I was born in Moscow to a Russian mother, and a Dominican father. Through my parents, I have a deep appreciation for both Slavic and Caribbean culture which I strive to express through my art. This competition is a great opportunity for me to express my unique background. As a person of mixed heritage I find that I have a foot in both worlds but do not wholly belong to either. This dress that I created for FusionFest represents a new cultural identity and blending of traditions.