Photographed by Kadijah Nicole Watkins, Warddrobe by me! Chokers, bralette, and pants by me :)
Although I did not go to fashion school, I have modeled enough to know fashion from a #bts (behind the scenes) perspective and by closely working with the designers themselves.
To be honest, I am very much inspired by the many designers I have had the opportunity to work with, such as, Sarmy Reyes, Nature Vs. Future, and Recliner Ny, amongst others. That, and I took a sewing class in the eight grade that taught me the basics of a sewing machine. I have always been interested in sewing since I was a very young girl. The concept of piecing various fabrics together with a single thread really fascinated me.
I must have been 7 or 8 years old when I made my nanny teach me how to use a thread and needle. As I recall that weekend I walked around the neighborhood looking through the garage sales and found an unopened bag of little gold pillows. They must have been a craft bag for holiday decorations, they couldn't have been bigger than an inch by inch in size and each pillow stuffed with stuffing. I don't remember how much I purchased them for but I do remember going home and cutting out the thread from all the little pillows. I separated the gold fabric and stuffing, and began sewing the gold fabrics together in the shape of a little teddy bear.
Once the little bear was all shaped up, I stuffed it. After that little project, I cut up my big teddy bear since I saw the thread was coming out from behind and I realized the big bear was just about my height. I lined up my little feet with that of the big teddy bear and thought to myself, I could use some slippers. So I cut off the feet from the big teddy bear and used them like slipper socks. I loved wearing my fluffy teddy bear sock slippers until I lost them one day at a sleepover. I was so disappointed, I didn't touch a needle or thread until the eight grade when I saw my school offered a sewing class. Anyways, now that I am in the biggest city for fashion, I look around and there is inspiration everywhere around me.