Naomi Melati Bishop

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I love how Naomi points out that we are all multifaceted prisms, and that we can choose to see the different sides of a person or reveal the different sides of ourselves – “more power to you” if you can show it all at once. To me, one’s willingness to expose their fragility is a sign of ultra-strength and depth, and Naomi wears her heart on her sleeve, or more literally, on her hand. Every finger has a ring with a story, and she never takes them off. Two are from her dad (a silver one from Ibiza that covers her nail and another that she has worn every day since she was eight, and has calloused her finger from doing so), one with purple crystals from her boyfriend, one that is a claw (representing the year of the tiger honoring her birth), a gold and turquoise YSL one, a Tibetian prayer ring, a silver bark one from her best friend, one from a trip to Santorini, one on each thumb, a gold and turquoise YSL one, and her most “precious” one of all, which is her mother’s, that she hides underneath another ring to shelter it.
Naomi’s mother was from Indonesia, a princess and a dancer, and her father, a transplanted New Yorker, whom after first seeing Naomi’s mother on the streets of Jacarta, waited for 31 days on top of a castle until he found her again. (He had always dreamt of marrying someone who looked like they were from a Gauguin painting.) Naomi, who similarly resembles a muse in one of the same post-impressionist paintings, admires much of what she refers to as the magic in the Muslim culture that was native to her maternal side of the family, like women dressing up in florals and wearing blossoms in their hair. And then, she clearly has the free spirit, very 1970s flair of her dad, with his ease of wearing women’s hats and blue eyeshadow if he felt in the mood. Naomi carries a leather fringe bag that he gave her around her neck, and wears his same eye makeup.
However, Naomi sees her love of beauty most embodied in her coveted Pamela Love dagger and petal earrings that she says encapsulate her – “the whole idea of dark and the mysterious and the terrifying, sometimes the macabre, and then the romantic, and the deep love of life and all of its experiences. I think that’s the two sides of all of us, or life in general.” (and knowing Pamela, I can attest that this is how she would hope whomever was wearing them would feel).

If you like Naomi, you might also enjoy Ziva Naumann and Tziporah Salamon.

  • Neil

    Lovely…Thankyou…X

  • PHC

    A wonderful 6 minutes of getting to know a charming/artistic soul.

  • Aileen

    An amazing and diverse collection of jewelry. Love it!

  • Mary

    Naomi is a special blessing to our lives and this extraordinary interview suggests what we
    all know……….eclectic brilliance of a beautiful soul. We could not be more proud and happy for her.

  • Simone

    I’m so impressed with how this interview captured Naomi’s essence so well.. she really is this eloquent, poetic, loving, free-spirited, and incredibly, incredibly interesting person. Love her to death and did I mention she is absolutely gorgeous and her style rocks. xxxx

  • Sophie

    What a great philosophy on life and fashion – I love this video, it is aesthetically pleasing in itself. Really enjoyed it, great job.

  • Andre

    Generally speaking, I agree with the multifaceted prisms analogy although I admittedly have found the light can become to dispearsed creating more darkness than optical wonderfullness. Eitherway, gravity play a role….but its somewhat tempered. Thanks for sharing with us all….I enjoyed it.

  • Katherine

    amazing pieces on a girl with an amazing mind and knack for style!!

  • Elvis ThunderGround

    da bitch is legit!
    Naomi rules!~~~

  • Elvis ThunderGround

    and samba tooo!

  • Elvis ThunderGround

    and mark!

  • Legsy

    a beautiful and brave narrative, told by a woman whose style reflects both elements. thank you naomi for being so honest, bold and full of joie de vivre; you’re lovely in so many ways.

  • Timeshifter

    You are SOOO f’in hot! OMG…

  • Mark

    Love, I couldn’t be happier with how this piece turned out! Not only was it fitting that Elisa met up with you on your birthday for this, but how the two of you together created this incredibly genuine post. Elisa, you’re a true talent & ROCK at what you do! Truly amazing…

    Naom, Auguri! I love you -M

  • tani

    you’re so damn cool girl…. this is truly enchanting – love it!

  • Le Fashion

    LOVE this girl!

  • Alex

    très chic.. video is fantabulous!

  • Alicia

    What a beautiful person. I love her story; her parents’s story even more. I’d read the memoir if/when it’s published.

    Her outlook is very refreshing. Great pick.

  • Emma

    Naomi Bishop…
    I feel so proud to be your friend and in your life. This is so beautiful and brave and encapsulates the remarkable young woman that you are. Your memoir will, without a single doubt, be fantastic and represent everything that you love and believe in. I loved watching this interview of you because it felt like the genuine Naomi and like that could have been any one of us behind that camera having long conversations about all your favorite things and stories about your mom and dad. You are so wonderful Naomi baby. This is going to be great!!!
    YOU ARE TOO MUCH!!! TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING…

  • Anita

    I love that you see apparel and ornament as a prism, a view into one’s inner life and feelings. and I’m fascinated that one moment you’re steeped in the richly ethic and eccentric and the next, with your hair up and wearing black, you’re the most sophisticated elegant new yorker– not a chameleon, but both you.

  • Heidi

    You are truly an inspiration. In life and most absolutely in fashion. You’re style is not only earthy, but also ethereal. You remind me to be bold in style and in life. Life is what you make of it and you are absolutely making the most of it and staying true to yourself which is the most important lesson in this life. I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors.

  • SamBamThankYouMaam

    um, i love her.

  • domonique

    i loved her, she seems so down to earth, love that.

  • anna

    love it!

  • Mary Morris

    I love seeing this video of you. It shows me a side I haven’t exactly understood. It’s beautiful and so are you – inside and out. Love you.

  • Yudhis

    Naomi apa khabar? :)

    tambah cakep sekarang ya, hehehehe, masih suka sambal trasi, nanti saya kirimin atau brem dari jogja hehehe

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    The story of her parents meeting is magical. She quotes from her father, “Those who look for love never find it. Only the loving find love and never have to look for it”. Hearing that just made my day :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mofafafa Fariha Róisín

    Loved her. Very, very inspiring!

  • http://beautyandthestreet.net Amber

    another one of my favs!

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