Patrica Aliaga DeVall.
We adore you. Why? Because you’re constantly pushing the idea of normative modeling. Because your Instagram feed is a piece of art. Because you always inspire us to think about sustainable fashion.
As a part of Cargocollective, Patricia works as a model. She believes that modeling is so much more than height or weight requirements. We just had to talk with the woman who is constantly inspiring us and other people with her creativity and intelligence.
How do you spend your days?
For the last 8 months or so I’ve been studying Cognitive Science full time so that has obviously taken up a lot of my time. When I’m not studying I spend most of my time online (Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr), watch series (I’m a sucker for anime and sci-fi) and hang out with friends during the weekends.
What’s your biggest dream?
I’m still young, so I’m still searching. Vaguely put, I want to be able to noticeably contribute to my surroundings in one way or another. I want to keep having this childish sense for learning (a child new to the world does not really reflect about what knowledge or experiences are the most valuable ones, and through that they pretty much take in everything equally) so I can later on use all that acquired material to specify and further enlighten myself and my surroundings. Does that make sense?
What disturbs you the most in today’s society?
Racism, discrimination, lack of representation and unfortunately the list goes on. I think it’s important to acknowledge the many flaws of society, but it’s even more important to put your energy and heart into the different ways you can more or less tackle these – there’s a lot of super accessible things you can do for yourself and others. One of these things would be joining specific Facebook groups which center around these issues and let yourself engage in worthwhile discussions with people.
Favorite female inspiration?
My mom for sure, other than her there’s really no one specific. Honestly, I’m so actively inspired by every individual ‘gäri’ and ‘icke-binäri’ out there who together and alone strive to make things better for themselves and the world in various ways.
What’s the best thing about you? What are you most proud of?
My ability to confront, both myself and my surroundings. Without all the question marks in my life, I would probably not be thriving at all!
What does fashion mean to you?
Inspiration and expression. I love to keep up with fashion shows and all that but ever since I’ve started to model myself I’ve been seeing fashion as a more and more medium for expression, and its importance representing (POC, Latinas and mixed girls etc.) in all kinds of media. I’m so happy for the opportunities I’ve gotten to show off how this short and mixed piece of cuteness can SLAY photoshoots, and it makes me so happy that there’s even more and more cuties out there being recognized and represented for who they are and not for fulfilling a bunch of stupid requirements!
Photos: @badrizia and Cargocollective.
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