Suzan Mutesi – Living Life Unapologetically
Style icon, actress, author, model, singer, producer, activist. When it comes to Suzan Mutesi there’s an impressive number of life accomplishments already stacked high for a young woman. A fearless, determined personality, Suzan has grown from humble beginnings to grace the cover of Vogue France and become an iconic face of Bonds.
A distinctive voice of Gen Y, Suzan boldly stands up for racial equality and civil rights, drawing from her first-hand experience of racism and discrimination. Hoping to inspire others to be unapologetically themselves, Suzan’s energy is infectious and has a raw, unstoppable quality to it.The team at Merla caught up with her between shoots to learn about the aspirations she holds for herself and the world she hopes to create.
You’ve been an important and dynamic voice in current global issues, where to from here?
Your life has already spanned two continents, growing up in Africa and Australia, how have your experiences shaped who you are today?
Singing, modelling, writing, producing – how did you segue into so many creative talents?
I am (and) have been a creative since I was a child. But people always place me in small boxes, seeing me as only one thing: a designer (which was my first career path), so when I tried music, acting or writing they couldn’t support me on the journey. I learnt the hard way of letting go and trusting that if they were meant to be in my life, they would have help(ed).
How do you describe your style and where do you look for inspiration?
My personal style is risky, (sometimes) safe – but also on the edge! – trendy and unique.
I love to have fun and play with colour plus textures. I make sure I am comfortable so that my confidence and beauty is seen when I hit the streets. I am inspired by celebrities like Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Fear of God, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Those are some big personalities!
To me, fashion is an artistic expression, (it) gives me the opportunity to express myself freely, to find “my sexy back,” (and my) confidence when I need it.
You wear the Dakota jacket in such a fun, unique and creative way! What drew you to Merla?
I may not be a motorcycle rider but I have that thrill of freedom! I was inspired by the name of the brand and what it caters for. I wanted to feel free, playful, feminine but still strong. I wanted to fly and believe the sky’s the limit and no mountain is too high to climb. I wanted people to see possibilities.
Suzan is an openly confident and self-assured young woman. For many, it can be easy to cast this clarity in purpose as just another a brazen Millennial. But what Suzan offers, to those who listen to her journey of self-realisation, her personal growth and her triumph over fear and rejection, is a voice of liberation. A freedom to express your fears alongside your passion and ambition.
What could we each achieve if we lived with the same audacity and challenged our inner fears?
With Suzan’s boundless energy and fierce determination, we’re sure we’ll be seeing more of her.
Follow Suzan on Instagram at @suzan_mutesi and keep up, if you can.