Name: Maria Parenti but all my buddies call me Ria
Age: 24 going on 4
Occupation/what you're working on:
Social Media Coordinator by day: Madison Avenue Couture
Zinemaker by night: Fuckchick releasing Jan. 2017
What three words best describe your style?
Hott (two t's), Heavy and Buck.
What is your favorite go-to look?
Vintage leather pants, my yellow Star Trek socks, my black high top vans, my Bad Brains T shirt, my Mom's silk neck scarf, my cheetah faux fur and a twiggy eye as the cherry on top.
Who is your style icon?
If Queen Amidala, Audrey Hepburn and Lil Kim had a baby.
What are your favorite places to shop/brands right now?
If you had the chance to fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Whatever flight leaves first. Something tells me I'd wind up exactly where I am supposed to be.
Favorite song and/or album at the moment?
Princess Nokia's 1992 has been the anthem.
Name one thing someone would be surprised to know about you.
I went to the Junior Olympics for baton twirling when I was 11, all while pushing through Preteen angst.
(s/o to the Boys and Girls Club for making it all possible)
What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Graffiti and Cinnamon buns.
What do you think about more than anything else?
Love in all forms.
If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
I like my name I wouldn't change it but if I had to I would probably go with Padme.
Where is your favorite spot to eat in NYC?
La Superior, Best Pizza and San Marzano.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself surrounded by loved ones and creating.
If you were a season, which would you be?
I feel that I would be Fall. I love the way you can feel the shift and the trees turn colors and change with you, and you pull out the jacket you loved and lived in. It feels like a deep inhale and exhale.
Why is having a personal style important to you?
It is one of my favorite forms of expression. My first obsession came in junior high with vintage scarves. I started to fall in love with my Mom's accessories, my Dads vintage 90s gear and then I found Alexander McQueen. He pressed against all the rules and was unapologetically passionate. Mcqueen was able to reflect his existence in what he created. That is exactly what I hope to embody everyday, all day. I have this opportunity to exist so I plan to radiate all I am.