Take Sheer Pride - Cooper Felipe

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Take PRIDE

By Cooper Felipe

Being able to celebrate pride in the Twin Cities every year allows people of all and any to come together in unison for a unique celebration of the queer community. There is love to go around for everyone! Here at The Volk we are accepting of all backgrounds and representation through our diverse team. For pride 2019 channel all the fierceness possible, wear your best clothes that represent who YOU are and most importantly be YOU!

Meet our featured pride babes with a 3 question Q&A highlighting the importance of individuality, success and self-definition. These fabulous individuals are setting new standards of what clothes mean to your identity, expressing yourself, and staying true to your own uniqueness.

Tatum - @tatum.vanyo //  Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

Tatum - @tatum.vanyo // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

What does owning your individuality mean to you?

Owning my individuality is breathing to me! Staying true to who I am comes naturally, and since a very young age, I’ve put emphasis on being critical of my decisions based on the people around me. We are all unique in our own special ways!

What is one thing you will not let hold you back from your success?

One thing I will not let hold me back from my career is my insecurities! Being a social media influencer, I put in time online on a daily basis. Viewing new content and subconsciously comparing myself to others. Social media can be inspiring, and it pushes me to create consistently when I am depressed. However, in those depressing moments, looking at all of the things you want, but can’t acquire can be overwhelming. Often times I have to get super existential and remind myself that I am only human.

What 3 words best represent you?

Divine, Kinky (Mentally & Physically), Artist.

 
Amanda - @chemicalstars  // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

Amanda - @chemicalstars // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

What does owning your individuality mean to you?     

It means allowing no one to tell you who you are besides yourself. Always be proud of the weird parts of your personality and embrace them.


What is one thing you will not let hold you back from your success?

Conformity! I will always be doing what is unique to me and my own personal journey. Traditional standards are not something I will ever abide by.


What 3 words best represent you?
Vibrant, passionate, and tough.

 
Cooper - @xcoopdeville //  Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

Cooper - @xcoopdeville // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

What does owning your individuality mean to you?

It means representing who I am each day and being able to wake up and say “Yes I am happy to be this person!” When we live in a world where people are still ostracized for who they are, it is more important than ever to live to your definition YOU have made of yourself.

What is one thing you will not let hold you back from your success?

Prejudice. Period.

What 3 words best represent you?

Chameleon, eclectic, compassionate.

 
Irene - @nakedgoblin  //   Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

Irene - @nakedgoblin // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

What does owning your individuality mean to you?

I laugh at my own jokes. I’m a comedic genius.

What is one thing you will not let hold you back from your success?

The people that doubt my success.

What 3 words best represent you?

Effervescent, Rabelaisian, Maniac.

 
Denaisha - @heavymetalgorilla  //   Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

Denaisha - @heavymetalgorilla // Camera: Zach Thomas // Styling: Jalyn Rose

What does owning your individuality mean to you?

Owning my individuality means expressing myself in ways that make me happy, as comfortably as possible. And believing that no one can take what I create away from me as long as I don’t let them.

What is one thing you will not let hold you back from your success?

It’s hard to not let other things get in the way of your success, but one of the things I absolutely will not stand for is another human being holding me back. I surround myself with people who want to see me succeed and anyone who I feel like is trying to hold me back has to go. Period.

What 3 words best represent you?

Impartial, Independent, Imaginative.