ASAMI (ALYSSA), 16
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!