PHOTO BY PAUL MAFFI
Age: 21. Hometown: Chicago. Currently resides: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Occupation: I'm really trying to focus on painting. At the moment, I'm working on a self-portrait. Day job: I'm Rita Ackermann's assistant. It's the best job I've ever had. Reason for coming to New York: To study at Pratt. But I always knew I was going to come to New York. When I was 15, I took the train here and brought a portfolio to show at LaGuardia High School [of Music & Art and Performing Arts]. I was ready to move here right then. During the trip, I wrote down phone numbers I saw for apartments. But, of course, it was preposterous, and my parents would never have allowed it. Worst nightmare: Probably losing my iPhone. Or, even worse, losing my iPhone on December 20, 2012—the night before the apocalypse . . . Favorite fictional character: Tony Montana—Scarface. The world is his. Favorite real-life character: Michael Phelps was pretty cool. Pre-scandal, that is. Not post-scandal. Childhood hero: Andy Griffith, a.k.a. Sheriff Andy Taylor. He always upheld the law. Theme song: That would be Lil Wayne's "A Milli." It's so played out, but I don't care. I was the first to know all of the words, and I still love it. Always will.
Jacket: Marc Jacobs. Tank: PHI. Cosmetics: Revlon, including Crème Gloss. Fragrance: Daisy by Marc Jacobs. | Styling: Vanessa Chow/Creative Exchange Agency. Hair: Laura De Leon/Joe Management. Makeup: Manami Ishikawa/Michele Filomeno.
Special thanks: Fast Ashleys.