Visual artist Issa Pressman was one of the head turners during the MEGA Equality Ball 2019 last Wednesday, June 12. Wearing a glittery purple dress, Issa told PUSH that she originally thought of its design then collaborated with designer Chynna Mawawal.
"I just like had it in my head and I wanted to draw it, and I knew that Chynna Mawawal would made the perfect mood for me," she said during her interview for PUSH Bets Live.
In time for Pride month, Issa who made headlines last year after going public with her girlfriend Marga Bermudez, also left a message for LGBTQIA+ people who's struggling with their situation.
"I know it's tough, not for everyone it's easy but then if you guys surround yourself with more positive energy, with people who actually accept you. And if they don't, just speak up and try to like fight for what you want. Because this is yourself, this is your own love, your own life.
"If there's negativity around, then just brush it off and move on. It's hard, but then that's the best thing to do," she said.
When asked about what has changed for her and Marga since their coming out experience, Issa said, "Not much. Honestly for me I was just happy that I was given a good life with my family, [that] accepted me.
"And I always knew that I was gonna be with a person whom I'm actually in love with, whether if he's a boy or a girl. So for me love is love."
For Issa, what had made a difference is them becoming an inspiration for some members of the community.
"Afterwards, when we went out in public, it was just like a normal thing. It was so much better because apparently more people got inspired. We got messages about it, and I'm very thankful for that," she continued.
Watch our two-part coverage of the MEGA Equality Ball here: