What was one defining moment for you, in your life?
Coming out to my father was definitely a defining moment for me. My dad is a preacher, so you can imagine the challenges growing up as a closeted black queer. I spent years living in my truth without him knowing. I felt I was strong enough to carry my pain and resentment. I was wrong lol. A series of events eventually lead me to discover that although I was living my truth to some, I was never going to accept or love myself until I confronted the person I needed that love from the most.
What does resilience mean to you?
I actually have been meditating on this for weeks and I'm not totally sure. To me, resilience is being black. It means adaptability, flexibility, and determination. This could be the dancer in me, but I think it also means conditioning.
What is your idea of a healing space?
A good bath, a trip to the sea, riding in the car with your friends while listening to any throwback, and the feeling you get when you laugh so hard you can't breathe.
What is your morning or evening routine?
I usually wake up at an ungodly early hour(not on purpose). Meditate or wash the dishes from the night before while listening to a podcast. I then do my skincare which starts with a cleansing face oil, the toner that all the girls foam at the mouth about (P50 1970), and then two-three drops of my Amber Elixer Oil. I finish with an SPF.
What is real beauty to you?
Real beauty is anyone not pressed about how they are perceived, and my mother's smile.