While I was recording an album, I was also modeling full time for a myriad of designers, fashion houses, and artists. I was talking to one of the fashion companies I was regularly print modeling for, UrbanOG, and said "hey, I think it would be really fun to start a fashion/music YouTube channel!" It was pretty spontaneous, but after having watched YouTube quickly become a great way to connect with fans and hopefully help people along the way, I was hooked!
My purpose for the channel was to create a fun, approachable environment that gives people advice and tips not only on fashion, DIY, health, and music but on life and confidence. And I wanted to come with a comedic approach that was both funny and visually cutting edge at the same time, because no one was doing something like that, and I discovered it's easier to make fun of myself then try to be "perfect" on camera. Who has time for that?
My subbies, my Valentines, are my inspiration! They are my muse without a doubt! My ultimate goal is encouraging viewers to embrace who they are as unique, beautiful individuals, love themselves, and share that positive attitude with the people they touch. And look good doing it hahaha! That message became more and more clear to me as I started developing the channel, and fan mail started pouring in about how my videos and approach has really helped them overcome some pretty intense life challenges. They have shared so many stories with me from life, family, heartache, bullying, body issues, all the way to overcoming monumental loss and thoughts of suicide. I have cried many nights reading these letters, and am constantly in awe of how truly brave and remarkable my Valentines are. And hearing that the videos have helped so many through such difficult times let's me know the impact of this family I've built with my viewers is greater than I could ever have dreamed.
My personal style is extremely eclectic, and, dare I say, often home grown! Haha... As a recording artist starting out, I had to make my own clothes and costumes to be able to capture that look I wanted as it's not something one can buy in a store. So I guess my DIY approach also carried into my street fashion.
I love mixing patterns, playing with colors, layers of accessories, and high-to-the-sky heels! I had a spandex phase where I pretty much only wore my self made neon spandex skirts and tops, and spiked accessories! Don't think I'll ever fully grow out of that one!
When it comes to brands, I love so many it's hard to choose! I'm obsessed with couture classics like Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Atelier Versace, but my all time favorites are Alexander McQueen and Furne One. Seeing their shows in person will change your life!
There are so many talented artists out there I'd love to work with it's dizzying! As a recording artist, I'd faint at the chance to work with visionary talents like Prince, Matt Bellamy from Muse, Timbaland, or Cee Lo Green. In the fashion world, any of the classic couture brands I mentioned, as well as all the emerging, cutting edge designers I see. I love creating new visions with others who are fairly new to the game! And in YouTube land, I love other channels that have taken a truly artistic, cut above approach, as I strive to do myself. I love Wendyslookbook and think Chriselle Lim is a sweetheart.
FameBit is one of the best companies I've come across, hands down. Professionalism, follow through, and attention to detail are key aspects I look for when it comes to businesses and that is exactly what I've encountered with FameBit. It's refreshingly precise, dedicated, and personable at the same time.
Food - sushi... and nachos... and thai.... and pastries! Basically all the things I'm not supposed to eat!
Movies - I'm actually a sucker for horror movies and zombie flicks! Ugh! Terrible I know. But I'll also have "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Sex and the City 1" memorized hahaha...
Music - Muse, Prince, Michael Jackson, Primus, Queen, Metallica, Justin Timberlake.... I'm kinda all over the place!
Quote - "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde