1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

Abby Swain

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

When I'm wearing an outfit I love (an outfit that is really unique and strong) and my makeup is done.

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

Definitely! I notice women who are well dressed, or who dress differently than most people, especially when it's unconventional. For example, I was obsessed with this woman I saw for .2 seconds that I passed on the sidewalk yesterday with pink eyebrows. I also admire women who just casually walk around smiling because I think it's really nice they're happy.

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

I admire when women defend their beliefs. I admire when women don't try to fit into a conventional image.

I'm not sure if it was a "click," but when I saw Julia Cummings from my favorite band Sunflower Bean cut her hair to a pixie it made me realize that there was nothing stopping me from cutting my hair, too, if I wanted.

But a definite click was when I started looking up to a family friend of ours who is a stylist in LA. I was in high school, she was in her early twenties, and she inspired me to be as unique and expressive as I want in my clothing.

Shop at chains as little as possible. Avoid buying what everyone else is.

Try everyday to make an ensemble; don't just throw things on.

I can't name a specific conversation, but any time I got to talk to my friend/mentor who is a stylist in LA. She really encouraged me to be what I want and let what I wear be a reflection of that.

I hate to half-ass anything. I like to do everything I do well (by my standards, which are pretty high) and when I don't, I get very upset.

I don't buy anything in multiples; I like everything in my closet to be unique and have a unique purpose for being there.

I gave my best friend a ring with our two birthstones in it for her birthday one year and I thought that was really nice. But she never wears it. I painted a denim jacket for my mom last Christmas and she loved it.

I won't put fishnets under my high-waisted torn jeans because I think that's too last-year.

My body is nothing like my mothers. She is petite and svelte and I am really tall and more curvy. Our styles are completely different as well, although we admire each other's style.

I steal ideas from my roommate/best friend all the time: what silhouettes to wear, headwear, where to get inspiration from, etc.

In high school when I started talking to my stylist friend/mentor in LA and last summer when I got into punk music.

I like to paint on/distress my own clothes and I have a lot of ideas for political stances/statements to put on a t-shirt but I never do them.

Tall, I'm 5'11.'' Curvy, but more in an hourglass way than a pear-shaped way. Not petite in the slightest but still thin? It's in a weird spot between just being big in general but also thinner proportionally.

It's creative, it's hard working to a fault, it's always busy.

They're practically nonexistent. I'm an Aquarius.

I'm wearing a pink turtleneck I got at the thrift store, a bra that is really tight because it's trying to hold my unfortunately large breasts up, highwaisted jeans from American Apparel, sweaty socks, and a hat from the band the 1975 to hide my greasy hair. I just have eyebrow stuff and mascara on.

It's really not, although I do think my clothes are a reflection of who I am. It's not the most important reflection of who I am, but it's still one nonetheless.

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