An Afternoon with Matisse
Whats your favorite thing about living in L.A?
Can I say everything? I’m basically from here so LA is comfort. It’s fruit trees and blue skies. It’s windows down singing at the top of your lungs. It’s the best tacos of your life. You can go North/South/East/West an hour in any direction and be at the beach, mountains, or the desert. It’s everything.
Being a model and makeup artist means you've seen two different perspectives of the industry. Do you prefer one to the other?
I have a love affair with both. Makeup is one of my art forms, being able to make a living off of my art is the dream. I grew up doing musical theatre and preforming for people has always fuelled me, I see modelling with the same lens. It can be extremely fulfilling at times.
What creative projects are you working on at the moment?
Currently brainstorming but after a long break I’m going to make music and start singing again. I’m happiest when I’m singing.
What inspires you the most in your life and in your craft?
Right now I’m feeling nostalgic for the past, been listening to a lot of jazz like Ella, bee-bop and 60’s soul. Watching old films, longing for the glamour of it all. I’m disenchanted with where we are today in beauty so I'm looking to the past to find inspiration. There’s so much there to discover. I’ve also always looked up to strong, beautiful, ballsy women with incredible personal style like my mom, who people would mistake for Diana Ross, and try to emulate that same energy in whatever I create.
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would you want it to be?
For being Beyoncé’s best friend and confidant (manifesting) and being a good human that people can’t live without once I’m gone. 😇 Love me forever.
Fave country you've ever visited?
France, I’m in love with Paris. Consider me a Francophile.
Top 3 restaurants ( in the world)?
This is so hard for me to answer because I love food so much.
1. Jon and Vinnys in LA- If you know me you know it’s my favorite restaurant in LA (besides Cheesecake Factory) Open kitchen, good music, natural wine, fresh pasta and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Everything made in house. I die for this place. Sponsor me.
2. La Cantinettea Di Rignana -in Rignana about 45 min south of Florence. Fresh Italian food with an open rustic kitchen that looks like its been there for centuries paired with amazing wine with views of the winery where the wine came from. Nothing better than that.
3. Le Relais de Venise l’entrecôte- Paris (they have locations all over the world) if you love steak frites as much as I do this will be your favorite place. They only serve one thing- steak and fries with a steak sauce that is addictive.
Photographer: Ali Mitton
Stylist: Chainé Leyendecker
Hair: Eddie Cook