Portrait of A Bitch: Bitchtopia’s Lily Rose

A rose may be a rose but I suppose there is no other like Bitchtopia’s own Lily Rose! A stylish college student with permanently fabulous eyebrows, Lily’s been contributing to Bitchtopia Mag since September and loving it ever since. Graciously, she took time out of a busy holiday schedule to answer a few questions about herself, to give an in-depth portrait of a bitch.

What’s your story?

My name is Lily Rose. I’m a junior at DePaul University in Chicago. I was born and raised in California, more specifically the valley so I’m a “valley girl”. I came to Chicago for the weather (kidding), and to have adventures!

If you could pick eight songs that you feel represent either you or your work, what would they be? Give us a playlist!

1. Old Yellow Bricks by Artic Monkeys

2. You’re So Cool, I’m So Freaky by Kate Nash

3. Two Fingers by Jake Bugg

4. 5 to 9 by FIDLAR

5. No Scrubs by TLC

6. A-Punk by Vampire Weekend

7. Norgaard by The Vaccines

8. Long Hair by Drowners

Your contributions to the website have to do largely with the concept of empowerment. In your opinion, why is this important to broadcast?

I think that one of the best things anyone can do for themselves is to do something empowering for themselves. Whether that is reading a blog post, trying a new thing, conquering a fear, or just doing something you are really good at. Empowerment contributes to developing a healthy self-esteem, which helps people to travel through life with a more positive outlook. I think that empowerment works the same for groups who are marginalized. I am passionate about bringing positivity to people who are frequently outcast or belittled in the media because I believe that even the tiniest bit of positivity can induce confidence in people who identify with those groups, and if not confidence then maybe solace in knowing that someone out there is thinking about them.

Would you ever consider writing pieces that incorporate the presence of your religion for Bitchtopia?

Definitely! I recently spent two months with an Orthodox Jewish community learning more about my religion and my roots. As a reform Jew, it was a really beautiful and interesting experience to get to spend time with such a tight knit yet welcoming community of Orthodox families! It could become a future piece…you never know!

What are your future plans, in your life and with Bitchtopia?

After school I’m either going to go into fashion studies or travel a whole bunch. A friend and I are considering joining a travel program that would allow us to get paid to teach English while living abroad. I want to continue to write positive pieces for Bitchtopia that people can connect with and share with their friends.

Just for fun, who would you say is your animated counterpart and why?

Ariel from the Little Mermaid! Besides the fact that we both have red hair (and fishy friends), we both have a taste for adventure, are endlessly curious, and have always felt a little bit like an outsider in our own world. Plus we both dig princes and we love to sing!

Lastly, why do you need feminism?

I need feminism because I need a right to my body, mind, and spirit. I need feminism because I am still a second class citizen in the world.

I need feminism because people still blanche when I tell them that I am one.

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