Indya Moore on what it means to be an icon in 2022
BazaarThe Icons 2022 issue of pays tribute to a rising generation of stars, that is, people aged 30 or younger, who are making an impact on the world through their ideas and their art. Here, we are talking about a model and Laid star Indya Moore on leaving a legacy and what it means to “do it”.
“Grace Jones is a timeless icon for me. He’s someone who ushered in gender-nonconforming visibility at a time when it wasn’t considered beautiful. I don’t know her, but I just love her.
Probably the best advice I’ve ever received comes from my grandfather: “Think before you speak. Because as we grow and our perspectives change, what we say stays where it lands. I think he was trying to help protect me from people defining me based on a moment or a phrase, which is exactly what we do on Twitter today. But you have to let people evolve and change their ideas, their behavior.
I did an independent film called Saturday Church by Damon Cardasis, with me and Luka Kain and MJ Rodriguez and Alexia Garcia. It was my first movie, and when I went to the Tribeca Film Festival after I finished filming it, I was like, “Oh my God, I did it. And I really thought the Illuminati were going to force me to sign up! I thought that was what happened to people when they got famous – that the Illuminati was like, “Oh, you must be one of us now because you’re famous.”
Now, I define what it means to have “succeeded” very differently. I feel like the day I learn to grow my own food and my own medicine will be the day I do. I don’t know if I really care about having a legacy, to be honest. I want the time when we truly care for the earth and all life in it, which compels us to grow in our ability to be harmonious with one another, to be my legacy. But it’s everyone’s legacy. My name doesn’t need to be on it. I just want to be able to contribute to it. »
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