Trae Harris

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Lily and I often joke that after we cover every city and town across the globe, our final Stylelikeu shoot will feature the Maasai tribe, because of their embodiment of soulful dressing. Trae could be a close second to these semi-nomadic Kenyans – her depth of thinking and its spiritual style manifestation constitutes an undeniably compelling force. When you are in her presence, the turbans, piles of rustic, indigenous jewels and layers of rich fabrics command attention and you can sense the heritage of a long line of noble, strong women who were “blunt, to the point and fearless.”

Trae’s tattoo of three indigo parallel bands around her wrist is a subtle yet potent symbol with multiple layers of significance. The number three is a “God number in Supreme Mathematics,” she says, and it signifies knowledge, wisdom and over-standing, “that ultimate ‘a-ha’ moment when you truly, fully see.” Trae got the tattoo to remind herself that the only way to get ahead in life is to delve within and gain full understanding. The tattoo symbolizes a rite of passage in manifesting her own destiny, which she feels is to travel, perform, and write (she is a performance artist and poet) with few earthly obstacles or attachments.
Trae says, “In order to grow, you have to look back.” Her mesmerizing use of face paint is not so different from the women of the Indian, African and Middle Eastern diasporas, whom she has been studying in order to retrace her roots.

Traditionally, the paint was used to tell stories, but for Trae, it is a spiritual practice that centers her and “pulls a lot of things together.” During our time together, I learned that the stretching of one’s lobes with earring plugs like Trae’s wooden ones is a West African ritualistic practice of overcoming what the physical body can endure by remaining present despite any discomfort.

Trae’s extensive travels have informed her that people have more commonalities than differences and her clothing reflects her insatiable passion for various cultures and their archetypes. Her stage name is Set, the male deity known for his satanic, dark energy, and Tep, for the balance towards the light. Trae explains this duality of energy, stating, “You can’t have the light before the dark. One has to accept all sides of oneself in order to move forward.”

If you like Trae, you may also enjoy Ziva Naumann, Jeffrey Williams and Donna Harrison.

  • Louis Mandelbaum

    Legit my favorite closet so far.

  • jetaime123

    truly inspiring – you are an amazing girl!

  • Irene Kim

    i had a heart attack going through all her pics. so beautiful

  • Rachel Esterline

    Trea Harris is StyleLikeU. Forget her things.. listen to her message. she is IT.

  • Cedrik Faison

    Beauty! Inside and out…..

  • Terrell Harris

    Ive met thousands of people in my journeys but i have to say Trae is one of the most free spirited beings i have ever cross paths with.LUV IS LUV lil sis.

  • Lily Mandelbaum

    essence of stylelikeu. beyond inspiring.

  • S.f. Perrius

    I like her inside out approach. She is beautiful, inside and out. On the outside I like those aztec shorts! Good chi :)

  • Tinka D’Souza

    So good. One of the coolest people on the site.

  • Gabi Richmond

    Most inspiring girl ive watched so far… truly made my week. Go girl

  • Rebecca Vandersteen

    Trae is rich in culture…not just her own.a bit from all. now that is inspiring.To open up to the world with wide open arms is to open up to yourself. she is my aries/taurus sister. earthy sexy fiery fierceness that can’t be touched!

  • Kaleb Johnson

    Definitely one of my favorites!

  • Tiffany Scott

    Inspiring, wise beyond her age….she’s a breath of fresh air.

  • Susanna-Cole King

    I was so stoked to see this, ever since I began to roam around overseas, I’ve been incredibly inspired by cultures from countries around the world, and incorporating some of those cultures into my wardrobe.

    Trae has an amazing essence and insight, as well as style, one of my favorite features here!

  • christinachan

    Wow. She’s amazing. I love her style and her whole aura. She’s so beautiful! xxx

  • Brandon Acton-Bond

    This girl is gorgeously spiritual in the way she clothes herself. Style is tricky it can become very materialistic and she goes so far beyond that. Love her quote about whatever you do to the physical body can’t harm your spirit, very much what I strive to believe. Her world view is so developed which is incredibly rare here in America and for me is so appreciated. What and Inspiration! Thank you SLU and hopefully I’ll get to meet Trae someday.

  • Goodkind

    Trae was at our party. I should have introduced you! x

  • Tyz Matos

    I love this girl
    so inspiring
    and your style it’s completely amazing

  • Makeydah Jones

    loving how you reach out for inspiration and think outside of the ‘western’ box. kudos.

  • Olnuzola

    You are my favorite!

    Obviously because your style reminds me of my own, and also the meanings behind it.. <3

  • pettiho

    definitely love her style. not only is it fashionable but she also dresses with a purpose with it being connected to her spiritually. dope.

  • Tye Crawford

    Lots of wisdom 4 being 22 <3

  • Jesse

    She’s stunning. MY favorite closet thus far, too!

  • kc

    Those boots are from Urban Outfitters. Ain’t no kente, chick!

  • Kelly Hawkins

    That’s what I like to see, an individual who can explain the meaning of everything she adorns herself with and reasons behind her body modifications. Very interesting girl.

  • Tonee Spruill-Jones

    soul cool

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