I was recently invited to a Hannah Rokes‘s photo exhibit in lower Manhattan called, Goddeses: Crowning of the Heart. The exhibit displayed girls and women of varying races and ages wearing crowns made by the photographer herself. I was one of the models for her project a few years ago, but I was not sure if my photo would have made the cut. I was happy to see that it was printed not just once, but twice, and it was one of the larger pieces in the room. My photo was called “Empress”, which made me laugh. “Ladies and gentlemen, Empress Paola!” Just kidding, I don’t take myself that seriously.
For the exhibit, I decided to go with an old thrifted dress I purchased for no more than $10 a few years ago, some high platform Zara heels, and my new favorite hat. Do you notice how quickly my “favorite” hat changes? Did I mention I love hats? I love hats! This particular one reminded me of Queen Latifah when I saw it, but everyone says I reminded them of Queen Nefertiti, so I’ll take that too! I seriously can’t wait to start making my own hats. But for now, let’s stick to headwraps, turbans and different hair accessories (coming soon).
Photos by Alejandro Cerdena