“And with Ashraf’s (Sinclair) passing, that was a huge wakeup call, which happened even before this pandemic, and so I managed to take a mini break. And even so, the people around me were like ‘take all the time you want, but let me know when you are ready to get back to work.’ This is my life, this is my livelihood, with music and work, and working with brands—everybody has a schedule. But now everyone’s schedule is on hold! So now I'm like, ‘oh wow.’” Yuna continues. “This feels like a blessing in disguise for people who have been working non-stop; and now I can be home and reconnect with why I am doing all of this, and be with my family— my parents are getting old, so I’m really happy I get to spend time with them. I also get to spend time with my cats, and give them attention and love and care. I haven’t been outside for weeks now!”
Speaking of staying indoors, we have had to do things remotely, including the production of this special cover story. The artistic images of Yuna at home was creatively put together by Yuna herself, including makeup, styling and creative direction. And the images were exclusively shot by her husband, Adam, using an iPhone 11 Pro! “It was a lot of fun! I see a lot of videos and phots online where people are just being creative, and I am definitely one of those people who are constantly finding corners in my house to take a photo at, like ‘oh this is pretty, lets take a photo here. There is a shadow from this tree outside of the window that is hitting the wall—lets take one there!’ So I thought it was a cool idea to do a photoshoot at home. And Yuna at home is as real as Yuna can be, because I don’t have super fancy stuff lying around. I clean, I vacuum, I mop! When my cat is peeing everywhere, I’ll be there, just cleaning it up! There is nothing glamorous about me at home.” She laughs. “But for this concept, I get to dress up and play that role of Yuna at home.”
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