31, model and owner of Bum-Cake online vintage shop
When did your love for fashion begin?
As a child, my mom and aunt used to take me thrift-store shopping. In New York, my friends loved what I bought from thrift stores, so I started vending at events all around the city. In 2012, I started Bum-Cake because it was easier to maintain a store online.
Why did you decide to specialize in vintage lingerie?
Wearing lingerie can be a transformative experience. I want women to feel powerful and sexy. Slips from the 1920s to ’40s and ’90s are feminine, beautiful and versatile. You can wear them anywhere. I travel to the South to visit thrift stores, find items online and even order from private collections. My pieces are one of a kind, for millennial women from all walks of life. There is great quality found in vintage [clothing], and recycling is good for the environment.
What’s your modeling career like?
In the beginning, I modeled—freelance—for brands including Carol’s Daughter, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Converse, working mostly in digital. Now, I pose for indie brands and artists.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I follow fashion trends in entertainment and love to see stars like Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Yara Shahidi on the red carpet. Black women are unstoppable right now.