Tiani Victoria rapped for me as I photographed her. We met at a mega-factories-turned-into music-studios-building in Kensington, and began our shoot for City Paper late at night. Her manager, her friend, and I set up lights in the pitch-blackness of the building's yard, highlighting the graffiti and shadows that swallowed everything.
I decided to focus on her femininity. She revealed to me that it's hard to retain her appearance without being judged for acting too sexy or too conservative, depending on her performance that night. I imagine what that's like, with growing pressure as she climbs up the fame ladder.
As I got to know her better through the evening, I saw that she handles herself with grace, poise, and a really likable not-giving-a-damn while she gets lost in a song trance. Here are a few photos from that night.