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The Snoop Lion formerly known as Snoop Dogg is the master of reinvention, and one of the major ways he introduces his various personas is through the fashions. In a genius move, Vice highlighted the many iterations of Snoop through the sartorial lens for its spring fashion issue. While the pictures are obviously the main attraction, he also gave insight into his choices over the years, and—yes!—the way he matches his manicure to his drug of choice. Get educated after the jump.
On those French tips: Even when I'm getting getting my nails done, that's real player. The average guy can't see himself getting a French-tip manicure, but I'm not the average guy.
On staying true to the streets with Polo: I like to wear clothes and things that represent the same things that I represent, and those two brands, Polo and Adidas, stay true to the streets. They stay true to their look, and they make gear that fits a real player.
On glamour of pimp style: It was flamboyant and outlandish. One thing about that look is that it represented you, your girls, the car that you drove, and this is in the pimp world. It represented the pimp. If his color scheme was green and yellow, he had on green and yellow, his car was green and yellow, his apartment was green and yellow, the girls wore green and yellow, and everything was about that particular color scheme. They matched all the way from the top to the bottom. It was about flair, glamour, glitz, and all of that comes out of the era I grew up in.
On real fashion: One year I remember I had a big black-and-gold sombrero with diamonds and rhinestones on it, and I had it tied around my head. All my girls dressed like they were Mexican girls, and it was just awesome. When I was there I was the real el jefe. [...] That's a fly style right there: When you've got a nice suit on and you wearing that sombrero, you gotta understand me, that's some real fashion.
On his all-business attire stage: It's the fact of me having to fire people and having more control over what I do and say. I had to have a look to match that. You have to look the part to play the part. No one would take me seriously if I came in with a jogging suit on. They would think I was going to jog. So I was going to put a business suit on so they would know I was going to do business.
On nice looking pigtails: Most definitely, that's been my style since day one; my hair has always been my main focus. I always make sure it looks right, and that I've got a new style, something that fits me that's different. Even when I wore it in pigtails, or permed my hair like Shirley Temple, whatever it was, it was always something that was on the edge. It was like, "Wow, it looks nice."
· Snoop Through The Ages [Vice]
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