Q: If you could have coffee with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
S: Oh, I have no idea. The first thought that came to mind was Amy Winehouse because I just love her. Can it be a fictional character? Because I feel like also a Greek god. Like sitting down with Hades! I read Percy Jackson as a child, I’m sorry. But like with Hades or Persephone would be super cool. Or even like Queen. Nothing to do with any of my passions, just one of my favorite bands. Like Rihanna? Just because she’s amazing. AHHHH so many different people.
Q: Why choose fashion as a means of expression?
S: Because I’ve always sewn. I was the only one that my Grandma could pawn it off onto, no one else in my family is really that creative in the tactile sense. Plus, I can’t draw for shit. I’ve always been super artistic. This was the one thing I could connect to and something I could be proud of. Rather than drawing, which I do for fun, and never ends up working.
Q: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
S: It really depends. Ideally, I would own my own business and have my own clothes. I don’t necessarily have a goal that I’m working towards, other than being able to sustain my lifestyle off of my passion. I don’t even care about being really famous or having lots of money, as long as I can have enough money to eat, have a roof over my head, and be able to create whatever I want. I can’t think of a certain scenario, but having my own store would be really cool, or having my own shows. There are a lot of other possibilities I’m super open to.
Q: So you want to go into the fashion industry, but it can be quite terrifying, naive on social problems, and exclusive. What excites you about the fashion industry and what are your doubts about going into it?
S: Opposite of doubt; it’s actually spite that’s making me want to go into it. I’m not a tall, naturally blonde, beautiful, thin girl like the typical “conventionally beautiful” designers are, nor am I a gross old man. It’s a very old man dominated industry. We are starting to see more diversity with body shapes and race. But, someone who is considered plus size is like a 12, and that’s not plus size, that’s just an average size for a lot of women. A lot of the models have really small waists and really big hips which is still just the voluptuous and conventional body types society likes just stretched out. So, I think especially if I were to have my own fashion show or company I would try to have a lot of different people represented in it. Not so much that it’s my “branding", I don’t want to be a sole diversity-focused brand, because that gets annoying. I want it to be effortless diverse because that’s what life should be. That’s what every industry should be. Hiring models of color should be second nature, along with hiring plus-size folk, disabled folk, LBGTQ+ folk and anyone else. It shouldn't be about hiring minorities to prove a brand is diverse, rather it should just be naturally integrated into what you want to put out into the world. There are so many models, and entertainers who are in minority groups and deserve the same jobs that are handed to privileged people. Obviously, some brands have a certain target market, but you can’t just have skinny white people as a target market. That’s not how life works.