The Genuine Gaze of Anyone Girl (extracts from issue one)
Can you tell us a little about how your career lead you to Anyone Girl?
I actually left high school early and moved out of home to train in contemporary dance at The New Zealand School of Dance. It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I got a point where my body (and bank account) were hurting so I decided I should look for a second option. I always loved writing but it was always more of a personal thing for me, never something I shared. I was really lucky and found myself supported by people of influence, which led to me saying yes to every opportunity that came my way, working really hard and learning on the job. I started anyonegirl.com as a portfolio of my work for other online platforms and magazines, and started filling in the gaps with my own musings. More recently, I find myself applying similar disciplines and practices as dance (such as concept delivery, body language and impulse, internal monologue, timing and choreography) to my own current work.
Your gaze feels so genuine – do you feel a responsibility to honour women in a certain way?
Thank you! I always try to find a way of supporting the people I love and projects I believe in. It just so happens that a lot of them are women! There is also a deeper longing to encourage the women around me and make sure they know how talented and worthy they are. We need each other’s open support, and I am trying to be active in creating platforms for this to exist creatively.
You are expecting your first child, is that effecting the way you connect with women and your own femininity?
Yes, definitely! Mothers are masters, and I haven’t even begun to understand the entire meaning of that! It is one of the most selfless acts, and I am only at the very beginning of the experience. I’ve been lucky to have an enjoyable pregnancy so far, and am up for the challenge of trying to eat well, sleep well, and look after myself. It’s easier to do so when someone else is relying on you. I’ve found my mummy friends to be so generous with practical information, even when it comes from a very personal place. In one way or another, it still really does take a village to raise a child.
interview & words Luana Holloway