Lori Stewart, 28

E 42nd St and Second Ave.

Lori Stewart, 28, E 42nd St and Second Ave

Lori Stewart, 28, E 42nd St and Second Ave Photograph by Allison Michael Orenstein

Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

You're not coming from work, are you? Actually, I am.

Wow, dressed like that? Where do you work? Jive Records. I'm a video production coordinator.

So, you spend your days on yachts with blinged-out rappers? [Laughs] Maybe one day. No, my end of it is the things you don't see: paperwork, legal, finance, travel, stuff like that.

Do you ever worry about being taken seriously, tropically dressed among suits? Sometimes I do, but you know, I don't want to work with you if you're going to judge me for how I look.

How do you stay in shape? Well, I'm kinda naturally little. But it's funny you say that, because when I was 24, I started being like, Mmm, my body is starting to change, just a little bit! I never had some of this extra hip and, like, butt. I'm not mad, I like it. But I'm also like, My thighs...lemme just keep them plump and in shape. [Laughs] So I do my 20 squats and my Brazilian butt-lifts—

Brazilian butt-lifts? Yes! They're insane. I YouTubed it.

How do you feel approaching age 30? Oh, that's gotta be better than some of the twenties. It's an interesting time in my life. I'm settling into being a woman. It took me 28 years to figure it out.

Is it the hips and thighs? [Laughs] No. Well, maybe partially, but I'm also at a point in my life where you start to get really comfortable with yourself and clear on what you want in life. And you're not afraid to say, "This is what I want."

More from Lori

"Chicago is really home, but is New York better? No. I will not say that. I will have, like, 20 people come hunt me down. It's not even apples and oranges, it's...broccoli and steak. And I won't say which is which. [Laughs]"

"I've always loved Mary-Kate [Olsen], only because she's so small. She's so little and I'm little too, and she just rocks stuff so well."

"I'm a director. We actually just wrapped something up in June that I'm premiering in October. It's a short film, four minutes. I like to say it's about hope and how far you can push your imagination. It ends, like, Wow, anything can happen. At least that's what I'd like the audience to take from the film. I'm screening it at Eastern District in Bushwick, October 9 at 7pm."