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Frank Ocean Scores Fader Magazine Cover, Talks Cars

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Fresh off his features on the year’s long-awaited collaboration LP ‘Watch the Throne,’ Frank Ocean, the crooning gentleman belonging to the Odd Future set, has snagged the cover of Fader magazine’s Fall Fashion issue.

On the glossy print publication’s front, the 23-year-old Louisiana native is standing on a street corner, dressed in a black T-shirt, holding pink flowers in his hand and wearing what appears to be a black-and-white panda bear mask on top of his head — check out the ears pointing toward the sky here.

At a first glance, the photo epitomizes everything that Ocean is about in his music: he’s quirky, has a softness to him despite being part of the OFWGKTA clique and seems to stick with what he knows — the red-and-white bandana draped around his neck has been through more than one performance.

Ocean, born Christopher Breaux but known as Lonny to his friends, opens up to the mag about his fascination with cars. Fans of the Def Jam songwriter-singer are familiar with his interest, as he released his first mixtape, ‘Nostalgia, Ultra,’ with an image of an old orange Volkswagen on the cover.

According to the entertainer, his godfather subscribed him to Robb Report, a magazine for the upper class, when he was 9 years old. The expressive talent, stalwart in his opinions on love and heartbreak, obsessed over the publication’s classified ads, where used Bentleys and Maybachs were showcased. “I would just fall in love with all their cars. That was the start,” Ocean revealed.

Check out more of Frank Ocean’s Fader interview here.

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