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I was born and raised in Italy, moved to London when
I was 18, landed my internship at Stella shortly after my studies and I haven’t left since! I moved to NYC in the summer of 2013 and since then I have been living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
2017 is a huge year for social media, especially with current affairs. Do you ever comment on world conversations via social media/use your platform to engage in these topics? How do you plan to use Instagram as a vehicle for positivity and inclusivity?
We try not to engage too much with sensitive world conversations as it could always result in a controversy. But part of the images and videos on our accounts come directly from Stella, and she always brings a positive message with her posts about family, diversity, and inclusivity.
What is one question you wish people asked you more often?
Simple and direct questions are key in a professional environment, but I think that too often people are afraid of being honest and just go around and around. I think that a classic “Yes or no?” question would save so much back and forth.
How do you think creativity plays a role in some of the world’s bigger conversations and how do you believe social media, in general, is playing a role in this?
I think that social media is a highly democratic platform that lets everyone express themselves with virtually no limits. There are countless examples of how social media has helped minorities have their voice heard. It also offers a constant flow of creativity, that inspires visually-hungry people like me to always create and experiment something new.
How would you say social media has helped shape or redefine your interests outside of work?
I have definitely grown more interested in art, architecture, and photography after seeing incredible posts being shared on social media. The way that we travel has also, in my opinion, changed substantially since the introduction of digital platforms. Social media has also allowed me to meet those who are now really good friends.
How would you advise the next generation of creatives, content creators, and dreamers to leave an imprint in the world simply by doing what they love?
Travel. Social media may be where images and videos are shared, but what’s behind each post is what really matters. Traveling allows us to get inspired and absorb new cultures and provides us with an infinite influx of creative stimuli.