In Conversation: Vogue’s Market Editor | Naomi Elizée
Like all those who experience wanderlust, Naomi Elizee too is enthralled with traveling to new destinations– which, according to this Vogue Market Editor, involves an upcoming trip to Tulum and a much anticipated excursion to Tokyo. A proud daughter of two Haitian immigrants, Elizee’s road to self-acceptance wasn’t always easy due to early instances of cultural resistance. However, the 24-year-old explains that she has fully embraced her Haitian heritage by making it a point to educate herself and live “each day with intention”. In addition to being the Market Editor at Vogue magazine, Elizée also contributes her talents to publications like Teen Vogue, contributing to culturally impactful stories surrounding designers of color and stories rooted in self-discovery. ASHYA caught up with the editor for our exclusive launch with 4510/SIX to discuss her daily rituals, heritage, and essential travel item. The Spring Summer 2019 exclusives with the newly opened 4510/SIX shop at Hudson Yards, NYC are now available in store.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR DAILY RITUALS?
In the morning, I will burn sage or palo santo (depending on my mood) to cleanse the air and to start my day off on a clean slate. If I have time, I will meditate for 5-10 minutes but sadly it's currently a struggle waking early enough to do so! I include these in my daily rituals because New York City can be a crowded and overwhelming place so it is important to me to center my body and soul each morning before going out into the city and starting my day.
What is your home of origin? How important is it for you to stay connected to your culture?
I am a proud daughter of two Haitian immigrants. It is important for me to stay connected to my culture because as a kid I grew up resisting it. I lived in a predominantly white neighborhood up until college so a lot of my younger years were spent assimilating to white culture. I am making it a point to fully embrace my Haitian heritage as well as the extended African Diaspora by continuing to educate myself and live each day with intention. Whether through music, books, articles or simple talks with my parents, I do not want to lose sight of my heritage as one day, I would like to pass this knowledge down to kids of my own.
What two or three books would you say have had the biggest impact on who you are?
I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Blacker The Berry by Wallace Thurman and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
As a Market EDITOR for Vogue, you also get to lend your voice to publications like Teen Vogue. how do you approach the stories you write?
Each story / feature I have written I found both interesting and important stories that needed to be told. From writing about the women’s wear designer Shanel Campbell’s debut NYFW presentation to Christopher John Rogers putting NYFW back on the map, it is my responsibility to write articles that are for the culture and can educate others.
How do you approach exploration and what place(s) if any do you feel drawn to?
When I start to feel static in NYC, I tend to obsess over traveling to new destinations. As of right now those destinations include Tulum, London and Tokyo. I impulsively booked my trip to Tulum for next month and plan on going to Tokyo for New Years in 2020 (How insane?!). A lot of my trips derive from both spontaneity and months of planning. Really no in betweens.
What’s your essential travel item?
A neck pillow! As lame as that sounds, I hate being uncomfortable on the plane and honestly purchasing a neck pillow seriously changed the game for me.
Trains or planes?
Both! Depends on where you're going.
If you got to name a new country, how would you decide what to call it?
This is a tough one. I would start at the names of iconic black women who paved the way throughout history and go from there..
If you were an ASHYA bag, which one would you be?
Pana Pouch, without a doubt!