What do gypsies do?
Well, I paint. I sing. I dance. I read tarot cards. I write. I make collages. My family is, like, traveling, wandering vagabond people. It’s not like being a hippie or something. You can decide to be a hippie. If you’re a gypsy, it’s just who you are.
How do you support yourself?
I find odd jobs here and there. My friend also makes little polymer-clay figures, and he sells them in the park. I help him out because people are attracted to the way that I look.
Tell me about this look.
Usually it’s spontaneous. I have some clothes, and I like colors. Instead of wearing just one thing that matches one color in the skirt, I’ll wear a couple of things that match a couple of colors in the skirt.
Is dressing a form of expression for you?
Yes. People tell me that they can tell that I’m easygoing, that I’m pretty cool, that I’m a chill person to talk to. I’m guessing that’s because nobody else has the style that I wear because it’s my own—not something that came out of Wet Seal.
What’s the jewelry on your forehead?
That’s an earring. I found it on the subway. That’s something I really like about New York: There’s a lot of stuff to find. You tend to only find one earring at a time, though. So I stick them in my hair.