Tell us about growing up in Wisconsin and your journey to NY.
I grew up in suburbia. It was peaceful you could say, but a bit limited. Milwaukee really sparked my wanderlust. I lived for fiction literature, fashion magazines, and art class.
I grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, with predominantly white classmates, and the most exciting things to do were Summer Fest, hanging out at the mall, and riding to the YMCA to watch cute boys play basketball. My family was the first black family in my neighborhood and we were the two girls next door's introduction to African Americans. I had some interesting conversations growing up to say the least.
I always dreamed of my New York City loft and being constantly surrounded by open and creative minds. Curiosity lead me to NYC. I left Milwaukee for college, first stopping in North Carolina to study Business Marketing at a Historical Black University in Greensboro (because I craved an academic space with more faces like mine). That experience was amazing, but Greensboro's pace was too slow for me.
I convinced my parents to support a semester off in NYC so that I could intern and really figure out what interested me career wise. I'd taken a summer course at FIT prior, Fashion Shows From Start Up To Runway, and fell in love. From there, I decided to transfer to FIT, and I've been in NYC ever since. New York is such an eye opening city. I've been exposed to so much culture, such richness, and would never trade the experiences I've had here or the friends I've made. Plus, the food is pretty damn amazing.