During Vancouver 2010, it was impossible to get the then-teenage Nikki Yanofsky’s Olympic theme song, “I Believe,” out of our heads. Now 20, the Montrealer has already collaborated with titans of jazz, soul and pop, including Quincy Jones (the legend behind Thriller), and performed with Stevie Wonder. As part of FLARE’s July 2014 music issue, on sale Monday, June 16, Yonofsky posed for a gorgeous black-and-white shot (above), and talked style with writer Sarah Liss.
Nikki’s style icons: “I love how Janelle Monáe always wears a suit onstage. You hear her music and instantly associate it with her style. She’s so beautiful without being overly sexualized, which I really respect. But my number one style icon is Brigitte Bardot—she had such a distinct look.”
Nikki’s go-to designers: “For events, Dsquared2. We met in 2010 when they styled the performers for the Olympics. I’ve kept in touch with them, and they always send me the most amazing outfits. They call me Muffin.”
Up next: Touring Little Secret (Universal Music Canada), a kicky collection of jazz-inflected tunes executive-produced by Jones.
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Photography by Miguel Jacob