Leyya said the experience also took her back to a particularly painful time during university, when her stepfather passed away. “Something he said that haunted me, was ‘work, work, work, that’s all I’ve ever done, and look where it’s got me. That’s really sobering to hear, especially from someone you love. I promised myself that whatever I did, I’d enjoy it. It gave me more purpose than just working to be successful and rich. It allows me to live the best life I can.”
As part of a wave of new companies, platforms and initiatives pushing for greater inclusion and representation across the industry, The Other Box has been received with open arms – with one of their recent live events selling out in just 20 minutes. Leyya finishes by talking to us about why she personally feels the movement towards greater diversity has been able to accelerate, her vision for the future of the industry, and the advice she has for those starting out now.
All above images taken from The Other Box’s event created with support from Skinnydip London, captured by Muna Ally.