By Joy Ong
Destiny Frasqueri, also known as Princess Nokia and Wavvy Spice, is one of the most diverse and eclectic artists to make her mark on the New York music scene, yet. Her style has evolved from an effortless, cyber obsessed, late 90s teenager to wild and free spirited native to the disco-inspired, sun-splashed soulful woman that she is today. She embodies these styles so whole heartedly that the characters she creates become a person, and an attitude becomes her entire mindset.
In an interview with Refinery29 Destiny explained her belief that her strong sense of self and her authenticity would propel her to success; “I just always knew I’d fall into music and that I’d fall into the New York scene. I just always try to keep the ghetto alive in me. I don’t think I’ve ever been assimilated in my life. I’m a very eloquent, well-spoken and educated woman. I never change my voice for nobody, because I never wanted to.”
At 18 she released her debut track “Destiny” in 2010 under the artist name Wavvy Spice. However, she truly cemented her status as a rising star with the release of “Tomboy” in 2014 as her alter ego Princess Nokia. Her new sound was multi-dimensional with a strength and boldness that wasn’t present before.
Each track is a step up from the last, covering topics such as issues in the LGBT community, her perspective on feminism, her spirituality and native culture. She often uses her music and interviews to speaks out about female empowerment and the social issues she believes in.
“I really hope that what girls convey from my music or my message or my speech or even from my actions, is that it is okay to be unapologetic as long as you do it with dignity,” she said in an interview with Refinery29.
Destiny is still recording and her latest music is as empowering and as innovative as ever. As she runs through the streets of New York’s lower-east side, her ever-evolving style, strong sense of the world and true authenticity keeps audiences captivated and excited to see what she does next.