Meet Flo Guan, a London based model and fashion influencer. In this week's ART BISH interview, we step in to her shoes for a Q&A to learn more about her, and what it takes to be a bad bish female creative.
Tell us a mantra you live by?
"I literally live by 'YOLO' as cringe-y as it sounds, but it’s so true! You only have one life, so live your best life...be happy, stay true to you and have fun."
How did you first discover your creativity & what was the journey like to where you are now?
"I have always been a creative person ever since I was a little kid. I remember being in primary school and constantly drawing, painting and it was my favorite thing ever! I feel like I always had this creative side in me. Art was the subject I was best at and loved the most, and I did this all through school up until university where I studied graphic design. The journey kinda began or kickstarted when I graduated from uni and started to post pictures of my outfits more on Instagram. I was just doing this for fun as I always loved fashion and wanted to share my personal style with everyone. It kept growing and growing especially when I dyed my hair green and I’ve been doing it ever since."
What inspires you? What gets you hyped?
"Different cultures and places in the world! I absolutely love traveling and that inspires me the most. I get hyped by seeing other creatives doing what they love in this world, it makes me feel inspired that we’re all pushing the boundaries and creating amazing things."
Describe the perfect day at work
"The perfect day at work would be waking up to a lovely breakfast and cup of tea to start the day. The sun is shining and positive vibes are all around. I would be checking and responding to emails and collabs first, running any errands needed, opening packages, putting together and styling outfits, organizing and tidying all my pieces etc."
What's the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?
"Doing what you love on a day to day basis...and also inspiring others to be themselves, to dress crazy and ignore other people’s opinions!"
As a creative, what is the hardest thing you've had to deal with/ are still dealing with?
"The hardest thing I’ve had to deal with was probably the transition from working a normal 9 to 5 job and being on a payroll, to working for myself and going freelance. It’s really hard and can be super risky, as you can’t always guarantee your next job or paycheck...but if you put your mind to it and manifest your dreams and goals, it will all work out!"
What's the best piece of advice you can give?
"The best piece of advice I can give would be to just be yourself and follow your heart and dreams! Anything is possible in this world if you put your mind to it. Stay positive and be kind. Good things happen to good people."
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
"I want to have my own brand and be living comfortably in my own dream home with my partner. Have loads of dogs and cats [laughs]...and just be content and settled in life."
What are 3 things you can't live without?
"The 3 things I can’t live without would be my cat, my partner and my family."
What is your "ART BISH moment" (your proudest moment as a female creative)?
"It’s so hard to pin point one proudest moment as a female creative as I’m constantly in awe of all the brands I get to collab with on a daily basis and I’m super grateful of this! But one moment sticks out last year, when I was invited to a huge Burberry event and it was so crazy as I would have never dreamed of being invited by Burberry...EVER! They had a chauffeur pick me up and drop me off at this super posh hotel in London first for pre-drinks and food, and it literally felt so unreal...because who am I? All the people there were big and I just felt like 'OMG why am I here?" [laughs]...but I felt so happy and grateful that they even thought of inviting me and it was such a fun evening, had the best time!"