On the day I met writer and artist Fariha Róisín, I was struck by the immediacy of our personal connection. She's warm, generous and passionate, all of which I gathered from her work, but was ecstatic to find true IRL. We ordered some Middle Eastern food and got her ready for our Hi Wildflower shoot, all while sitting in my living room, talking about love, friendship and the plethora of projects we're working on, as if we'd known one another for years. Ours is a newfound kinship that most Internet connections graze at the surface, but we share deep diasporic connections as Bangladeshi Muslim femmes who've lived around the world. Fariha hails from Australia, Montreal, and most recently, she's moved back to Brooklyn.
Photos: Gabriela Bhaskar | Makeup: Talysha Moneé
Fariha writes about her faith, familial histories, sexuality and aesthetics in gorgeous prose that resonates with me as I make sense of my own work as a writer. We live in a time of revelation as second-generation artists, demanding that our visibility and subjective experience be a part of the larger cultural conversation, when we've so often been invisible. As I've read Fariha's work for the last few years, and followed her delightful Instagram account, I've reveled in how she excavates what is painful and unspoken in lucid, fearless ways.
For our photo shoot, I wanted to evoke a Bohemian Bengali urban vibe that we both play with in our fashion sensibilities. We styled Fariha in a traditional blouse you'd typically wear with a sari, in the distinctly Bangladeshi ghamsa (plaid) fabric, but with a pair of fitted, wide-leg polka-dot pants.
My favorite look of the shoot: a vintage Jordache denim jacket (scored at my beloved jacket capital, Dusty Rose Vintage in Greenpoint, BK) sans top, accented by a gorgeous gold thread choker from Dhaka. In the shoot, I wanted a fierce, femme sexuality to radiate front and center, to find the aesthetic crossroads between New York City and Bangladesh, alluding to our many homes.
Fariha wears a sneak peek at our upcoming Spring 2018 Matí Rose Gold Lip Paint
Here's our interview with Fariha about her favorite beauty products, unique sense of style and what she's working on.
What is your daily beauty regimen?
I've been figuring it out for a while now—but, been using Grown Alchemist for a few years, which I love. I use their Hydra-Repair Creme Cleanser. Afterwards, I use a rosewater toner, or this beautiful Santa Maria Novella water (although, someone needs to tell me what a toner does anyway) then generally Ursa Major's Vitamin C Serum and I top it off with rosehip oil.
If I'm wearing make up I'll put on a moisturizer like Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream, or Grown Alchemist's Tinted Moisturizer. At night, it's the same but I swap the Rosehip with Odacité night repair serum.
For body I use coconut oil and Weleda's Skin Food. Make up staples are usually just a lip (Hi Wildflower Mala, or Nars' Morocco) and if I'm going OUT I'll wear a mascara usually by Tarte or Josie Maran (which I've been using for years, it's fantastic!) and if I'm breaking out, or wanna cover up some pigmentation, I'll have a little bit of YSL Touche Éclat.
Perfumes are: Hi Wildflower Sándalo, Santa Maria Novella's Tobacco, D.S. & Durga's Coriander and the Jasmine I get from Abu Dhabi on stack, because it's the greatest singular smell, EVER. Truth is, once I slowly started to make more money, I began building the staples for my skincare, and it's been a great investment.
"So much of writing is persistence, and not the attention that sometimes shadows actually doing the work."