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Donald Faison: I've never been clueless about fashion

Published 07/07/2015

Donald Faison
Donald Faison

Donald Faison thinks his Clueless alter ego Murray had the hip-hop scene down to a tee with his fashion.

The 41-year-old actor starred as Murray in the 1995 cult classic opposite Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and the late Brittany Murphy. Since its release, the movie has become as famous for its fashion as its catchy lines, and Donald was on familiar ground when it came to his costumes.

"I had already embodied Murray. Growing up, the baggy jeans, that sag - that's how kids in my neighbourhood dressed. For the longest time, I used to wear my hats really low, and that I kind of took from Murray," he explained to harpersbazaar.com. "But as far as real style goes, no. I'm not gonna say he's ahead of me, but you can't really mimic Murray. When I look at some of the pictures from back then I'm like, wow, he really had the hip-hop scene at the time down."

Donald revealed he couldn't wear a belt on his trousers at the time, so relied on his underwear to hold the jeans up.

Another recognisable part of Murray's appearance was his brace, which glistened every time he smiled. In real life Donald didn't have a mouth of metal during high school, but in a recent interview he admitted he wouldn't have minded.

"When I look back at it now, I wish I did have braces, but I thought they would make me look like a geek. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have gotten braces," he laughed to vulture.com.

"They're fake [in Clueless] because I had an extra tooth and they wanted to hide that because it kind of looked weird when I smiled. So they put braces on me."

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