Melia Martin (@_mmartin_) was visiting from Columbus, Ohio.
When and why did you decide to shave your head?
Before shaving my head, I’d been wanting to do so for a while. I had a pixie cut with an undercut beforehand so I just decided to go for it. I love it and I feel more beautiful and more like myself because of it.
Who and what inspires your style?
I always find myself inspired by art, music and the people I look up to and surround myself with. I’m also inspired by myself in a way, meaning I like things just ’cause I like them and find them beautiful.
How would you describe your look?
Androgyny is how I would describe my style. I love wearing both “men’s” and “women’s” clothes. I also don’t feel bound to social norms when it comes to fashion; I should be able to express myself however I want.
What does fashion mean to you?
To me, fashion is a catalyst for someone to express themselves.
What are your favorite shops here in Chicago?
I actually don’t live in Chicago, but if I could choose some stores, my favorites would be American Apparel, Kokorokoko and Knee Deep Vintage.
—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo.
Journalist Isa Giallorenzo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has elected Chicago as her beloved home since 2009. She runs the street-style blog Chicago Looks and wants to see this town become one of the fashion capitals of the world.