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Make Your Ascent To Heaven As Extra As You Are With A Nike Shoe Coffin

Stylish to the very end.

Don’t even think about calling yourself a ‘sneakerhead’ unless you’ve died and gone to heaven in one of these bad boys: a Nike sneaker coffin, handcrafted by Joseph Tetteh Ashong, also known as Paa Joe.

Paa Joe, who is the most prolific coffin artist in Ghana, has made a name for himself for his creative and unique casket designs, including a Louis Vuitton x Supreme handbag, an old school Sony Walkman or a Nokia phone.

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According to i-D, abebuu adekai or “fantasy coffins” are Ghanian tradition. Apparently, these elaborately-designed coffins “cater to families that believe in life after death and the designs often reference someone’s profession to reflect the belief that the deceased will continue their career in the afterlife.”

Paa Joe’s incredible designs have not only earned him thousands of Instagram followers, but his work has been exhibited in museums all over the world. 

Speaking to i-D, Paa Joe said his most common design requests are “fish, cocoa pod and the Holy Bible.” He added that “People are usually buried in these coffins according to their careers, symbol, or what they’re addicted to. A businessman would be buried in a Mercedes or Porsche; a journalist goes with camera believing life still continues in the afterlife.”

As for the Nike sneaker coffins, Paa Joe told i-D they’re quite a recent request. “The shoe coffins are usually for manufacturers or lovers of a particular shoe or brand.”

Paa Joe makes his coffins from wood, “hardwood for art pieces and exhibitions and soft wood for burials,” and in the future would like to “build an art academy for local and international art students,” and to “build an art gallery for coffins.” 

Paa Joe’s work is pretty awe-inspiring and a reminder that humans should be celebrated not only in life, but in death as well. 

Tyra Banks And Naomi Campbell's Open Hatred Of Each Other Is Peak Professionalism

This takes passive aggressive to the next level.

If you ever wonder how you manage to survive the passive aggressive relationship you have with your co-workers, housemates or family members – cop a load of this iconic ‘90s photoshoot featuring ultimate frenemies, Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.

Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.
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In 1992, Banks and Campbell appeared alongside fellow model Beverly Peele in a Vogue photoshoot styled by Grace Coddington and shot by Patrick Demarchelier. In the shoot, the trio appear on a yacht wearing matching black bikinis, dresses and straw hats – and let’s be honest, it looked like a cracking arvo out on the water.

However, the reality is – Banks and Campbell were feuding hard during the shoot. At that point, behind-the-scenes beef between the supermodels had reached sizzling temperatures, as discussed in Banks’ 2005 interview with the rival model. 

During the interview, Banks brought up the yacht photoshoot and how Naomi tried to help her when she was feeling seasick. “Naomi you said, ‘I have you ask you something…Do they try to make you look like me?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know about so much now, but in LA they really did.’”

“Naomi, you got up, you pushed me away and you said ‘I thought so,’ and you turned,” Banks told Campbell. 

Later during the interview, Banks pulled up another photoshoot of the pair lounging on armchairs in their swimsuits. “Do you remember that picture?” Banks asks Campbell. “There was no communication.”

“I went from calling my mum, and saying ‘this is so amazing,’ to calling her and saying, ‘I don’t know what happened, just did a photoshoot, she didn’t speak to me.”

While Campbell remains blasé about their decades-long feud, Banks has brought it up many times. Earlier this year, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Banks said “People didn’t know I was going home crying my eyes out because a woman that I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there, and was doing everything in her power to make me go away.”

You’ve got to give it to Banks and Campbell. Behind closed doors, their relationship was far from sunshine and rainbows, but you’d never know looking at these iconic photoshoots. It’s a testament to their level of professionalism, even in the most passive aggressive of times. 

Campbell did eventually address the feud in a 2016 interview with Andy Cohen. “It does irk me that two women of colour have to be pitted against each other,” she said. “You can have more than one woman of colour in a fashion show. Unfortunately, back then, you could only have one so the other felt…put out.”

Sadly, it sounds like Banks and Campbell were merely grappling with the inequalities of the fashion industry during the ‘90s. Kudos to these fierce women for surviving the storm and coming out as graceful as ever.

Unpopular Opinion: Why Did The Mid-00s Hair Pouf Ever Fall Out Of Fashion?

Bring it back.

Remember during the mid-00s, when we were all obsessed with The Hills and The OC, and our style icons were Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens? Along with the thin eyebrows, chunky highlights, sparkly tank tops and low-slung distressed flares, there was another major trend: hair poufs.

There are plenty of variations of this iconic 00s hairstyle, and plenty of names. The pouf, pompadour, coiffe, or hair bump was a staple in 00s teen dramas, fashion magazines, and on red carpets of the rich and famous.

Ashley Tisdale. Credit: Jesse Grant/WireImage

If like me, the pouf brings back lovely nostalgic memories, I’ve got some good news for you. It could be making a return, and we’ve got the upcoming Little Women film to thank.

In a feature from earlier this week, The Cut pointed out a recent LA Times interview with Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, in which Pugh is sporting a good ol’ fashioned hair pouf like it was no big deal.

That’s not the first time the hair pouf has made a teased and hair sprayed comeback in recent times. In the newly released Hustlers, Lili Reinhart’s character Annabelle proudly rocks a teased bump in her pony amongst other 00s fashion and beauty trends from the decade in which the film is set. 

At the 2019 SAG Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton rocked a variation on the hair pouf with a middle part and hair bow. 

Lucy Boynton. Credit: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

This hairstyle might bring back memories of other cringeworthy 00s trends, but I’m welcoming its return – and I’m not the only one:

For many, the hair pouf was the perfect, fuss-free, second day hairstyle that required little effort and just a whole lot of bobby pins, if you could find them, of course. Side note: where do all our bobby pins go!? 

Credit: me.me

The real question here is, why did the humble hair pouf ever fall out of fashion? The 90s had its moment in the sun with tiny sunglasses, scrunchies and hair clips, perhaps the hair pouf is a sign that the 00s are back and better than ever.

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