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Baby Phat Walked so That Modern-Day ‘Streetwear’ Could Fly

How the iconic Baby Phat cat walked right off the runway and into the closets of millions of Black women and girls

Shelby Ivey Christie
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8 min readOct 15, 2020
Pink Baby Phat logo with images of Lil Kim modeling for the fashion show with a pink flip phone on Windows 95 desktop.
Photo illustration; Image sources: KMazur/Scott Gries/ImageDirect/Getty Images

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