With her signature purple hair that has earned her the name ‘The Purple Unicorn’ and her increasingly famous face, its had to miss Justine Skye as she stars in the latest Flaunt magazine issue. Discussing friendship and the influences that led to the release of her latest EP, she says, “calling each other consistently, giving each other updates on our lives, on our relationships, on our love lives, and that goes into my music.”
“I love my friends,” R&B sensation Justine Skye proclaims. “We’re obsessed with each other.” On first look, the 21-year-old seems intimidating. She is surprisingly tall, striking, and her hair is out of control.
Justine Skye burst onto the music scene while she was still a teen. Her music is a refreshing blend of Solange-style real talk and beachy beats, as exemplified by the first track off her new EP 8 Ounces: (out now via Roc Nation) “Love Song” which is a frank discussion of losing yourself in the heat of a new relationship “You got me acting like a girl” Skye tells listeners, “When usually I be bossing.” It’s this emotional honesty that elevated Skye from a Tumblr-slow burn to recording fame and legions of adoring fans, who call her “the Purple Unicorn.” She’s the songstress of the next generation. And though she is headed for stardom, she’s still just one of the girls.
“My friends are super random,” Skye says, drawing out the u. “Literally. I went to my friend’s house the other day, and there was this big blowup slide in the front yard and a cotton candy machine and ice cream.” She draws out the scene. “We’re adventurous,” Skye continues, “if we say we’re going to do something, we go and do it.”
While Skye can proudly call her friends adventurous, she may be too shy to also call them über-famous. Her BFF list runs deep. The ballot begins with the omnipresent Kylie Jenner of Kardashian fame (who Skye describes as “the most chill”), as well as a full posse of other rising stars in the entertainment and social space. “All of us are very, very different, but when we get dressed to go out we realize we kind of match each other in our own unique ways,” Skye says of her squad. ––“We just look like a friend group. You can look at us and say, ‘They must be friends.’” But it wasn’t always that way. “I used to not have any girlfriends,” says Skye. “And now I have an amazing group of beautiful, supportive female friends.”
She also reveals that her friends influence her music and her most recent work is a very personal revelation of aspects of her life she has never revealed before. Photography was done by Lowfield while styling was the work of Yohanna Logan.