What is the most important event that you’ve ever had to miss because some unforeseen circumstance popped up?
I've practiced dance for a good portion of my life, taking six classes per week. In 2012, I was prepared to be in three shows, performing two dances in two different glittery costumes. We had prepared these dances for over six months. It comes to be the week of recital, and my mom gets a phone call in the morning from my agent. It wasn't confirmed yet, but I was optioned for a job. We knew that afternoon that I had, in fact, gotten the job, and we were to fly out the next day for the fitting. When I was confirmed for the job, I learned that it was for the September issue of W Magazine, shooting with Steven Meisel. While the recital may have been a big deal, I am so glad I got to shoot for W magazine. It was easily the most exciting shoot I have ever done because of all the wonderful people I had the fortune of meeting.
If you were given the opportunity to be an apprentice to any person, living or deceased, from whom would you want to learn?
I'd be honored to be an apprentice to Pat McGrath. She was the makeup artist at the 2012 W Magazine shoot I got the chance to be a part of, and ever since I have been stunned by her cosmetic genius. I'm really in to makeup myself; I've spent countless hours watching YouTube tutorials on my laptop over the years. However, learning from her would be such a privilege, and I would absolutely love the hands-on experience. She is amazing at her profession, and I aspire to one day be even half as good at makeup as she is.
If you could open your own retail store, what type of merchandise would you sell?
I would love to sell books. I'm a big fan of the fantasy and young adult genres. To me, there's nothing better than sitting in a comfy chair with a blanket and a really good read. Reading makes people use their imaginations and fall into a new world apart from their own. My store would have tons of overstuffed chairs and fluffy bean bags to relax in around every corner. I'd love if it had two stories, too, like Tsutaya Books in Japan. Finally, there would be a coffee shop, because for some reason coffee and literature seem to go hand in hand.