Wholehearted Stories : Liv Little
EDITED -Mar 22, 2019
After becoming frustrated by whitewashed mainstream media, Liv Little founded Gal-dem in 2015. While at its core is a publication celebrating the creative endeavors of young women and non-binary people of colour, Gal-dem has grown exponentially, starting up their own book club, guest editing an edition of The Guardian Guide and hosting a self-curated night at the V&A. Casual. Editor-in-chief Liv also works in TV and recently finished developing her debut comedy pilot. We’ll just sit here quietly and watch her star rise and rise.
We caught up with 24-year-old Liv — who wears our new Links Wholehearted collection — to discuss the lack of good queer love stories, sustainability in fashion and the importance of reflection.
Links of London: What does living wholeheartedly mean to you?
Liv Little: I guess it’s just about living in truth; trying to do things that make you happy, that develop you, that challenge you and benefit you. Really living, you know? I try to do that in my everyday life but obviously, it’s not always possible. There are a lot of things that you don’t want to do that are necessary components to getting along. It’s about being authentic in your intentions as well. And across the work that I do, I don’t think you can just try to be authentic — I think you either are or you aren’t, so I hope that authenticity is something that comes through in how I live my life.
LL: And who or what makes you feel like anything is possible?
Liv: Definitely my family. My mum is amazing and the reason that I have the confidence to go out there and use my voice; to know that my voice is just as valid as any other. She’s kind and intelligent and determined. She knows what she wants and she knows what she wants for her children too. She’s a massive source of inspiration. She has a twin sister, so I have these two amazing forces in my life to champion and support me.
LL: What’re you most proud of and why?
Liv: This week I’ve been occupying a lot of spaces that, a few years ago, I never thought I would be occupying at 24. I think that seeing where hard work can get you this weekend, for the first time I realised that, wow, I’m doing a good job. It’s easy to forget to take time to process that when you’re so busy ‘doing’. So I suppose there’s not a defining moment that I’m proud of, I’m just proud of myself and what I’m doing now. If you don’t take time to reflect, you’re just never satisfied, you’re always moving on to the next thing, which isn’t healthy.
LL: What is the most meaningful thing that anyone has ever done for you?
Liv: What I’ve needed recently is to be nurtured and have a lot of emotional support, and my other half is definitely that person for me, so I’m really grateful for her for that. Loads of people enrich my life all the time. I work with so many amazing women and non-binary people of colour who, whether they realise it or not, enrich my entire existence. Having that solid network of people that bear some resemblance to you or have some degree of shared experience is really powerful. Having that to tap into every day is very important.
LL: Whose love story, real or fictional, do you consider to be the greatest of all time?
Liv: I’m waiting for a really good queer love story to come along. Aside from that, my step-dad passed away about a year ago and he and my mum’s relationship, in terms of genuine love and happiness, was really beautiful to witness. They got married around three years ago and I walked my mum down the aisle and she was so happy.
LL: What’s the best advice that anyone has ever given you about l-o-v-e?
Liv: My mum always says not to be afraid to love. To not be so afraid of getting hurt that it prevents you from loving with your entire being.
LL: Which pieces from the collection were you particularly drawn to and why?
Liv: I really love the single diamond heart pendant; I’m quite an understated person and I like how simple it is. The Endless Love heart earrings in gold too, they’re the exact size earring that I always wear and they’re really cute. Everyone loves a good heart, and gold looks good on brown skin.
LL: How does wearing them make you feel?
Liv: Just a bit glam, I guess. It’s nice to put something on that’s not necessarily something you’d wear every single day.
LL: What styling tips would you give to someone wearing this look?
Liv: I’m definitely not a style guru in the slightest, but feel like you can wear them with pretty much anything. I’m someone who doesn’t believe in trends, so it’s nice when you find high quality pieces that you can wear again and again; it’s much less wasteful in a time that is generally incredibly wasteful in terms of throw-away fashion.
LL: Finally, what album is the soundtrack to your most motivated days?
Liv: I’m a big fan of Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers. I also really love waking up and listening to Bill Withers Lovely Day. That is a classic.