Agnez Mo doesn’t do anything by halves. On the Pacific Palisades set of the music video for “Long as I Get Paid”—the debut single from her first international record, X—the Indonesian pop artist called the shots, leading a team of dancers through complex choreography and belting out her self-assured “take that haters” anthem at a location she scouted herself. Mo may have had her hands full, but her energy was palpable. “I needed to make sure that what I envisioned really came to life,” she said during a break in filming. “I’m my own biggest critic. I want things to be perfect. It’s not about arrogance—it’s about realizing that I’m evolving and I’m moving in the right direction.”
On the fashion front, that has meant assembling a group of creative heavy hitters. Mo enlisted the talents of stylist Monica Rose, makeup artist Mylah Morales, and hairstylist Larry Sims, to create a series of visual identities for the album’s music videos and to push her look beyond the expected. “What I love about all three of them is that they listen to what I want and I listen to what they want,” said Mo, who switches from sleek dominatrix to fresh-faced ingenue in the span of one video. “It’s an exchange of ideas and a true collaboration.” The group, who exchanged references over email and text, cites everything from Who’s That Girl?–era Madonna to Mo’s Indonesian heritage as a source of inspiration. The resulting mélange is distinctive, with baju adat traditional headdresses, Balmain, and vintage Chanel getting equal play.
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