Saige Stuto, 23

Sixth Ave between 21st and 22nd Sts

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Saige Stuto
Saige Stuto

Photograph by Jay Muhlin

"This piercing is called the Monroe, as in Marilyn. Some people call it the Madonna, but I prefer the more historical one."

Saige—as in wise person, except misspelled? Yeah. It's not my real name. I picked it when I was, like, 15 and wanted a club-kid name. But I think I might want you to publish Contessa instead. That's my more feminine, madam name.

So what are you, madam or club kid? [Laughs] Neither. Both. I'm just...fabulous.

What's your given name? Jennifer Lynn. I go by Saige-ifer sometimes to make my mom happy.

Where do you live? Bushwick, right now. I've always lived in either Bed-Stuy or Bushwick. I love the culture and the energy there. And the hugeness of the apartments!

Ever get flak for being part of the gentrification wave? No. I don't think I'm part of it...though I guess I very well may be. I'm about to move into a privately owned house in Bed-Stuy where the owner happens to be a black male. He didn't have to choose me as a tenant. It's not like I'm moving into a renovated condominium.

What do you do? I'm an aspiring celebrity stylist.

Got your eye on dressing any particular famous person? Well, it's more that I wanna be a celebrity myself.

I see. So if you were a celebrity, who would you be? Everyone always says I look like Kelly Osbourne. And my hairstylist actually thought Kelly Osbourne was me when she walked into her salon a few months ago.

So Kelly gets mistaken for Saige, I mean Contessa. Yeah, sometimes. I even hear people whispering on the street because they think I'm her. I used to hate it when I was younger, but now I think it's kinda funny.--Kate Lowenstein

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