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Flau’jae Johnson Is ‘Bringing a Different Swag to PUMA’

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Over the past few years, PUMA have been recruiting the most explosive talent to join their PUMA Hoops roster, signing ballers like Deandre Ayton, LaMelo Ball and Breanna Stewart. The latest addition to the squad is 18-year-old Flau’jae Johnson, a top high school basketball recruit and McDonald’s All-American! Not only has Johnson achieved an impressive amount already, but she’s also a burgeoning rap artist entering her freshman year at Louisiana State University (LSU). She’s set to rock styles like the TRC Blaze Court, Rise Nitro, Slipstream, Mayze and more! In her own words, she’s ‘bringing a different swag to PUMA.’ Check out our chat with Flau’jae here.

How do your passions for basketball and making music intertwine?
They’re both really therapeutic to me. When I’m in the gym working out or practising, I’m listening to my music. Basketball and music have always been and will always be ingrained in each other, and they both come second nature to me. They’re both my favourite crafts to perfect, so when I’m killing it on the court, I’m usually inspired to work on my music as well and vice versa. It’s always gone hand in hand for me.

Whether in music, sport or anything else, is it important to you to inspire other women? If so, why?
Yes, specifically the next generation of girls coming up. I just want to show them you can be successful without conforming to societal norms. The sports and music industries can be extremely critical of women, so for me to do and have success in both, I hope that inspires young girls to know they really can do anything they put their minds to. If I can excel in these spaces that have historically been extremely tough on females, they can do it too.

What’s your relationship with sneakers? Did you have a go-to pair growing up?
I’ve always loved sneakers. As a kid, my mum always kept me loaded with the newest kicks, so I was fly on the daily, but I didn’t have a go-to pair. When I look good, I feel good. And when I feel good, I play even better. My style is always evolving and changes on the regular, so I like to keep a wide variety of sneakers to match my mood and vibe to what I wear. Lately, I’ve been rocking with the PUMA Slipstreams and the RS-Xs, which are definitely one of my favourite styles right now.

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