POST SHOOT INTERVIEW WITH ZARINA NARES
Damaged / Goods: What led you to originally pursue a career in modeling and music?
Zarina Nares: I have always known I was going to be a musician. I didn’t know how I would go about it and really I am still figuring that out but for me music isn’t so much a choice as it is a necessity. Modeling was so I no longer had to work in retail. Though I did enjoy working in a lingerie store.
Damaged: Do you prefer to keep both professions separate ?
Zarina: I don’t have any preference. I am happy for the two worlds to connect and happy for them to stay separate. If one can help out the other, why not right? As long as music remains my first priority, I’m good.
Damaged: How would you describe your music style ?
Zarina: I like to say the "modern day blues" and then I told CR Fashion Book the "modern feminist blues", so I’m going with that now.
Damaged: Who are your main music influences ?
Zarina: Billie Holiday is extremely important to me. Before her, I was listening to Britney Spears, 60s girl groups and Jimi Hendrix (when my dad was in control of the stereo). In my sophomore year of high school (I think) we were studying poetry in english class. My teacher played, “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I think I had also recently been dumped by my high school boyfriend, which is of course the worst thing that could ever happen in the whole entire world, so there were just a lot of feelings going on. But, that moment really did change my idea and understanding of music and its many purposes. That's when I began trying to figure out what music I liked as opposed to just listening to what the radio was telling me to like.
Damaged : Do you write and compose your own music / What's that creative process like for you?
Zarina: I do, sometimes on my own and sometimes with the help of others. I don’t have one specific method as to how I write a song. I never sit down and say to myself, “okay, I’m going to write a song now.” I get song ideas at the most random times. There have been times where I come up with something in the shower and I will yell for someone to bring me my phone so I can quickly record it on voice memos. Usually it begins with one line and then I build from there. I write a lot as well, poetry or just my thoughts. I have so much going on in my mind all the time and songwriting is how I am able to make sense of it all.
Damaged: When do you feel the most inspired ?
Zarina: I am most inspired when I am feeling something strongly. Right now I am still having a lot of first experiences. So most of what I go through feels extremely significant, the curse of being young. My inspiration generally stems from an emotion, attached to a new experience that I need to understand better. An unknown feeling has just introduced itself to my mind and body, I must dissect it and writing is my initial reaction.
Damaged: What are your favorite fashion brands ?
Zarina: Agnes B, Chanel, Saint Laurent, A.P.C.
Damaged: In terms of music, who are your top artists of the moment ?
Zarina: My favorite artists have all passed and I am really bad when it comes to paying attention to current music/artists. But, right now I’ve got my eye on Michael Kiwanuka and Leon Bridges.
Damaged: What do you think of the LA music scene at the moment ?
Zarina: I think LA has a great music scene that seems to be growing. I have so many musician friends who all have completely different styles and are all so brilliant in their own ways. I love that. It’s good not to get stuck in your own bubble of a genre. The LA music scene makes it very easy to explore different sounds because there are so many sounds here. I think LA, for music and other creative industries, is a really interesting place to be right now.
Whats your damage ?
Zarina: I struggle with a lot of health issues, Chronic Lyme Disease being the main one. I was diagnosed when I was five so I’ve been dealing with it and its many symptoms for a while now. When I first contracted Lyme, doctors were unable to figure out what was wrong with me for months. So I was never properly treated for it. It is a frustrating disease because for the most part I look fine not sickly. I am at some doctor’s office at least once a week and I have tried countless methods of treatment, both eastern and western medicine. Having the disease has made me an empathetic and non-assuming person. People get so caught up in and are so focused on their own lives they end up constantly feeling sorry for themselves. But it’s important to realize that that you’re not more important than anyone else. Lyme Disease has made me very aware and understanding that everyone has their own personal problems and worries, whether or not visible.
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Model @zarinanares with @visionlosangeles & @_jakealan with @fordmodels
Styling @dvlstylist with @photogenicsarmy
Hair @tina.greene with @straightpinla
Makeup @satya_linak with @photogenicsarmy