Graphic illustrator, sneaker designer, fitness guru, brand ambassador. Sophia Chang has added a lot of items to her bio in a short time. The 26-year-old Queens, N.Y., native ditched a career in fashion design to pursue illustration at Parsons The New School for Design. But she didn’t get far. Chang has become a creative go-to in the shoe world, drawing cartoons for Steve Madden’s in-house magazine and designing a collection of co-branded footwear and apparel for Puma. The line debuted in the U.S. in September. “Especially since I’m so young, to collaborate on a brand of that level has been amazing,” said Chang, who is in talks with Puma and other sneaker labels for more collabs. She also pursues her passion for fitness as brand ambassador for Urban Outfitters’ Without Walls division, and works on her pet project, Undo Mag, whose second issue will drop Dec. 1. “It’s about fashion and fitness and motivating people to better themselves,”she said. Here, Chang talks about — and illustrates — a few of her own motivations.
My next vacation spot: “I went to Hawaii earlier this year, and I can’t wait to go back.”
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Movie I can quote by heart: “‘Anchorman.’ For some reason, I love movies and shows that make you feel uncomfortable.”
The music I’m obsessed with right now: “There’s an artist called Ty Dolla $ign. He’s from the [San Francisco] Bay Area.”
Favorite spot in New York: “My apartment. Lately I don’t want to go anywhere, especially since it’s getting cold. But I have a dog, so I do have to leave the apartment some time.”
The best dish I make: “Mac and cheese. I chop up tiny cubes of Spam and cook them with onions, then I mix that with the rest of the ingredients and add some cilantro. I’m good at that — oh, and guacamole.”
My most embarrassing fashion choice: “When I was a kid, I cut my own bangs, and they ended up being much shorter than I thought. I don’t know why no one ever told me that was not attractive.”