1. What is something not too many people know about you?
First of all, not many people who do not speak my mother language know my real name. It’s Nadezhda which means Hope in Bulgarian. I started working at the age of twelve and since then I pretty much haven’t stopped working hard, that’s another fact that not many people are aware of. I have been on covers of magazines and at the same time I am actually a total nerd.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passions are art, fashion, photography and traveling. I am combining them by creating unique ready-to-wear with paintings on each item, so the pieces become unique and there is no identical one. Through my clothes, which contain strong messages, I would like to inspire and lift the people who wear them. Wearing art is like wearing your own personality and your soul, so that the world can see it. My other passion is traveling which is directly connected with photography. I love to shoot my clothes when I visit exotic destinations and like this I combine all my hobbies and passions. I started traveling alone at the age of seventeen and I managed to explore the world and learn a lot from the different cultures I’ve been introduced to. The things I see when I travel give me inspiration and motivation to continue creating magic.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I like this saying: ‘’Dying with memories, not dreams’’, so this is what I intend to do. Turn most of my goals into reality. As a life mission, considering myself a citizen of the world, I would like to serve as an international bridge one day - to connect people and help them open their minds. Either trough my art or by telling my personal story, I would love to help build a strong society of individuals that are worldly aware, here in the States and not only. As a professional growth, I am working on branding my name and ‘’baking’’ a soul food through my creations.
4. What is your definition of success?
Being a leader, not a boss. Being a good example and a kind and compassionate person. Being a human being. We forgot about that. If your pockets are full with notes but you heart is empty, it is not worth it. So, my personal definition is being happy, appreciated for your work and spreading light and love wherever you go. One of my ways of expressing this love is by doing art and making people happy. That makes me happy as well.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
I currently work on my baby. It is called Hope Lamber. I am improving my art skills everyday. I am also working on my translating and writing skills and I write my book which requires a lot of research and efforts as well. Personal growth is also important, so I never stop working on building a better version of myself.
Photographed by: Vivian Kwan, Teddy Grozdanov, Lilly Lilova,