During the past week of hoopla over the royal baby, we (and by we, we mean Elisa & Lily) couldn't help but wonder how amazing it would be if Kate Middleton came out as a new mother in something other than a nondescript polka dot dress? What about a kaftan, or overalls, or Indian earrings (that'd add a touch of soul)? Where do these rigid fears of deviating from a flavorless status quo stem from? And when are we going to have had enough? The trickle down effect of these insipid rules is everywhere, from the East Village on the weekend to Texas where Devyn Galindo, our newest muse, grew up. "Every one was a cheerleader or a football player. I was a depressed emo teenager who couldn't wait to turn 18 so I could go where I want to," Devyn told us. This is 2013 (40 years past the sex, drugs, and rock and roll era) so why are people staring at Devyn? And why does she feel like a social experiment when she's the epitome of extraordinary?
One of Devyn's tattoos says, "I'm not frightened by anyone's perception of me." The uncommon individuality of the doe-eyed, androgynous, deep-thinking beauty with a gold nose ring that matches the warmth of her skin, allows her to make her own mark on clothes, like the liner of a boys jacket and her black leather flight suit. "Humble me" is emblazoned on her chest, and those words, according to Devyn, are "the classiest things that you can wear." The humility of Devyn stems from a palpable rawness and unpretentious self-confidence that knows the exact crop of her hair for her barber as well as how to make a color-blocked leather motorcycle jacket her own.
The gift of being an outsider had Devyn locked in her bedroom as a kid, which ultimately led her to her passion for looking at life through the lens of a camera in order to document the style of people, unconstructed. Devyn moves in a universe of her own making: she tried to be a football player in high school, loves hip hop (despite its misogyny), and swoons for the elegance of sweeping janitors and their concomitant blue uniforms. Having lived almost everywhere, from Cali to Missouri to the Lone Star State, Devyn's nomadic upbringing taught her the value of opening the doors of communication, which is exemplified by the work she does with teenagers in order to support their rebellious, questioning years. A tattoo that means "invest in the youth" in Greek is yet another reminder of the importance that Devyn places on unabandoned voices and our need to support them.
Constantly creating and continuing her "internal progression" -- these are the principles Devyn lives by. So, big media, should the top story be the girl who's forced to regurgitate the maternity dress of Diana or should it be the girl who pummels the norms of identity while having the balls to admit that failure is something that propels her forward?
Elisa & Lily
Video Edited by Gregory Pescia.