In a period of time when we're inundated with what feels like consistent bad news, we wanted to put some emphasis on the positive. This is the another instalment in "Collective Conversations," a weekly series focusing on a woman we think is awesome + what she's all about. This week we're talking to stylist, model, photographer, videographer and creative director. She's multi-talented (clearly) female powerhouse who recently made the move from Australian shores to NYC. She spoke to us about her heritage, her tribe.
1. Describe yourself in three words?
Rebel, empathetic and dramatic.
2. What does heritage and tradition mean to you?
I associate heritage with my background and who I am. I associate tradition with my culture and the things we do.
3.. Something that you’re passionate about?
Living life to the fullest, I have a big zest for consistent enjoyment.
4. Who do you most admire?
I stan black women all day, every day!!!
5. What is a weekly/monthly/fortnightly ritual or tradition you do for yourself?
I like to get my hair done, that’s my thing. Fresh braids every two weeks and new shoes whenever my spirits are low.
6. What is something you’re proud of?
I am proud that I am still able to find joy and share laughter in each day despite some of the dark moments I have had in my young life.
7. What's something you do to be kind to yourself?
I have begun to give myself the same grace that I extend to others. I have begun to be protective of myself the way I am of others. Giving myself the same love that I have always reserved for others.
8. What are some traditions that you’ve adopted from somewhere or someone else?
I am very tied to my tribe and all the traditions passed down in the form of language, food, dance and expressions of respect. I am a proud Ndebele woman.
9. How do you align and connect with your intuition?
I deeply rely on my intuition, I always need to break away from company and spend some solo time processing so that I can listen to my inner voice. Silencing the voices of others to be able to hear mine. I have always found my answers by going inward.
10. What's an assumption others make about you?
Hmm.. perhaps that I am a talkative character. I am most comfortable being quiet, I often break out of this to joke around with friends and these are the moments seen by most people.
11. Is there an item you would like to see from Collective Closets in the future?
More plus sized garments!