Molly Esterline Tells Us What Makes Her Vintage Ford So Special

Photographed by Bobby "Do Right". Styled by Brooke Yeaman at Five Hearts Vintage. Hair and Makeup by Lauren Goodwin.

Ride or die for life

The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.

“With old cars, you have to get to know them,” Molly Esterline tells me as she guides her 1947 Ford F1 up a hill. The matte black pickup, dubbed Rebel Rose, lets out a deep rumble as it switches gears. “Sometimes she’s a little testy, other times she’s happy. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I literally feel like [this truck is] a person.” On this hot Monday afternoon, we wind through the back roads of Agoura Hills, California, near where Esterline and her sister grew up surrounded by cars. 

“My dad has seven hot rods,” Esterline says. “I really wanted someone in the family to pass one down to me, but they’re all still truckin’.” So this year, after a string of life changes, Esterline found a vintage ride of her own—a big, loud, and curvy antique Ford dating all the way back to the Truman era that feels both tough and rustic. Though it’s only been a few months since Esterline acquired Rebel Rose, the two are already bonded for life. “She’s my War Rig,” Esterline gushes, referencing Charlize Theron’s massive 18-wheeler from Mad Max: Fury Road. She cranks open a small flap-like vent on the truck’s dash. “That’s the air conditioner! It’s the same as in the movie when the sand comes in and they open up the headers!” she says, and smiles proudly as we soldier on.

How did you find your truck?
I was going through a really hard time and I started looking mostly just to get my mind off of things. I found myself spending hours on end looking at these cars online. Originally I wanted a 1930 Model A—that’s my dream car—but then I came across her. It was one of those things where you’re looking and thinking everything is great, but then when you find “the one” it’s like, “Oh my god, this is it.” It all happened pretty quickly after that. I bought her from a private dealer in Illinois, and there were a lot of steps before she was mine. It ended up taking about a month to get her out here. I’ve never been so stressed out about something in my life.

What’s the story behind the name Rebel Rose?
I’ve lived by the book my whole life, and when I got to my later twenties I decided I wanted to kind of rebel a little bit—not be so consumed by work, work, work, and saving, saving, saving. I splurged on her, so she’s my Rebel Rose. I think in your late twenties and early thirties you go through this “What am I?” phase. I felt so lost, but I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. When I got her it felt like, “Now I know who I am.” She works on me just as much as I work on her.

As we cruise the 101 Freeway, the view turns from suburban to rural. Out the window, there are rolling hills covered with dry brush and horses basking in the midday sun.

Do you do all of your own repairs? 
My dad is in Arizona now, but growing up I would always be in the garage with him. He had a 1969 Ford F250 that he would take apart and put back together, so I know the lingo and the terms, but you also don’t really pay attention until it’s yours. I’m really lucky that my best friend’s dad is also a huge Ford fanatic, so for the past few months he’s been helping me fix the brakes and change the oil, and teaching me the ins and outs of it. I want to learn everything about it. 

Do you have a stereo?
I don’t. I have one of those Beatbox things and we keep joking around about getting a hook for it. I want to put a sound system in it where the speakers are behind [the seats] and it’s all through the Bluetooth, because I don’t want to mess with the dash or anything like that. 

Do you have any favorite driving music? 
Old-school blues is my favorite these days. I love raspy blues.

We pull over in a picturesque neighborhood and park below an oak tree. Perched on the tailgate, Esterline tells me about driving to the beach with her sister and their girlfriends, and spending long nights hanging out in the bed of her truck.

What are some of Rebel Rose’s quirks?
She leaks. Everywhere. I tighten something and she leaks, I loosen something and she leaks. Sometimes she makes funny noises, and other times she runs like a champ. There are so many little things, but that’s what makes it so fun. There’s constantly something to work on, which is what I need at this point in my life. Doing this is so therapeutic.

What else do you want to do to her? 
She just got repainted and I love the matte black, but I want to pinstripe it a little bit. The Ford symbols are really beautiful on this truck, so I kinda want to make them an accent. I want to lower it—not to the ground, but just a little bit so it’s not so “farm truck.” But I also just love her the way she is.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.