[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it comes to creative expression, sometimes we become the canvases. From bold hair colors to piercings, makeup and funky floral headbands, it feels good to show the world who we are—loud and clear—with how we shape our appearance. We spotted these expressive women on the streets of Portland last month. Here’s why they dig getting creative with themselves.
Photos by Lauryn Hottinger[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Romy Olore, Portland
“It’s just right! My normal hair color never spoke to me. I think it’s important to be who you are on the inside on the outside, too.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white”][vc_column_text]Alexa Treglia, Portland
“I really do like colorful things. I find it an easy way to express myself visually. And I like to adorn myself.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white”][vc_column_text]Linda Smallwood, Portland
“I was really into red (hair), and I thought, ‘I want something different,’ I heard about blue-black hair color and I said, ‘I’m trying that.’ People say, ‘I love your hair,’ and that makes me so happy!”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white”][vc_column_text]Svanna Clariot, Windham
“I just feel I need to express myself. (My daughter) is more classical, I’m more wild. I just kind of like to be out of the box. I have a hard time conforming. Really, I don’t even try.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”white”][vc_column_text]Trish Riggs, Portland
“I feel more like myself. It’s such an easy answer, but I’ll be at home and I won’t like how I’m feeling and I’ll put on a little choker or eyeliner… And, I wanted to not feel like there were things I couldn’t do because other people wouldn’t like it.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]