NEW FACES AND VOICES OF PRE-FALL: Solange Van Doorn
The model talks about learnings in quarantine to how she’s combatting social injustices.
Solange Van Doorn
New York, New York
What are you hoping for in 2020?
I just want to be happy and satisfied with everything I do. I have a big issue with that. I always want to do more and more, so this year, 2020, I’m trying to be more present and just be happy with what I have.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I went to sailing camp for 10 years and I got my scuba diving license when I was 13.
How did the onset of this year’s public health crisis change your outlook on life and/or work?
NOW more than ever I’ve felt this undeniable awakening. The materialistic lifestyle seems like something so silly to me, and I’m constantly questioning my purpose. I’ve been planning and plotting ways to help others, and being true to what I do.
What have you been reading or watching while in quarantine?
I’ve been trying to learn a lot about civil rights. So most of my readings have been formed around that. I’m currently reading Choke Hold by Paul Butler.
What have you learned or think people can learn while in solitude?
I think the most important thing people should be trying to learn in isolation is how to be alone with yourself. Too often people don’t realize the amount there is to learn about oneself. Knowledge is power.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do after coming out of quarantine?
The first thing I’m going to do after quarantine is travel. I’ve been longing for a change in surroundings. There is a lot to learn in every place you visit. I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons.
What is your stance on the current state of affairs in the US regarding the BLM movement, protests, and police brutality?
We are all being shown the true colors of the world we live In. The injustice against Black people has been deeply rooted in our country’s system and people have been turning a blind eye since the beginning of time. I truly wish it didn’t take many being murdered in the streets, videos going viral, and an entire nation screaming for justice for people to realize this. But it’s the reality we are living in. And I’m proud to say that I have always stood up for what’s right, especially now. There will be a shift, it is already happening. Life as we know it may never be the same, and I can say without hesitation that I am more joyful than ever for the future.
Are you taking part in the movement? If so, how?
I’ve been donating, having tough conversations with colleagues, friends, and family and peacefully protesting and using my platform to express my beliefs in support of this movement. [Although] it doesn’t even feel like I’m ‘supporting a movement— It feels like I’m just being human.