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OWSLA’s Mija, AKA Amber Giles, Poses for SFW Playboy Photoshoot

by Alexandria Wojcik   Feb 9, 2016 08:53 AM EST

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Shortly after dropping her remix of DJ Snake's track "Middle," which appears on OWSLA's Worldwide Broadcast compilation, Phoenix-born and LA-based producer and DJ, Amber Giles, better known as Mija, posed for a Playboy photoshoot. The SFW spread, shot by Marya Gullo and styled by Aubrey Kia, features an afternoon in the life of the burgeoning OWSLA artist flaunting her myriad tattoos and pastel turquoise locks while lounging around her LA loft and skating the streets of Downtown LA.

In the tasteful photos, Giles, who is about to embark on a tour, rocks a skater-goth-chic style: lots of black and white layers, mesh tops, see-through tunics, short shorts and thigh-high socks. You can view the whole gallery on the Playboy site, as well as a behind-the-scenes video which features the producer's remix of Darren Styles' "Come Running," which you can listen to below.

"Working with playboy was different and rad," Giles says in the brief paragraph accompanying the photoshoot. "We just vibed out with my triple J mixtape on and shot using art and other found objects lying in my loft."

Mija's Playboy spread isn't the first time the magazine included a peek into the EDM world. Last September the publication accompanied a group of DJs including Getter, Kennedy Jones and Mister Blaqk among others to a screening of We Are Your Friends.

There have been a few interviews with EDM artists featured in the magazine over the years: they published an interview with sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella in 2013; Dutch producers Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano were also featured the same year.

Giles' feature marks a new direction for Playboy: the magazine announced this past December that, considering the widespread availability of internet porn and the subsequent decreased readership, it is rebranding itself into more of a lifestyle brand. In fact, the March 2016 issue will be the first in the brand's 63-year history that doesn't feature any nudity at all, Less Than 3 reports.

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