Ingrid Kesa Invites Us Into Seala’s World

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Seala Loko is one of those girls you can’t help but be drawn towards. She answers the door wearing gold Comme des Garçons ballet flats borrowed from her housemate, a t-shirt, Marle tracksuit shorts, and a big, bright smile. Effortless, fresh-faced and magnetizing, it’s no surprise that Seala’s become something of an internet icon, with her Tumblr ask box constantly being flooded with questions about her personal style. When she painted boobs onto an old t-shirt and shared a photo on Instagram, people even asked where they could buy such an item.

A hippie at heart, Seala had all the comforts of a coastal upbringing in Byron Bay before moving to Melbourne a few years ago to study acting and undertake other creative endeavors, including modeling for local designer store Pet Shop Girls.

Although we previously only knew Seala from her online presence, in no time we were drinking tea, sitting on her bedroom floor, talking about boys, and playing dress up: she’s just that kind of girl.

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Hi Seala! Who are you and what do you do?!

Hey! My name is Seala but friends call me Sea. I also go by the name Sealaloko. My favourite thing to do is dream about all the things I want to do in life then attempt them one step at a time. At the moment I am studying acting part time.

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Thanks for letting me hang out at your house for this shoot. Your home is so beautiful and peaceful, can you tell us a bit about your housemates and how you all came to live together?

Thanks! My housemates are all girls — five players in total! Some people refer to our house as ‘The Big Girl’; she got that name before we moved in but I think it’s quite fitting. We all found each other naturally really. Storm, Bee, and I have been kicking it since primary school. Bridggie Smalls was introduced to us by our bestie, Wave. Smalls became family faster than instant noodles. Miss Sammy is the newest member to join the bandwagon and we couldn’t love her more; she’s a total chiller with the biggest lips ever! We have the most fun together when we have impromptu epic kitchen dance sessions. A mutual admiration for fun and music is shared between us.

What was it like growing up in Byron Bay and what was your childhood like?

I was born in mum and dad’s flat directly across from the Main Beach in Byron. We eventually relocated to Mullumbimby, ‘The Biggest Little Town in Australia’, which was my home from age five to eighteen. Life in the Byron Shire always seemed to consist of the grandest weather. The warm and forgiving bay waves would quite often be my chosen happy place to hangout when I needed a break from being madly in love with my horse world. I spent all of my school years at The Shearwater Steiner School, which was situated among the magical Arakwal Country. A normal lunch time would include sneaking off to the bush where we would be swinging hysterically and madly on giant tree vines over creeks that would have all sorts of creepy looking things swimming in them including big black eels. You would be happy if you didn’t fall in that day!

 What are your top three places to hang out in Melbourne?

I love the new Melbourne Emporium food court! I went there yesterday for the first time with my pals. I was very impressed to find that you can buy Chatime teas and pho soup all in the one area. I like hanging out in my neighborhood at either Sugardough Bakery or East Elevation for coffee. It’s the place I meet my friends for debriefing and catching up. Sometimes we stay for hours talking! Lastly, my garden is the place I go when I feel like having quiet time. I always find things to do and think about. It’s my happy place.

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You own so many wonderful clothes! When did your interest in fashion begin?

Thanks! My mum would make beautiful clothing for my sister and I as kids. She would hand sew everything delicately and with great skill. I admired her for this so I would definitely say my love and appreciation for beautiful things came from her.

You were telling me how sometimes your style is really radical and over-the-top, and sometimes you’re a jeans and t-shirt girl. Do you have any “rules” for dressing, or do you just do what you feel like each day?

I’m a sucker for making decisions. So on the day I have to make my mind up, planning doesn’t really work for me. I do love the simplicity of a great t-shirt. Comfort would probably be my only rule. Also no shoes if possible!

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Is it creepy or cool when people recognizes you from the internet?

It’s super cool! it makes me feel happy knowing someone would want to come and say hello if they recognized me.

Can you tell us a little bit about your involvement with Melbourne designer store Pet Shop Girls?

Sure! I’ve been the face for Pet Shop Girls for two years now. Whoa, time flies! I get to shoot every week in the studio with Chiara, Danielle, and Sheena for the PSG Monday to Friday Style Diary , which is viewable on the Pet Shop Girls website and Instagram. We have had so much fun together! That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.

On your Tumblr there are pics of Rihanna and Bianca Jagger. Who are your girl crushes and what qualities do you admire in other women?

Yes! I love Rihanna’s style. She is fierce and has so many different looks. Beyonce has always been my number one lady. Lena Dunham rocks for “feeling feelings since 1986″ and making my life complete via Girls. All women are amazingly unique in every way. I could sit and admire different qualities, big or small, for days. I would say I have great respect for any woman who can be completely true to herself because to be true you must be honest and honesty is realness.

 What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday night?

Spending hours on the best dance floor imaginable with my partner in crime!

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How long have you been playing guitar for?

Since I was really little. Dad played the guitar everyday so it was something we always did together. Music was the way we communicated best.

What song always puts you in a good mood?

“Drunk In Love” by Beyonce and Jay-Z of course.

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You were saying earlier that you really like cooking. What’s your favourite meal to cook?

I do! I love cooking for my boyfriend because he loves eating. I only started cooking when I left home so before that I was hopeless! My favorite meal to cook now is a funny homage to the days before I took matters into my own hands. It’s this delicious crispy pasta dish. Basically I chuck whatever I can in and everyone always loves it! It consists of fresh cut tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, bay leaf, fresh parsley, salt and pepper, hot chili, Danish feta, powder cheese and if you like, tuna. Once you have finished the sauce and the pasta is cooked, put both into one pot with all ingredients including the cheeses. Gently toss until it’s mixed together. Let the pasta and cheeses crisp on the bottom from the heat of the flame for a few minutes. Serve with fresh parsley and extra Danish feta on top.

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