Jan 11, 2013

Black Women With Style: Elle of The Regal People


Tell me about yourself:
I'm a scatterbrained humanitarian finding out my personal legend through different mediums of art. How's that? Lol. I can be a bit scatterbrained when it comes to ideas because I sometimes don't know what to do with them or I just have too many at one time that at times I don't know which particular to settle on. It kills me and nurtures me at the same time. Other than that, I'm five feet tall, I like long strolls through the city, capturing natural movements with my iPhone or Canon, and eating a lot of food at one time.

What inspires you musically and with your visual art (clothing):
 A lot of things inspire me but I would have to say the urge to be different inspires me the most. I look at artists such as Frida Kahlo, Andre 3000, Cee Lo, Mos Def, Kelis, and Jean Michel Basquiat as well as many others and I study their freedom of expression. What these individuals have done can never be replicated. Nature inspires me as well. The universe is such an amazing artist that its the only thing that I would try to imitate. 

How did you get your start with music?
My music career kind of came out of no where. I started writing and recording projects while in my freshmen year in college, but before then I was all into dance. It kind of makes sense though because you can't have one without the other. Whether dancing externally with your body or internally with your thoughts, music has a way of moving you. I say down one day with an ex-lover now good friend of mine, his friends had decided to write to this beat and he told me to take a shot at it. I did and before you know it I had finished my first mixtape. I was overwhelming and exhilarating all at once. I received a lot of good feedback and encouragement from my family and peers to keep going and make more music. So I did and now I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

Creating?
I've always had to have my hands in something. The feeling I get from constructing either a song or a shirt or a painting is almost indescribable. I got my degree in Fashion Merchandising because I had this dream of opening up my own boutique someday. I didn't expect that someday to be this soon but you have to start from somewhere I guess. Now the idea of creating patterns and spending hours on a garment was not attractive to me at all. Had I known I would have so much fun doing I wouldn't have shunned the idea of majoring in Fashion Design. I'm still learning the ropes of the sewing machine and the whole "designing" world so I'm no expert. But! Only time will tell what this endeavor has in store for me.

What is your favorite part about your creative process?
My favorite part about my creative process is the finished product. I consider each piece a painting, so none of them are actually "complete." I say the finished product is my favorite part because when it comes to showing it to people that's the riskiest and most exciting part. Even if no one likes what I create I'll still love it no matter what because art is opinionated and built on aesthetics anyway. Not everyone's going to like what you do or how you express yourself. I've learned to accept that.

Where do you hope your dreams will take you?
I hope my dreams will take me to places that I have yet to imagine. I once read a quote that said something on the lines of writing down your plan(s) for life but doing it pencil. Sure, I can have this picture perfect vision of how I want my life to unfold but when the unexpected happens it's way more gratifying.

What made you decide to loc your hair, and what products do you use?
Locing my hair has been the biggest and toughest decision of my life yet lol. The first time I tried it I'd put some twists in my hair and took them out the very next day. I was not ready at all but I knew I wanted them. So I just took some time to think about it and when I felt that I was ready physically and spiritually I went ahead with the process. I'm a little impatient when it comes to this process, lol, so my friend gave me a cute little idea. She told me to pretend like my locs are pregnant, or something like that. I guess you can say that they're 7 weeks pregnant now lol. When they're fully ready and loc'd is when they've had their baby crown :)

I typically use shea butter and mango & lime loc gel when I go to retwist the roots. My scalp tends to get dry so I also use olive oil, grape seed oil, and coconut oil about twice a week.

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