LATOYA        ABOUT   

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Q: Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
A: I grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire. I'm currently living in Oxford whilst studying my undergraduate degree however I'm moving to London next month after graduation.

Q: What have you studied, and what are you doing now?
A:I've just completed BA English Language & Communication joint Media, Communication and culture at Oxford Brookes University. Depending on my results I will be studying MA Fashion Media Production at London College of Fashion in September.

Q: How would you describe your personal style in 3-5 words?
A: Quirky, Experimental, Relaxed, Innovative, Unique

Q: Where do you shop? Luxury or high street? New or vintage? Boutiques? Online?
A: Having worked in Luxury I've grown to love Versace especially their Versus collection, I usually try the high street and online stores to find similar items within my price range, which is very challenging as a student.

Q: If you had $300 for a shopping spree, how many items would you buy?
A: If I didn't have an event in mind I'd probably spend the money on two items, coordinating bag and shoes.

Q: Do you prefer street style fashion or runway fashion?
A:Runway fashion, however I love to see how high streets interpret the runway.

Q: What do you splurge on? Skimp on?
A: I splurge on footwear, coats, shoes, bags, sunglasses, make up and skimp on basic t-shirts.

Q: When and how did you become interested in fashion, and where do you find your inspiration?
A: I became interested in fashion during college when I was given the opportunity to choose the theme of my project. Independently researching photographers in order to succeed in my project introduced me to numerous brands and styles whilst giving me an insight to all the work behind the fashion industry which I feel previously I had taken for granted.

Q: Who are your favorite style icon(s)?
A: Nicole Richie for casual wear, Jennifer Lopez for formal wear, Cassie for everyday style

Q: What do you love about fashion? Not love?
A: I love that fashion is constantly innovating past styles to modernise trends which previous generations loved, fashion never dies.
I don't love the separation of body size categories within the fashion industry, there is a style for everyone regardless of size and I think separating plus size as being abnormal compared to the ideals set in the adverts causes unhealthy body image expectations.

Q: Your favorite designers & brands?
A: My favourite designers are Donatella Versace (Versace) and Nicole Richie (House of Harlow 1960), I also like Dior, Topshop and Motel Rocks.

Q: Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?
A: Most of the time I stick to the traditional idea of not showing too much cleavage with too much legs, playsuits are an exception.

Q: Which would you be best at? Worst at? (Stylist, Designer, Photographer, Buyer)
A:I'd probably be best at photography based on my experience of studying EPQ Fashion Photography and Media. I think having visual experience through my studies and merchandising I would also be good as a stylist however as a Designer I feel I still have a lot more to learn.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to own my own media company which produces Fashion Film and Photography with feminist ideals in mind. I think within advertising it would be good to have a company which uses its creativity to avoid objectifying women whilst still managing to promote their product.

Q: What are your other interests? How do you spend your spare time?
A: I have a keen interest in fitness and music.

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