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On Our Radar: Meet Yazmine Rosario

Yazmine Rosario is a certified triple threat—the 19-year-old, Florida native has begun to make a name for herself in the industries of music and fashion as a multi-talented DJ, model, and stylist. Despite her age, the artist already has brands like American Eagle and Converse under her belt, and has even made it onto the runways of New York Fashion Week. Aside from modeling, the rising creative is making major (sonic) waves by DJ’ing for LA’s infamous Rolling Loud Festival and Miami’s Art Basel. While Yazmine was in LA, we had a chance to sit down with her in Echo Park and find out how her roots inspire her creative outlets.

Can you give us a brief rundown of who you are for our readers who may not know you?

My name is Yazmine and I’m from West Palm Beach. I’m a DJ, model, and stylist. I’ve been modeling and styling for over a year. I’ve been a DJ for clubs since I was 16 years old because I found my love for music at a very young age.

As a DJ, what’s some of your favorite music at the moment?

At the moment, I really love R&B and the way it’s evolving. Such as, Teyana Taylor, Sonder, Brent Faiyaz. Lofi House and Hip-Hop/Trap music are my favorites too. Genres of music are shaping so much. I feel like we have a platform where we can’t be judged because, we’re experimenting with different sounds.

Are there any dream designers you aspire to work with?

I would love to work with Nike, Calvin Klein, or Prada. Being an ambassador that works with brands is interesting to me. Someone who inspires me would be Julia Sarr-Jamois. She’s a fashion editor at i-D. She inspires me so much. Also, Solange, FKA Twigs, and M.I.A are an inspiration. I’m influenced by those women. Overall, I love how these women intertwine music and fashion.

How would you describe your personal style?

Minimal and comfy. I’m a fan of vintage denim. I do like supreme pieces. I’ll pair my supreme pants with a thrifted top and air forces. I grew up thrifting most of my clothes. My mom works in the medical field and sometimes her patients would give me cool pieces. We didn’t always have money to go shopping so, I definitely had to be creative with my outfits. It shaped my style. Tumblr is a fashion influence to me. Especially, where I’m from you don’t see much fashion and art. It’s usually just tied around school and work.

How has Miami influenced you, artistically?

Even though, Florida mostly sticks with just work and school. In Miami, I am inspired by the culture a lot. Back home people don’t have much, but they’re still happy. They’re grateful for what they have. Miami spreads love through food and music. I’m so grateful for that.

What’re some of the challenges you face as a creative?

When I feel my work isn’t good enough, but I think that’s because I’m my hardest critic. Sexism is something I’ve faced. Especially, as a DJ in the music industry. It’s very challenging not being viewed as equal. Also, just not letting my surroundings affect my ambitions. A lot of my family works 9 to 5 jobs and I knew that I was destined for more than that. It’s definitely made me become more determined to achieve my goals. I always keep in mind that if you’re meant for something, it’ll work itself out as long as you put in effort.

As you’re creating a name for yourself in the industry, who has been your support system?

My friends definitely help me. I like to surround myself with people who have ambition and motivate me.

What’s your dream goal?

With DJ-ing, I’d love to tour worldwide, help other female DJs, and produce. In fashion, I’d like to be a fashion director. Overall, to be a successful business woman. I want to do everything because, life is so abundant and has so much to offer.

Stay tuned to Milk for more rising artist interviews.

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