10 Questions with Tyra Mitchell

Photographer + girl power advocate.

All Images c/o @tyrathezombie

At only 22, artist and photographer Tyra Mitchell (aka @tyrathezombie on Instagram) is already making waves as an imagemaker for some of our favourite brands - you know, just names like Saint Heron, Opening Ceremony, Brown Girl Collective, and Rookie.  In addition to having a knack for creating dreamy, hip editorials and curating exhibitions, Tyra also has amazing personal style, fusing streetwear with sophisticated tailoring and a 90s twist.  It's safe to say that she has us feeling mega-inspired, and after you read her wise words of wisdom about feminism, creativity, and perseverance, we think you'll know what we mean.

What do you do and how did you get started?
I am an artist, mostly known as a photographer. I have been shooting most of my life, but began taking my craft seriously around my junior year of high school. I always knew that I wanted to do art and have been creating since I was very young. So as I got older, I had to begin thinking "how can I make a living off of this?" 

What are you currently working on?
Recently, I've been very lowkey exploring other creative mediums and things that make me happy. I definitely plan on doing more shows and such for young girl artists with substance because lately these girl power "movements" have been super watered down and I don't want them to forget why we yell !girl power! in the first place.

How do you stay motivated?
I always think of the bigger picture. As a young creative, it gets tough. But you have to remember what you stand for. You have to constantly be working if you want to see any progress.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Check my email and social media (bad habit! Haha).


What store do you never leave without buying at least one thing?
Opening Ceremony, I love everything in there! I have a lot of friends that work in the store so they're always showing me new cute things they know I can't resist.

Go-to outfit?
Anything cozy. Which is majority of my closet. I have a lot of menswear pieces that I love to style with my girly-er items.

Trend that never dies?  
The nineties tomboy look.

Where do you see the fashion industry headed in 10 years?
Hopefully more progressive. I have a few designer friends that I can't wait to see glow up and change the game.
Proudest moment?
So far, my proudest moment in my career has been my Girl Artist Takeover showcase that I put together March of last year (2015). My blood (maybe not), sweat, and tears went into that showcase and it was such an amazing turn out. Made me realize that anything is possible if you work hard for it.

What advice would you give to your 17 year old self?
Stop worrying about things that don't matter.  

Keep up with Tyra on Instagram, then check out what New York vintage buyer, model, and consultant Ceilidh Joy has to say about life as a multi-hyphenate millennial. 

WHO: Tia, Editor in Chief at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: Stella McCartney AW16 (review here)
Listening to: Good to Love - FKA twigs
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief