Happy Pride Month, Circle 🏳️🌈
This month, we want to take the time to celebrate the resilience, diversity and strength of the LGBTQIA+ community!
Ask & Embla has always believed that every individual deserves the freedom to be their truest selves – to live freely and openly express who they are regardless of their ideologies, traditions, culture or environment. While most today are able to live as they are, freedom and acceptance still remain elusive for many.
This injustice has been and still continues to be felt deeply by many in the LGBTQIA+ community. So we want to honour their courage and authenticity in hopes of inspiring and empowering others to do the same.
This week, we connected with Kristyna (@devilesu) to talk about what Pride means to them and how they have grown to embrace their truest self.
Kristyna (she/her) is currently a student studying Social Sciences in Sweden. For her, embracing her “inner weirdo” has been an important step in learning to accept who she is. In the past year, Kristyna has been focused on her journey of self-love and finding peace from within. Here’s what she had to share:
Q: How are you feeling about this upcoming Pride Month? What does Pride Month mean for you?
Very excited to celebrate Pride Month this year, it’s great to see so many brands supporting this movement. It’s a time of year to truly embrace our rainbow souls and spread awareness on the topic of LGBTQ+ equality that we (unfortunately) still have to fight for.
Q: Describe a story or situation where you felt most authentically yourself for the first time.
Probably when I joined my secondary school, I went to an art dedicated courses and finally felt like I didn’t have to hide my true colours - as art schools are a home for all us weirdos.
Q: Can you share a bit about your journey to finding self-love? How have you grown from five years ago to today?
I think the journey of self-love is sort of a lifelong quest, as we go through different stages in our life and for me personally it has been a rollercoaster. I’m very happy to say that during the last year I found much more peace, especially due to therapy and a change in my close circles of friends.
Q: How do you think wearing jewelry helps someone in expressing themselves and their identity?
Jewellery and especially body piercings are such an important part of an aesthetic of an alternative person like myself, I feel like I can embrace my face even without makeup much more. That even on a bad hair day and no makeup look I can still feel cute and that my piercings give my looks more personality.
Q: Is there a specific piece of jewelry when you were young that impacted your style or identity?
I always loved wearing jewellery pieces from my mums or/and my sisters collection when I was younger. That stayed with me and I still adore the most pieces from my close friends and family, it gives the jewellery a very personal touch when they were given or borrowed from someone on a special occasion.
Q: Is there any other message you’d like to share?
I hope everyone is going to be celebrating their inner rainbow child this month, and I’m sending loads of love and patience to those still being in a closet or having to deal with family who’s not accepting of one’s sexuality.
We acknowledge how patterns and systems of oppression and discrimination have long stripped the LGBTQIA+ community of their freedom and rights. And we want to help lead the fight for a safer and more inclusive world for all which is why for the month of June, we will be donating a portion of all sales to the Trevor Project.
With our donation, we hope to contribute to The Trevor Project’s work through advocacy, research, public education and provision of support services to help LGBTQIA+ youth navigate topics like mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe space.
Hear more from Kristyna herself:
@askandembla All about self-love with @Devil Esu 💞 🖤 #askandembla #pride #foryourpride #PrideMonth #bi #gay #pridemonth🏳️🌈 #pridemonth2022 #altfyp #altstyle ♬ Darling - Trees and Lucy
Learn more about The Trevor Project here and stay tuned in the coming week to hear more from our Circle as we continue to celebrate Pride Month 🏳️🌈