Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk Speaks On Nü-Metal’s Continued Influence On Her Fashion Sense


Jinjer frontwoman Tatiana Shmailyuk appeared as the guest on the newly released episode of the BREWtally Speaking Podcast, which can be seen below. As you might expect, the discussion covered the mores pressing topics, including the band’s latest release “Alive In Melbourne” and more.

Veering out of familiar territory, that chat also landed on how many women in the metal scene opt for a more traditional ‘heavy metal’ look that incorporates leather, spikes, etc.. When pointed out that Shmailyuk herself tends to remain more fluid and has more of a 1990s hip hop feel to her stage attire, she responded:

“Well I’m a 90s child, you know. I will always be dedicated to that period of time, and I’m really happy to see that this year, it kind of came back again, but not into metal of course—metal doesn’t admit anything but leather, the spikes, and stuff like that.

That’s why I don’t like it. It’s not me, if I wear leather pants, for example. Like if I look like a heavy metal chick, it’s not me. And I [will] always be dedicated to a hip hop culture. You know, 22 years ago, well less than 20 years ago, I was tomboy as fuck and I loved wearing saggy jeans, looking like Fred Durst, I still love the style.

Yeah, maybe Fred Durst is one of them, one of my [fashion] trendsetters… Basically nü-metal is what I always loved, and what I will incorporate to my style from time to time, and will continue doing that.”

She also later elaborated on her lack of traditional ‘metal attire’ and whether or not she has seen it influence other women in the scene. Speaking on how she came to going with her own flow, she replied:

“I hung out around boys too much. That’s why I started wearing tank tops and camouflage shorts and stuff and I don’t know why. I mean I really thought that I was more boy, than a girl. I’m not talking about like sexual preferences, its just my style. I felt like I want to fight, I don’t know, and I want to go skateboarding, or snowboarding, go extreme you know?

But I think that those were just my teenage years, now I’d love to wear, and I will, like I have a couple of really great hip hop jeans in my closet, and I’ll definitely wear them on the stage and stuff and no matter what true metal heads think, because they cannot stand this hip hop culture, being introduced in the metal scene, you know?

That’s why I’m doing it, I don’t want them to think that I’m one of them you know? I’m not a heavy metal girl. Yeah, I’m more Gwen Stefani. Yeah, of course I wish I was.

Like I mean I love pop music, like Pink! for me is a rock star in the pop music [world], fuck, and that’s amazing. So you can be a rock star in pop music but you cannot be a rap star in metal. Which is such a bummer.”


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