By Alyssa Shapiro, she/her
Sometimes you meet a person and can tell right away they’ll continue to show up in many facets of your life based on their own abundance of being. Such is the case with David Yi, the editor behind Very Good Light, founder of Good Light skincare, and now the author of the brand new book Pretty Boys, which is out today.
The book is, according to Yi, “the history of men, makeup and masculinity from the beginning of time to today. The book proves that cosmetics, makeup, skincare have never been gendered and that folx from all walks of life subscribed to beauty as a means of power.”
Find Pretty Boys here and read on for Yi’s answers to the Youth Questionnaire.
Question 01: How do you help others?
I love listening to others, their worries, their anxieties, and offering words of encouragement. I think my biggest passion is lending an ear and empowering others to live their truths and best lives.
Question 02: What will your greatest impact be on this Earth?
While I’m not certain I’ve been able to have any impact on Earth, I do hope that what I leave behind is a legacy of love and compassion and a deep sense of empathy. I hope others know that I care, have always cared, and I support them.
Question 03: Where are you most free?
I’m most free when I’m able to be in nature—literally away from technology, away from social media, from email—to breathe and walk with God’s creations.
Question 04: When were you recently perfectly content?
I’ve been perfectly content when I’m sitting with my nephew, Everett, and we can be present, playing together, reading, or just watching him laugh and be free. I find so much inspiration from his childlike wonder and him being in the present moment.
Question 05: What do you dream of?
I dream of a world where we can be free to be who we are without the constraints of expectations, binaries, divisions.
Question 06: What does pride mean to you?
Pride means celebrating every single fiber of your being – understanding that you are worthy, gorgeous, beautiful.
Question 07: Describe something that inspired change in your perspective.
I suffered from Bell’s Palsy, a debilitating phenomenon that comes suddenly, for about six months. That trauma allowed me to realize what I really wanted out of life—to be free, to be me.
Question 08: What is your coolest trick?
I’m able to harmonize with any given tune—even if it’s a tire screech.
Question 09: What is your favorite memory in nature?
Summer family trips to Yellowstone National Park—being able to watch nature do its thing.
Question 10: Describe your relationship with your ego.
My ego is my best friend and my worst enemy. Sometimes I need to quiet it, or satisfy it, or hush it so it doesn’t get bigger. But it’s that constant self-realization to have the ability to do that.
Question 11: What is your favorite flower or tree, and why?
I love the pine tree believe it or not—though it may not have leaves, its resilience year-round reminds me that I, too, can survive another day.
Question 12: To you, what is the most soothing sound?
The laughter of my one and only nephew.
Question 13: What is your most useful affirmation?
Saying to myself … “And so it shall be or something better.”
Question 14: If you could encourage others to support something you believe to be universally beneficial, what would it be?
It would be the idea that clean water should be a right for everyone.
Question 15: What is your personal goal for this year, month, or day?
To become healthier, treating my body the right way, being kinder to myself. The pandemic allowed bad eating habits and lack of exercising to happen—and I want to be better to my physical self.
Question 16: What song lyric, lines of a poem, or other excerpt best describes your outlook?
There’s a Korean singer named Sunwoo Jung-A that came out with a song recently called “Run With Me.” The lyrics are all about fleeing, running away, and packing lightly, putting your worries aside, and just being.
Question 17: What colors your view of the world?
I believe that we all possess kindness and the ability to transcend. It’s this belief that we can all work together for a common good that keeps me going.
Question 18: Which is richer: your inner life or outer? Why?
Inner, always. Outer beauty fades, but that inner light is what shines and burns.
Question 19: If your energy were visible to others, what would it look like?
It would look like an orange—full of zest, energy, vitamins to boost your day, sweet yet tart depending on the day.
Question 20: What does it mean to you to dream beyond?
It means imagining another world—a bigger universe—better than our own. Then trying to bring that to Earth.