American female rappers wear bling, designer clothing and leave little to the imagination. French female rapper Yelle takes a far more playful approach to dressing.
She, of course, has an impossibly perfect bob...a rich brown version of the Anna Wintour hairdo...but with much more movement.
Her style is a little 80s, with colored leggings and bright colors. Yelle references rapper style with playful, large jewelry reminiscent of bling but often in plastic. She also wears old school tennis shoes, like male American the rappers of yore.
While I do feel Yelle looks incredibly chic in her outlandish outfits, I'm not sure that I could ever pull off purple leggings, much less purple leggings with tennis shoes, without looking like Jane Fonda.
Yelle has a definite affinity for the iconic yellow smiley face. This seems appropriate given the peppy sound of her French pop rap.
You can currently see clips of Yelle all over MTV. She was also featured on the season premiere of The Hills and in an episode of Entourage. She will be traveling stateside to perform in April and May 2008. To check out her music visit her my space page.
Image sources on my flickr page