I’m Tiffany, a fashion and portrait photographer from Toronto, Ontario. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to photograph Esther Park for the upcoming Des Femmes cover. Funny enough, it was actually the first time I got paid in crypto…ever.
Crypto was something I had known about for a while but I had brushed it off as something for tech bros and people who wanted to surreptitiously buy stuff off the internet. As it became easier to access for the tech-illiterate, my interest piqued. Eventually I got into crypto because, like many, I needed to start thinking about my financial future. Plus, I had a healthy distrust of the stock market and knew a few people who had made a good amount of money off altcoins.
In January 2021, I bought my first $100 of crypto, mostly bitcoin. To me, it held more promise and less risk than stocks due to its simplicity and inherent transparency.
In April 2021, I got paid (by Des Femmes Magazine) in cryptocurrency for the first time. In my work, I prioritize working with women, people of color and people in the lgbtq+ community where and when I can. It’s important to put money into the hands of people who have been traditionally disenfranchised in an industry that doesn’t often prioritize them beyond tokenization. The ability to pay someone with a currency that continues to grow is an investment into both our futures. It’s a powerful way for women to connect through business and value each other.
There’s a saying on the internet that working class people pass around the same $20 to each other, but when it’s bitcoin, the story changes. I don’t pretend to understand how it all works or what the future holds. But what I do understand is that cryptocurrency feels necessary for a more equitable future. Getting paid in crypto and paying others in it feels like freedom. That was our inspiration for this shoot. I hope you enjoy the portraits in this magazine!