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Cristi Duncan | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Cristi Duncan splits her time in New York City modeling, working on photo sets, scoping out the city’s best music and perfecting her photography. Plus, documenting it all–and other things she’s into–under her alias toooth on Instagram.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I’ve worked within fashion and photography since I was in high school.

I started out modeling with the NY agencies. I began styling shoots and assisting photographers. From there, I worked as a photo editor and studio manager. I also worked for a fashion/design marketing and branding agency.

Besides photography, my favorite thing to do in New York is going to see live music, especially if it’s outdoors. There’s nothing better than good tunes in a park.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
I used to avoid Pride Month events at all costs, not because I didn’t want to go, but I really didn’t have a group of friends that I felt comfortable sharing that with when I first moved to NY. So my most memorable Pride Month was once I found a group of women who really inspired me to go out and celebrate with them, which was really an awesome experience for me.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
To me, Pride Month is all about acceptance and the freedom to love whomever. I’m fortunate to have a group of family and friends who accept me for who I am with open arms, but supporting the awareness that there are still a lot of people that need that is something I’ll always get behind.

What are you doing this year to celebrate?
I just found out that this year, for the first time in years, I will have a day off during Pride weekend. So I will definitely find some way to celebrate. I think I’ll go to the march on Saturday, and then the ideal would be a BBQ with my friends afterward.

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