BYUH students discuss their musical preferences and how they impact their fashion choices.
Rhythm & Blues (R&B)
Tekifaiva Tuitavake, a sophomore from Australia majoring in biology, shared her love for R&B music and her current favorite artist Brian McKnight. She said R&B songs help her feel calm, at peace and remind her of home which is very nostalgic for her. “The genre of music I love is very chill and laid-back and greatly represents how I want to represent myself,” she said. She added she loves choosing clothes with neutral colors in hopes they give off a relaxing aura to those she meets.
- Favorite Song: “I Like You” - Post Malone
Naina Tai Hook, a senior majoring in psychology from Hauula expressed her adoration for jazz rhythms. She said she likes listening to Ella Fitzgerald, but R&B and K-pop are mostly her fashion inspirations in terms of accessories. She added this concept makes all her outfits look better, especially gold earrings. “I think for every person trying to get into a fashion, they should invest or try to find their signature scent,” she said.
- Favorite Song: “Let You Break My Heart Again” - Laufey
Baldandorj Ganbaatar, a junior from Mongolia majoring in business management, said his music preferences are “modernized cultural pop.” His favorite musical artist and fashion icon is a young and rising Mongolian pop artist named Young Mo’G. “I like his style because he has used modern clothes like the hoodie, but with traditional Mongolian fabric and patterns on it,” he said.
- Favorite Song: “Naadii” - Young Mo’G
Judah Kivalu, a freshman from Tonga majoring in mathematics, said he has his heart set on hip-hop and rap with his all-time favorite artist, Usher. With meticulous attention to detail, he tries to replicate Usher’s signature looks, especially the trendy streetwear. “Wear something that brings what’s inside of you and reflects who you are,” he said. He said he chose the trendy streetwear style because it best reflects the kind of person he is and how he wants others to perceive him.
- Favorite Song: “Into You” - Usher
Tatum Tingey, a senior from Arizona majoring in accounting, shared her fondness for country music by mirroring the fashion of her favorite music artist, Laney Wilson. “She wears very fun colors, wide-leg jeans and big earrings. She pulls it off so well that it makes me think I can too,” she said.
- Favorite Song: “Watermelon Moonshine” - Laney Wilson