Raven-Symoné was in Toronto recently to help launch Disney Consumer Products’ That’s So Raven clothing line for tween girls at Wal-Mart Canada. KidScreen caught up with the star of the hit show to get her insights on fashion and her tween fans.
Are the clothes customizable?
Most definitely. I think every piece of clothing is customizable. It’s how you put it together, but also if you have pair of jeans that you are so over with, but they’re comfortable, go to the craft store, get some fabric paint, some markers and paint on them and you can turn them into something new. That’s what Raven Baxter did. If you think tha you have these weird appliqués, you put them on your jeans. Cut off your jeans, turn them into something new. Cut off the bottoms, sew that together and make a purse. Take a t-shirt and make it into a scarf. Take a t-shirt and paste pieces of the t-shirt onto your jeans. You can customize anything.
Your weapon of choice?
Scissors. Nancy [our costume designer] always puts a pair of scissors in the dressing room because she knows that I’m going to be cutting something.
Do you get to
talk to your fans a lot?
I’m on tour right now. So I bring some of them up on stage and they can ask me anything that they want to. Also, I get to when I go out to do normal things.
What’s the funniest thing they’ve ever asked you?
If I have visions? Or, can you tell things about me? They can’t grasp what goes on on the TV show yet.
Music is a big part of the show.
In terms of your own music, what’s on your iPod right now?
I had an iPod before iPod’s were fabulous. Now that iPods are big, I don’t have one. So, what’s on my Windows Media Player? Brazilian Girls, India.Irie, Norah Jones, Jay Z, Alanis Morrisette, Bjork. I’m weird. My tastes are varied.
Do you relate to how your character likes to mix things up fashion-wise?
I admire her boldness. When went to middle school, I liked Banana Republic, and my parents were, like, ‘Why do you dress like you’re going to a job interview?’ I said, because it’s comfortable. As Raven Baxter I can be, like, look at my outfit. I can wear it. I can be that girl.