PHOTOGRAPHY: ANNA CUNNINGHAM on 35mm
OLIVIA A FAY
What are you looking at besides this email An empty can of Coca Cola, comfy cushions, photos of Meredith and a huge pile of dirty laundry.
What are you obsessed with at the moment Obsessed with peanut butter on vita-weats, cutting my fringe shorter and shorter and telling my friends they’re all ‘beautiful angels.’
What creative activities & pursuits, endeavours are you embarking on I’m gestating on a lot of creative ideas at this stage. I like to try my hand at a lot of different things. Right now I’m carrying around a video camera a bit and making some things with that but I like painting and poems and photos also.
Who are some of your favourite badass babes? (Famous/family/friends) All my mates are stone cold legends who inspire me daily. Truly recommend finding the greatest nearest & dearest and spending as much time with them as poss.
What does sexy mean to you Sexy means a lot of things. People are most sexy to me when they’re happy and confident. I love when people really just groove into themselves and there’s something so shiny about them. Sometimes it’s in the bat of an eyelash or the sway of a hip but often it’s the words, the wit and the wisdom that really gets me going.
And lastly how do you define a babe A babe is a character who totally lights up a room but not just some fluorescent bulb. Maybe a stunning lampshade or an ambient fairy light or a scented candle. I’ve been so bloody lucky to surround myself with a bunch of fabulous light sources.
What are you looking at besides this email Four crates of clean washing just waiting to be folded & put away; a looping video of the little kid receiving an avocado for xmas and saying thanks & a cut on my leg that idk how i got ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What are you obsessed with at the moment I’m going to write this in list form so i don’t get carried away!
- youtube videos of people stacking it but keeping their beer upright.
- the colour peach, beautifully designed camping tents.
- this really calming fragrant oil that a new friend showed me that makes me sleep like a lil baby whenever i smell it.
- the way rockmelons look.
- this avocado kid video is really starting to feel like a permanent obsession.
What creative activities & pursuits, endeavours are you embarking on Currently I am endeavouring to make/find meaningful gifts for my friends for birthdays and xmas because I tend to get a little overzealous on spending this time of the year. I’m attempting to find a way to custom design/print some tea towels with feminist pretty things & invent my own herbs/spice seasonings! Asides from that i’ve been dappling in some film photography again which has been a really nice way to feel like a part of the creative community i’m surrounded by.
Who are some of your favourite badass babes? (Famous/family/friends) Sending all the prayer hands emoji’s to all of the strong women that raised me, aunties, grandmothers, family friends, high school bffs and above all my mama. I have a close circle of girlfriends that have helped me feel comfortable in my own skin over the past few years – they are driven, passionate and loving badgals that i want to introduce to literally everyone i know.
Special shout out to all the incredible musicians, artists and leaders getting shit done in Melbourne right now. Idk if I want to name drop because i’ve been kind of low key stalking a lot of their instagrams rn and idk how inappropriate i’m being haha.
One famous badass babe that i’ve just recently discovered is Parris Goebel, an incredible dancer/choreographer from NZ; her hip hop collective Royal Family is like endless hours of youtube viewing and dramatic gasping. Solange Knowles is also pretty high on my list of badass babes who are killing it – check out her website Saint Heron, it’s my go to source for incredible POC making cool music/art/experiences etc. And of course, this list could not be complete without the queen who epitomises so much of what I know about being a badass babe: Beyonce.
What does sexy mean to you To me, sexy is that feeling of being unstoppable and embraced both by yourself and others. Like most women I meet, it took me a long time to feel comfortable with my sexuality and my physical appearance. I think feeling sexy doesn’t necessarily mean losing your insecurities and wearing less; but more being able to wear your insecurities proudly in a way that kind of sets you free.
And lastly how do you define a babe Babe (n): someone that you could definitely make out with and who you wanna sit next to as soon as you see them. A person who takes pride in both theirs and your most authentic self.