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Artsy Couple Tings

Art brought Aaron and I together almost 2 years ago. I was intrigued by his choice of artistry.

Aaron introduced me to the art of body painting. He asked me to be his live body paint model for his first Bay Area art show. He was presenting at the Ex’Cypher show at Expressions College for Digital Art in Emeryville, CA.

This was my first time every being body painted and it would be live in a room full of art students. I was terrified. The show was filled with student photographers, musicians, DJs, poets, videographers, a few staff members, the students’ family members, friends and film makers. I was standing in front of a big white screen with bright lights pointed directly at me. I started off wearing only nipple pasties and a black thong. My heart was beating uncontrollably and my hands were beyond sweaty. In the beginning, the paint was really cold on my skin. I was freaking out about all the eyes staring at me. But as the bright colored paint began to coat my body I became totally relaxed. I then started to realize the people staring at me were actually admiring and cheering me on. I didn’t just feel like a model, I felt like art. By the time Aaron was finish I had never felt more confident, sexy, and fearless in my life.

When it came to modeling I’ve always been reserved and worried about other people’s judgements of me. I’m not tall enough to be considered a high fashion runway model but I always wanted to appeal to top fashion print industries. My constant worry about how other people viewed me kept me limited in my career.

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After over a year of us travelling to be featured in different art shows, fashion shows and art galleries, our audience has grown tremendously. I wish I could  say I have been 100% confident this entire time but I haven’t. Unfortunately everyone doesn’t view freedom in art the same and when it’s your body it’s hard to ignore derogatory comments . I’ll admit I really let it bother me at first.  I have to constantly remind myself other people’s small minded opinions do not define me.

I discovered that being unapologetically free, expressive, and artistic through my craft is the greatest form of personal empowerment.

After graduating with my BA in Communications specializing in Public Relations, I gained experience in fashion merchandising, wardrobe styling, event planning, branding, office administration, and marketing. When I'm not working, I am active in the art and fashion community in the Bay Area and throughout California. Working behind the scenes at events like LA Fashion Week, Sacramento Fashion Week, SFA Student Showcase and accompanying costume designers like Michael Costello has helped build my knowledge and business relationships in the fashion world. I am just a fashionista and creative writer, who loves thrifting. I absolutely love all things Beyonce as well. I grew up a book worm so if I'm not binge watching TV shows or listening to podcasts, most likely I have my nose in a book. I started this blog after college as a first generation graduate learning, growing, and struggling to figure life out. In hopes of aligning others on a similar quest, I blog about my journey through career obstacles, the ends and outs of love, surviving gentrification in the Bay Area, the fashion & art community, mental hygiene in the black community, and pop culture. I also give lifestyle tips on natural wellness, natural hair, being a plant mom, and DIY projects. I write as a form of healing and self care, I pray that sharing my journey will help motivate community healing, therapy and growth for black creatives & entrepreneurs.

4 comments on “Artsy Couple Tings

  1. Omg this is so amazing.

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