Cipriana And TK Quann Show Strength In Numbers
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If you've heard of Urban Bush Babes, then you're familiar with Cipriana and TK Quann. The 28-year-old identical twin sisters recently signed with IMG and have been taking the industry by storm in all fields. They've been nominated on best-dressed lists galore for their unique senses of style, and that's nothing compared to everything else they've already done. But when the Brooklyn babes aren't starring in campaigns for ASOS, & Other Stories, and Gap or features for Vogue and W Magazine, Cipriana is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Urban Bush Babes while TK is known by her stage name, TK Wonder. Having been "writers since the womb," this all comes naturally to them.
TK got started as a performer through spoken word poetry and has opened for artists like Sting, Nas, Justice, The Prodigy, Erykah Badu, Gossip, and Queens of the Stone Age. "My sister taught me what it meant to be fearless, something I am still learning till this day," says Cipriana. "She is the type of person who will dance by herself like no one is watching in a room packed full of people."
In the five years since Urban Bush Babes officially launched, the site has become an amazing source of information for fashion, hair, beauty, health, food, film, photography, design, art, and culture. Cipriana and Nikisha Brunson created the site as a way for people that are comfortable in their own skin to "connect, inspire, and share" with one another. TK is also involved as an executive contributor.
Both sisters expressed their excitement in continuing their journey together. "I know without a doubt that if I did not have my twin in my life I would not be the woman I am today," adds Cipriana. Get to the 411 on the Quann sisters in the interview, below.