Julissa Yasmeen Ramirez is a 20-year-old NYC based interdisciplinary artist. She just moved back to NYC from Chicago, and is currently studying film at CCNY and working as a waitress to pay rent. On her free time she roller skates and makes zines.

How did the idea for the series come about?

I’ve been a fan of The End Lingerie for a while now, and decided on a whim to reach out for a collab. Using the pieces from their Hurt Me Harder collection, they’re quite edgy and cool, I wanted to create a cozy and intimate world for them to exist in.

Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?

The way the female body is perceived is so deeply effected by how it is portrayed in the media, and those images are so often controlled by men. To photograph the female body in a more powerful way it is important that we have more women behind the camera, and women from all walks of life. We need to focus more work on the stories of queer women, women of color, trans women, poor women, because our art is not powerful if it is not inclusive.

How would you define beauty?

Beauty is self awareness, living your best life, waking up every day excited and full of energy.

What inspires you and what makes you happy?

I am inspired by the films a lot, Anders Nilsen books, my incredible friends, and Harlem. Being able to look back at the person I was six months ago living in Chicago, and see how much I’ve grown and accomplished in such a short time makes me indescribably happy. Nothing makes me happier than growing, evolving, and getting closer to being the person I want to be.

Film or digital?

35mm film always and forever.

Lastly, what’s next for you?

I’m working on a short film titled Asi Que No Olvido, about remembering the past and letting go.