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Stephanie Comilang

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

After doing something difficult. Accomplishment is attractive to me and also looks good on me.

2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?

Women who wear lots of colour. I tend to keep the colour in my accessories or my make-up. I also like women who are referencing something in their clothes but not pointing directly at it.

3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?

I admire individuality and the sexiness that carries.

4. Was there a moment in your life when something “clicked” for you about fashion or dressing or make-up or hair? What? Why did it happen then, do you think?

I went to an all-girl Catholic school and they were quite strict about the kilt and all that. It had to be a certain length, our shoes had to be black with no heel, our white shirts crisp and tucked in. But I found ways to push against this. The trick was to fold the kilt to make it shorter (one could undo this of course), you could also roll up your shirt sleeves, tie a sweater around your waist, wear sneakers or whatever and carry other shoes in your bag if you were caught. It was a bit like jail in that you found ways to break the rules and make the system work for you.

6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?

I wear the shit out of things until they start to fall apart.

9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?

I have multiple black jeans from Acne. They are the only jeans I've found that flatter my body. They are the ultimate in comfort and armour.

10. Have you ever successfully given someone a present of jewelry or clothing that you continue to feel good about?

Yes. I once owned a button maker and started to make buttons for friends. I made my friend Karen, who was and still is an amazing baker, a button that said "cake maker". She makes cakes in the shape of plates of nachos, butts, iphones, anything really. I remember going to her place maybe a year ago and seeing the button on her dresser. That was nice.

12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?

We have very, very different style. She has always tried to buy things for me but it doesn't work. So I don't think she's passed style on to me. But I have seen pictures of her when she was younger, probably in the 60's and 70's and she looks so beautiful. Her style reflects the times. Platform shoes, miniskirts, cat-eye make-up, flawlessly groomed. She looks like she stepped out of a magazine.

14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?

Teenage rebellion naturally.

16. Please describe your body.

Short, lean, strong.

17. Please describe your mind.


18. Please describe your emotions.


19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?

Black Acne Jeans, black tabi high-heeled Margiela boots, a sports bra, black underwear, hair up in a high ponytail, and red lipstick.

20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?

It's a piece of the puzzle bb.

24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?

A pair of Marc Jacobs knee-high boots that I only wore once. They were nice in theory. I sold them to a high end consignment store for the same price I bought them so in the end I guess it wasn't a waste.

29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?

I come from an immigrant family so it was always important to have clothes with no holes. I tend to follow that now but still have a bit of trouble because I wear the shit out of things.

30. What sorts of things do you do, clothing or make-up or hair- wise, to feel sexy or alluring?

Hair up in a high, high braid. Lipstick. Heels because I'm short.

31. Many people say they want to feel “comfortable,” or that they admire people who seem “confident.” What do these words really mean to you?

It means not giving a fuck and wearing things or doing things that make you happy.

33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?

Good lighting, flowers, a lover.

34. What do you consider very ugly?

Nasty people. Selfish people. Sexist men. Drop crotch pants.

35. Are you generally a good judge of whether what you buy will end up being worn? Have you figured out how to know in advance?

Yes. Usually black drape-y things in nice material I will wear from start to finish. Maybe everyday. I like unusual things made well.

36. When you look at yourself before going out, and you are trying to see yourself from the outside, can you describe a bit about what this “other person” is like? What do they like, dislike, what sorts of judgments do they have? Is this “outer eye” based on someone you know or once knew?

Some people I like to emulate: Frida Kahlo, Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep, female characters from older Wong-Kar Wai films, Jamaican dancehall queens.

37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?

I have a uniform but I change it up with jackets, accessories, make-up, shoes.

42. What is your cultural background and how has that influenced how you dress?

My parents are from the Philippines. I took trips there and brought back beautiful jewellery that I still wear. Beautiful red coral necklaces and head pieces. I like the tribal look.

48. Do you find it comforting or constraining to have a uniform?

It's funny because in high school I had to fight against the uniform and now I have one but by choice.

52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?


53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?

Face too wide, nice mouth, weird nose, stray hairs.

57. If you were totally comfortable with your body, or your body was a bit closer to what you wish it was like, what would you wear?

Short dresses. My legs aren't the best.

60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?

I wear Comme des Garcons in Rhubarb Sherbet.

62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?

I like wearing make-up to dress up. It's a way to pop. I like wearing weird bright colours on my lips.

What’s your birth date? 
Where were you born and where do you live now?

December 30 1980. Born in Toronto Canada. Currently living in Berlin.

What kind of work do you do?


Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?


How do you feel after filling out this survey?

it was long but interesting

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