15-year-old jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky is the anti-Cyrus

Montreal singer Nikki Yanofsky. Photo via WWD

WWD has an interview today with Montreal’s 15-year-old jazz star (and fashion fiend) Nikki Yanofsky. On a day where breaking news consists of a video of Miley’s 9-year-old sister Noah gyrating to Akon’s “Smack That,” and the two girls’ apparent role model, Lindsay Lohan, is still designing for a major fashion house, Yanofsky is a breath of sane air.

1. She mantra is “age appropriate.” During the story’s accompanying photo shoot, the singer has trouble navigating in a pair of L.A.M.B. stilettos.

“I don’t really wear them yet because I’m not 16,” she says.

Can you imagine one of the Cyrus clan saying “Noah won’t wear a dominatrix costume for Halloween because she’s not 10 yet”?

2. She has good taste. While Yanofsky admits that her closet overfloweth (that, at least, she has in common with Cyrus Spawn, The Elder)–it is filled with Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Chloé and Miu Miu—she is admittedly advanced for a 15-year-old. Miley may have spent her sweet 16 wearing Elie Saab couture at Disneyland (like the princess that she obviously is), but she subsequently revealed to the world that her closet is filled entirely with tank tops. Not that we have a problem with tank tops, but you see the distinction.

3. She’s determined not to be spoiled.

Certainly Yanofsky’s tastes require a grown-up budget, but the singer stresses that she is judicious with her spending. “If I have my eye on something like a Marc by Marc [Jacobs] bag, I would feel spoiled if my parents got it for me,” she says. “Instead, I’ll buy it with the money I earn.”

The only misstep in Yanofsky’s good girl with good clothes persona happens here:

As she tries on a sheer tank, she continues, “I always think, ‘Would Selena Gomez wear that? Would Miley?’

Oh dear. But, wait:

Well maybe Miley isn’t a good example because she dresses old, but you know what I mean.”


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