Mara Hruby, Closets
Mara Hruby

An apparition of the dignified mores of another time, Mara's mantra, learned from the love of her life, her godmother Dezzie Ree Dew, goes:  "It doesn't matter how many people try and ruffle your feathers or throw dirt in your face, the most important thing is to stay in touch with the genuine soul that you are and remain a kind, spirited person." Mara grew up in Oakland, the daughter of a pilot dad and flight attendant mom, who, when combined, result in a rainbow of ethnicity (Czech, African American, German, Creole, and Cherokee), standing for equality and cultural awareness. Everything in Mara's life had a soundtrack -- Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bill Withers. At an early age, she developed a strong identification with films from the 40s and 50s, which launched her love affair with the elegance of that time period, like 8 lb swing skirts, pin-up dresses, cashmere cardigans, and gloves.
Outed in high school for the singularity of her sophisticated tastes and an idiosyncratic identity, Mara, through she's been through a lot of darkness, derives power by wearing pieces from the glamour era. "I carry myself in a manner where it doesn't matter what the world has brought me," Mara remarked, regarding her leading lady wardrobe. "I'm together." Mara is together enough to escape an abusive boyfriend, which propelled her to her music, a form of expression that saved her life. "What is beautiful to one may not be beautiful to another," Mara states. "So getting comfortable in your own skin is beautiful and hard to achieve."

Elisa and Lily

Mara's video was edited by Maximiliano Gaston Longo.
You can visit Mara's website here. 

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  • Tsvete Smith

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful.
    Lily and Elisa, thank you for your impeccable work and representation of a wonderful artist.

  • Arline Jernigan

    That made me cry

  • Sachelle

    Thank you for showing us your resilience in times of struggle, self-empowerment in times of doubt, and fierce loyalty to self in times of peer pressure! Oh, and your style is FLY! Love it all! You rock, Mara!! Thank you for your story! See you at Art & Soul tomorrow!

  • John Glavis

    Sweeeet authenticity....thank-you...your story reminds me of the day in High School when I was called to the Principal's office because I wore bell-bottom jeans to school (1966 - Ohio -..said I was "causing a sensation"). I was given the choice to return home and change or be expelled to the library until I did. That was easy....spent nearly a month reading before they gave up....

  • Michaela

    Oh my, is that woman beautiful! Inside Out, Adorable.

  • Heather Boo

    So inspiring.

  • Krystal

    Her spirit is so beautiful, calm, loving, and graceful. Very contagious in a soothing way. 🙂

  • She's absolutely lovely.

  • Simone

    Simply beautiful..she's the type of friend that most people want in their life but but don't deserve...such an inspiration!

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  • Nicole

    The most inspirational and kind-spirited person I've ever seen in a video. I wish I knew her!

  • Cassandra TeLae

    I've been a fan of her music for a while, but this was everything! Lovely soul and absolutely beautiful.

  • pdFender

    What beautiful things she says! Live life with kindness!

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