That Time When Salt-n-Pepa Posed on Avenue C
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[Photo: Janette Beckman]Came across this candid photo the other day. Babyfaced Salt n Pepa chillin’ outside an Avenue C bodega in 1986. The Queens-based rap outfit was in Alphabet City posing for a photo shoot, first in their career. It was apparently for a British mag called Sky.
Photographer Janette Beckman states on her website:
On a hot summer’s day in 1986 I was taking photos of a new group called Salt n Pepa for a British magazine called Sky. Salt n Pepa were like sisters, funny, cool girls from Queens wearing big gold earrings, chains and fake Louis Vuitton bags. It was their first ever photo shoot and we spent the day hanging out on Avenue C, on the Lower East Side. After that I met Hurby ‘Love Bug’ Azor. their manager, he asked me to shoot their album cover. A year later they had a new look and were the first girls to sport kente cloth hats, leather baseball jackets, spandex and gold dookie rope chains.