- BY: RACHEL O'BRIEN
- Sep. 8, 2019
For the September issue of Miro Door’s Q&A we spoke to someone who wants us to: Put on your passion. Flaunt your heart on your sleeve. You're a fashionista. Work it. Wear it. Believe. The author of Fashionista, Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Q1: Who, what or where is so hot right now?
Intelligence is so hot right now.
Q2: Finish this sentence, ‘I am always ready to wear…’
I am always ready to wear oddly matched earrings.
Q3: Bruises, blisters and bad haircuts – have you suffered for fashion? If so, state the injury. Was it worth it?
When I was about fourteen, I got a minor chemical burn straightening my hair. So not worth it.
Q4: What is your favourite fashion moment on film?
Black Panther. The whole film. Afro-futurism for the win.
Q5: Do you remember the first time you felt fashionable? How old were you? What were you wearing?
Rifling through our dressing up box at home. What could be more fashionable to a four-year-old than wooden clogs, a beret and Mum’s old nightie? #trendsetter
Q6: Who would beat you in a walk-off?
Literally everyone. I’m snail-slow, and not even ashamed.
Q7: Have you ever committed a crime of fashion? What was it? Were you guilty or not guilty?
I’m a repeat offender. Fashion crimes are the new Best Dressed.
Q8: What is the one thing that you never leave home without?
Q9: ‘Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.’ Do you agree or disagree?
Sweatpants are a sign or who-cares confidence.
Q10: If your fashion fairy godmother could grant you one wish, what would it be?
Ethical production. And endless fashion wishes!
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize.
Fashionista is written for children, but this book is beautifully illustrated and designed to make the perfect gift book.