POST SHOOT INTERVIEW WITH MODEL SCARLETT LILLIA
Damaged / Goods: What led you to originally pursue a career in modeling?
Scarlett Lillia: My mom was a model when she was younger. I remember sneaking into her closet at home and pulling out her hidden boxes of memories from her life before children. I vividly recall looking through boxes and thumbing through old photographs of my mother modeling, and being inspired by the beauty and emotion she was able to personify. I always wanted to be part of something special and artistic, and I have been drawn to modeling as my way of creative expression.
Damaged: How was your experience shooting with Brooke Olimperi?
Scarlett: Shooting with Brooke was and ALWAYS is amazing. She is really easy to work with - she is well organized with her inspiration and thoughts and is a blast to be around. She makes models feel right at home and I really look up to her as a woman in the industry. Brooke has an amazing selection for styling, her creative direction is unique and genuine to her taste. I love Brooke’s photographs because they are so clearly hers - even when I haven’t seen her name in credits, I know when I am looking at her work. Her ability to communicate through her art is amazing and she is always someone I look forward to working with. She is truly a wonderful person to get to create with and will no doubt inspire people who get to work with her.
Damaged: Who would you say is your ultimate fashion inspiration?
Scarlett: My ultimate fashion inspiration would have to be Carrie Bradshaw. While Sarah Jessica Parker herself is a close second, I always look to Sex and the City for outfit inspiration or ask myself what would Carrie wear? Her ability to mismatch, accessorize, and dress in a way that truly gives clothing a voice is an unparalleled quality and comes is a true art form in my mind.
Damaged: Favorite fashion brands?
Scarlett: My favorite brands are Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth and James, Patricia Field, and Zuhair Murad. Each brand is its own unique form of artistic and social expression. I love to wear Marc Jacobs and Elizabeth and James of a near daily basis and have a deep admiration for the collections of both Patricia Field and Zuhair Murad, coveting pieces I work to collect.
Damaged: In terms of music, who are your top artists of the moment?
Scarlett:My favorite artists at the moment would have to be Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. I just saw Chance live and was beyond impressed with his performance – I actually just bought tickets to see Kendrick in Dallas so I am really looking forward to seeing him live as well! I feel like both of these artists have something real and valuable to say about the way the world and this country are working right now. While they each come at the issues from different viewpoints and energies, they both encourage action and perseverance to promote positive change, which is something everyone needs to be thinking seriously about right now. In order to accomplish true social change, people who are unhappy with the way things are going at the moment (including myself) need to stop complaining and make change happen in whatever way they are able to.
Whats your damage?
Scarlett: Before I begin on my damage, I must say I have a lot to be grateful for. I come from a wonderfully loving family and have some truly amazing friends in my life. Something I have struggled with is my health. I have had a rare syndrome called Abdominal Migraines for 6 years now. These migraines, which can be extremely painful, leave me hospitalized almost every time I have an episode. They come and go in clusters, but there are months I am in the hospital 6 different times. Figuring out a way to live my life and pursue my art has been my motivation for getting through the clusters and getting back on my feet.
Something else that I think is really important to talk about, especially at this point in time socially, is the fact that I have been sexually assaulted twice and I am 25 years old. On neither account were prosecutors willing to go to court or to formally charge the offender (including when I was assaulted at 13 years old). The second assault happened on January 26 of this year (an unfortunate way to remember my grandmother’s birthday); a photographer I had gone on a location shoot with attacked me. This time it was a federal offense and handled at the federal level which gave mesome hope that something would be done to stop this man. However, because I did not have any physical marks or substances on/in me, “There is no way to get jurors to believe [me]” – United States Prosecutor. I was assaulted and humiliated by a monster and then essentially shamed by the justice system and basically told I hadn’t been hurt enough for them to really care or be able to make other people care. At first this made me physically ill. I hate the idea of this happening to someone else as well as the idea of this human getting away with assault. I felt paralyzed and did not know what to do with the fact that my case was going to be closed without justice being served. Now, I am working to use this frustration as a way to find other girls who have been through what I have been through and create a safe space for women in the industry to talk to each other, share stories and names of people who aren’t safe to work with, and to know they are not alone. Being a victim of a crime does not mean you have to be a victim full time – use the part of you that is damaged to make something even stronger that you can fight back with or use to your advantage in life and your own personal expression.