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Elana is an artist based in Baltimore, working as a Habitat Fabricator at the National Aquarium. Passionate about metal and welding, she just started her own jewelry business, You & Island, whose pieces are cast using cuttlefish bone, the bone of a small color-changing squid. She works out every day, is restless, just shaved her eyebrows, and loves to dance.

Q + A:

When did you experience your coming of age?
When I learned how to embrace my hair and listened to music of my own choosing. 

What is beauty to you?
Laughter, awareness of others, and wit. 

How do you self-care?
I exercise, lift weights every day and I wash my face every morning. 

When did you first fall in love? How did you know?
My second year of college; I knew by how much I didn't want to leave to go back to my own dorm one night.   

What makes you feel grounded?
The children I'm around, drinking tea, getting enough rest, and reading.

What are your values?
To be less selfish, less judgmental, oneness, humanity, humility, bravery. To learn.

What makes you feel alive?
Dancing, running, and goofing around. 

Who is your hero?
Anyone who is able to grow.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
Sneakers, smooth legs, and the ability to move and conquer my environment. 

Style advice?
Change your hair or take a big beauty risk at least once a year.


You & Island
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