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What’s your name, age, and preferred pronouns?

Emile, 22, they/them.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Savannah Georgia but I’ve been living in Brooklyn for almost four years and consider it home.

How would you identify?

I would identify as a designer and jack of many trades.

What will Gen Z be remembered for?

Gen Z will be remembered for our fluidity and ability to adapt to a world rapidly changing around us. We will be the generation to break through stereotypes and explore new beautiful ways of being.

What got you into photography and how has your work impacted your life?

An older friend lent me their film camera when I was 14 and I fell in love. I started working only in black and white film, developing and printing everything myself, but I switched to digital when I moved to New York. Photography pushes me to view the world in new and exciting ways and influences my design practice immensely.

As a model who is gender non-conforming what have you experienced in the fashion world?

I’ve had both positive and negative experiences regarding my gender identity in the fashion world, mostly the people I work with are supportive, but it has led to some interesting conversations. I think it’s something people are still even in 2021 trying to understand and fortunately, I’m open to talking about it.

What artists have inspired your work or way of life?

I’m inspired by the photographers Ren Hang and Tim Walker as well as the illustrator Hideyuki Kikuchi. I’m in love with the serene and beautiful places these artists help me escape to through their work and they inspire me to create my own for others to do the same.

What does a typical day for Emile look like?

Busy, but balanced, and probably involves iced coffee.

If your younger self could see you now, what would they say?

I wanted to dress alt so badly as a kid and I think my younger self would be really into the way I express myself through clothing these days!

What movie character do you feel you’re most like and why?

That’s such a tough question! I’m going to go with Kumiko from Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. The film follows a Tokyo office worker who becomes obsessed with the film Fargo, traveling to Michigan in search of buried treasure as she believes the events of the film to be real. I think it’s a beautiful metaphor for both our universal search for meaning and my own journey of self-discovery while pursuing lofty dreams.

Emile is a 22-year-old photographer, graphic designer, and model living and working in Brooklyn NY. They’re currently studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute with a minor in Cinema Studies. Art is their life and as part of that, they enjoy being on both sides of the camera to help make dreams become reality. Emilie wants to offer an escape from the everyday for both audiences and themself through the work they create and collaborate on. Outside of their work Emile likes to bake, read manga, ride their bike, hang out with friends, play chess, and mess around with music.