Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?
I intern at Milk Makeup three days a week. I spent the morning checking in models for a spring casting. Right now, I’m on a lunch break. I’ve been sketching throughout the day, though. I’m designing a sticker pack and journal for my next set of merch.
You made the big move from Los Angeles to New York! What do you think it is about Los Angeles as well as New York that have people, more specifically young people, so hooked?
So many kids dream of living in LA and NYC when they’re older. Having someone to watch online that’s relatable and living their dream is intriguing. It makes the idea seem achievable.
A lot of people know you from YouTube, however you also intern for Milk. What made you want to branch out from YouTube and start interning?
Milk Makeup invited me on a tour of their New York office when I first moved to the city. The tour was fascinating. Milk Studios is eight floors of pure hard work and creativity. I wanted in. I said to my tour guide, “If you ever need help, I’d love to come by and intern.” She said, “Okay. Come intern.” “Don’t joke with me. I’m being serious,” I replied. She said, “Me too.”
Focusing on YouTube a little bit more, you have this incredible series on high schoolers focusing on what they’re wearing and thinking. What made you want to create this series, and where do you see it going in the future?
It began as a video idea for back to school season, but it quickly turned into a platform for our next generation of adults to speak freely. The original point of the video was to show youth fashion. Now, “tell me about your outfit” is just the ice breaker. My most recent episode touched on school stress leading to suicide, immigration issues, and the war in Ukraine. I love being goofy with the kids while also bringing light to serious issues. I hope to transition the series from “What High Schoolers are Actually Wearing” to “What High Schoolers are Actually Thinking.”
Who are you listening to musically right now?
I’m a huge Spotify fan. I make seasonal playlists. My winter playlist was a mix between r&b, funk,and rap. Kehlani will always be one of my favorites. When her Sweet Sexy Savage album was released, I played it nonstop for 3 weeks. One of my new favorites? GRiZ. He’s this funkadelic DJ who also plays the saxophone. I saw him perform at Okeechobee and I have NEVER heard anything like it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and have you used it?
Be a “there you are!” person rather than a “here I am!” My high school series is a perfect example of this. Even though it’s my video, the goal isn’t for me to be the star. I want the spotlight to be on the kids.
When do you feel most you?
In your eyes, who would you consider an icon?
Every blind person I’ve ever seen walking the streets of New York City. ALL OF THEM ARE ICONS. If a blind man can live is life in New York City, the world really is my oyster and I can do anything.
With our current political and social climate, what do you believe in your opinion is something young people should be focusing on right now (or) getting involved in?
Be active with local legislation. I have an app called Countable on my phone. It sends notifications when my state is about to vote on something and provides a summary of the issue as well as the phone number of my senator so I can call and voice my opinion.
Let’s get a little bit more personal. What are your top five beauty or skincare products you’d recommend to a friend?
Rose Water Spray. I spray it on my face first thing in the morning.
Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara. People always ask me about my lashes.
Neosporin. The cream NOT the ointment. I have a bad habit of picking if I get a zit. This stuff keeps me from scarring. It’s been my skin secret since middle school.
Milk Makeup’s tattoo stamps. If you ever see me with one of those on my face, you know i’m about to have a good time.
St. Tropez self tanner. I prefer the sun but that’s bad for you blah blah blah. St. Tropez has green undertones, so it’s the closest thing I’ve found to the color my skin will get if I naturally tan.
If you could disappear anywhere for a few days, where would you go and what would you do?
I’d grab a friend, two tabs of acid, and go trip by a river.
How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?
I feel like it’s a term I shouldn’t refer to myself as.
Your style is really incredible. What do you think are the top five pieces every woman should have in her closet?
A wild piece of outwear. A rainbow NASCAR jacket,a long fur coat, a denim jacket that’s torn to shreds, etc.
Two robes. One for after the bath and one that’s made of something silky.
Large,tacky hoop earrings.
A pair of pants you like that aren’t jeans.
A well fitted pair of jeans.
Vintage or Runway? Both
Leather or Lace? Leather
Digital or Film? Film
Glossy or Matte? Glossy
Call or Text? Face to face
Eyes or Lips? Eyes
Hot or Cold? Cold
Coffee or Tea? Tea