The Wu-Tang Clan is one of the most groundbreaking groups in rap history. Even today, over 20 years after their introduction to the world, the Killa Bees continue to embark into new frontiers. Recently, the Wu entered into the cosmetics game with the introduction of a new lipstick collection in collaboration with Milk Makeup.
The aim of the new line is to empower women, according to reports. Wu-Tang frontman and lead producer RZA explained, “In previous generations, the feminine energy has been dampened by the world. But now, women’s strength, beauty and wisdom is finally being celebrated. Warriors come in all forms, but right now women are the modern warriors, unapologetic in their strength and speaking out about things they’ve held in or feared they’d be shunned for on, both a personal and political level.”
A few days ago, a commercial for the Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup project was released. It features Teyana Taylor performing martial arts with a samurai sword and handling the lipsticks. Check it out below.
The National describes the lipstick:
The casing for the lipstick is a coiled, gilt dragon, while a separate mirror is in the form of a throwing star in 24K gold. Eight shades are on offer, with names taken from the I Ching – the ancient book of Chinese teachings. Choose from Intentions Flow Through All Dimensions (inspired by the notion of a sacred heaven), Liquid Swords (that refers to the cypher), and Third Eye (based on the element of thunder).
The interactive website urges you to “consult the I Ching to select your shade.”
“Bruce Lee said it best: ‘Martial arts are an elevated level of self-expression,’” RZA said. “To me, when a person wakes up, looks in the mirror, and puts on their individual armor, that’s a form of martial arts. And in that sense, lipstick is a weapon.”
Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup’s lipstick collection can be viewed and ordered here.