Keep it Phresh is our newest series that taps female creatives involved in the streetwear and sneaker industries. Through this series, these women will share their areas of expertise, provide advice and overall inspiration to our growing community of women. Keep it Phresh will premier on the first Friday of every month on both our Instagram and site.
Last month, you were introduced to Christina K. of If I Can’t Wear SNKRS. This month, we’re continuing our celebration of Pride Month with Mahogany “Mo” Terry. Residing in Houston, Texas, Mo is a style influencer and digital creator who graces Instagram with her dope street style and hyped sneaker shots. Not to mention, her genuine, uplifting personality is contagious as it is clearly felt throughout her platform with positive quotes and light-hearted phrases. She is also an open member of the LGBTQ+ community and often produces lifestyle content with her girlfriend. Through her pride journey, Mo has learned to express herself as an individual unapologetically and fashionably.
We sat down with Mo to chat about her style, her favorite sneaker pickups of 2021 so far, her pride journey and much more:
How would you describe your style?
“My style is very go with the wind! There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. It’s just honestly how I feel that day determines what I wear. I always say my style is just different. I really like to emphasize gender fluidity in my style because I wear both men’s and women’s wear. I have fun getting dressed and I’m inspired daily by the people I’ve met through Instagram.”
What are you top sneaker pickups of the year so far?
“Easy! A Ma Maniere 3’s. In my opinion, it is the SNEAKER OF THE YEAR. I love when a sneaker has a message you can get behind. I also love retro silhouettes. But, James Whitner did his thing on these. The initial release was awesome because he made sure to give women a better chance at copping. The Maniere x Jordan 3 ‘Raised by Women’ helped us as a community to give props to our mamas, grandmothers, aunts, stepmoms and all the women who raised us! Man, I love it. I’m going to try to get a pair for my mama too. Second favorite pair of the year are the University Blue 1s. They’re just so icy! Easy to style, look great on feet and in hand, and it also pays homage to MJ’s roots at UNC. I love em!”
If you could change on thing about the sneaker industry right now, what would it be and why?
“Bots, resellers, and how sneakers are dropped. If retailers look at how Maniere did their release as the blueprint, I think we’d all feel better about the sneaker industry as a whole. Even though it’s rough to take an L, at least we know if the drops were legitimate and fair, we had a fighting chance.”
While you use your platform to showcase your style, you also vocalize about body positivity and self-love amongst other uplifting topics. Describe your journey on accepting and loving yourself especially as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. How has this journey influenced your style?
“This journey has been a lot of fun. It’s never ending and ever-changing. I used my style to come out. I walked in the light of wearing what makes me happy and it has allowed me to live a life of fully being myself. I’m so thankful for this journey because I’ve learned so much about who I am through the way I decide to dress. It’s on my own merit. It’s inspired by black art, places I’ve been, and some wonderful people I’ve met along the way, but it’s completely cultivated by me. I love that for me! I think by me appreciating my journey so much I’m able to put my full self on display unapologetically and I’m always happy to hear when I’ve inspired someone else. I’m so proud to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community and I’m proud of this body! I’m glad to know that is reflected on my IG.”
What are some tips you could offer to aspiring influencers?
“Be yourself! Love yourself so much that what you put on display for the world gives joy and light. Authenticity will take you a very long way. Strive to only be in competition with yourself. Lastly, comparison is the thief of joy! Even when it gets hard, remember, this is your story!”
In your opinion, what does it mean to be Pretty Phresh?
“To be Pretty Phresh means doing, wearing, and being involved in things that make you happy! To be Pretty Phresh is to encourage love, community, and joy! To be Pretty Phresh means showing up everyday as your best self and walking confidently in your own light!”
Be sure to follow Mo on Instagram at @mobumbbbaaa for style inspiration and positive content. Stay tuned for our next Keep It Phresh feature on Friday, July 2nd!