Original by its very definition means "not dependent on other people's ideas; inventive and unusual, innovative, creative and refreshing" Merriam Webster Dictionary. Moreover, it perfectly describes Charlavail and everything that she does.
Charlavail Effron, or Vail, is a 24 year old artist from Florida with a passion for art, food, and animals. This painter, entrepreneur, baker, photographer, fashonista, theme park enthusiast (and the list goes on and on) has made a name for herself thanks to her intricate and original works of art. From sugar skulls to deer patches to detailed paper crafts, you will never get bored nor will you feel like you've seen her work before. Not only does she use her creativity using paint but she also likes to delve in mediums such as wood, plastic flowers, and fabric. Oh, and did I mention that she's into baking too?!
She eventually made more of the Sugar Skulls and added other adorable products such as iPhone cases, poster prints, and personalized post cards to her online store. And in 2013, she collaborated with the popular shoe brand, Vans, to create a special contest. They ended up with the "Classic & Charlavail" collaboration where the lucky contest winners won shirts, patches, and one of a kind shoes all created by the talented Vail. Currently, her online store is selling aprons and beanies. Both of which are very special due to the fact that the former was hand sewn by her and her best friend, Sam (imagine sewing ruffles for months!!!) and the latter spreads a positive message.
Her eccentric and ever changing style is also a reason why people can't seem to get enough of her. She's dyed her hair so many times that we're not so sure on which color she hasn't done yet. Her outfit choices are also something to talk about because she doesn't just rely on trends making her another mannequin; she makes her own (like that time she bought a skull sweater from the boys section of the mall; too cute!) Something that I personally admire about her is that she embraces everything about herself; whether it's her unique ideas, her hour glass figure, or wacky antics. Despite what people may think or say, she doesn't care and she presses on with what she believes in. That, along with her confidence, positive outlook on life, and hard work are some characteristics that make her an inspiration.
Some may remember her for her being "the girl with the weird hair" or "the girl who likes drawing skulls and deers", but to Reinvent, she's the girl who proved that originality isn't really dead.
- Victoria Urrutia
photo source: 1 | 2 | 3 |