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"It’s important to know that even if you are unorthodoxly “feminine” it doesn't take away from your femininity."
HANA: My name is Hana Adams, I’m barely legal and I’m from Orange County, CA but I live in Malibu now because of school (I go to Pepperdine, ayo waves xd lol). Other than that, I tend to think I’m funny but I’m not really, also I dyed my hair blue but now it’s kind of this ugly green color so I’m trying to figure that out, but that’s a me problem. In terms of what I do, I’m a photographer, I dance, model sometimes and write mediocre poetry.
GBN: What are you doing in life currently?
HANA: I’m currently studying film at school because I want to direct music videos and movies (I think). But it’s hard to know for sure because I’m into so many things like music, fashion, dance, and art, just to name some. So, I guess I’m just trying to immerse myself in as many things as possible so I don’t lose myself while I try to figure my shit out hahah… yikes.
GBN: The weirdest/quirkiest characteristic, fact or thing about yourself.
HANA: I’m not really sure if this is weird but I have a a neurological condition called synesthesia which causes my brain to process data in the form of several senses at once. Basically, I physically see colors in music and numbers. A lot of my friends have told me that this is weird/interesting but up until about a year ago I thought everyone functioned like this. It’s all I've known my whole life so I guess I can’t really say if it’s interesting or not.
GBN: Favorite thing in life right now?
HANA: I’ve been really into the whole bike shorts trend at the moment. At first I wasn't really sure about it but I’m kind of on board now, they're just really comfortable and look good with a lot of a different things. I’ve also been into making zines (magazine like spreads) recently. With what I do as a photographer, most of it is digital so it’s kind of refreshing to print out my photos and piece them together physically.
GBN: What are your passions?
HANA: I have always been passionate about art, and the many forms it comes in. For me specifically, it’s dance choreography, music and film, primarily. I find that these things bring me peace and happiness, it’s hard not to be passionate about something that makes you feel. But I’m also passionate about politics, the environment, activism in minority and LGBTQ+ communities. Anything that is pro human I guess.
GBN: What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
HANA: Despite how cheesy this sounds, I wish I could tell my younger self that change wouldn't happen unless I did something that would facilitate change, that I wasn't stuck anywhere and if I wanted to look different from other people in how I dress or do things that others might find weird, that it was ok and this is what would eventually lead to me finding myself.
GBN: An experience or time that you’ve been really proud to be a female.
HANA: I always grow increasingly prouder to be a female anytime I see a fellow lady killing the game, whether it be in politics, music, fashion, business, etc. Especially with the #metoo movement and the increasing percentage of women running for House and State, it’s awesome to see women standing up for themselves in the public eye.
GBN: What do you love most about yourself?
HANA: I like how I am confident in how I dress and act even if people think its whack. I think that it’s incredibly important to have courage in what you do, because at the end of the day, if you are happy and kind then people will support you. And if they don’t, then they're probably not the right people to surround yourself with. I just do what I like, and I know other people are trying to do that too, so why should I care about judgement? You know.
GBN: Biggest style or lifestyle influences.
HANA: I really love the way Billie Eilish dresses, she just does not give a single fuck about whether what she wears is ugly or not as long as its innovative and true to herself, which is something I admire. I also like Sita Bellan for similar reasons in how she breaks “rules” in fashion. The Blutstein sisters also have really great fashion sense in my opinion, they explore the idea of femininity in how they dress which I think it dope. Other than that, I am really inspired by music and the artists behind the songs, Gus Dapperton, Clairo, The Smiths, David Bowie, Bob Dylan. I try to link things in my life together, let music inspire what I wear, what I read inspire what I photograph, etc.
GBN: What does “girlie but not” mean to you: What do you think being a female in this day
and age means? Why is it important?
HANA: I think that being girlie but not is a really cool concept to think about and something that encapsulates what most women embody without knowing it. It’s important to know that even if you are unorthodoxly “feminine” it doesn't take away from your femininity. Like just because I wear basketball shorts and a big T-shirt with chains, doesn't mean I am not just as attractive as if I wore a dress and pearls, even when there’s nothing wrong with either. I think that this concept goes both ways for women and men, especially in a society where gender fluidity is becoming more and more mainstream, which I think is incredible.
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