Having recently signed her first record deal with Warner Music, Tsunari (pronounced Su-nari) has joined the mighty music milieu. With hitmakers like Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Madonna on the label’s roster, the 26 yearold is not fazed by the company she keeps. “I’ve been working for this moment all my life and I’m grateful that I’ve finally found the right partners to get these crazy ideas out of my mind,” she tells us on set at our exclusive East London cover shoot. After making a solo move to London six years ago to live out her dreams, this is the singer’s first magazine shoot. “I’m not used to having a hairstylist and make-up artist on standby, but I could definitely get used to the treatment,” she enthuses. With the release of her smash hit single Fruity Loops and more new music on the way, we speak to the bilingual popstar about life in London, hair upkeep and her eclectic hip-hop-meets- RnB style.
COngratulations on the success of your latest single, Fruity Loops! What inspired you to pen the song?
The song is all about living a colourful life, so it’s literally a play on all the crazy colours of the cereal. The music video is fun and has loads of punchy colours reflecting my personality. I like to express myself through the art of music and this song definitely reveals my quirky side.
Being of dual heritage with parents from thailand and trinidad, how did you find your identity as you grew up?
To be honest it was challenging at first. I was moving from one country to the other so maintaining friendships was difficult. Having social media helped, but it wasn’t the same as human contact. In the end I had to learn to adjust to the new environment. It got to the point where I felt like I couldn’t really pin down where home was. On a positive note, I do feel like I can relate and have a deeper understanding of different cultures.
On your socials it’s clear to see that you like to switch up your hairstyles. What’s your signature look?
I love being versatile with my hair. I’ll experiment with short, long and colourful styles, but at the moment the frontrunner is a sleek braided down ponytail with lots of baby hairs or a little fringe to frame my face. I like the snatched look for sure.
Tell us about your natural haircare regime…
I believe in keeping it simple and not using tons of products that are unnecessary for your hair. I like to use natural ingredients, so for co-washing and conditioning I use the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus range. I detangle using a widetooth comb and I always rinse with cold water to close the cuticles and give my hair a natural shine. My curl pattern is loose, so when it’s damp I scrunch it using a hair cream to make it more defined. Mixing products has been a useful way to combat dryness. In the winter months I mix argan and black castor to make a conditioning cocktail tonic.
What do you like about the feme collection frisky ponytail used on the shoot?
When I saw the salted caramel colour I knew that it was me. My style is heavily influenced by 90s RnB but I add elements like colour. I was so surprised to learn it’s not human hair! It looks real and the fact it doesn’t tangle made me think it was.
What beauty products do you like to use after a long day?
Bath-time is when I unwind. I’ll add a few drops of oil – vanilla scents are my favourite – and have a long soak. If my hair needs some TLC I’ll use Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate Shea Butter Hair Mask. Aloe vera is listed as the first ingredient where brands often use water as the first ingredient.
When it comes to clothes, do you prefer to buy online or hit the shops?
I can do both but at the moment I enjoy online more. Lockdown has been a huge factor in why I’ve converted to online more, but I also like the fact that I have time to visualise and think out the outfit before making the purchase.
What do you love most about living in london?
London is a melting pot of every culture and the summertime is beautiful here. The different cuisines on offer means you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. I always find myself in a new restaurant trying something I’ve never had before. The fashion scene is top notch too.
When are you your most authentic self?
At this point in my life, I feel I’m the best version of me. I’m comfortable with who I am and I own it. I used to struggle with my identity when I was a kid and felt that being different from everybody else around me was a negative thing. Those days are far behind me now. Why try to be someone else when God created us to be special individuals, right? Fruity Loops single out now.
Hair: The Feme Collection Ponytail Frisky in Salted Caramel | Fashion: Pink Mansy Co-ord Suit from Asos | Accessories: from Denise Brown