“The primary word I’d use to describe my style is ‘cute’–lots of pastel colors, skirts and dresses, and really girly prints and motifs.  My two biggest fashion inspirations are probably Japanese street fashion and 1940s and 1950s eras style.  It’s sort of an unlikely mashup, but one that lends itself well to a really over-the-top feminine and cutesy look. My sense of style is definitely bold, but I really like that about it.  If you have a visible disability like I do, you come to this understanding that people are going to look at you.  A lot.  Whether you like it or not.  To me, dressing in a way that makes me happy is a way of taking back ownership of that gaze and reclaiming some of the agency I feel I lose when people unabashedly stare.  On a less serious note, cute things have just spoken to me for as long as I can remember.  I don’t know why anything cute fills me with immediate and overwhelming joy, but it always has, so I try to incorporate that into my aesthetic.”


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Photos by Olivia Forrester ’22