Sauce Turns 3 | Meet Our Favourite Creatives
As our identity continues to shift through various facets and parameters of our daily lives, it’s good to pause and recognise the change, identify our wants, urges, needs, likes and dislikes — things that make us uniquely individual.
SAUCE is turning three and celebrating diversity has influenced our work since day dot. While we advocate the growing enthusiasm and support for diversity and champion even the most fleeting opinions for positive change in diversity- we here at SAUCE can proudly say that diversity sets the tone for our creative work, it is not a trend or “movement”, it’s our reality.
Going into our fourth year, we wanted to explore this topic further by surrounding ourselves with people who experiment with identity, beauty, personal style and creativity - revealing themselves through continuous growth.
After all, there is so much to each one of us than meets the eye.
Meet Wumi, Sylvia, Rob and Priscilla
Wumi Amokeodo, model
I was brought up by a single mum on a modest income with the whole 'waste not want not' attitude. I grew up op shopping and and making something out of nothing, so frugality and recycling are instinctive. I see treasure value in most people's trash.
I haven't got one 'thing' that I do, just a wonderful collection of ever-changing hustles. Mainly I pose for life drawing groups, sell second hand clothing online and am a model with N Model Management.
FIVE SOUNDS ON MY SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
Sunrise Lullaby - Dr. Reknaw
Chicken Chowmein- Homebrew
Baby by Warpaint
Birthday Sex- Jeremih
Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie- Joanna Newsom
ON PERSONAL STYLE
I don't buy anything new because I think enough cool things have already been made. I love found objects. The piece of ribbon from some random packaging becomes a choker and the gold face paint someone at a festival is about to bin becomes my new highlight. Everything I own has a past.
YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
'Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? ' - Maya Angelou, 'Still I rise'
HOW DO YOU MEASURE PERSONAL SUCCESS ?
If I'm booked by the same people again and again or people actively follow my clothes listings because they love my stuff, I must be doing something right.
TOP SHELF BOOKS
I open my Humans of New York books every time I feel I'm growing apathetic or stagnant. It reminds me of the people out there living the biggest, juiciest lives they can. There are infinite possibilities for how a person's life can pan out, and though we're all at the mercy of fate it's up to us to explore as much as we can.
A FAMILY TRADITION
Cheesy but “5, 6 ,7 ,8 – tuck in, don't wait” is our version of saying grace at dinners. My mum and I swear by steaming our faces with tea tree oil and taking fish oil tables for good skin, and so did her mother
HOW DO YOU USE MAKEUP IN DAILY LIFE
Most days I don't wear make up, but if I do I love a colourful shadow or glossy red lips.
SYLVIA CHOI, operations MANAGER, &SUSHI
Our family of four is made of four very different personalities. Mum and dad were musical actors when they were young. They fell in love during this time and both mum and dad have a great sense of fashion and humour. Everyone in our family is both interested and talented in being creative. We all have huge drives for what we love and we find a lot of fun and laughter in small things.
My little sister Eunsu Choi is working in NZ as a chef that specialises in Japanese cuisine. Just as a chef should be, she us crazy artistic. She inspires me in many different ways.
I believe that coming from a family like this helped shape me into the positive, happy and unique person a lot of people describe me as. They have also helped me to express myself through both fashion and beauty and ultimately shape me into the person I am today.
I’m the Operation manager at &Sushi. I also model, attend events( fashion, beauty) and create content for company that sponsor me.
I think my personal style ties in both high fashion and street fashion with my own swing to it!
There is no time for cut and dried monotony. There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time
ON FAMILY TRADITION
Oh! Our family tradition is breaking the old fashion role from Korean culture) Our family has our own rice wine recipe (Korean probiotic rice wine) Organic rice wine is formulated vitamin b and phenylalanine which makes your skin smooth, glow and remove your dead skin. We love probiotics food. Massage with yogurt, and you can eat, drink and put it on hair as well!
TOP SHELF BEAUTY PRODUCT
Jo Malone London English Pear!
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS IN YOUR CHOSEN INDUSTRY
Im paving my way to my successes, I know that to grow and be the best version of myself I can’t stop at one accomplishment otherwise I’ll stop growing! I am always learning, listening and striving to achieve more.
