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ASAMI (ALYSSA), 16 

ACTIVIST

How would you describe your style? I find beauty in the exploration of oneself: mentally, emotionally, and even physically. That means never being too comfortable displaying one style to the world around you. I myself have not solidified one particular style, but I do always incorporate the attire and flavor of my people de Zapotecas. It's never stagnant, some days consist of baggy attire, other days I'll submerge into dresses and vibrant colors. I wear what makes me happy; what shows I walk in my own truth. That's vital. 

Who are your style icon(s)? I am very fond of Cher's attire and makeup in the 70's-80's, Bianca Jagger in the 60's-70's (in all her phases actually), then of course there is La Lupey Donna Summer, Joan Chen y Missy Elliot. Prince as well. All some of the beings whom I adore. 

Describe yourself with 3 words? Walking with light.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why? I firmly utilize the word "feminist" as a way to categorize myself or provide others a further understanding of what it is I embody. Being a feminist, has continued to be demonized by the maschismo (sense of masculine pride that has broken down many men, womyn, as well as those who are non-binary) that resides within our society. Being a "feminist" has been stripped of its true meaning by those who belittle the power of womyn; even the power of womyn of color as well as the angels apart of the LGBTQA+ community. So I think it's important to identify the facets that build folx who identify as womyn, and admire their resilience and light. All strong in their femininity and masculinity.  Activism has played a vigorous role in my personal growth, I've been able to provide to my gente and project a voice that is silenced. I still intend to engage far more than I am right now, creating safe spaces in which all those that are oppressed in an unabashed manner feel a secure, those being: my fellow kin folk, my indigenous as well as my black brothers and sisters. I am an activist in my solitude, and I am an activist when I am out in the field. 

You are very involved in what's going on in the political world right now? How does it affect you? It affects everyone; myself included. Unfortunately, it has a direct impact on almost all of our lives; that's what governs us, and what's been built to work against us. Especially people of color. It's deeply rooted in the commencement of the genocide of the indigenous folk; that was the basis for the construction of politics. It was the white man as well as the conquistadors that did so, and did so blatantly. Politics are detrimentally inclusive practices, most keeping the idea of classism operative and maintaining a divide. Though there are some that are beneficial, that's remained scarce over the years of the white ordained orchestration of the government. It's important to educate oneself, and obtain consciousness. 

Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? I have no set direction, but I find beauty in that. I've taken up cinematography as well as poetry as a way of self-care and practice of self-love, I'd hope to be given the opportunity to share that with a vast audience; to make that imprint. As of right now, it's my truth, my way of living; it's never disingenuous. If beings are able to fuck with it as well as resonate with it, that'll only show the power behind imagery and genuine word play as well as narratives. All I create is for a POC audience, to create inclusiveness within our communities that are targeted. Styling, and supporting small business ran by POC is my emphasis behind many of the shoots I do currently. I hope to expand that as well. 

If you could have a superpower what would it be??? That's a complex question, one you really have to freaking ponder on. But I'd want to fly!! That's no joke. Just to avoid the L.A traffic, and the wacky schedule of metro transportation.

If you had one message for every single in the world, what would that be? Walk in your own truth. Understand you're deserving of love, and the ability to learn to love. Forgive yourself and forgive others for what they've projected onto/towards you. See the godliness in the beings around you, in what Madre Mia presents to you through nature and you will find yourself. Trust yourself!

MELIAN J , 21

FASHION DESIGNER

@bymelianj

 

How would you describe your style? Eclectic, a reflection of my interests in life

Who are your style icon(s)? None current

Describe yourself with 3 words? Energy, Energy, Energy

When did you begin designing and what inspired you to reconstruct denim?  Great, I'm already thinking about the next thing; concentrated on consistently improving.

You just released JEANZ 2.0 , how does it feel? Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear; high end fashion design and merchandising internationally. 

Where do you hope to see yourself and your brand in the future? Teleport so I could time travel too ;)

If you could have a superpower what would it be? The universe is within you, you are everything.. believe in yourself!

"When did you begin designing and what inspired you to reconstruct denim" 

I began actualizing my designs in 2015 although planning much prior to that.

