Until fairly recently, ‘feminist’ wasn’t a word I would have used to describe myself. I always associated it with being an extremist or activist, protesting every weekend against this organization or that corporation. Of course, being a feminist does involve some of that, but in today’s world (and in my opinion), it means simply standing up for our basic human rights as women, whether that be freedom of choice or equal pay in the workplace.
Even though I was born and raised on the East Coast in Orlando (407 represent!), I’ve always been a West Coast girl at heart. There’s just something about the California lifestyle that intrigued me from a young age—the endless summer days, palm trees everywhere, rock coastlines—not to mention the style and trends that come with it.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot in Venice Beach for two of my favorite fashion labels: Carmar Denim and Emma & Sam. This was my first real collaboration and I was extremely excited to represent brands that I truly love and actually wear on the reg. We spent the day on the eclectic Venice Beach boardwalk trying to capture that iconic California vibe the brands are known for. Despite a few alleyway outfit changes and awkward wardrobe malfunctions that come with street-style shoots, I have to say, I think we succeeded.