On Being Fierce
Most teenagers struggle with confidence and finding their own path, but Lenny Yaller believes anyone is able to find their true meaning in the world.
Attending Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), Lenny Yaller, Junior Drama Major, found his own path, and it all started with his mother’s compact mirror.
“I looked at my mom’s make-up bag, and I saw her cover-up compact powder,” Lenny stated. “I was so intrigued by it, and I just wanted to try it so bad.”
Lenny found himself becoming so attached to the compact powder, that he asked his mother to buy him his own.
“It was something that I was intrigued with ever since,” he said.
This opened Lenny up to something brand new and so exciting for him. Lenny recalls also going into his sister’s Victoria’s Secret lip gloss bundle, and trying it on in the bathroom.
“It just made me feel so excited and happy. Yes, it was only lip
gloss, but it was still something new that I was so eager to try out,” Lenny said.
Lenny is a firm believer in rising above your insecurities, and he credits his mother for instilling that belief within him.
“One thing my mom told me is to never doubt yourself. Insecurities are a part of life, and you can’t let it get to you,” he said.
This definitely goes to show that by withholding one’s true self from the world, one is doing it and oneself a huge disservice.
Madelyne Greenberg, Junior Vocal Major, has had her ups and downs, however knowing Lenny she was able to think more optimistically.
“Lenny is such a positive and energetic person to be around because whenever you ever feel like you’re having the worst day possible, he’ll always seem to put a smile on your face,” she said.
The Art of Drag is something that Lenny is very inspired by, and he would love to be a part of it one day in the future.
“Expressing yourself with fierce nails, a huge wig, a dress, eight-inch stilettos, and lip-syncing is so fun and makes me feel so good,” he added.
Lenny would like to use this art to show that everyone has a place in this world, and help them build confidence in themselves.
“If you let your insecurities get to you, you will NEVER be able to love and express yourself. You’re just living in unnecessary fear of what others think,” he said.
– by Maven Medina ’19