Angela Luna // USA

@angelaroseluna2 is a graduate from the @parsonsschoolofdesign Class of 2016, and winner of the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and Eyes on Talents Innovation Award. Named one of this year's @forbes 30 Under 30, she is a social entrepreneur, designer, and founder of the humanitarian startup @adiffbrand, which focuses on using innovative design to solve global issues. ADIFF challenges the existing identity of the fashion industry, while also providing innovative and highly responsive designs to those in need. It generates social and global awareness, using an unexpected and unprecedented platform as a movement for change, and transforming it into a leading industry in philanthropic initiatives. She is dedicated to being a leading innovator in solution-based design, generating products that better the world.

We asked Angela what she would tell her 10-year-old self and what her 10-year-old self would think of her now: "Actually, one of the life dreams that my 10-year-old self had was to 1) go to Parsons, and 2) to be the designer of the year. So I guess I'd tell myself that all the hard work I put in over the years was worth it, and that so long as I try my hardest, I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. I actually used to be made fun of a lot when I was a kid, so I would also tell myself that I should take pride in being weird and different, because people who act normal only do normal things, and normal things don't change the world. I think my 10-year-old self would be ecstatic to see where I am now! I don't think I would want things to be any different (except maybe to have a pet pony lol)."

Photo by @jessie.richi