Rob Tennent, artist
I grew up as an only child to a kiwi father and a Vietnamese mother. English was my third language. Living in a third world country really showed me how lucky I was. Going into high school as a person of colour was pretty exhausting but I developed a strong sense of self through travelling and learning about my culture and it’s history.
I was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK
Oh that’s a hard one. In one word I’d just call myself a creative.
ON PERSONAL STYLE
My personal style has been described as ‘butch’ and ‘twinky’. It changes depending on where i’m going, who’s going to be there and how hungover I am.
“Wake up hustlers, lets get this bread”
TOP 5 SOUNDS
‘Is My Love Enough’ - White Lies | ‘Still’ - The Japanese House | ‘Girl in New York’ - Role Model | ‘Basic Instinct’ - The Acid | ‘Too Much’ - Pale
HOW DO YOU USE MAKEUP IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
My go to is a sunburnt blush look. I also use eyeliner to draw on my face.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
People get so wrapped up in the numbers and I’ve fallen into that trap as well. We show what we want to show and that’s usually the good parts of our life. I want to use my social media in a way that shows the struggles I go through and the parts of my life that aren’t ‘goals’. We must stop comparing ourselves to people online.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS
Likes and followers. Just kidding. If I put something out, and it touches someone, then I have succeeded. If it inspires one person in any way, I’ve done my ‘job’.
I just celebrated my 75th birthday!
I am blessed to be able to be physically present to assist my daughter’s 3 year old great grandson and his homeschooling. He says my “Nana is my teacher and my Ma (that’s me) is my playmate!” At the age of 41 was placed in the foster care of my grand-aunt. I did not experience quality family life, as my single mother visited me once a month. My living conditions were excellent, 3 huge bedrooms and a massive garden where a variety of organic fruit and vegetables were grown to feed the household. But my first housework experience was washing dishes at the age of 5. I grew up feeling abandoned and isolated from the outside world and these emotions grew stronger along my life’s journey due to the many prejudices at that time in my birth country. However, self pity is never on my agenda!
Today I am happy to state that thankfully through the many traumas in my childhood and young adult life it has shaped and influenced me to be available for my family whenever they are in need of my assistance, also to be independent, non-judgemental, respectful, well-mannered, always working on being kind, caring, considerate, giving and loving whether it is appreciated or not. No obstacle is too small or too big to prevent me from reaching my ultimate goal.
I was born in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.
ON PERSONAL STYLE
When I first started teaching, my personal style was short skirt and matching jacket, bag, gloves and high heeled shoes to match. For me, this demonstrated my professionalism. In my 30’s and 40’s, I felt more free- self assured and happy. My style then was soft and flow-y with brightly coloured garments, minus the hat (and still wearing my hair long and loose.) Not too much lipstick! I loved wearing gold jewellery. As I grew older I felt free and comfortable in all-in-one suits or wide bottom pants of cool material- which still demonstrated my zest for life. Now as a senior citizen fully recovered from cancer, my style is simple, neat, fresh and casual!
A DIY Air Fresher.
Here’s the recipe…
Ingredients: One Tablespoon white vinegar, one cup of cold water and any essential oil.
Pour above ingredients into a spray bottle. If you want to add a fragrance, you may add a few drops of an essential oil e.g. lavender. Note: vinegar is an inexpensive way to deodorise carpets and the atmosphere.
My mum’s advice (in my late twenty’s and I thought it was ridiculous) —- “start at an early age with doing facial exercises.” This was the best advice given to me!
Thank you Wumi, Sylvia, Rob and Priscilla xx
WUMI WEARS : All Kate Sylvester and Jacquemus shoes.
ROB WEARS : Kate Sylvester jacket and Boy With Pear scarf
PRISCILLA WEARS : Kate Sylvester dress, Kowtow jacket, Karen Walker sunglasses, Homage earrings and Adidas x Stella McCartney shoes.
Photographer: Veronika Gulyayeva
Stylists: Catherine Ballé & Zeenat Wilkinson
Fashion Assistant : Anya Baranova
Makeup: Angela Stewart
Hair: Tenielle Gillies at VADA Salon
Hair Assisted by : Ngahina Tana
Video Soundtrack : LIPS
Models: Wumi Amokeodo @ N Management, Sylvia Choi, Rob Tennent, Priscilla Stuart