women’s looks become more or less important in our society?

Way more important. Let’s take social media for example. If you look at instagram, almost everything is related to women is about Fitness/Yoga, Hair/Make up, Fashion, strippers, Kardashians. Everything is about appearances, not much about philanthropy or real women empowerment. And it’s all over the platform whether you follow them or not.

 

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“Work and pleasure. With the homie for the Indiigo & Mozie hat collection”

If you had a daughter who did not possess what society perceives as beauty and felt insecure about this, what would you say to her?

Beauty comes from within, that’s the real beauty. You will always be beautiful in my eyes and those who love you for who you are. Regardless of what people may say or think always know that you are beautiful inside and outside and let no one ever make you think or feel otherwise.

 

If your daughter attracted unwarranted attention from men because she was perceived as beautiful, what would you say to her?

Be careful, protect yourself and your heart by any means necessary. Whoever you are attracted to, make sure he has values and principles that match or complete yours. Have integrity and get the respect you deserve when its due. Never lose sight of your life’s goals. Compromise but don’t lose yourself or waste your time pleasing someone who doesn’t deserve your devotion. Find happiness within. Do not put your dreams on hold to build someone else’s.

 

Would you like to see a wider variety of women in the media (age, ethnicity physicality) or do you like it just the way it is? hardy indiigo interview thandiekay

A wider variety. We see the same thing over and over again. People have no life, it’s all about gossip nowadays. I would love to see the other women who are geniuses, warriors, skilled in what they do but nobody cares to know. It goes from single moms, CEOs, athletes, doctors to actresses and activists. There’s a wide spectrum to be covered.

 

Does the media represent women in a way that you see them? If not, how?

Absolutely not. Like I said earlier it’s very degrading. if you do not pay attention, and most people don’t, you really are going to think that this is what women are. And it goes for both men and women, especially the youth. The media sets the standards for the uneducated mind. If Kim K is society’s standard and a proof of concept of success, how the new generation won’t want to be naked online or have their body redone, especially if it equals success. Insecurities and ego are unfortunately the main reason why society and its system is very hard to beat. It’s very upsetting.

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Q and A with Chastity Brown

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Chastity Brown‘s ‘After You’ was my comfort song of 2013 (from her last album Back-Road Highways). Her voice – like rich, buttery shortbread – coupled with her guitar and syncopated African rhythms; serves up true soul food. It’s no surprise that she’s gaining a passionate fan base, and the live experience is definitely where she’s at. Honest, raw and powerful – she’s a wonderful storyteller and beautiful human. Chastity made herself generously available when I reached out and asked her to contribute to ThandieKay. Try and find a tour date near you and welcome to the warm heart and beautiful sound of Chastity Brown.

1. What is your earliest make-up memory?

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Chastity

When I was twelve, my mother got into selling make-up and hosting “beauty parties” for her friends. I was allowed to sit and watch as they went through the endless amounts of colour to find the right one. I remember feeling that it was exhilarating to sit with the adults at the same time, taking note that I thought they were applying way too much.

2. I feel most beautiful when…When I wake up and the morning is still…also, when I’m in nature and there are no mirrors.

3. When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?
All throughout my childhood I remember my mother in the early hours of the morning doing her workout routine. I could hear her deep breathing exercises all the way on the other side of the house. I realise now that she practiced taking care of her body as a whole as a way of being beautiful.

4. Is make-up a chore or a delight?
I consider myself a ‘plain jane’ and only wear make-up when I have to…so it’s a bit of a chore.

5. Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?
My father passed away when I was seven. I knew by watching the way my mother carried herself that she knew she was beautiful. She had and still has a fire in her eyes that I am most certain my pop saw.

6. What’s been your worst beauty mishap?
A bra breaking in the middle of one of my concerts and by this I mean completely falling apart. Luckily my guitar covered it up.

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7. If you could give one beauty gift what would it be?
A pocket size note that reads “love yourself”.

8. Where’s the craziest place

8. Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?
Music festivals can be so exciting and backstage is usually accommodating for all artists. However, some only offer portable toilets, a tall plastic rectangle with a small hole to do your business and a tiny warped mirror the size of a hand. That is the craziest place to put on make-up!

9. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?
I would like to see more simple

Chastity - export29. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?
I would like to see more simple and organic ways to accent individual beauty.

10. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?
As silly as it may sound…it wasn’t until the last interview in ThandieKay with Lisa Fischer that I remembered that there’s water-proof mascara! Aah…That’s what I get for always rushing in and out of the make-up store.

Chastity is performing dates throughout the US this Summer, and arriving in the UK in the Fall. Her first date will be in London on September 17th at Bush Hall.

One of her favourite not for profit organisations is in Minneapolis, MN where she lives. It’s called Free Arts Minnesota. They work with youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse, and mental illness; using the healing power of artistic expression. Chastity volunteered with some of their kids, and “was very moved by the whole experience. I believe they will have a lasting legacy of healing through art.”

Find out more about Chastity and follow her music on Twitter @ChastityBrown

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