CIRCUS was beyond thrilled when–not clothing line, but lifestyle brand–ThriftQueened reached out and proposed a collaborative photo shoot with us for their end of summer collection. To us, the collaborative effort was a match made in heaven for our audience–the urban streetwear meets custom couture, all designed by company CEO Vara Ayannascreams Generation-Y. After all, the children of the millenium know a thing or two about being stylish on a budget–we're quite the style conscious and self-identity preserving recessionistas. Though being this generation's batch of "hipsters" has granted us the unfortunate label of seeming unoriginal  (due to our latest obsession over all things "vintage" instead of creating our own fashion statements), the existence of ThriftQueened has proved that prior proclamation to be anything but true. If fans of ThriftQueened, and thrifting in general, showcase anything at all, it's that our generation is style smart. We've learned not only to appreciate and accept--rather than shun--designs before our time, but we've realized that fashion is a cyclical process, and what comes around will always go around, and will always be considered classic. 

Shop all of the looks in the editorial at shop.thriftqueened.comand follow ThriftQueened all over the social media spectrum on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Tumblr.


–photography by LATHENIA JANAE JOHNSO, FELICIA PHILLIPS, and Micah Brand


–styling by VARA AYANNA


Circus Magazine

CIRCUS aims to educate and enlighten the masses of the Generation-Y mindset and perspective–representing today’s young, beautiful and inspirational–our smart and sensational. CIRCUS will give voices to the underrepresented and will start the necessary movement of showcasing the opinions and ideas of our growing (but in the eyes of the current media) invisible intelligentsia. We’re all the stars of our personal CIRCUS–our lives–and we’re merely here to ensure no one misses the greatest shows the world has to offer.