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Creator and Artist, Neftali Angelo, Talks Self Expression and Being Non-Binary on Social Media

by Ioana Simion

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We’re excited to introduce you the glowing Neftali, a twenty year old non-binary creative from the sunny hills of California. Neftali’s the happiest when making art- transforming ordinary life into something far from a routine, using tools known by all of us: make-up and music.

Our lovely guest is encouraging queers to live their life unapologetically and never forget to always act like you’re a model off duty!

Contributor of Sorjo Magazine, Ioana Simion, talked to Neftali about the role of social media in changing perception about gender identity, make-up as a tool to portray individuality and the creative process behind writing music.

Ioana: How is social media helping non-binary individuals change perceptions around gender?

Neftali: Social media is really providing non-binary people with a platform to share their own personal narrative. I think that’s when perceptions change; when you’re able to show the world that you are just human.

“Anytime someone can translate an image inside their head into something that everyone can experience, that’s art, and I’m the most confident when I’m creating art.”

 

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image source: Neftali’s instagram @neftaliangelo 

 

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image source: Neftali’s instagram @neftaliangelo

 

Ioana: What’s the impact Instagram had in your journey of self-expressing your gender identity?

Neftali: I didn’t know about non-binary folk before Instagram. Being from a very conservative part of California, social media was my only access to queer stories. I identified so much with who they were and what they felt, it was only a matter of time before I understood that I was one with them.

 

Ioana: What do you think: Does social media have a protective veil that the real world doesn’t always have?

Neftali: Yes, absolutely, but I think that’s an advantage. Being visible as a queer POC is extremely dangerous, especially when living in a conservative area of the country. We are going against everything that the system has been enforcing onto us, refusing to partake in the strongest and oldest social norm of our entire human existence, retaliation is almost inevitable. Social media does practically nothing to filter out the negative comments, but at the end of the day they are just words. I would much rather face that online than get my ass beat in real life.

 

Ioana: Make-up is without any doubt a form of self-expression and art, as well as something that should be regarded as a talent. When did you start using make up and create looks?

Nefatli: I started using makeup last year in March. My life had become such a routine of work, school and sleep. I knew I needed a creative outlet, something to keep my spirit intact, so I picked up a brush and painted myself into a clown. I had never felt so beautiful.

Social media is really providing non-binary people with a platform to share their own personal narrative. I think that’s when perceptions change; when you’re able to show the world that you are just human.”

 

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image source: Neftali’s instagram @neftaliangelo 

Ioana: Is make-up an outlet which aids you portray your personality and develop confidence?

Neftali: Makeup is definitely a way to portray a part of who I am inside. I like to think of myself as an off-duty model, so my day-to-day makeup is always light and easy, but nothing makes me happier than when I paint my face. Anytime someone can translate an image inside their head into something that everyone can experience, that’s art, and I’m the most confident when I’m creating art.

 

Ioana: Tell us more about your music. What are the main inspirations when it comes to writing lyrics or creating melodies?

Neftali: Writing music was the first time I ever felt in flow. My first song ‘Fool,’ I wrote in a matter of minutes, the lyrics just spilled out of me; it felt natural like breathing. That’s when I knew I wanted to make music, not to entertain, but to share a part of me. My musical influences come from an array of places. I love 80s pop, lowrider oldies, and clásicos mexicanos; anything that gives me a feeling of nostalgia.

 

Ioana: What are your next projects? Mind sharing with us?

Neftali: Yeah! My first project is titled SAINT. It’s a mixtape and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it; it should be out by the end of summer. It’s a good representation of who I am, not only as an artist but as a person. I hope everyone likes it!

 

Check out Neftali’s magical makeup looks on their instagram @neftaliangelo and their alluring music on soundcloud

 


Screen Shot 2018-06-01 at 9.20.51 PMMEET THE WRITER:

Ioana Simion grew up in Romania and is currently living in Southampton, England. She has graduated in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing. Ioana is currently working for Estée Lauder and is trying to save money to fund her own zine and start her own business. Her goal is to learn more about magazine design and hopefully become an Art Director for independent publications. She is passionate about multiculturalism, visual arts, activism and music. Ioana’s journalistic work is funded upon her prototype zine Artisan Woman, a platform celebrating the multicultural, wild feminine. Her writing style is characterized by combining storytelling techniques with a relaxed and friendly tone. 

iamioanasimion@gmail.com | @ioanasparkles 


 

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