‘To Be Slay’: Two Wildcats and Their Unique Take on Skater Fashion


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When people think of the stereotypical fashion at Ukiah High, the rednecks, skaters, and basic leggings girls are all brought to mind. Trillium Bennet-McCoy and Leona Cornell are both sophomores at Ukiah High School and daily offer a unique take on skater fashion. Individually their fashion is always banging with baggy jeans and chains galore, but together they outshine the rest. 

Bennet-McCoy said her biggest fashion inspiration is her mission to not “look like everyone else, and wanting to be slay.” 

[All photographs provided by Trillium Bennet-McCoy and Leona Cornell]

Cornell told us her fashion inspiration comes from her siblings, Tyler the Creator, ASAP Rocky, and Erykah Badu. 

Anyone clued into the pair will notice how their fashion corresponds day in and day out. Some might wonder if they pick out their fits together. Cornell says that sometimes they do color coordinate, but most of the time they just come to school in perfectly matching outfits. 

The pair can often be seen strolling around school with their baggy jeans, chains, wife beaters, Cornell’s signature pink belt, and Trillium’s puffy jacket. 

Bennet-McCoy discovered a treasure trove of fashion after an older gentleman passed away who was a close friend of her mother’s. Inside, she found old, vintage clothes which she rocks on the daily. Meanwhile, Cornell says most of her clothes are hand-me-downs, from Goodwill, and online. 

Fashion is by far not this pair’s only quality. Cornell loves the color pink and you can find her shredding it up on a skateboard. Meanwhile, Bennet-McCoy does ballet and has been her whole life, soon she will perform at the college in The Nutcracker. Her favorite colors are green and blue. They both listen to Yeat and they both love Spiderman.

Trillium and Leona have left their mark on Ukiah High’s fashion ecosystem. This skater duo is so overwhelmingly cool and their presence can be felt coming from a mile away.

Kamala Williams
Kamala Williams
Hey Guys! My name is Kamala, and I am a senior this year at Ukiah High School. I enjoy writing about a variety of subjects, from protests, world events/community events, mystery, and chaos, to the latest gossip and school happenings. I have grown up in Ukiah my whole life and have seen the community come together time after time during forest fires and pandemics alike. I enjoy swimming, hanging out with friends, writing, and listening to music. I am always looking to share peoples stories. If you have newsworthy content feel free to email me at kamala_williams23@uusd.net. The world wants to hear your voice!

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