2014 COC Finalist – Tiviyah
- Blog: http://tivispiritor.com/
- Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riki-tiki-tivi/
- Country of Origin & Language Spoken: USA & English
- Why have you entered Colour of Couture – Top Model Competition?
I’m sure Sequoia and Reign remember my disastrous performance during the 2013 Colour of Couture auditions. But I was still so new to modeling and just wanted to take part in something ethical… no strings. It was one of the most positive experiences in my Second Life to date. Last year, I wasn’t ready to actually compete in a Top Model Competition of any kind, but after taking the time to grow and work on myself as a person and as a model, I felt I was ready when auditions came back around this year. Part of it was redeeming myself from that. Even if I didn’t make it among the contestants, I was determined to show a better presentation than I had before. I believe I accomplished that, and so much more. I have grown more as a stylist, a model, and a woman in being a part of this… so much more than I ever imagined.
- What particular qualities, personality & style should Miss Colour of Couture posess?
I know this word is thrown around SL a lot, but I truly believe that Miss Colour of Couture is a fierce woman, in every sense of the word. Miss Colour of Couture conducts herself in a manner where, if she is being mistreated, she can still cut you to the quick, but in a polite and poised manner. She is above the drama. She is her own person and is confident in that… as such, she won’t let the whispering of others deter her from who she knows she is. Miss Colour of Couture can be contacted for a show last moment and style herself impeccably, beyond even the director’s expectations. She is on point, on trend, and setting trends herself. Miss Colour of Couture is a strong, independent woman with her own voice, while still possessing the ability to see the whole picture and work for the greater good of others. Miss Colour of Couture embraces the diversity of the world around her and is a well-rounded woman both inside and outside of modeling, inside and outside of Second Life.
- What are your thoughts and feelings about fashion in Second Life?
What is your role as a Woman of Colour in SL Fashion?
It is no secret to most who know me that I am as white as white can be in Real Life. A pale blonde who gets red hair from a bottle. That said, my journey as a Woman of Colour in SL started out as an experimentation in a roleplay environment and has since, in the last 8 months or so, allowed me to attempt to explore more of who I really am. With the passing of my father, I dove a bit into my family history and am discovering some Polynesian/Native Hawaiian roots that I never knew about. Dad was never really… open… about a lot of things. So, while I can’t afford in RL to just fly over to Hawaii and explore the culture… through challenges in Colour of Couture and through the wonder of the internet and Second Life, I can do my own research, do my own learning, and try my best to apply what I have learned to my virtual persona. My avatar is my ideal me. The outward expression of everything inside me that I may or may not be able to portray in Real Life. This includes how I approach fashion. Half the things I wear in SL I wouldn’t be able to in real life. Fashion is creative expression… its own art form… and I feel more able to freely express myself in SL than in RL, with the physical limitations that it provides.
- How will you promote the Miss Colour of Couture competition as a finalist?
How will you promote the title of Miss CoC should you win?
Miss Colour of Couture has been, and always will be, the first ethical experience that I had in Second Life modeling, and I proudly proclaim it as such when I hear people asking about it or generally talking about it. Also, when I find discouraged models, I do my best to share my experiences with CoC. Even if they do not portray a woman of color in Second Life, I try to let them know that there is at least hope and positive people out there. As far as promoting the title… I still believe that my purpose in SL is to help others, however I can best do that in different situations. I love the charity focus on one of the upcoming challenges, because I believe this will be a huge way to get that title out there… Colour of Couture raising money for Real Life charities, giving back to a Real Life cause, and making a Real impact on the world around us. What better promotion could you ask for?
- What sort of impression would you like people to have of you if win the title?
What impression would you like to leave with them if you do not win?
I am fully aware that peoples’ opinions of me are not all sunshine and rainbows. I would hope that in my experiences in Miss Colour of Couture, people would be able to look at me in a more holistic way. I am more than my first impression. I am more than a collection of words that someone(s) may or may not be spreading. I am more than what people believe that I am. And I am more than even I believe that I am. I am a strong confident woman, even if I don’t believe it sometimes. And so I hope that my strength, genuinity, and passion shines through in everything that I do with Miss Colour of Couture, regardless of where the numbers fall at the end of the day.
- What do you envision your activity in SL to be a year from now?
What goals and ambitions do you have?
As stagnant as a comment as this may sound, I would love to be doing exactly what I’m doing now. I would love to continue my journey on the committee for a large charity organization in Second Life while still expanding my electronics knowledge. I would love to continue to grow as a model and expand on my styling skills, embracing more genres that before I would shy away from because, “I don’t do it well.” I would love to continue organizing events trying to fuse my three largest passions right now: dance, fashion, and charity. I hope that this time one year from now, I can look back at where I am now and say, “I rid myself of the negative and allowed the positive to grow and flourish.” I will be the same, but different. I will be stronger. I will be better.
- Briefly summarize your professional career as a model in SL?
My experience in SL modeling has been rather unconventional. Whereas at lot of people would, for example, win a contest, gain recognition, and be invited to participate with XYZ Agency… I’ve found most of my invitations to come from my “failures”. Someone saw and recognized my effort and appreciated my ability. That said, I currently model with Amici, BlackPoison, Furelle, Models Giving Back, Opium Evolution, and Penumbra (where I’m currently coordinating Spring/Summer Fashion Week). Plus, a new project that I hope to sort of “beta test”, if you will, during this year and become more active in next year.
- Do you have any additional comments you would wish to share?
I’d just like to share a favourite quote of mine, if I may…
“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”