THE RO$EBUSH INTERVIEW WITH KINKY MIIKA

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In the digital age, the internet can prove to be a source of inspiration. The Kinky Miika tumblr site offers everything from beautiful women, black culture, pop culture, and whatever else that she finds interesting. I found her page to be so dope that I had to introduce it to a few friends of mine. I really wanted to know what makes her tick or at least motivates her to share her chosen content.

1. Miika, it’s a pleasure to have the chance to talk with you. Where are you from, your age, and what inspires the creative direction behind your tumblr site?

– I am 25 and will be 26 in July. I was born in Gary,IN but left when I was 9 and moved to Indianapolis. When I was 19 I moved to Bloomington, IN for college and have been here ever since. My tumblr is inspired by passions that I have. I am not an outwardly opinionated person as far as letting people know everything that I believe or everything that I stand for but with tumblr I am able to create that space through pictures; I am able to visually show my thoughts, my passions, and my beliefs.

2. I find that your page is a lush mixture of beauty, sexuality, and culture. When I visit your site which can range between 1-3 times a day, I’m amazed by all of the women of color that you feature. How do you think women of color are portrayed in today’s world of beauty and fashion? What you like to see change?

– For the latter part of my life I have lived in an area that was predominately white and I have definitely heard the most cliche shit said about my beauty. I have had my fro touched and had to check people. I have been referred to as a wide array of chocolate desserts. I don’t know how many times I have heard the line “I’ve never been with a black woman before”. Personally, I don’t think that my beauty has been seen outside of this exoticism and I think that is the experience of black women and that is definitely what we see in the media. Of course I want to see it change because black women are beautiful women and come second to none. Fortunately for me, my confidence has always been there and I have never suffered from depression or insecurity because of what I have seen the mainstream portray, however, a lot of black women do. Every time I see my 7 year old sister, I tell her how beautiful she is. How beautiful her kinky twists are. Just so she will have that validation that every young girl needs and she does not go looking for it elsewhere and she creates that confidence within. Once we create an army of black women that know their worth and the beauty that we hold, it will be up to us to fight to change the views of popular culture because no one cares to do it for us.

3. In this era, the are’s a multitude of fingers being pointed with accusations of cultural appropriation all across the board in music and art. How did it make you feel to see Azealia vs Iggy debate happen? Who did you side with and why?

– I never really got much into this confrontation,however, I will say that I have zero tolerance for cultural appropriation on any level. I have even less tolerance for someone that either pretends that they do not know that they are indeed appropriating a culture, unwilling to accept that they are,or just could care less that they are. That is insensitivity that comes from entitlement and I have no time for it.

4. In 2014, Sex still carries the burden of a double edged sword. If a man has ample partners he’s perceived to be a “God” while a woman would be viewed negatively. Do you think that as we as people become more knowledgable and accepting, that this nonsensical stigma will change?

– I believe that with knowledge some people are able to bring themselves out of the inferno of stigmatizing women who are sexually free, however, that requires effort of thinking and the majority of people are too lazy to think. I personally consider myself a prude, now I am a freak, but I have not had many sexual partners but I do not judge other women who choose to have 10, 15, or 20+ partners. It is their right and if you do not wish to partake, don’t, but never would you have the right to judge another person for a decision that is not hurting you or anyone else. There are wars to fight and a woman’s sexuality is not one. So, all can be done is to continuously pump the information out there to fight the stigma of male vs female sexuality and hope that more and more people understand and pass it on.

5. How important is sexuality to you?

-My sexuality is a major part of who I am. I talk vulgar, I walk vulgar, when I am in the mood I get vulgar. I slowly began to come to terms with who I am sexually, I like men and I like women. Sometimes I like men more and other times I like women more. Me being open with who I am sexually with my friends and family has allowed me to be more open with other opinions that I have. I don’t know but there is something liberating about the acceptance of one’s sexuality. It is something that people shun but it is a drive just as eating is, so why should it be? That’s goofy as hell to me, repressed sexuality makes for some mean and surly people and there is no need for that if everyone were just more comfortable with something that they should not be ashamed of, there would be a lot less anger…maybe.

6. Top 5 Favorite Albums

Not in any order, because I am way too indecisive

-Corinne Bailey Ray Like a Star
-Amy Winehouse Back to Black
-Young Jeezy Recession
– Q Tip The Renaissance
-Wale About Nothing and More About Nothing Mixtape (I made two, one!)

7. What’s the craziest experience that you’ve ever had in life and how did it shape you as a person?

– I’ve been fortunate in not having crazy experiences that have drastically changed me or shaped me dramatically as a person. I guess just with every interaction with a friend or a lover or a random passerby I gain wisdom in the person that I am and the person that I do not want to be.

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