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“People with no abs are not gonna understand a man with a crop top” – Iman Shumpert talks to Complex about His Love for Crop Tops & Thoughts on Trump

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NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Iman Asante Shumpert spoke to Complex on his style and fashion, after being called “New York Fashion Week’s biggest risk-taker” by Vogue for his outfits at NYFW which included a crop top.

“You should dress so that somebody remembers you,” says Shumpert. “The first time you meet me, it’s gon’ make you feel a way. Either you gon’ be like, ‘Why are you wearing that?’ or ‘That’s raw. I like his energy.’ I want you to have a story when you meet me.”

Iman who is also Teyana Taylor’s husband, told Complex he has always been interested in fashion. Growing up in Oak Park, Illinois, he often only had six or seven outfits.

“I was always growing, so it made no sense for my mom and dad to load me up with a bunch of clothes,” he says. “But I hated coming to school and feeling like a girl could be like, ‘Iman’s aprobably gon’ wear this today.’ So I would always have to mix and match and find a way to look different. I took a lot of pride in that.”

He sat down with Complex to discuss why he loves crop tops, refuses to hire a stylist, almost named a clothing line after Gucci Mane, and won’t visit a Trump White House.

On not having a stylist and if he’ll ever hire one

No. Never had one. Absolutely not. How can you style me? It’s mystyle. Say I wear an outfit that you picked out and it pops up on some fashion blog and they laughin’ at me. You’re fired! But if I picked it and if y’all don’t like it, that’s just too bad.

On the most expensive piece he owns

Sneaker-wise, it’s the Air Mags. I dropped six bands for those, with no hesitation. I’ve been waiting my whole life to get those. I also have a $6,000 Phillip Lim coat with pockets that are big enough to fit a sandwich. That’s why I got it.

On his Fashion Week outfits and how he put them together

Oh, the crop. That shirt wasn’t a crop top. I’ve been wearing crop tops before that happened. I wore them in Miami a few times. I always liked crop tops after I saw it on Fresh Prince. I saw a couple of guys do it in a bunch of TV shows with the sweats and I always thought it was dope. They would get ready to go to the gym and work out with the crop top on to show their abs. Of course people with no abs are not gonna understand a man with a crop top. You ain’t got no abs, I get it. It’s cool.

On his favorite part of visiting the White House earlier this month

The best part was Michelle [Obama]. She’s the juice. It’s like the way people are when they meet Teyana and they’re like, “Shump, you cool and all, but Teyana’s the shit.” [Laughs]

People started boycotting New Balance after the company seemed to voice support for Trump. Kanye West recently said he would’ve voted for Trump if he had voted. Would you still wear Yeezys?

I understand people’s stance on Trump. I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bullshit he’s got going on. That’s his personal thing, ya dig? But I just don’t think he can make anything shake like that. He not finna start no civil war out here. I do think he’s crazy—straight up. I think he did that stuff to get people to think he’s willing to shake it up. But did I vote for him? No. The other stuff that comes with him, I can’t get with. But now that he’s here, I’m not finna drag my feet. I gotta work here, at least until the offseason, if I wanna go get a crib in the Islands.

Will you go to Trump’s White House if the Cavs win the championship again this year?

I’m not going to the White House.

Source: Complex, Vogue

27 Comments

  1. Marlvina

    December 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Hmm do I really need to see you in a crop shirt just to see ur abs? No! Ppl wld still see it either way.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I shake my head in disappointment every time I read your comment.

    • Prince Charming

      December 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      @A Real Nigerian, where have you been all day? Kind of miss you!

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      *vomits* ???

    • Prince Charming

      December 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Hahaha….. shade! You’ll never change! Good to know you are ok.

    • Marlvina

      December 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      @A Real Nigerian, please save yourself by not reading. so you don’t keep shaking your small head. Who dey force you? Close your eyes! Mumu!

    • ifiii

      December 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Jealousy!

  2. LemmeRant

    December 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Baba you’re gay.

    People with big di*cks don’t also go around in tight briefs, dangling it everywhere.

    • Chike

      December 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      OK, he’s gay. Now what?

    • Marlvina

      December 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      ?? ohh emm geee!

    • Pat

      December 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Lmao i can’t deal

    • word

      December 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

      I swear i can bet $500 imam got a big ass cucumber, im talking long and big lol. why do you think teyana wanna die on top the matter. its part reason lol, just look at the black sweat pant he got on, if it was tighter it would be lit lol… I cant, but that was the second thing i looked at after seeing his rock hard abs wrong with wearing crop top would you tell Scottish people they gay because they wear skirts ?? should americans also call africans gay when our men wear a jalabiya or wear sandals like they said olamide was gay coz he wore sandals in that picture with wale….. .what can i say i love a man with abs i cant lie. They are a great couple and hes a dope basket baller. I wish em both well and God bless their new baby

  3. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    December 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    We with pot belly should go and Die???

    • LemmeRant

      December 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Lool.

      Can’t stop laughing at this.

  4. keke driver

    December 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    OMG Dude is H A W T….Damn
    Those Abs mehn!! Killing me……You gotta luh Him tho.

  5. Mohammad

    December 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Brap brap! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Hot man and his hawt wife. Please don’t stop showing us your abs! ??

  6. Soda

    December 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    #body

  7. Anon

    December 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Finally got rid of his “Kid and Play” hairstyle.

  8. nene

    December 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    he might be gay. absolutely no need for this. even the gay men might reject his outfit

    • Mohammad

      December 8, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Speak for yourself grandma . There is absolutely every need for this!
      I’m gay and I approve of this outfit wholeheartedly, wholesouledly, wholeassedly, wholedickedly (and a whole lot of other wholebodypartedly)! Phew! Its hot in herre!!

    • keke driver

      December 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

      No darling, NO!!!!!!!

    • keke driver

      December 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

      @NENE We Love Him like this biko speak for your ignorant self.

  9. Papacy

    December 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    We don’t have abs, naija girls said they want cars?. Btw Teyana is the shit! And that’s the truth son! *going to watch Kanye west’s faded video again*

  10. word

    December 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I swear i can bet $500 imam got a big ass cucumber, im talking long and big lol. why do you think teyana wanna die on top the matter. its part reason lol, just look at the black sweat pant he got on, if it was tighter it would be lit lol… I cant, but that was the second thing i looked at after seeing his rock hard abs..what can i say i love a man with abs i cant lie. They are a great couple and hes a dope basket baller. I wish em both well and God bless their new baby

  11. Idomagirl

    December 9, 2016 at 4:54 am

    “I’m not going to the White House”.
    LMAO.

    • tunmi

      December 10, 2016 at 3:28 am

      I can just imagine him saying it with a straight face too

  12. Fille

    December 9, 2016 at 10:21 am

    That body ?

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