The 21st century girl doesn’t pertain to any stereotype. She’s a chick of many talents, one moment she’s in Europe, the next she’s in Asia. She’s working on several artistic projects at once and killing at every single one. She’s a mix of races – picking up different cultures as she travels. She’s the mysterious girl at the party you want to know her life story who everyone has their eyes on. Here we have sat down and chatted for you.
Photography and interview by Lauren Engel
Words by Marija Meyer
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“With that degree backing you, you have so much power, such voice, and more accessible channels to do good in this world. Combined with my digital influence, I feel like I could really help make a difference in this world!”
Eugenie Grey, known by the online world as her Instagram handle and blogger name ‘Feral Creature’, possesses a sense of personal style worth following. Sporting long, wavy cobalt blue hair, and perfectly applied winged eyeliner, she reigns from the suburbs of Los Angeles and now spends her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her style reflects her personality – she is far from boring, and her clothing makes that clear. Whether it’s serving as a creative director at a clothing company or attending business classes, Eugenie keeps herself busy and productive. She has been featured in a variety of fashion magazines including Nylon, W Magazine, Refinery29, Yahoo Style, and Vogue Italia. Her fashion clients include DKNY, Calvin Klein, Juicy Couture, Armani Exchange, Diesel, H&M, American Apparel, Adidas, Uniqlo, Teva, Reebok, and Levi’s. Eugenie’s sense of cool modernity makes her Instagram feed an enticing one.
Were you always interested in fashion? How did you start falling in love with fashion?
Growing up, I was never interested in fashion. In fact, in my naivety, I used to vehemently profess I had zero interest in fashion. However, I was always interested in looking different and setting myself apart from the crowd, be it in clothing or hair (I had a fauxhawk in high school!). I didn’t realize until high school that that IS fashion, and I grew a newfound appreciation for how it helps people express themselves.
Do you see fashion as your main passion or just one of passions?
It’s definitely one of many passions. I think my biggest one is the desire to nurture. I’m in school for business for this reason—I want to create a business or businesses and watch it/them flourish. I also rescue dogs and cats, and help support a lot of charities. And I mentor people a lot. I just really love seeing things grow and flourish.
You said that you are interested in studying law–what about it fascinates you?
With that degree backing you, you have so much power, such voice, and more accessible channels to do good in this world. Combined with my digital influence, I feel like I could really help make a difference in this world! I would probably be going into civil rights or immigration law.
What inspired you to have geometric shape tattoos? Do you have plans on getting more?
I’m very inspired by sacred geometry; I have some tattooed on me and even my logo is inspired by the unicursal hexagram (both of which are also tattooed on me). I find it fascinating that shapes can hold so much power and intention—tattooing them on my body forever heightens their meanings to me.
When did you start dyeing your hair and what made you want to try it?
I started when I was 14, as a freshman in high school with crappy box dye from Walmart. I just wanted to be unique and didn’t really know where to begin and what I was doing. By age 15 or 16, I was bleaching my hair and dying it crazy fuchsia, red, and turquoise colors. My parents were not happy with my hair back then, haha.
You said in previous interviews your mom is your style icon—why?
My mother came to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea to study fashion. She went to both FIT in New York and FIDM in Los Angeles, designed clothing, and had retail stores. I was born into a very fashionable environment, so much so that my personal sense of style almost seems innate. It was all due to her.
What genre is your ‘happy’ music?
My happy music ranges wildly: Portishead, Yo-Yo Ma, FKA Twigs, Chopin, Drake…I guess it’s as all over the place as my style.