Model and influencer Sonya Esman curates the best of the California Desert
“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.
Edited by ANUSH BENLIYAN and REBECCA RUSSELL.