Aliya Protto

She’s so Nous! Meet, Aliya ~

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Name?

Aliya Protto.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

 I am most passionate about traveling and seeing new places. Some of my favorite life experiences came from traveling and meeting new people. So anytime I get to go somewhere new I’m super stoked.

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I’m not a picky person when it comes to food, but the one thing I can absolutely not eat is cottage cheese! Tried it once, and it was one time too many!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Do you have a book that has changed your life?

My favorite book that has had such a positive impact on my life is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” This book has taught me a lot about achieving my goals and just going with the flow in life.

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

The little tiger emoji! 🐯

Do you have any lucky memorabilia? Why is it lucky?

Elephants with their trunks up are my lucky charms. They are supposed to bring wisdom and strength, and they are also one of my favorite animals!

What’s your favorite 1990’s/2000’s jam?

My fav jam from the early 2000’s  was Aaliyah’s “Try again!” I used to listen to that song all the time. It always got me super pumped up and made me secretly wish I was a pop star!

Is there band/musician you would drive across the country to see?

 I would totally drive across the country to see Kendrick Lamar perform. He is one of my favorite artists. I love his style and I think that he is incredibly talented.

Photographed by Bryan Whitely

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want the most?

 If I could choose to have someone’s wardrobe it would be Holly Golightly’s from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! She has the most chic, elegant, and classic wardrobe! I would be the happiest girl if I got to walk around in some of her outfits.

Who is your role model, and why?

I have many role models that inspire me in different ways, but one of the people I still look up to is Franca Sozzani, former editor- in-chief of Vogue Italia. Though she has passed, her charm and strength is still so inspiring. I look back at the many magazines she has edited and am always amazed at her vision and creative influence.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

A nice hot cup of tea as I work on some of my many unfinished paintings! It is my favorite way to wind down after a hectic week and get my creative juices flowing!

Photographed by Bryan Whitely


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