Born and raised in Grand Cayman, Cayman islands, Alyssa has been interested in fashion for as long as she can remember. After being inspired to style through online games and creating designs as a child, Alyssa got involved in her local modeling scene at age 14. She has modeled for BFYNE swimwear, Sai Sankoh, Yumi Katsura Bridal, and The Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism to name a few, and multiple Caymanian designers & photographers.
In 2018 she received her foundational certification for fashion studies at UAL: London College of Fashion, a world renowned fashion school, and later graduated from London College of Fashion in 2022 with a first-class honors bachelors degree in Fashion Styling and Production. She also holds certifications in fashion photography from Central Saint Martins, social media strategy for fashion from LCF, and Ancient Egyptian Art & Archaeology from Harvard.
After graduating, Alyssa returned home for a year and was a featured artist in the 3rd Cayman Islands Biennial. Her exhibition piece 'Celia', a styled photograph of Alyssa embodying historic Caymanian Slave 'Long Celia', won her the Bendel Hydes Emerging Artist Award. 'Celia' was purchased by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and is now apart of the Cayman Islands National Art Collection.
Alyssa is currently pursuing her masters in Creative Direction for Fashion Media at Conde Nast Coll, and a modelling career. She is the founder and creative director of West Indian Creatives, an online and physical platform for Caribbean fashion and visual media practitioners. Her styling work focusses on the visual storytelling of culture using her sharp eye for clothing as a key communicator, while her photography work is inspired by luxury commercial fashion photography from the late 90s and early 2000s, focussing on the natural movements of the muse. She draws inspiration from her environment, her childhood and minority groups. She likes to represent people of color in her personal work and makes them the subject of stories that they may not historically or typically be the subject of, while educating the viewer. She also has an interest in Black American, African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino cultures and uses them as a source of inspiration in a lot of her work.