He Said/We Said: New York Sharks Edition

Sharks photos by Hafeez Raji
Make-up by Lauren O’Jea

 

Football and fashion fans, hold on to your bow-ties because dapperQ is excited to present our 14th edition of He Said/We Said (HS/WS), featuring the sideline styles of the New York Sharks! The Sharks are one of approximately 50+ teams in the Independent Women’s Football League, a full-tackle professional women’s football organization. (Did you know there is such a league? Are you supporting pro-women’s football in your city?)

Rae Amanda   Jerkeida Jennifer  Team FeaturePhoto by Hafeez Raji

The Shark’s season started last April and is now over. But, we wanted to celebrate their season and introduce them to newbie women’s pro-football fans by showcasing their off-field swag. This called for a slightly different game plan for selecting an inspiration for the photo shoot.

 SHIANTE  Charonn Erika Caprece Team FeaturePhoto by Hafeez Raji

Usually, HS/WS creatress Anita Dolce Vita selects a high fashion menswear collection as inspiration and asks each of the models to style their very own individual interpretations of their favorite ensembles from the collection. However, in recent years, athletes, such as Brittney Griner and Dwyane Wade, have become style icons, joining the ranks of musicians, models, artists, actors, and socialites whose wardrobes we covet. Just take a look at the NBA Style Wars and you’ll see that the competition is spilling onto the sidelines, with athletes vying to be the style icon du jour. So, instead of Anita selecting the inspiration for the Sharks, she asked each of the participating Sharks to fashion an ensemble inspired by their favorite athlete style icon. With women and members of the LGBTQ community still being so heavily discriminated against in sports, Anita could not think of a better time to feature this incredible group of athletes in the HS/WS project.

Creative director, designer, and photographer Hafeez Raji shot at Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, New York to capture the amazing images of the participating members of the Sharks team. For full model bios, outfit details, and Autostraddle exclusive images of the team, visit Autostraddle’s edition here.

Inspiration: Derrick Rose

 
Erika Cottle for Derrick Rose FINAL

 
Erika Cottle

 

Erika Cottle 2 dapperQPhoto by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Russell Westbrook

 
Jerkeida R. Grant for Russell Westbrook II

 

Jerkeida R. Grant

 

Jerkeida R. Grant 3 dapperQPhoto by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Dwayne Wade
 

FB_OffTheCourt_DwyaneWade

 

Jennifer M. Melendez
 

Jennifer M. Melendez 1 dapperQPhoto by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Richard Sherman

 

Rachel Baum for Richard Sherman FINAL

 

Rae Baum

 

Rae Baum 5 dapperQ

Photo by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Ocho Cinco
 

Amanda for Ocho Cinco FINAL

 

Amanda M. Cantave

 

Amanda M. Cantave 8 dapperQ

Photo by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Chris Paul

 

SHIANTE WILSON for Chris Paul FINAL

 

Shiante (Tay) Wilson

 

SHIANTE WILSON 2 dapperQ

Photo by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Victor Cruz

 

Charonn for Victor Cruz

 

Charonn Sutton

 

Charonn Sutton 8 dapperQ

Photo by Hafeez Raji

 

Inspiration: Victor Cruz

 

Caprece Gray for Victor Cruz FINAL

 

Caprece Gray

 

Caprece Gray 5 dapperQPhoto by Hafeez Raji

Behind the Scenes Images by Photography by Suri

 

Team by Suri

 

Keetz by Suri

 

Rae by Suri

 

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2 Comments

  • Claire says:

    I’d be interested to see a spread where the folks at dapperq style the people being featured as GQ does so your readers can use everything as a guide for what looks good and what might not look good. Just a thought!

  • Anita Dolce Vita says:

    You can find the outfit descriptions and model bios in the full post on Autostraddle. Link provided above. (See post intro.)

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