• Class of 2017: Manon Macasaet

    With eyes ahead to the new year, we brought together the fresh new faces that are challenging the status quo. Artists, activists, and musicians, our Class of 2017 is forging the path ahead with hope and optimism.

    Manon Macasaet is literally a part of the class of 2017. The up-and-coming model and creative breaks down influential style, which gives a nod to the tried and true streetwear staples of the past, and tells us about her lofty goals for her upcoming gap year. 

    Occupation: Student, Model, Cool Girl
    Age: 17
    Sign: Gemini
    Senior Superlative: Brightest Smile or Most Likely to be Laughing

    Who is Manon Macasaet? 
    I’m a student but I also work outside of that, so I wouldn’t confine myself to that category. I’d say I’m a very creative person. I model, but also recently I have been taking more photos and getting into more creative stuff. I like to do a bunch of different things. 

    Have you always been a creative person or is this a more recent thing? 
    Yeah. I think from the jump I've been a more creative person in general, but ever since I reached high school I think that side got dulled down by all the work I had to do. I kind of just forgot about that side of myself. I felt kind of lost, like any regular kid, and I searched for that again. Then I realized I was interested in fashion and creative stuff, which I had always been as a kid. All of a sudden I was able to do all this stuff for work and get recognition for it, which is really cool.

    How would you describe your sense of style? 
    I'd say my sense of style is a little bit boyish. I really like older brands. I'm honestly kind of put off by current trends. I feel like they’re not very substantial and I feel like they’re kind of vacant, they're just whatever a celebrity is wearing. My inspiration usually comes from older style or older eras. I feel like that speaks to me a lot more.

    When did you first start caring about style and fashion?
    This happened in ninth grade. Before I even started to put myself out there, I was just super plain. I would just wear regular stuff. This is when I was in a more traditional high school so I really blended in. I think that was kind of half-subconscious and half because I was just so drained all the time. I was afraid to wear things that people would poke fun at. Then when I started to put myself out there more online, and then get actual work, it gave me the confidence to be more out there with my personal style and start to project it in the everyday. 

    As a young, creative person who’s getting recognition for their work, do you feel like you have a responsibility to the people who look up to you? 
    I do for sure. 17 isn't very old, but I do have a responsibility. I can't be doing crazy things in public. I have to keep my composure. With the amount of eyes watching me, I'm not given that much room to just mess up all the time. I definitely have a responsibility. If I want to go anywhere I need to just keep doing what I'm doing and I can't just stop or hit a slow point. In this day and age everything moves so fast. You're not really given a chance to stop for a second so my responsibility is just keep going and keep up a positive image for everybody watching. I don’t want to influence anybody negatively. I have a mixed following. A lot of it is boys, but there are also a lot of younger girls and I want to make sure I’m not sending them a negative message. 

    On a broader note, as someone who has grown up with the internet and social media, do you think our generation is more inclined to create change? 
    I think if people make it  cooler to be positive rather than negative, people will follow that. A lot of people aren't so concerned about what's cool in the media, but I think a lot of the percentage of kids out there are. As long as we don't promote things like violence and drugs. In rap music I think it's okay sometimes because it's part of the music. That's part of their art. I think in point is being pushed too much and it influences young people to get into those things or to think those things are okay.

    What do you hope for yourself in 2017? 
    In 2017, I hope I keep doing what I'm doing and I hope things just move forward. I'm taking a gap year between school and I hope in that year I'm able to be okay without school and figure it out. It's hard keeping everything up at once. I think, when I have that time, 2017 will be my free year. And I hope in that time I do a lot of substantial work, self-discovery, and I hope I see a lot of things in general.

    What do you hope for the world in 2017? 
    I hope everybody is okay. I hope we're not too heavily impacted by our new president, which we probably will be. I'm not going to be dishonest. I hope we treat our environment the way it should be treated. You can always get a new president but we can't get a new earth. 

    Say something to your generation. 
    When I first started doing what I'm doing, I didn't think I was going to go anywhere. The things I've done now, if I told myself two years ago that I would have done those things I would have done back flips. You never really know what's going to happen. Honestly, another lesson that's just good for life in general is to just let go and know that everything happens for a reason. When you to grasp on too much is when you start to lose control.

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