"When you step out in high heels and a tutu, people probably think I'm girly."

Job: Joins the Peace Corps in October

Neighborhood: Campus

Hometown: Toledo

Label your style: "Girly and playful"

What do you like to wear?

Dresses, skirts and high heels. Those are my favorites.

Do you go shopping often?

I travel a lot, so I get a lot of things when I'm traveling around. I went to India, and I bought this really beautiful turquoise sari - and you can't really wear a sari around Columbus if you're not actually Indian, but I wear the top with skinny jeans and heels. If I had to pick a favorite store, it would probably be Zara. I design some stuff too, like this skirt, and my mom likes to sew. We collaborate on a lot of dresses.

Tell me about your love affair with high heels.

I'm 5-foot-10 now, and when I was in junior high, I cursed the fact that I was so tall, awkward and gangly. I only wore flats, flip-flops or tennis shoes. In late high school, I was shopping with my friend and I saw a pair of turquoise, four-inch stilettos with a little flower, and I was like, "I have to have them!" There was no looking back from there.

What impression do you think your look makes?

When you step out in high heels and a tutu, people probably think I'm girly. [Laughs.] I guess they're sort of surprised, then, when I have this "I'm going to go into the Peace Corps and stop washing my hair for two years" side to me.

The outfit:

Skirt: designed by Laetitia, made by her mom

Shirt: Forever 21

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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