Laurie Ann Gibson & Hip Hop Fashion History

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When Laurie Ann Gibson boarded a Greyhound bus in Toronto and moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance, she never dreamed she'd become the face of Frontline, Capezio's leading brand of hip hop fashion and footwear for the dance market. In fact, she didn't even think she'd be a hip hop dancer. She started at the Alvin Ailey School, and trained in modern dance. "I came straight from the Alvin Ailey studio in a body suit to a hip hop audition and everyone was like, 'What???'"

Now her hip hop career has flourished She's landed gigs as a flygirl next to Jennifer Lopez on In Living Color, and choreographed on Alicia Keys, Diddy, Brandy and Missy Elliott. Recently she's been the choreographer seen on the successful MTV series Making the Band. (The fourth season premiered in August.) As her career evolves, hip hop style has, too. "It was based on styles in the urban community, from the baggie jeans to kids wearing their clothes backwards, like Kriss Kross. Then [the style] got implemented into pop culture. All of us who were trained started doing hip hop dance. It was the feel you needed. …