dese is our breezy, sunny california girl at the greenpoint store. with a love of draping and pattern making from her fashion design background, she makes print mixing and layering look easy. witness her talent below!
what was your inspiration behind the shoot?
i’m very inspired by princesses of all walks of life and color. during the day, i’m very tomboy and casual. at night i like to dress like a hip-hop music video vixen. being in fashion, i'm always aware of trends but i'm also inspired by anti-fashion attitudes. i wanted to do a real-life bratzdoll-inspired shoot.
tell us a bit about what you do beyond your role as a buyer at beacon's.
outside of beacon's i work as a host/promoter for different kinds of events, from fashion to art. i recently started to dj for fun. i really enjoy it and want to learn more. i also like to draw, and i sometimes freelance as a fashion illustrator. i'm currently working on a series of illustrations and video art. i'll be exposing my arty side more this summer.
how and when did you discover you like women’s clothing? how were you treated among your peers as your feminine side emerged?
when i was 16, i got really experimental with my style and started to get into really crazy tokyo street fashion. when i started art school at otis, i moved to venice beach and started to wear women's clothes, full-time. i would wear wedding dresses to class and the teachers loved it.
i was always in touch with my feminine side since childhood. my cousins would tell me that i used to ask my aunties for orange lipstick and an orange skirt for my birthdays. i also would always play with my cousins’ dolls and wear my mom’s heels while she would sleep.
when i moved to new york in 2010, i identified myself as a trans woman. i started my hormone treatment this year and am very excited to finally live the life i’ve always wanted.
are there any fashion struggles and/or perks associated with being transgendered?
it was definitely hard to find a job as a trans person. i studied fashion design at otis and soon moved to new york after graduation. most companies i interviewed with after graduation could not take the gender bending. even when i started working as a designer, i was told not to "cross dress" during the sales meetings.
it's exciting to work at a place like beacons where my identity isn't an issue and all my coworkers are so beautiful and open-minded. it makes me feel like i'm a normal person. i'm also very excited for the recent mass exposure that the transgender community has in the media. we are now being seen in a positive light.
what’s your secret to such long, lustrous hair?
ha, moroccan oil and leave-in conditioner.