photography by MIRANDA BARNES
Can you tell us about your experience being homeschooled? Any favorite moments?
Homeschooling was mostly a way for me to make time for the other things that I cared about more than reading or math. However, I got to create my own schedule, more or less, and for my extracurricular activities, I was in control. I got to walk around The Met every week for “art class” and take yoga at a studio for gym class. The time when I didn’t have to sit in front of my laptop was always more educational than the moments when I had to.
When did you realize that you wanted to work in fashion?
The first job I ever wanted to do was to be a fashion designer because I thought that’s what every person in fashion did. I didn’t know you could be a stylist and just collage other people’s clothes together! I explored other things outside of fashion throughout my childhood too but when I was 15 and started assisting stylists, those experiences made me excited and interested in fashion again.
What is the biggest difference between living in London and New York?
London, for me, is a lot more relaxed and sweeter. I’m able to focus on school a lot easier there, and I mostly hang out at my friend’s houses or my house and have dinners at home. In New York, I tend to be out of the house for most of the day hanging out or walking around and getting errands done. It’s less work and more play in New York.
Who would be your dream political leader?
Marianne Williamson! Just kidding. I don’t know. I don’t have a lot of belief in one perfect person to lead everyone. So few people who get to that position are completely truthful and aiming to do their job solely for the people they lead.
Why is it important for people to engage in social conversations and politics? Do you see social media playing a role in that?
The thing many politicians would love most is if we didn’t talk about the government, or how it affects us, or what politicians are up to. That way, they could prioritize the things they wanted for their own personal benefit, and we wouldn’t have any idea. So, it’s important to keep the government in check and remind them that they work for us by being critical and holding up a magnifying glass to what goes on. Social media can be an efficient way to spread this information.
What would you like to see change for the LGBTQIA+ community in New York City?
I can only speak for my experience, and that I’ve had a pretty good experience growing up gay in New York. I think it’s important to support your local gay bar or club because having spaces solely for the LGBTQIA+ community is so needed.
What do you do to stay in the present moment and not to worry about the future?
Not much hahaha, I spend a lot of time worrying about the future! But spending time with my friends is always very grounding and reminds me that what’s in front of me is more important than what could happen in the future.
Tell us about your experience being a part of Calvin Klein’s one future #ckone campaign?
Being a part of the one future #ckone campaign was great! I love the message and having a chance to share my voice and thoughts on a larger platform. I had a wonderful day shooting with Miranda Barnes who is a great photographer and got to spend some of it with my best friend and brother as well, which was fun.