She also has the palpable, undeniable energy of a star. The singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer appeared Prince’s video for “Diamonds and Pearls” back in 1991 and yes, she’s also Jhené Aiko’s sister. Now Mila J’s third EP entitled “Dopamine” is out (look out for her debut album) and she’s going on tour. Photographer Jen Senn captured the artist in her element, while we asked her some questions about feeling good, being sexy, and not giving a f**k.
Besides great music, what gives you a dopamine rush?
Some good love, good food. I like Italian food. Fettucine and some garlic bread always gets me. Give me that and I’m a happy camper.
What makes you feel sexy?
I honestly feel sexiest right out of the shower, with my hair clean and face washed, in a towel. You feel pure but vulnerable. It’s a different state, like when you first wake up. I also like a boot up to my thigh – like give me some stripper clothes! Leather and a tall boot always make me feel sexy.
What do you find sexiest in another person?
A silent confidence. Mysteriousness is sexy. I don’t want to know everything about you up-front. Keeping mystery is good. I don’t want to know everything! I want to wonder sometimes. And a nice signature scent; I like a person’s natural scent. It’s the animal in us.
One of the songs off your new EP is called “No Fux.” What does it mean to you to not give a fuck?
The song kind of tells a story. In the beginning, it’s like “I don’t give a fuck if you want me back.” Then it shows the journey of most relationships when you think you’re done, but then they call for help. Of course you still love the person, so then you find yourself falling back in. It’s also about not giving a fuck about what other people think. Like, I know I told my friends and my mom we were done, but what’re they going to do?
Do you have a signature style?
I’m either a total tomboy in baggy sweats or going all out. It’s funny: Every day I wear a little Playboy pendant around my neck. I always have it. It actually wasn’t a necklace. It was from a duffel bag from the Joyrich collaboration. I took it off the zipper thing and made it into a necklace.
Does everyone comment on it?
Yes! I’m obsessed with Playboy. I guess I’ve always been comfortable with sexuality, so as a teen, it was just beautiful to me, not like, “You’re being bad,” you know what I mean? It’s just about being. I’ve always thought we should be more like animals. Think about how many animals have sex for pleasure. We make life way too deep. Animals are all about what’s today, and we should take more cues from them.
Hard-hitting question: What’s your sign?
I’m a Scorpio. Very passionate! Whatever mood we’re in, we’re in. People are always like, “You’re moody!” I’m like we’re not moody; we’re passionate. We’re consistently inconsistent. I’m afraid of people who are always one way all the time. Even if a person is happy all the time, it’s weird to me. That’s not human. Then if a person is evil all the time, then I’m like, “You’re just evil!” [Laughs]
It goes back to leaving a little mystery.
You want people to constantly have to figure you out. Once you have anything figure you, you’re over it. When you play a game on your phone and get to the top level and win, you don’t keep playing it. You want a new game. I feel like it’s the same thing with people. Keep the interest.
So what’s next for you?
I’m about to go touring in Australia. I’m excited. I’ve never been. I want to see some kangaroos. Then I’m shooting a movie. But music is definitely my number one. My first signed deal was when I was 11, so I started pretty young.