“I believe in magic,” Terry says. She is a spiritual rolling stone who realized early on, from moving frequently as a kid, that switching up the way she dressed is a powerful tool of connection. From a vixen in a masculine security officer’s hat with a metallic wrap shirt and shiny leggings, to a girly “teacup” in pigtails and sherbert colors, Terry is a gypsy soul strengthened by a will to self-discover. “My skin is not big enough for me,” she states. Agree! In her oversized fur coats and larger than life braids, Terry transcends physical boundaries and expands thinking. “If you’re tiptoeing from one thing to another,” she reflects, “you’ll never really understand where you could go.”
Terry comes from a musical family (her Grandmother was Motown’s VP, her mom an Executive Assistant there, and her father was in the 80s R&B band called Guy), and she has a reverence for those that have gone before her that gives her an uncommon perspective. Terry covets a Native American tale where the elders explain to the youths that that there’s a battle between a black wolf and a white wolf in everyone, but the one that wins depends on which one you feed. Her own musical pursuits have as few limits as her style. Terry’s song, “Let’s Go,” is about breaking hardships (instead of letting them break you). “The course is rough,” she explains, but you possess the power to endure.
Free of borders and restrictions, Terry practices Mongolian throat singing (a form of beatboxing) and studies Japanese and Thai dance. Her worldly perspective pummels the status quo. “People feel like they have to do things,” she says. But not her. Turned off by the “follow me” Twitter generation, she rejected the common educational trajectory and dropped out when she saw that college can lead as much to something you dread as it can to your dreams. Forgoing the usual attachment to hair, Terry, as she claims, just gets “it out of here,” like the time she shaved her head after her grandmother died. “Nobody ever told me that I had to be Christian or any other religion,” Terry explains. “They just said I had to be spiritually strong and believe in something. Those are the morals that I hold close and I think I exude them in the way that I dress.”
Video Edited by Sandra Garcia Pagola.