We caught up with dreamy wardrobe stylist, Hodo Musa, on how she got into the industry, her top style muses, and where she goes treasure hunting!
Check out the shoot we did with her! Photos by Damian Borja and MU by Shenise Sheena.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Fun. Fun. And fun.
Tell us about yourself! How did you become a stylist and what brought you to LA?
My name is Hodo Musa and I'm 34 years young. I’m born in Hergisa in Somali and came as a refugee to Sweden. I have seven younger siblings and was raised in Malmö, Sweden's third biggest city. Here you can find people from every war country in the world. It’s like a big melting pot with different cultures where we all had to co-exist and become friends. We did, and I loved it and learned a lot. My family is normads and we lived in so many places. The last place I called home was Oslo, Norway, where I worked as a stylist for Island Records' international artist Astrid S. She's Norway’s biggest pop princess. Check out her music, she is truly amazing.
Now there’s a new chapter in my life as I just moved to LA to study fashion and design, starting all over. It’s been very scary and exciting at the same time. It's hard to find your way and tribe in a new country or city, and in the beginning and you feel lost. But slowly and shortly everything falls into place. It helped that I moved here with my best friend; my husband. Also, I'm in a place where the sun is shining on my face every day. This is happiness for me. I create vibes and I put clothes on people so they match and feel like the person they feel mentally. My fuel is to create and connect.
Who are your top 3 style muses?
Michaela Jackson! Thriller is the ultimate album for all kind of ears. My parents bought us his "Moonwalker" movie that we watched over and over again. The visuals were so ahead of its time, just like MJ was.
Grace Jones. After I saw her in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" nothing was the same ever again. I had never seen a woman like Grace. She is the reason I had shaved sides for more than 10 years.
My Mom Khadija Daud.
The first woman I ever saw and loved. My mom had so much swag and beauty. Remember how she always wore a big afro and colorful Somali clothes with gold dripping around her neck and fingers. And the best smile.
What item can you not live without this winter?
There’s no real winter in LA, and while I cannot complain, I do miss layering and rocking my faux fur coats.
l’m still hooked on my Fenty Puma by Rihanna Ankle Strap Creepers, that I wear everywhere. Super comfy and I love the height. I always feel effortlessly cool in them and they go with everything I owe.
Where do you draw inspiration from and where do you find all of your styling treasures?
Music and fashion is the same thing for me, so I will say pop culture. Past and present. We go to a lot of concerts and festivals. This weekend I'm going to the Rolling Loud festival. Their line-up is hella lit. I also try to have at least one day per week where I walk around Melrose, Fairfax, and Downtown LA to see all the new spots that pop up. I find a new place every time and a smile opens many doors.
It’s not easy to start as stylist here in LA, as many showrooms accommodate you less than than the ones in Norway. You must be creative and source clothes in a different way. I do a lot of thrift shopping and you can find me every Sunday lurking around Fairfax Flea market. But I've been lucky and got a lot of help by friends and other creatives I meet on my way. My favorite store is The Way We Wore on La Brea. I always find stuff there.
What's on your current playlist?
A lot of afro beats... Wizkid, Tekno and Davido. A lot of Scandinavian artists, like Kygo, Sigrid, MØ, Snoh Aalegra and Sabrina Dduma . A lot of hip-hop, from Kanye West to Migos, Future and Little Uzi Vert.A beautiful mix!
What’s next for you?
Follow me on my Instagram @hodovodo and see:)