Shot by Johnny Fonseca
T-SHIRT: Beyond Retro
DRESS: Beyond Retro
JACKET: Beyond Retro
GLASSES: Beyond Retro
WIG: Miyi Hair
CHOKER: Mami Coco
CONVERSES: Converse x Comme Des Garçons - Dover Street Market
Shoutout to Johnny for being a hero and managing to finesse this look even though the wind was making several attempts to snatch my wig! In case you're wondering where I got these hair extensions from, they are from Miyi Hair who were kind enough to send your homegirl some bundles.
I've reached a point in my life where I've finally understood the fact that you decide how much value is on your head. My refusal to leave behind a mediocre story is what drives me to continue pushing to create the change I want to see in this world where black girls are under-represented and if at all we do get representation, it mostly revolves around how 'angry' and 'aggressive' we are. We are not just our responses to oppression. Black girls are vibrant, rich in soul and graceful and it's time we start taking up space. The thing about space is that it's there to be filled so I've decided to become unapologetically loud, bold and vibrant as I grow through this space that promotes everything that I'm not: caucasian, pointy-nosed and privileged. My value lies in my voice and I have made the choice to be as vocal as I can about what's going on not only around me, but inside me too.
No matter who you are, how large your following is or how 'cool' other people think you are, your ideas are valid. In this life, you've got to really learn to speak like your voice DESERVES to be heard. Don't just mutter timidly in the back and hope someone catches what you're saying; place yourself in the front, rise up and stand firm in what you believe in. Your voice is valid. You may be ignored for a while but you know what, keep pushing. "Don't care for those who ignore you. Care about those who are ignoring others for you." My friend Nate taught me that as long as what you are expressing is coming from a truthful and honest place, someone out there in this world will relate to you - whether its 1 person or 100 people. Feeling understood is the most important thing as a creative person.