With his trademark dreads, full-body tattoos, extra-skinny jeans and ever-present cloud of kush smoke, hip-hop artist-rapper Wiz Khalifa sees his colorful personal style as an extension of his creative output. "I want to be setting trends and doing things that people don't expect," says the 27-year-old, born Cameron Jibril Thomaz.
Khalifa, whose "See You Again" collaboration with Charlie Puth tied for the longest-leading rap No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a 12-week reign, credits his nontraditional fashion approach to a polyglot cultural upbringing. His parents were both in the military and moved frequently before settling in Pittsburgh. "I lived in Japan when I was 13. I hung out with the Filipino kids and they wore wide-leg JNCO jeans and dyed their hair. Then, when I lived in Oklahoma during middle school, I was around a lot of Mexicans and skaters -- that's where the Americana style came from, the Dickies and the Levi's and the Chucks or Vans. Traveling definitely opened my mind. It put me in different groups of people where I was able to blend in."