Models we like are (often) not only models. They have countless means of expression and this is, after all, a characteristic shared by many creative spirits: a single medium is never enough for them. Experimentation gives us ever-renewing-inspiration and perspective, while the contact with different talents and professionals helps us grow. Personal growth should be everybody’s goal – no matter where we are from nor where we are going – and most of the time it has to do with interpersonal exchange. The first Web Cover of 2021 is a shooting made of different creatives who, through collaboration and the sharing of ideas, have been able to create something beautiful and significant.
We had a chat about it with the muse of this story, Pyper America. Model, bass player in The Atomics (the band she founded with her siblings) YouTuber and comedian on her social media platforms, she is an artist with a thousand faces – all of them equally charismatic. She told us about her 2020, what helped her through this challenging year and why she is looking forward to the coming year. Her words are easy and genuine and, maybe, this is the reason why we feel them so close to our reality. We are sure her philosophy will give us all something to think about and, last but not least, a good bunch of laughs.
You come from a talented family: your parents, your brother and sisters, you are all connected with art and performing somehow. How and how much have they inspired you along the way? How much of your talented spirit has been formed during your childhood?
Thank you, yes they are all so talented! Being the 3rd in my family, I grew up copying my older sisters and trying to be like them in so many ways. My parents gave my siblings and me instruments for Christmas when we were younger and taught us how to play music together. I think my “talented spirit” was formed before I was born but as I grew up around such creative people like my mom, my inspirations grew.
Speaking of inspiration, I would like to quote you “the good idea, the exciting feeling, inspiring moment – that’s the light! That’s what real magic is” and again “Moments fade away, inspiration comes and goes so TAKE IT WHEN YOU GOT IT AND RUN!!! GO! GO! GO!”. This is brilliant: what inspired you during the last challenging year?
Thank you for sharing this message again. It’s so true. The big, dramatic events of the year inspired me a lot. It mostly shifted my perspective in such an important way. For example, realizing what matters most which are our relationships and our souls. The events of this year pushed me to learn and I know learning brings inspiration. If you ever feel low, push yourself to learn something new. Read. Watch a documentary. Learning and growth are what it’s all about.
The quote above is just one of the several thoughts and feelings you share with your community on Instagram: you are often asking your followers about their emotions and experiences, what makes them feel good, or safe, or connected with people. It is a very lovely and healthy way of connecting with people: how do you live the “power” you have to influence others? Do you feel any sort of commitment to your public and their happiness?
I am so grateful for social media. The fact that we can connect so easily with each other online is such a blessing. I’m grateful for my “audience” and how open they are with me. I love connecting with strangers, it’s such a thrilling thing because it feels so unpredictable. I’m not sure that I feel a “commitment to” those that follow me on Instagram but I do feel a unique sort of bond and deep appreciation for them. Sometimes I do feel a bit of pressure having any sort of influence on a group of people and when that happens I remind myself to be positive share uplifting things.
I am especially curious about it because social networks can be a rather unhealthy space. We are constantly seeing how wonderful is the life of this influencer, of that model, that actress. The comparison can give shape to jealousy and grief. Not only: offensive and negative comments are, unfortunately, widely present. How do you react to them and how do you manage to create a “safe” space for your followers on your channels?
Yes, I TOTALLY agree. I have to check myself quite often and make sure I’m not developing toxic habits and thoughts with social media. I take a break when that happens and go over what made me feel negative in my head to then do something about it. When I get offensive or negative comments, I delete them haha. I believe because it is my page, I can remove and edit it however I like and I take into consideration how comments will affect anyone who sees them on my page.
You are a multifaceted artist: model and actress, YouTuber with your hilarious Beverly Hills Mom character, but also bass player in the Atomics, the band you co- founded with your brother and sisters that took the stage at Coachella in 2017. What’s next? Do you feel positive for the year to come?
I feel pressure from this question (she laugh, NDR), for real! But that’s ok. I often feel like a failure because, for example, the band with my siblings broke up and I haven’t posted anything on YouTube since my first couple of videos. I feel dumb that I haven’t developed BHM more and given her the stage she deserves but then I have to remind myself, this life and the point is not to become successful and rich and gain notoriety. The point, as I said earlier, is to learn and grow. To answer your question though, I do feel very positive for 2021. I am continuing to explore myself as an artist – in a more intentional way, I will continue in the modeling and fashion industry and hopefully, pick up my bass more often. I love music, it’s so powerful.
The story you shoot with Lucas Passamore is fun! What is your favourite part of shooting? And how important is it for you to dress up to enter the character?
I love shooting with Lucas. He is such a good person and always takes care of me when we shoot. My favorite part was connecting with him and the other artists on set and playing with all the animals! I think I can put on any character without dressing up but the moment the layers come on, the commitment to the character goes much deeper.
Is there a part of yourself you always maintain in the roles you play? A specific feature that could be considered your signature character?
Not necessarily. I find transforming into someone else the best part. But I do connect with BHM, for example, in a lot of ways.
2020 could be the year of pivoting for the fashion industry – and many other fields as well. Young consumers ask for sustainability, ethic and inclusivity, they want to have fun with clothes but be responsible at the same time. What is the one thing you would keep of the “old” fashion system and what the one you would change in the future?
Yes, I love this! I love runways shows, I hope those never dissolve. I’m not sure what I would change, I like where things are headed and I’m excited to see what will happen because of people’s passion to help save Mother Earth and her visitors.
Going to a more personal level, I would like to ask you how your relationship with religion is. I understand you are a fervent believer and I would like to know what is the role religion has in your life in this modern and disillusioned time.
My religion is a vital vehicle for me in my spirituality. I am a fervent believer and very passionate about our spirits and where we are going. The role religion has played in my life has been so indispensable and has made my life really special. At the end of the day, it’s really about feeling good in my skin and learning more about myself – following my gut, my intuition and that spirit. This solid foundation that I have, has been especially important during this last year and at this time in the world. Prayer is everything to me.
You got married very young and this is something peculiar nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, I am positively impressed by your choice but I believe young people get married later and later on in their life now, for many different reasons – education, careers, financial instability, etc. Maybe, young generations are just scared about a “for life” promise in a world that is in constant change. What do you think about it?
Yes, I did get married pretty young and I will say my religious culture definitely has something to do with that. But I married Quaid Holder because I realized it was meant to be. I don’t know if it’s for everyone (getting married young). I’m a different person almost 2 years later. Marriage is a special challenge and such a gift.