Princess Nokia Threw Hot Soup in a Racist’s Face on the New York Subway

Photography: Mayan Toledano for MadeMe


Rising rapper Princess Nokia stood up against racism this week on the New York L train, and the entire series of events has been documented online.

After a drunk man, identified as Paul Lawson, called a group of teenage boys the n-word, Nokia (real name: Destiny Frasqueri) slapped him in the face. He then proceeded to call her said word, which led other train passengers to join the rapper in forcefully removing the man from the subway car. Nokia is the first to explain that this removal involved kicking the man and throwing soup in his face.



Always one to stand up against racism, Nokia explained over Twitter that, “I will do anything to defend the honor of my brothers and sisters.” She’s also known for her strong stance against sexism – she regularly requires men to stand at the back of her concerts so women can “take up space the way men do.”


Read Nokia’s recount of the events, below.


Marc Jacobs, Princess Nokia Make Bucket Hats Fashionable Again in Fall 17 Campaign Video


Hold on to your (bucket) hats, girls. Marc Jacobs just released the campaign video for his hip-hop-inspired Fall 2017 collection, and it’s as heavy on the tracksuits, gold chains and aforementioned bucket hats as you remember.

Set in an empty warehouse, the video features an achingly cool cast of models moving in fashionably-slow motion to Princess Nokia’s gritty girl anthem “Tomboy.” Gone are the white models in dreadlocks that rightfully caused a firestorm when they walked the Spring 17 runway. In their place, Alek Wek, Slick Woods, Kiki Williams, Cara Taylor, Casil McArthur and Nathalie Westing model the collection, which is titled “Respect.”

Watch the film below and then wonder why the right models can make bucket hats look like the season’s hottest accessory yet, rather than looking like an unsettling men’s rights activist on a bass fishing trip.


Princess Nokia Rolls Through The Streets In New ‘G.O.A.T.’ Video

“Hate to burst your bubble, bitch. I’m that weird girl that’s runnin’ shit,” Princess Nokia announces on her latest single, “G.O.A.T.” The New York native with a name that gives us stress flashbacks to our brick cell phone days is back and ready to ride—literally. In the clip she co-directed with Milah Libin, Nokia rides around in a bright red three-wheeler while she flows through the track.

Born Destiny Frasqueri, the rapper’s new song coincides with her move to Rough Trade Records and caps off a string of transformations over her short career. In the seven years since releasing her first song on SoundCloud, she’s gone by the names Wavy Spice and Destiny before settling on her artistic alter ego, Princess Nokia. She’s also gained acclaim as an LGBTQ advocate—she started the first LGBT peer group at her Catholic high school and became a fixture in New York’s queer nightlife scene.

“G.O.A.T.” follows the rapper’s 2016 mixtape 1992 and comes on the eve of tour stops that include Afropunk, FYF, and more. Check out the video below.