Who is this Vashtie Kola? That is the question gossip folks and entertainment people have been asking for a while.
Vashtie, like other islandista ‘it girls’ is one of those chicks that always seems to be on the scene – at all the hottest, edgiest parties, friendsing with the most popular musicians, actors and designers and of course, wearing the cutest outfits.
It would not be quite right though to say she has that certain je-ne-sais-quoi – after all, it is easy to pinpoint when and how she came to semi-public attention, as she dated rapper/producer Pharrell from 2003 to 2007.
So… who is Vashtie Kola?
Well to start with, she is an islandista by descent. Of course! Or else, why would we care? lol…
She was born and raised in Albany, New York to parents who emigrated from Trinidad. Vashtie’s wide range of work and races definitely puts the slash in things. As in she is an artist/ video director/ designer/party promoter of black/Indian descent and even though she is considered ‘Downtown’s Sweetheart’ for her connections to all that is cutting edge in New York City club life, she is still so ‘Trini to the bone’ that she blogs about T&T every chance she gets, including a whole blog post about prowling Brooklyn in search of roti, aloo pie, phoulourie, coconut bake and doubles!
Formerly the Director of Creative Services with Def Jam, her main current hustle right now aside from video directing is her new clothing line Violette, which taps into her tomboyish style, as she explained to Hypebeast.com:
As a girl who dresses boyish, I could never find tees I wanted in my size and I really loved all the boy brands. I had been getting my Supreme tees altered by my tailor so they could fit me. Girl brands just never appealed to me. They say “necessity is the mother of invention” and well, I needed an option.
Loving it. I love the hustle and creativity of islandistas and how we mix it up and give it back to the world in ways they would never have expected and Va$htie really exemplifies that.