C California Style

SALVATION MOUNTAIN in Niland, California. “Salvation Mountain” by bdearth © 2009 (flickr.com/photos/bdearth/8316822024), licensed under CC BY 2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), reframed from original.

Road Trippin’

by C California Style

Model and influencer Sonya Esman curates the best of the California Desert

Sonya Esman. Photography by CHUCK LANG.

“One of the things I love most about living in California is driving through the diverse state and admiring how mind-blowing the earth is,” says fashion and beauty vlogger Sonya Esman. The Russian-born multiplatform influencer—who has garnered 2 million followers on Instagram and more than 370,000 subscribers on YouTube—recently moved back to Los Angeles after a stint in New York City. Upon returning, the 22-year-old model and voice behind the lifestyle blog Class Is Internal took a road trip through the California desert. Here, she shares her favorite moments. Salvation Mountain is just magical. Everyone should see this monument in their lifetime, even if it’s just for aesthetic purposes. It was built by one man who had a lot of passion in his heart. salvationmountain.us.Death Valley is about five hours north of L.A. On the way, you’ll encounter insane sand dunes that go on for miles. Adelanto in the Mojave Desert is a city of dust devils. I highly recommend driving by if you are an adrenaline junky. • Joshua Tree is another California must. The locals are so kindhearted; you may never want to leave. • I rented a Sioux-style tepee amid granite boulders in Pioneertown through Airbnb. You feel like you’re on another planet. airbnb.com.



This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of C Magazine.