Name: Lindsay Arakawa aka @blindsaay
Occupation: Social Media Photo Editor at Refinery29 (I basically manage our Instagram).
What's your sign?: Virgo, through and through.
Where were you born: On the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i.
How has this affected your aesthetic? And you as a person: Being born on an island, close to the beach, and surrounded by tropical things, I've developed a deep appreciation for color, minimalism, and meaning.
Favorite things you own: Well I just went on a trip to Japan earlier this month and I always bring around my childhood stuffed animal when I travel (i.e. it's #always located in the same state as me).
As I was packing to come back home from Tokyo, I legit thought that I left it at an Airbnb in Kyoto and had a panic attack in front of new friends (they were probably like, "why is this grown girl acting manic and throwing things from her suitcase all over the place?").
I ended up finding it in a random pocket, but the intensity, surge of feelings, and panic attack justified how important it was to me. Living in NYC puts me so far away from home and having it near helps with the distance. Everyone important in my life knows about this stuffed animal, and it's just kind of like an extension of me. I feel like I just ruined my reputation on the internet.
Favorite thing about yourself: I'm confident, but still hella vulnerable. Meaning I can hold my own, but know there are times that I can't get through life alone.
What was the last picture you took?: The last picture I took in my Camera Roll is of my coworkers all sitting around a table at Refinery29 enjoying poke bowls from Chikarashi.
What did you eat for lunch today?: A slice of 'zza with olives and extra garlic from Rosella's (which I like to call "the best Italian food in NYC," but always get stares when I do because it's basically a Sbarro).
What is joy for you?: Joy is those moments when you realize how fucking #blessed you are.
Advice for artists who are just beginning?: Try anything and everything you're interested in. I never intended to have a creative role in social media, but was proactive about pursuing things I was curious about and am now really happy with where I'm at.