The universe has a funny way of making things work. A few months ago, I had a dream that me and my friend Lizz were taking photos in one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. We were covered in henna and wearing jewelery she designed. When I woke up I immediately called her and told her about the dream – insisting that we make it a reality together. She was so excited, and her excitement excited me further!
I started searching online for henna artists in the area, only to be disappointed by what I was finding online. None of the styles matched what I had dreamt about and I started to grow frustrated. After about an hour of searching, I finally stumbled upon Kenzi’s website. She had worked with Erykah Badu for Love of my Life and her henna was incredible. I was nervous that she’d be unavailable to work with us but I gave her a call anyway and told her about my idea. To my surprise, she was thrilled with the idea and instantly jumped on board. My excitement was growing wild, and Lizz had already begun working on our jewels.
We needed to find the location. I was chatting with my friend Kira about the dream that had inspired me and she hinted of a secret desert nearby that she worked on for a movie meant to be set in Afghanistan. She knew it would be perfect for what I was looking for. I asked her part of the team in making my dream a reality, and Kenzi worked her magic on the three of us. We were mesmerized by the impermanent art growing on our bodies, she blew us away! We had a wonderful day of good conversation, henna tattoos and delicious food. It was time for Kira and Kenzi to send Lizz and on our way.
We arrived the next day only to realize that it was a private location. We knew we had to sneak in. Carrying our clothes, jewels and camera equipment, we made our way through. Nothing could stop us at that point. We climbed up sand dunes and got attacked by foreign sand insects until finally, we stopped. We had made it. Completely paralyzed by the unexpected beauty surrounding we just stood in amazement, speechless. It was like a mirage. Where were we? How was this anywhere near New York City?! We took our clothes off and started prancing around completely consumed with laughter and joy. Everything worked out perfectly and we were in heaven!
And now you see…We created magic. Just like my dream.