Bri Steves Shares Her Fearless, Fashionable World

The rapper-singer-producer-writer has gone from her Temple dorm room to American Song Contest. Here’s what keeps her going, in style.

Bri Steves / Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Bri Steves has come a long way from recording tunes in her Temple dorm room: This year, the musical powerhouse repped Philly on the NBC reality show American Song Contest. Here, the rapper-singer-producer-writer offers a peek into her fearless, fashionable world.

At Home

Prized possession: Cartier bracelets I had engraved to honor my late mother. I never take them off.

Bri Steves shows her beloved Cartier bracelets and signature intricate nails. / Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Signature look: Intricate designs on my nails. This week, it’s a blue bandanna pattern.

Favorite accessory: Celine glasses. They go with everything.

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Hair essential: Argan Oil Edge Control. And a toothbrush.

Skin-care essential: Clean & Clear toner and dual action moisturizer. Been using it since I was eight. My skin stays amazing because of it.

Makeup must: Mehron Skin Prep Pro. Thank me later.

Currently reading: The Obstacle Is the Way, by Ryan Holiday.

Currently bingeing: Game of Thrones. I don’t see how Daenerys just became evil like that.

Favorite musicians: Jill Scott, the Roots, Quincy Jones.

Bri Steves’s beloved Yorkies / Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Pets: My Yorkie terriers are my babies.

On my nightstand: Boy Smells candle.

Photograph courtesy of Boy Smells

I buy in bulk: Toilet paper and baby wipes. No one likes to run out of toilet paper or baby wipes.

On The Job

What I love about what I do: I have a way with words where I can sing or rap the rawest honest dark truths I feel and it comes out touching someone else through the music. That’s magical.

Personal mantra: I am successful. I get paid to exist.

Best advice I ever got: Fuck plans B and C. Have a plan A, and focus all your effort on that. It’ll work out.

Biggest inspiration: Pharrell. He’s been making hits for years and still inspires me, musically, to not take myself too seriously.

Currently working on: My next album. Hitmaka produced it. Visuals are gonna be insane.

On The Go

On my playlist: TBH, by Bri Steves. It’s fire. You should check it out.

Favorite workout: HIIT.

Oysters at Jansen / Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Favorite indulgence: Oysters at Jansen. I’m a sucker for oysters. I’m eating them any time of the day, any way.

Favorite drink: Lavender Bee’s Knees.

Urban Village Brewing Company / Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Best place for a beer: Urban Village Brewing Company. I like the With the Grain sour beer.

Exciting upcoming event: Paris for Christmas.

Colorado / Photograph by Avik Chakraborty/Getty Images

Last vacation: Aspen for my birthday. Damn, it sound like I be living, but I really be chilling.

Travel essential: Blanket for the plane. It be freezing.

Published as “Connoisseur: Living the Vibe” in the October 2022 issue of Philadelphia magazine.