On a typical day at West Ranch, herds of girls wear their must-have lululemon leggings or olive green jackets, while crowds of boys share a part of their identities by wearing their Stan Smith sneakers and Ray-Ban sunglasses. However, in the blur of white Converse, stands a 5’ 1” (“and a half-- the half counts”) petite yet bold figure. On one day, she’s wearing an oversized men’s button-up shirt paired with men’s dress shoes. The next day, she’s swept her fringe bangs off to the side, directing everyone’s gazes to her bright purple eyeshadow and heavy eyeliner. Day after day, she successfully continues to stand out, as if she has traveled through the decades with her style and finally settled in our 21st century.
“I pull a lot [of my style] from the ‘70s and ‘90s grunge. It just depends-- it varies day to day,” said Anna. “There’s three main inspirations for my personal style. Taylor Lashae, Lily-Rose Depp, and young Winona Ryder. Winona Ryder in the 90s is where I really pull from her because it’s kind of gothic. I really like it.”
The nonconforming glamour Anna exhibits originates from long hours spent digging through her parents’ closet and local thrift stores. She has perfected the art of fusing her androgynous vintage findings with regular store-bought pieces like her patchwork jeans from Brandy Melville or her yellow-tinted sunglasses from H&M.
Anna admits, however, that it took a lot of courage to truly start expressing her style. During her freshman year, she shied away from pieces she genuinely wanted to wear. It wasn’t until halfway through sophomore year when Anna decided to wear her colorful embroidered jackets and bold eyeliner to school with confidence and ease.
“I started making new friends and kind of realized that time goes by really fast,” said Anna. “And I realized I don’t want to be caught up in trying to be somebody that I’m not and trying to hang out and fit a certain mold or image that I was not supposed to be.”
Since this revelation, Anna can always be found with a radiant grin stretched across her face, constantly receiving compliments from classmates on her iconic outfit of the day. After her journey here at West Ranch, she aspires to put her creative eye to use either as a graphic designer, fashion designer, or music producer.
“I want to be remembered as just an approachable and funny artist and as someone who broke the mold as far as social standards go,” said Anna. “Be who you know you are supposed to be and don’t let whatever’s considered normal hold you back. You want to talk to someone you think is cool, go and do it. You want to create something, go and do it. You want to wear something, go wear it. I’m hoping I can help others realize that ‘good style’ is whatever makes you feel great.”
But as for now, she is just a teen-aged girl enjoying the teenage life, wearing some purple eyeliner and nude lipstick.
“I spend a lot of my free time doing art, mainly producing, drawing, and painting,” said Anna. “I love hanging out with friends too and visiting interesting places, but am more than happy to just stay home, chill, eat pizza rolls, watch Shrek, and listen to jazz.”