Too Poor
Inked|September 2019

Layla Rose Shapiro went from reselling designer pieces she would snag from thrift stores to selling broken nails and pictures of fans’ names on her forehead. Better known as TOOPOOR, the Instagram model, fashionista and style blogger is now jumping into the music scene, dropping her first two singles, “Crazy Girls” and “Gone.”

Tess Adamakos 

WHERE DOES THE NAME TOOPOOR COME FROM?

When I first moved to LA, I didn't have that much money and I was living on a couch in someone’s living room for $300 a month. I got kicked out of this house because the landlord died. I got fired from my job, and I left crying like, “My life's over. I have no money. I don't know what I'm going to do.” I went back to the house I was staying in and all of these kids were doing stick-and-poke tattoos. And I was so upset that I tattooed “Too Poor” on my knees, and then that was it. I was like, “My name's TOOPOOR, I'm too poor.” The irony is that name brought me money. I don't know how that is, but that's how it worked.

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