Early Life + GRowing Up


I was born in Providence, RI in the 70s and was raised bi-coastally between Rhode Island and Los Angeles after my parents divorced. As a teenager, I decided to make LA my home base, where I attended Simi Valley High School and became deeply interested in fashion and beauty.

I made my own prom dress (pictured in the slideshow) and spent most of my minimal high school income on Wet 'N Wild and hairspray. I went on to attend UC XX and then transferred to the University of Idaho where I graduated in 1997.