You’ve mentioned in interviews what it means, emotionally, to do a man’s hair for them. Can you elaborate? Coiffing a man’s hair is always an emotional moment for me. It is a comfort like no other, because our generation was taught to have a certain perspective on boys and the men they grow up to be – but truthfully, I don’t believe there should be a specific way to live as a man.
These ideologies and stereotypes like blue vs. pink are questionable and unnecessary, because a colour cannot identify who someone should be, how they should act, nor what they should wear. We are all experiencing a life and one should be able to live their experiences to the fullest extent.
Hair is natural, it grows. But it is taught where a woman should have it or not, and that a man basically has no options, because once they do something more creative, they are automatically judged or designated “out of character.” These things should not determine who someone is. I recently traveled back to Haiti a few days ago after 14 years away. When I left as a young girl, my dad did not have long hair, but over the past few years, he’s been growing it. To be able to return home as an adult, do his hair, and take his photographs was something I cannot explain. It was a blessing. I want to continue my journey, learn, grow, and be able to create a space where more men feel seen and comfortable.
How has your Haitian background and upbringing influenced your creativity and/or creative foci? Haiti is home. You always feel comfortable and loved at home. It is your sanctuary. Everything that I do is for my people, upbringing and future. Without my home, I wouldn’t fit in anywhere in the world. Anywhere I go, I must bring my aesthetic, and it is always going to be Haiti-inspired.