Interview in PrintMag

It’s been a pleasure being a part of PrintMag, an online art and social lifestyle magazine. They interviewed me last month for their third issue. If this outfit looks familiar, it’s because these pictures were from the same set as my previous shoot, which I never published on the blog. Flip through the pages (using the left and right arrows), and you’ll find me!

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You can zoom in to make the magazine full-screen by clicking anywhere on the page (except the navigation arrows). In case you’d rather read in text, I have also included the interview below.

Q: So, let’s talk a little about you. Where do you hail from? What do you like to do?
I live in Baltimore, Maryland, where talented minds like Animal Collective and John Waters hail from. Before I got into blogging, I used to write a lot about my philosophies in life (often deep, sometimes crazy). I have a love-hate relationship with clothes where I  rave about timeless and individual creativity in clothing styles but also rant about the mainstream and commercial trends in fashion. I also like music and movies a lot, which I enjoy with the love of my life.

Q: When and WHY did you start your blog ‘à la Modest?”
The blog à la Modest started in April of 2010, but the idea of it began long before that. Before the blog came, I started a Facebook group for people to talk about the dangers of overtly sexual fashion trends. It raised some good discussion, but then I eventually built a blog to provide regular visual inspiration drawing from my own lifestyle. I think the blog helped a lot to encourage other women to be confident in the beauty they have without selling out their bodies.
Q: What do you do for a living?

I am a Web design and developer and a graphic designer. Recently though, I went back to school full-time, so I have both my job and my hobbies on the back burner. I still blog whenever I find free time. My résumé and portfolio for my Web work can be found at, so if you ever need some help, wave me down!

Q: How are you able to put together such cool and unique outfits?
Before I decided to “cover up,” I enjoyed fashion but was a slave to it. I think creating a boundary in my life since then from what I know to be sexually enticing and silly trends in fashion helped me to be more creative in my choices of clothing. The limits that I set for myself almost forced me to open my mind to other things unpopular and be more independent. Cultures from decades past, music, and movies became sources of my inspiration.
Q: What are you listening to currently (music-wise)?
Oh boy, this is a big question. Right now, I am listening to the Mumford and Sons’ album Sigh No More. It’s a very deep and thought-provoking album, which leaves you thinking about your purpose in life after listening to it. It’s folky, so it might be hard to get into for some people, but I highly recommend it. I’m also listening to Missing Persons’ album Spring Session M., The Brothers Martin’s only album, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, The Jim Caroll Band’s Catholic Boy, and Metric’s Fantasies and Live it Out, among other things…
Q: Favorite designer?
My favorite fashion designers for clothes include Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Karen Millen, Lee Alexander McQueen, and Mary Katrantzou. I like Jeffrey Campbell for shoes. Since I am a Web designer, I will thrown in Eric Jordan and Billy Bussey as my first two flash animator inspirations.

Q: What would you like to say to the people in the world?
Be brave and do not let your individuality be affected by everybody else’s thinking, but when it comes to making yourself a better person for a better world, change yourself.

13 thoughts on “Interview in PrintMag

  1. Congrats on the feature! I enjoyed your interview. Whenever people tell me it’s crazy that I am a developer and a fashion blogger I tell them I am not the only one!

  2. I am inspired by your commitment to enjoy fashion without “selling out your body”. I think we share the same story of been there done that and now trying a better way.
    I can relate to the conflicting feelings of loving fashion but grappling with some aspects of the industry.
    I just watched an old BBC series called Ways of Seeing which discusses the way art and media have objectified women through the ages. We are almost brainwashed to think how we appear to men is the definition of our success. So sad!

  3. Hi Rachel, to answer the questions you left on my blog:

    Hehe! I am a .NET developer. I’ve been doing it for 4 years now and I’ve studied Computer Science before that. All of the stuff I’ve worked on has been for companies’ internal use. But I did develop the WordPress theme I use for my blog!

  4. yeah, I love frogs a LOT but I haven’t owned any since I was married in my first year, and now I’m waiting for my sons to get older and responsible enough before I get more hahahaha. I’d probably have 12 more up to this point otherwise.

    Your family must have been wealthy in the Philippines to be able to afford a maid!

    Those go-go boots. . .I returned them after wearing them that day. too gaudy and sexy for me at that time. I had just turned 15! I’m not wearing blue eyeshadow in any of the pictures of me. I used to wear a lot of white eye shadow that was sparkly though. Those pants I’m wearing int he one shot is a blue ribbon on the side, not a zipper. they were Jnco bellbottoms. I owned 60 inch pants though haha. I can do the 8-hand movement rave thing too but not too well. well enough to do it though.
    There is a girl I am friends with who DOES look so much like how sarah hagen looked in freaks and geeks. yeah. . Sarah hagen has big teeth when she opens her mouth. I don’t think she’s pretty at all. :(
    hahahaha I laughed with the Princess Bride picture you posted. hahaha.

  5. Congrats on the interview, Rach! This part I really like:
    ¨ I think the blog helped a lot to encourage other women to be confident in the beauty they have without selling out their bodies. ¨

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