Its more than a Ho- Adrianne Ho on #GirlPower
Exclusive interview with It Girl Adrianne Ho.
We’ve been hearing about the (unofficial) new face of menswear/streetwear for quite a lot within the last couple of years and it’s not your typical “male denominator”…The beautiful multi-cultural half French half Chinese Canadian native model, Adrianne Ho, has collaborated with some of the most coveted streetwear brands from Supreme, Stussy, to Ricarrdo Tisci x Nike, proving us that men’s streetwear can look as good <or even better> worn on women as on men, her strength and power also represents the modern up rise on feminism, #girlbosss, millennial youth, sexuality and independence.
Recently, she launched her own sports/streetwear brand focusing on natural beauty and health where we’ve interviewed the model / “it girl’ on multi-tasking, her new line, challenges, her 5th senses and more.
- As an entrepreneur, multi-tasking between entertainment, modeling and designing, how did you get started?
I literally just started as a model who grew up loving rich foods (especially being French and Chinese) and who was constantly looking for new ways to stay fit and healthy in a very competitive industry. At the time fitness was not in fashion as it is now and I was looking for new ways to incorporate it into my lifestyle while living in New York. Naturally I started incorporating active wear and streetwear into my wardrobe and it was something so new that I started to get a lot of attention on the streets and on social media. I decided to launch my website Sweat The Style so I can go into depths about food, health, fitness alongside style and educate my followers with the information I learned over my years modeling. That later progressed into a clothing line, Sweat Crew, that is a cross between streetwear and active wear, and now my TV show Sweat The City that fuses all my interests together.
I always felt that a strong part of my brand was to attract people with style and hype but let them leave with the education and the substance that they can use to improve their lives.
- Does being founder of sweat crew push your limits as an influencer? What made you create the line?
Being the founder of Sweat Crew makes being an influencer so much more rewarding and pure because I can literally start the process from the ground up, from business, design, creative concept, marketing, and finally seeing people wearing it in real life. I created the line because there was nothing out there that spoke to me and my lifestyle. Being an active woman, who loves streetwear, menswear, and vintage- the brand is made for me and other women like myself. The major challenges would be working on aspects of the business that I have no experience doing but that’s when building a strong team comes into place.
- If you met a younger version of yourself, what are a few things you’d do differently?
When I was younger I always felt that there was never enough time for me to start learning something new from scratch, like taking up a new language, taking courses in school, or getting certified in something special. Now that I’m older I look back and wish I just committed to doing some of those things. Dedicating a year or two on education is not something you would ever regret.
- What is your strongest 5th sense, and why?
I feel like I can sense when someone is being real with me and when they aren’t. That’s why I really like to keep my circle of closest friends small and when I’m tight with someone it’s almost always for life.
- Fitness, sexiness and sensuality plays a strong part in who you are, can you elaborate more.
I always feel my sexy and confident when I’m comfortable in my body, and that means being the healthiest strongest version of myself. I think many people are the same way. It should never be about looking like someone else, it should be about being the best version of yourself.
This article was created by Yanie for I-D Magazine China