Sonya came by our DTLA loft for some shopping, and we found out that she's as chill as she is gorgeous. We took the opportunity to ask her a few important questions...
WHAT AYAI PIECE CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
I wear my new strike hoodie & leggings way more than I would like to admit. I literally ran into CVS to change into the set the day I got it haha. Clothing softer than your bed is honestly one of the best things on Earth.
WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT AYAI FESTIVAL OUTFIT?
Without a doubt- the siqi leather lace up shorts are coming with me to coachella! The Stelle top would also be so stunning in the desert. I'd also go heavy with the accessories and layer the jace chain chocker, the binx, and the tsuki. And I'd bring my lighter case ;)
WHO IS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION?
I think my style more so comes from my dreams of- and working towards of the woman I want to become. It's mood-dependent, a constant evolution, a metamorphosis, if you will.
FAVORITE FASHION CITY?
Every city has a culture and style that I get inspiration from in some way or another. The street style in Soho, New York is always ridiculously creative and cool; but my favorite fashion city is probably Seoul, South Korea. I think South Korean fashion is an impeccable mix of vintage classics and street style trends.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
SO much! I live in headphones, and am always looking for new songs, and update my soundcloud every day. https://soundcloud.com/sonya-esman
FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?
Cate Underwood (@undervoodoo) has the most beautiful artistic aesthetic, which is a huge inspiration to me. Maya Stepper (@mayastepper) is also such a joy, and I love to watch her grow. @fashion_viadi and @gildaambrosio are my go-to for style inspiration and new ideas.
CURRENT GIRL CRUSH?
Again, Maya Stepper!
LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
The RMS living luminizer is the best highlighter I've ever layed my hands on. It's natural, coconut oil based, and doesn't look fake or shimmery at all.
I bought myself a new polaroid camera an hour ago! (polaroid sx-70) All my inexpensive polaroid cameras broke in my luggage when travelling, so I got one that's a little more professional... sans the plastic.
BEST PIECE OF FASHION ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
Burn your bra.
BEST PIECE OF FASHION ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GIVEN?
Sunglasses- always. They're like an accessory to the face and can make you look like a million dollars.
ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU
Everybody is always surprised to find out that I know literally zero movies or tv shows. I usually tell people I just meet to not even bother with asking me "have you seen ___ movie?" because the answer is always no. Always. I get bored SO quickly, and prefer to spend my time creating something of my own.