We tap gender-fluid face Parker Kit Hill as our cover star for Issue 6: The Street Issue shot by creative People of Colour Isaac West and stylist Mecca James-Williams as we talk about heritage, education and filling up the World with a little more love. MU and Grooming thanks to Raisa Flowers with styling assistance thanks to Ryan C. Gale.
Mecca pulls pieces thanks to Laurence and Chico, Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Surprise, Discount Universe, Wendy Faye, Bonheur Jewelry, Suzanne Rae, Jennifer Fisher, KELSEY RANDALL and Christopher John Rodgers.
Read More below. Words by Lucy Tulley
Hey, How are you?
I am doing fine… yeh, I occasionally suffer from depression and anxiety but who doesn’t feel like that during this time? I’ve been on this journey of finding out who and what I truly like, and what I value in myself and what I value in others. I’ve been taking more time to stop and enjoy what is directly in front of me.
What do you to keep your psychological wellbeing or to keep yourself balanced? Do you follow any rituals?
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT. Lots and lots of music and movement. I couldn’t even tell you who my favourite artist is at the moment because I listen to any and every song/genre. I’m always able to find a way to just relax and dance everything that I’m feeling out of my body.
How much has your heritage impacted who you are today?
My heritage, a lot. I don’t come from a wealthy family. I have learned that you have to work hard in order to relax. I value any opportunity that I have to make sure that I’m at least sweating by the end of it.
Do you think that social media has given you a platform to express your cultural identity?
Yes, I would say that it’s given me a platform for that, even though when people look at my profile(s) they’re only looking for memes. I have always tried to sprinkle things in about my cultural identity with quick spirts of empowerment and I think it’s done the trick in helping people wake up to being freer within themselves.
How difficult do you think it is to separate parts of your life from the internet?
I am fully myself on social media so don’t find it hard at all separating myself from it. You just have to know when to cut it off and go about your day and really enjoy life.
You’ve spoken previously about the importance of open visibility. Do you feel that you have a responsibility to speak out about your political and religious beliefs now that you have such a large following?
I do believe it is important to talk about politics with my following but religion… I don’t think I should be telling other people how to have a relationship with their god. That feels so intrusive in my opinion.
How do you stay tuned into what is going on in the world currently?
I know this may sound weird, but recently I’ve been trying my best to not stay tuned in. I’ve been trying to tune into myself, my family, my relationships, my health, and education. It’s so hard trying to keep up with all of the things constantly happening in this fast-paced World that we live in, that we end up forgetting about the basic things that we worried about before technology played such a big role in all of our lives.
What do you think the future is for social media?
The future of social media will be full of love and respect for all.
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