Whether it’s Halloween or Valentine’s Day, you can count on Destiny Giakatis to make your day. Handwritten notes, candies or driving around town like a badass (with Darth Vader blaring from her car’s stereo), Destiny knows how to make you feel special and be super cool, at the same time. If that’s not all, the woman has got some killer design skills, dresses to kill, paints like a pro, and comes up with the most amazing ideas for presentation (Ryan Gosling’s abs… hoot hoot, A++).
Five things you need to know about Destiny:
- She is perhaps one of the very, very few who can rock red hair.
- Her style is incredible. One of her T-shirts read: “Not all those who wander are lost.”
- She loves books and wouldn’t mind spending hours at bookstores—even if all you do is drool over books you probably will never have the money to buy.
- She is also a kickass photographer and an artist.
- She would never, ever lose her patience even after you have cracked a Destiny-related joke for the 100th time.
Q1. Why red?
Three years ago, I made the spontaneous choice to dye my hair red. Now, red is not one of my favorite colors and my natural hair color is a dark brown. I rarely make extreme changes to my overall look, but if I do it’s always around my birthday. When my birthday approaches every year I tend to feel the itch to change something. One year I chopped all my hair, or I’ll get a tattoo, but three years ago, I sat in my hairdresser’s chair and decided my hair needed to be red. I don’t know why but I honestly have never regretted it.
Q2. What’s your biggest most rational and irrational fear?
I have a fear of deep-sea water. It hasn’t stopped me from swimming but I don’t think I would ever be able to go scuba diving in the ocean. I would probably be paralyzed with fear, which brings me to my irrational fear. I have an irrational fear of being completely paralyzed and not able to move or communicate. This fear developed after learning about a nerve disease that can cause complete paralysis and leave the person as a living-breathing vegetable.
Q3. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I tend to consider myself an introvert, but I can be extroverted when surrounded by people I know. That being said, I do need to have alone time in order to recharge and not feel overwhelmed. I like making new friends though, and, over the years, I have gotten much better at approaching strangers and making connections. The more love and positivity you put into the world, the more you receive.
Q4. A book that you read, one that makes you feel is almost, kinda, maybe based on your life or the way you behave?
There aren’t any books that directly remind me of my life, but the character Eleanor, from the novel Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, probably resembles my personality the most. Obviously, her life is much more dramatic in comparison to my own quiet life. However, she has an artistic soul and a great sense of style that I definitely identify with, especially when I was a teenager.
Q5. When it comes to driving around Toronto, what has been the most –(fill in the blanks)– incident:
a) Hilarious: I like listening to loud music that I can sing and dance to, however sometimes people in other cars tend to notice and start to laugh. It never stops me from enjoying my drive to school or work.
b) Annoying: Driving behind bad or slow drivers is the most annoying. I have a lead foot and no patience to wait, so I always go around them.
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.