#GramGen is a series profiling the most radical characters in youth culture, who continue to shape trend behavior and spark controversy through their avant fashion sense and candid social media personalities.
Giana is the eight-year-old artist serving up fashion, art, and style inspo on Instagram. With an endless feed of fire ‘fits and original works of art, this tiny creative is taking the social media world by storm.
The Texas-based artist has been drawing since she was just three-years-old, growing up surrounded by her mother’s vast collection of fashion magazines that would go on to inspire Giana’s infamous freehand drawings of today’s most popular ads, brands, and icons. Unlike most eight-year-olds who seem to reach their artistic peaks at stick figures and papier-mâché, Giana has already gone on to host solo art shows in Seattle, L.A. and N.Y.
As if her artistic success wasn’t impressive enough, this Filipina-Mexican artist is also making a name for herself in the fashion world — whether she’s styling looks for IG or filming the latest sneaker unboxing for her Youtube channel, Giana’s knowledge of fashion and style is far beyond her years. Inspired by a range of influences from brands like OFF-WHITE, to the clothes worn by her favorite cartoon character, Giana’s style blends her advanced taste in fashion with the youthfulness of being a regular third grade kid — well, sort of regular. The creative prodigy is already working on a second release of T-shirts featuring her hand-drawn designs, and hopes to one day create her very own line — “something that both girls and boys can wear.” With Giana’s undoubted talent for all things fashion, art, and style, we can’t wait to see what her future has in store.
We caught up with Lil G to chat about how she styles her favorite brands for school, where she would love to show her art next, and all the new content she has coming.
How old are you?
I am eight years old.
What grade are you in?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a designer and a scientist.
When did you first start drawing and creating art?
My mom has a photo of me at three years old paining with watercolor in my high chair on a coloring page. I always drew as a little kid, but didn’t really start drawing tons until I was five. I still show my younger pieces I created in some of my art shows.
You had your first art show last year! What was that like?
My first solo art show in Seattle was super fun! I had never been to Seattle, so it was cool to see a new city. When I first walked in and saw my art on the wall, I couldn’t believe that people were going to see my work. People walked around the space and got really close to look at my art. They asked me lots of questions and took pictures with me. It was seriously so cool. Since then, I have had two more shows. One in L.A. and another in N.Y. during Fashion Week. I hope to one day bring my art to Japan!
What’s your favorite drawing or piece of art that you’ve created and why?
My favorite piece has to be the OFF-WHITE binder clip bag I made out of paper and tape. I love making things out of paper, and you can really make tons of different things! It takes time, but when you are done it is the coolest feeling. My dad filmed me creating the whole piece from start to finish. I definitely want to make more.
Fashion seems to be a big part of your life and your artwork — would you ever like to create your own brand?
Yes I would! People have asked me if I will make more tees. I do have a new design coming out very soon that I think people will really like. I always watch Project Runway, and hopefully one day I will learn to sew and make cool clothes. My clothes would be comfy and something that both girls and boys can wear.
In both your style and your art, what colors do you think express you most?
I like all colors. When I choose a picture to draw, lots of color always catches my eye. The more color it has, the more fun it will be to create. I also like to outline my drawings in black Sakura pens before I color it. So, having lots of color or just seeing a simple outline of black looks good too. I would have to say many colors express me the most. I definitely can’t choose one.
Who is your style icon?
My icon would have to be “Music” in the cartoon Kuu Kuu Harajuku created by Gwen Stefani. It is seriously the best cartoon ever on Nickelodeon. “Music” has the best style out of all of the other girl characters.
What’s a typical outfit you would wear to school?
I always choose my outfits the day before and have to make sure it is cool and something I want to wear the whole day. At school I am doing a lot of different things and it has to be comfortable to wear for P.E. and while learning. I always almost wear Vans or Nike and denim. Also, I love camouflage and it always ends up on a outfit somehow.
What are some of your favorite brands?
Leni and June, Vans, Nike, Flakiki, Superism, Adidas, Elevated Youth, HeyBabe and tons more. I like mixing brands, and definitely don’t like wearing one brand for a whole look. When you mix brands it looks better and makes it more you. You can definitely catch me rocking some Vans with Nike socks!
People love to see what you’re up to on Instagram, from OOTD’s to unboxing videos on your story — what IG accounts do you look to for inspiration?
You’ve started documenting a lot of what you’re up to on your Youtube Channel! What kind of videos can people look forward to seeing more of on your channel?
Unboxings, much more art, and style videos. People are always interested in where I get my clothing, so I like to show the different items I receive from both independent and big brands. Also style lookbooks and how I would rock an outfit, so stay tuned. I have so much more coming.
Can you tell us about any new projects that you’re working on?
I am coming out with a new T-shirt release. Making T-shirts is a lot of work, and I want to do it right! Vans also sent me some white slip-ons to customize. I have this amazing idea, and I can’t wait to do it — going to film the whole process from start to finish. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I have some amazing videos that I haven’t even posted yet. I’m making more art, always!
What are some of your goals for the near future?
I really want to share my art in Japan! I am hoping a gallery there will want to showcase what I have created. I am also Filipino and Mexican, so bringing my art to the Philippines or Mexico would be such a cool experience. I also have a following in Seoul, Korea, so maybe showing my art there would be fun.
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