Blue long sleeve jeweled top by Jiri Kalfar.Flower earrings by Woll Jewelry. Green lace panty by Gooseberry Intimates. Black suede fringe boots by Sergio Rossi.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EVAN LEE
STYLING & DIRECTION BY CHRISTOPHER QUARTERMAN
INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL WILLIAMS
Unconventional, provocative, visual, and also very funny is how we describe Fausti. The former Floridian (yes, we found that hard to believe too) fits in perfectly to the town that embraces the unique; New York City. Faustina has evolved quickly from a fashion stylist/indie fashion icon into a rising comedic talent. Imagista talks to her about past, present, and future.
Facing Left: Orange long sleeve printed dress by De La Vali. Silver earrings by Queenie Cao. Necklace by Larucci. Silver rings by Captive Jewelry. Black suede crystal boots by Oscar Tiye. Facing Right: Pink asymmetrical top, Kepaza by Pernille Fristad. Hat by Victor Osborne. Earrings by Queenie Cao. Cracker pins by Tableaux Vivants & Adam Kruger. Red tulle skirt by by Jiri Kalfar.
Imagista: Where did you grow up?
Fausti: I grew up in South Florida – both coasts.
Imagista: How did you end up in NYC and what was that journey like for you both physically and spiritually?
Fausti: I moved to NYC when I was 23 when I knew it was time. My timing was perfect as everything was laid out for me to step into the fashion industry as a stylist. I was always an eccentric chameleon but living in the city gave me access to everything to build my current look and I have done many looks to get to where I am now. This city has lead me on a very exciting journey to mold me into Fausti both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, I am learning lessons and seeing things daily to keep me focused.
Black silk pajama set by Olivia Von Halle. Flower glasses by Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Surprise. Crystal necklace worn on the shoulder by G. Sherman Jewels. Silver cuff by Nina Berenato Jewelry. Shoes by Daniel Silverstain.
Imagista: Who had the biggest influence on your style in your early years?
Fausti: My style is almost always inspired by the actual clothing; I love clothing to have its own personality. Now that I am older, I now relate and resonate to Elton John, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Isabella Blow, Daphne Guinness, and Michael Jackson. When I was younger it was literally anything I can get my hands. But right now, it is anything with a personality, adaptable for NYC living and great hanger and body presence.
Purple latex top and skirt by Tableaux Vivants. Crystal bracelets by Rainbow Unicorn Surprise.
Imagista: You’ve recently gotten into stand up. Can you tell us how that happened and where do you see yourself five years from now as a comedian?
Fausti: I have had people tell me for years how funny I was and people would always say that we needed to have a book of every random thing I say but I was like, “come on, I laugh at my own jokes so that means I am not funny”. It took me years to finally listen. When I got burned out from the fashion industry I started making little videos on Instagram of me aggressively hitting on men, and a few characters – that we don’t see anymore – Sonnet from SoHo and Jess the Millenial. People loved them! So I started to try out sketch comedy but I couldn’t keep up with the video work so I decided to do stand up comedy because I can totally keep up with that work on my own. So I spent about a year and a half working on myself internally and writing until I finally did it start of 2019. I see comedy taking me places and I would love it to take me to film and tv and opening up for shows or hosting. I am so open to where this takes me and I have trained in acting and improv to be ready for what it throws at me.
Mesh printed top and pant by Patrick Church. Earrings by Woll Jewelry
Imagista: Your show contains a lot of personal anecdotes including one about a very intimate encounter with a tattooed guy. Your mom was in the audience during one of your performances so I’m guessing the two of you are pretty close. Has she been your major inspiration in life?
Fausti: My mom and I are so close! We are best friends and it’s been the two of us ever since my dad passed away when I was 8 years old. I actually don’t tell my mom about my personal life but I thought it would be really funny to tell her in front of 95 people. But let’s face it, mom’s know everything. She knew about the intimate encounter without me ever having to tell her! I almost didn’t tell that joke because it was so personal and I was afraid of the joke making a full circle back to him because I don’t ever want to hurt anyone’s feelings but I don’t think the joke was mean in any way so I hope it’s all good! hahaha.
Left Facing: Green jumpsuit by Agent Provocateur. Trash can headpiece by Fab Hatters. Hair clips & Rooster broach by Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Surprise. Winged ear cuffs by Nina Berento Jewelry. Green lace bracelet by Gooseberry Intimates. Silver rings by Captive Jewelry. Colored rings by LC Studios. Shoes by Hugo Boss. Facing right: Floral printed top and skirt by Zara.
Imagista: You also seem to be part of a fun community of friends in NYC. Who are they and how they inspire and support you?
Fausti: I have the most amazing friends ever!!!!! They are all so creative, fun and inspiring. They range from the beauty industry, fashion industry, musicians, circus performers, dancers, authors, film and photography, producers, advocates for health. The list can go on and on. Every day I think about how lucky I am to have friends like them and I remember that I reflected them and that is inspiring in itself.
Imagista: What role does Fashion play in your life now? I know your background is Fashion. How did you transition from Fashion to Performance? That’s quite unusual.
Fausti: I left fashion but I AM fashion! I learned that I was always what I loved most about fashion and if I want to be surrounded by what I love most about it [fashion], I have to become more of it. Performance gives me the opportunity to wear things the street doesn’t allow me to wear. It gives me the opportunity to be both sides of myself in the most fabulous way. I have stage Fausti and day Fausti. Day Fausti experiences life fashionably and shares those experiences as stage Fausti in more elaborate, impractical clothing. When I was younger I didn’t understand that these entities needed to be separated and I never translated the way I wanted to be seen. I know what I want to be seen as now and that is a ‘rock star of comedy’. I have such a fascination with rock stars and how they incorporate fashion into performance.
Imagista: What would you say to somebody who lives outside of New York City but dreams of living here?
Fausti: Just do it. Don’t think about it, just do it! And take every experience as a great experience with a greater purpose than you see.
Imagista: Is there anything else you’d like to talk about or mention?
Fausti: That’s my dog Timmy you see in these pictures. He’s my life and he’s a photogenic gem with a large personality. He’s more likable than me and I am pretty damn likable!