ZAZI x Invites: Kindima
Kindima Matilda is of Gineuan-German origins // An agriculture Student // Dancer // Model & Vintage Lover
As an agriculture student, what's your view on our relationship with food?
There is definitely a huge disconnect between farmers and consumers today and so between us and the food we eat. We should know how our food is grown; If we go to the supermarket, we should have an understanding of where the food is coming from, how much energy a person has put into it - but we don’t know any of this.
You know, every family used to grow their own food. When I was in Guinea I was actually able to see how my grandma grows all her fruits and vegetables - from yams, to melons and all sorts of stuff.
So she’s always had this connection with what she is consuming; and everything that she eats, she honours so much.
But we waste so much food and forget how much work it takes and the process and energy that is consumed to be able to have the food available to us at the final point of contact. I truly believe that our relationship with food starts by looking at our relationship with the planet. If the planet is healthy, we can be healthy too.
And with that, how do you see your role within agriculture?
I’m very interested in rural development in Guinea. Especially since I feel that growing up in Europe is a privilege and when i went back I felt so connected to the land and the people. I believe that when you have privileges it is always good to give back.
What makes you feel most in your power?
Having the strength to say no when I need to, especially in very difficult situations. That is the most liberating feeling.
Can you talk about what your style says about you?
It is 100% me. I need to wear what I feel represents me, so my style definitely changes with my mood - for instance when I get my periods I have these long wool skirts and I basically live in them as they give me the most sense of comfort and homey feeling. So for me, my style is an extension of my emotions. Right now I’m into pastel colours.
Does a brand's outlook on sustainability affect your purchases?
Yeah definitely. Once you become aware of your actions - which for me it started with food, you become aware with all your other actions, from what you wear to what skincare routine you have. It’s a full spiral effect. So now for instance I only use shea butter for my skin and lava soil for my hair as a shampoo.
Last question Kindima, what is an everyday tip you can suggest to further improve our sustainability?
It all comes down to creating a dialogue about sustainability and raising awareness by talking to each other. As consumers we play such a crucial role. How you consume is the biggest way you can create change. It’s about simply being more mindful of our actions - taking a step at a time and seeing that there are so many little things we can change to make more mindful choices.