Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

PaTi Currie | MUA/SFX

Growing up in Austin, my parents brought me up to embrace the arts. As early as I could remember, they taught me to appreciate books such as Aesop’s fables, Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe. The inclination towards art led me to dabble in the film industry, and it is through this that I cultivated an interest in special effects and makeup. As a woman of Latinx descent, I was taught to appreciate everyone’s background and the way in which they draw from that to create their work. I am very grateful to have been able to view the world through an artistic lens, which continues to inspire me to this very day. Read more>>

Lauren Henley | Writer and Creative Consultant

I am from Desoto, Texas. For as long as I can remember, my dad has always kept a couple pairs of Stan Smith Adidas Tennis shoes in his closet. With navy or green accents, we eventually had many matching pairs becoming a staple in my fashion upbringing. My dad actually bought us both another pair this year for Christmas. My mom was a Keds phenom and kept a pair in rotation in her closet and mine. Unbeknownst to them, my parents actually introduced me to my love of sneakers, style, and fashion. Read more>>

Tev Bienaime | Health & Performance Coach

I was born in Brockton Massachusetts where I grew up as a foster child along with my siblings. Fortunately, in my younger years, I was adopted by a wonderful family, the Figuerado’s, who raised me in the city of Swansea, Massachusetts. The Figuerado’s helped shape me into the resilient hard worker I am today, in which I will always be grateful. Upon obtaining a bachelors degree, I became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer shortly after and since have been training in Downtown Boston Training anyone from pro athletes to the elderly (Prehab + Rehab). While currently training to further my football career I am also just as passionate about helping my clients and followers reach their ultimate personal fitness goals. Read more>>