Isabella has been an artist for Grrlpunch since September 2016 (and has done the art for this interview) and has written some articles for the site as well. She is one of my best friends in the world and I thought it would be interesting to ask her some of the questions I have considered when thinking about fashion and feminism while also having a little fun and getting to better know her iconic fashion.
(Isabella’s responses are in italics)
Can you talk a little about your interests and how/if that affects your personal style?
Well, I’m really into art. I love drawing and painting, and admiring art created by other people. I see fashion and makeup as other forms of art, so I like to create ~looks~ like I would make art: whenever I am buying something or trying to think of what makeup look I’m going for, I have a sketch of the idea in my head and then go from there. So even when I’m kind of just throwing things together, I have a basic idea of what I want to do or wear.
If you had to describe your style to someone who’d never met you before how would you describe it?
Hmm. I’d probably describe my style as edgy, fearless, and somewhat weird. My style changes with the occasion, though, so it’s kind of hard to pick a specific word for it. My makeup style is all over the place. Totally depends on how I am feeling that day.
Why do you dress/do makeup this way?
There isn’t really a particular reason that I dress/do makeup this way. I pretty much just pick out what I like and try to wear it with confidence.
Who is your fashion icon?
Honestly, I love Rihanna’s style. She is constantly changing her look, yet everything she tries looks amazing on her.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
My favorite piece of clothing changes a lot, but at the moment I love this pair of shoes – these freaking awesome purple platform sandals. They are tall and cool and totally empowering. I don’t wear them that often, but I love them.
What always makes you feel good when you wear it?
I have this pink sweatshirt with the cartoon version of Earl Sweatshirt on it, and it is amazingly comfortable. I wear it strictly for comfort and it always brings my mood up when I’m having a rough day.
What is one makeup item you could not live without?
If skincare counts as makeup in this case, I would say that I can’t live without sheet masks. Any brand, any type. I just love them. If skincare products don’t count, then let it be known that I LIVE for brows. I won’t go anywhere without having done my eyebrows, and I use L’oreal’s brow stylist and set them with NYX’s tinted brow gel.
What is your dream job?
My “dream job” changes pretty often, but right now I’m really interested in the mind and psychology and would love to be a psychiatrist.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten a little more familiar, let’s get into the more juicy stuff. How important do you think appearances are in how women are perceived in the world? Do you think this is a good or bad thing?
Unfortunately, I think appearances do affect how women are seen in the world. It shouldn’t be this way, but it is, and people often place more importance on what a woman looks like and wears than what a man looks like and wears. I think that part of the fight for gender equality is fighting to prevent someone’s appearance from affecting how someone is perceived.
Do you think following trends, wearing makeup, etc. affects your view on gender equality?
Not at all. The trends I follow and the makeup I wear absolutely do not affect my views on gender equality. All genders are equal, and makeup is for everyone. I pretty much consider gender equality and makeup to be completely different topics.
Do you think following trends, wearing makeup, etc. should play into feminism and how girls perceive themselves?
I definitely don’t think that following trends or wearing makeup should play into feminism or how girls perceive themselves. Feminism should have nothing to do with whether or not one wears makeup or follows trends, and wearing makeup shouldn’t change the way girls see themselves. People are amazing with or without makeup!