Wavy Lady Of The Week 005: Momo
Tell us your name.
Momo (Morgan Zakarin)
What’s your wave?
My wave is… Supernatural. Right now I am living in the city as a sophomore at Parsons at the New School for Design. I just turned 20 years old, and I have been a native New Yorker for all of my life. If I could describe my life as some sort of physical super power that already inhabits my body, it would be, balance. The symbol of balance has played into my whole life. What I mean by this is, I am a Libra, severely ADHD, and most definitely me. I can’t sit still—when I sit still I feel restless.
I have too many alter egos for my own good. (People I dress up as/historical time periods that I relate my day to day personas too.) I am a self-portrait artist. A Drag Queen. A Club Kid. I am DJ Momo. I am Miss Psychedelia. I am an aerial artist. I came out the womb a mermaid. A fairy. I creative direct photo shoots for myself and others. I am really about body positivity. I design 3D Printed Genetalia Earrings. I travel to see how the rest of the world could fit me in their society.
I overloaded my freshman year schedule with two internships in the spring semester: one at Paper Magazine as a Graphic Design intern, one at MADE Fashion Week as an editorial and social media intern for New York Fashion Week. Curator for live shows. I have performed at the Knitting Factory, Babycastles, and a performance at Wesleyan’s Eclectic Society. Soon to have performed at Trans Pecos… :,)
I am a makeup artist, with the crafts of special effects, theatrical makeup, and drag makeup all under my belt. I naturally will attend at least one show, one museum, and one club night out per week. I am a dominatrix. I rode horseback for 8 years. Danced for 17 years. I was a middle school beauty Youtuber. I am an outcast to normal society. To sum it up—I am constantly inhibiting my mind with thoughts and new movements that are leading me to new places.
How did you get the vision to start your wave? Why?
When I hit 13, I realized I didn’t want to resemble anyone that I knew—I wanted to look different, be different, act different, etc. When I was younger I thought I would go far away for college. By from 8th grade to my junior year of high school, I couldn’t stay away from the city. I started photographing gigs, going out to shows to meet other people like me, attending pre-college programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts. Everything I needed was in the 212.
What do you keep in your self-care kit?
1. Weed. It is an essential part of my life. It is how I focus, how I make art, how I make music. Adderall never worked for me.
2. Makeup. Specifically, highlighter. By Anastasia Beverly Hills – the Moon Child kit. That palette gives me life.
3. Music. More specifically, coming from my RHA headphones, some desktop speakers, maybe a subwoofer if I am at a show. I like my music so loud that it vibrates through me. So I am not only hearing but feeling the frequencies. DJing helps me get lost in sound. Playing live shows for a dancey crowd, or just playing in my room for myself gives me euphoria. It’s therapeutic, so practice never feels like practice. .
4. My favorite shoes—my Reebok Insta pumps and my Marc Jacobs Ninja Shoe.
5. My family and friends mend my soul. That is why I believe I have become very social—I prefer having roommates to not having them.
What is your all-time favorite sneaker?
Disney x Reebok Insta Pump Fury “Cinderella”
What are 3 wavy words that inspire you?
Psychedelia. Hue. Sound.
Catch Momo at our SCREAM QUEENZ event this Halloween, and in the upcoming short film No Man No Moon.