The Thought Leaders Issue: Precious Lee

The Thought Leaders Issue: Precious Lee

The Thought Leaders Issue: Precious Lee

The model and actress discusses the systems made for suppression, the importance of spiritual connection, and creative exploration.

The model and actress discusses the systems made for suppression, the importance of spiritual connection, and creative exploration.

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: Owen Myers

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“Some people think voting is a disposable luxury. And I think that is a huge part of the reason why we are in what we are in politically. It’s important to know as a Black woman, that voting is not up for debate. It’s not an option and If you don’t think it can get worse, then you seriously are delusional. It is very hard to believe wholeheartedly in so many of the systems that have been set up for us as Black people, because they have failed us over and over and over again. They were literally made to suppress us; they were not made for us. We were not considered even an entire human in the constitution. Voting is our constitutional right and our divine right. Since the 1500s we’ve been fighting, and I think that we’ve been doing a fucking amazing job. If our ancestors and civil rights leaders did not do what was done, I wouldn’t be having this interview with you—let alone, be able to vote.

“I just did a very intense detox cleanse for 40 days. If I had not done that, I don’t know how I would have physically dealt with this year. I mean, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor…this stuff is taxing. Sometimes people really don’t understand how physically taxing this is on Black people’s bodies and our minds.

“I do a lot of meditation: yoga, mudras, and chants. These things are in place for a reason. They are for us to keep our channels clear to hear the signal—and we can’t hear a signal if we’re being ballsy on Instagram. People sit and use social media and their apps, and it’s taking away your spiritual connection. This is the year of Capricorn, which means that things which are not sustainable are coming down. The placements of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn are in similar places to where they were during the Great Depression. Spiritual galactic [thinking] is how I connect so much.

“I gravitate toward the words of Black women that are unapologetically empowering. I encourage everyone to dive in, not just to the ones that we know, but it’s also important to explore present-day Black writers, artists, and photographers. I just think that Black women who are putting out creative work right now to expand—[must] find out, ‘How I can further a space for not just myself, but for the collective?’”

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Credits: VLM STUDIO KIM POLLOCK (AGENT) JODOKUS DRIESSEN (LIGHTING DIRECTOR) MARC KROOP (STUDIO MANAGER) BRIAN ANDERSON (DIGITAL TECHNICIAN) VLM PRODUCTIONS TUCKER BIRBILIS (PRODUCER) EVA HARTE (PRODUCTION COORDINATOR) JOHN NADHAZI (PRODUCTION MANAGER) JOE HUME (PHOTO ASSISTANT) RETOUCHING STEREOHORSE

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