This week, we are featuring what looks like a tatted up young woman who grandmothers balk at, but don’t let looks deceive you. She is a wise, old soul named Mia Isabel.*
Mia, part Taiwanese, Dutch and Irish goes to church and practices Buddhism. She is not only class president of her high school with a list of academic awards longer than the henna on her body, but also a jerkin’ aficionado, science nerd, fashion model, brass knuckle owner, and collector of Chinese hand painted fans. Mia anchors her school TV newscast every morning at 5:30 am. At the ripe age of sweet sixteen…we believe Mia already knows EXACTLY how to channel essence.
When asked “what expresses you as you the most,” Mia responded: “I’d say that the things that express me the most are music, art and public speaking. By music I mean every aspect of it; whether it is playing, performing, dancing to it, listening, or going to my friends’ shows. I enjoy every part of it, especially the way music translates into movement. Dance is a very unique entity because there are two ways of dancing; the accepted standard which is taught and the way that comes naturally to your body with the rhythm and beat of the music. I think dance expresses me more than music because I view it as an extension of the music as interpreted by one’s body.”
“When it comes to art, I prefer to do 3D unexpected objects (like the henna all over her body pictured here). I like the idea of taking something mundane and making it extraordinary. Art really is just something that is wonderful when I have a muse, however it cannot be forced; whereas, public speaking is on the opposite end of that spectrum. I am extremely passionate about many issues, however education and social awareness are at the top of my list. I enjoy speaking to kids my age or anyone who is ready to listen with intent. Fortunately, I have opportunities to practice this passion as a student representative on the School Committee and also as president of my class. What it comes down to is that no single thing expresses me fully, my passions spill into all aspects of my life.”
Watch out Obama…Mia for President!
*Mia’s last name and school is omitted for privacy as she is a minor.