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Die Antwoord rapper Yolandi: redefining pink

Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser in Chappie Photograph: SONY PICTURES/Allstar/SONY PICTURES

Yolandi Visser stars in Chappie and is half of the hugely successful (if deviant) South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord. What the rapper lacks in acting clout (that’s cruel, she’s OK), she makes up for with her styling, which in the film is a dizzying range of pop cultural references including Tank Girl, kawaii, industrial punk, Lol from Shane Meadows’ This Is England and Atari Teenage Riot, all topped off with a signature platinum-blonde undercut fringe. Crucially, she wears a lot of pink.

Visser, 30, currently appears on the cover of the spring issue of Dazed magazine in which she talks about growing up during apartheid in Johannesburg among other issues.

But on an aesthetic level, it’s worth noting her Chappie accessories, which include pink-and-blue watches, pastel kids’ plasters as armbands and a lot of Cassette Playa-inspired pink worn incongruously as she muscles her way through the roughest parts of Johannesburg. Further proof that the colour pink is slowly being redefined or just fun to look at? Either works for us.

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