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Smells Like: Naomi Elizée
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Smells Like: Naomi Elizée

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Smells Like: is an exploration of the human experience of scent through personal stories and connections.

For our sixth installment in the series, Vogue Editor Naomi Elizée shares her connection to the water, her seminal podcast, and the difficulty of choosing between two signature scents.

Tell me about yourself and your work.

I am a Fashion Editor, podcast host and all around creative. I work full-time at Vogue Magazine—a dream I manifested since pinning up the Vogue masthead on my vision board in high school! Outside of my professional career at Vogue Magazine, I produce a career-focused podcast called So ... What Do You Do Again? My podcast celebrates the lives and journeys of women of color in the fashion industry and serves as a resource for young designers and creatives. SWDYDA aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of Black and Brown creatives and executives! It's currently on hiatus, but hoping to bring it back sometime this year. I also work with brands on content creation and consult when I find the time.

What scents are you encountering today?

My Byredo Mumbai Noise Perfume, my boyfriend's hoodie, green juice (kale, celery, ginger…), fresh flowers, dish soap and fresh chocolate chip cookies.

Do you have a signature scent?

Hard one! Between Byredo Mojave Ghost (Ambrette, Nesberry, Magnolia, Sandalwood, Violet, Cedarwood, Musks, Vetiver) and Mumbai Noise (Davana, Coffee, Tonka Beans, Labdanum, Sandalwood, Agarwood).

A memory of this scent:

My trip to Bermuda and feeling the most carefree I have felt in 3 years. Any time I put it on I am instantly teleported back to that island, feeling absolute joy and blissfulness.

Describe yourself as a place:

Crystal clear ocean on a hot day

As a taste:

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

As a color:

Firetruck red (to match my hair)

As a feeling:

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What’s the last thing that brought you joy?

Facetiming with my sisters and nephew.

Explore more of Naomi's work at @naomielizee and @sowhatdoyoudoagain.