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Cool Girl

COOL GIRL: LAURA ALSTON

Caitlin Rance

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Besides answering these Q’s, what are you up to at the moment?

Last August, I went on a solo journey to retrace my family's immigration from the Caribbean to the United States. The photography and collages that I developed during that formative trip will be on display in Okay Space in Brooklyn for my debut art exhibit 'Black Sand', April 4th-9th. RSVP Here : blacksand.splashthat.com

Your work is insanely beautiful, different and inspiring. What’s the process like when approaching a project?

Thank you! Projects happen organically for me. Every idea stems from wanting to challenge previous ideas and push myself to explore new skills.

You’re based in New York—seemingly a mecca for everyone of all backgrounds—but creatives specifically. Do you see New York as an aspect that influences your work?

While I’ve learned a lot from living in New York, I would say my work has been most influenced from traveling outside of the US.

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What’s a typical day in your life like?

I’m a self-proclaimed grandma so after a day of work, I get cozy in my room working on projects. Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to watch independent films at theaters and attend more creative events during the week.

You were recently named in i-D as one of '10 emerging photographers presenting fresh black narratives.' As a young artist, what does representation like this mean to/for you?

It feels great to be recognized. The main purpose of my work is to highlight black narratives and I’m glad publications are seeing the importance in that.

Within the creative process, there are moments when one finds them self in a funk leading to a lack of creation. When you find yourself in these funks, what’s something that you do to get out of it?

I make lists. I break down everything in my head so I have a clean slate then I take a step back and decide what direction in my art I haven’t gone yet.

Along with the many titles you carry, you’re also the founder of Afrobaby Movement. What was the process like in starting it, and has there been a moment since its creation that reaffirmed all the reasons why you created it in the first place?

It started as a project in high school based from me wanting to see more representation of black women within street art, and since then it has gone through several transitions. Right now I am in one of those transitions but there are great things in the works.

For any readers interested, how would they go about joining Afrobaby Movement?

Stay tuned. There are exciting things that are coming and you can find out by following @afrobabymvmt on all social platforms and signing up to the newsletter.

Who or what are you listening to at the moment! 

Jazz. When I’m focused I prefer instrumental music and jazz fits that for me.

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never let someone steal your joy.

As a photographer, and overall creator, social media can, and often is an important aspect of getting work out and connecting with others. With the stigma that seems to be attached to social media at the moment, what are your views on using social media platforms? And do you find that it’s been a necessary tool in your growth?

Well I currently work as a social media manager so my views on social media have really changed since working within it every day. It is an accessible marketing tool that, if perfected, can bring you incredible opportunities.

When do you feel most you?

With family, preferably close to the ocean in warm weather. Sometimes being in the hustle of NY you forget that happiness and success can also be achieved by having a simple life with fresh food, and plenty of nature.

What would you say are the top 5 things everyone should have in their closet? 

Sweaters, A go-to coat, matching tops and bottoms, open-toed shoes, & hoop earrings.

What’s one thing you can’t leave the house without?

Shea butter, especially during winter.

If there’s one thing you could tell your 16yr old self, what would it be?

Start saving up for a camera.

How do you feel about the term, ‘Cool Girl?’

Hmm, it’s an interesting label. I don’t think I ever strived for that title or wanted others to see me as cool, but I definitely have wanted people to see my work as cool.

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Matte or Glossy? Matte

Black + White or Color? Color

Hot or Cold? Hot

East Coast or West Coast? East

Festival or Single Concert? Concert

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Film or Digital? Film

Book or Movie? Movie

Day or Night? Night

Call or Text? Text

Denim or Leather? Denim

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Keep up with Laura

Instagram: @LILFEDX

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Afrobaby Movement

Don't forget to check out Lauras debut art exhibit 'Black Sand'

April 4th-9th.

RSVP Here : blacksand.splashthat.com

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