Under the celebration of Pride Month as well as the release of our Summer 2022 collection, Tethered, we spent some time learning more about the New Pandemics models featured in our campaign, who are all artists in their own right. Read our second interview with model, actress, and artist, Mycky, as we discuss body confidence, self-discovery, and personal identity.
Name: Mycky Brown
Pronouns: She/Her, They/Them
Who are you, and where are you from?
I’m from the west side of Stamford, CT. I’m a creative, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
What is something that you’re passionate about?
Something I’m passionate about would be self-expression. Whether it’s painting, creating an outfit, trying a new hairstyle, or writing a song. Self-expression puts a twinkle in my eye.
Have you always been encouraged to express yourself?
Yes, I have. It may have been one of the first real-life lessons I learned.
How has the relationship you have with your body changed over time?
My relationship with my body has changed tremendously over time. I was hyper-aware & fixated on my body at a young age, like eight years old. I hated being taller and bigger than everyone else. That set the tone of the relationship up until I was 19, and I did my first nude shoot with Ryan McGinley. That’s when I stopped being angry at my body for being different and loving it for that reason instead. I’ve not only learned to love the body I’m in but also listen to it and be present in it.
"I stay connected with my body in the present moment by listening to it. ... By being more intentional about what I put in my body and who I let around my body."
How do you find balance between the online and offline world?
I haven't found a balance between the online and offline world yet. Lol. Some days I get engulfed by social media and neglect to be present or get some air and touch some grass. Other times, I go weeks or months without engaging with people online. I'm still searching for that balance.
How do you stay connected with your body and the present moment?
I stay connected with my body in the present moment by listening to it. I pay close attention to any triggers or tenseness, or blemishes. By being more intentional about what I put in my body and who I let around my body.
What are some totems, personal objects or clothing, that you hold dear? How are they tied to your personal expressions?
I hold my jewelry close to me. Most of my jewelry got passed down from my family, and the other half just found me. My rings and necklaces are a staple & signature part of my look.
"Just start with loving ALL of you, even the hard parts, and the rest will follow <3"
Has there been a moment recently where you experienced a special connection with someone? With a stranger, friend, or loved one?
Yea. I met this girl at a rave last week. We instantly clicked. Everything I would say, she could relate to, and everything she said, I could as well. It felt like we were holding mirrors up to each other. A very sweet moment.
What is one thing you feel our society could improve for the LGBTQ+ community?
Being more supportive within the community.
Any advice for someone still trying to find their way of becoming their most authentic selves?
Love and accept all parts of yourself. Wanting to be the best version of yourself is great, but it can sometimes create an unrealistic goal. Just start with loving ALL of you, even the hard parts, and the rest will follow <3