I've always loved denim and how timeless it can be made, I liked the detailing aesthetics. There's a deeper story behind it that can be found on my blog melianj.com

If you had one message for every single girl in the world, what would it be? The universe is within you, you are everything.. believe in yourself!

 

You can stay up to day with Melian and her future collections by following her on instagram @bymelianj !

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AIXA, 19

STUDENT & PART TIME MODEL

Who is your style icon? I'd probably have to go with Ri Ri because she always dresses like a care free boss bitch.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? To be in multiple places at once because I like getting stuff done but sometimes I'm over booked
Describe yourself with 3 words? Positive, Free- Spirited, Ambitiou
Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? I hope to see myself as a successful commercial/print model with properties I saved up from model money and a nursing degree on the side to fall back on.
If you had one message for every single girl in the world, what would it be? Work hard, be independent and speak shit into existence because it will happen! Anything is possible.
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RENEISHA SHANELLE DAVIS, 20

FUTURE APPAREL MERCHANDISER, STYLE INFLUENCER

How would you describe your style? If I could describe my own style,  it would Classic, Avant Garde, slightly still Chic. Ultimately, Anything that involves individualism is something I always hope to go for with my style. 

Who is your style icon? & why? My style icon is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. She sets the bar high for being a trendsetter. She constantly bringing daring trends for streetwear and also innovative with her gowns. She's my go to because she's soooo unpredictable. 

Describe yourself with 3 words? Influencer, Creative, Fun

Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? I hope to be an influencer with style whether it being creative directing, to styling, to even owning my own business. Who knows what my future holds, I'm still discovering it now.

If you had one message for every single girl in the world, what would it be?

I would tell every single girl on this planet to LOVE Herself unconditionally no matter what.  Never let this world tell you NO. Go after anything you choose to and never let someone tell you aren't good enough, beautiful enough, or smart enough. Last but finally, never let the world make YOU or define YOU. Just be YOU.  You are fine the way u are. People will have to respect you for that.  If u choose to change, change for YOURSELF. Just always remember to be the queen you are destined to be.

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SASHA EVENS, 21

NURSE BY DAY, ASPIRING SINGER BY NIGHT

How would you describe your style? Classic industrial prep
Who is your style icon? Alexa Chung and Winona Ryder
Describe yourself with 3 words? Outgoing, pensive, and caring
Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? Hope to be surrounded by a loving group of friends and family (hopefully a family of my own as well), workingas a nurse, singing constantly, and traveling that ends in returning to a welcoming home
If you had one message for every single girl in the world, what would it be? Know yourself, have respect for yourself and others, and hope that it all works out


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CYDNEI JORDAN, 21

FULL TIME STUDENT

"I guess I'd say I'm a writer, but more so a reader"

How would you describe your style? My style has kind of always been inspired by that rude, badass, classic, rock image. Over the years, I've started to embrace my femininity more so it really has become a balance between androgynous, yet feminine. I try to use my style as a way to express what I like and who I am, but also what I'm not.  
Who is your style icon and why ?  As far as style icons go, I look to women like Joan Jett and Kathleen Hanna for the daily reminder that I don't have to be cute or look inviting; however, I really look to M.I.A. and Lianne La Havas for inspiration on how to dress as a unique woman of color. M.I.A , because she's just so fearless and Lianne because of her big hair and big titts (like me) so she's kind of a blueprint. So anytime I feel something may be too boyish or doesn't match, I think Kathleen Hannah wouldn't give a fuck. 
Describe yourself with 3 words. Unapologetic, Courageous, and Black
Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? I would really like to see myself out of the U.S. making a difference in people's lives. I want to use my degree as a tool for freedom for people that don't know how to use their voices to their advantage. Life is bigger than money, it's bigger than possessions; I want to dedicate my life to showing people all you need to do is be yourself and everything will come to you. 
If you had one message for every single girl what would it be? Be you! Flaunt your titties, cut your hair, and be you! Nothing about the patriarchy will change until women change their mindsets; don't feel like you have to be cute and don't feel like you have to be quiet... instead, take up space and make it yours!