PAPERhttp://www.nojx.tw/PAPERen-usSun, 24 Feb 2019 09:05:19 -0000https://assets.rbl.ms/19068909/210x.pnghttp://www.nojx.tw/PAPERA Gold Kevin Hart Holds Pride Flag on Hollywood Boulevardhttp://www.nojx.tw/kevin-hart-statue-pride-oscars-2629848127.html

While Kevin Hart won’t be hosting the Oscars on Sunday, but it looks like he’ll be at Dolby Theater. On Saturday, a golden statue of the actor appeared on Hollywood Boulevard outside the venue for the Academy Awards. Hart’s statue is also seen holding the Pride Flag.

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Street artist Plastic Jesus posted on Instagram, claiming the work as his, and expressing his support for the LGBTQ+ community. He calls it “Hollow Apology.” He wrote in the caption, “Over the past decades most countries have made great inroads fighting homophobia and hate, however the current divisive rhetoric seems to have taken us back to the 1970’s. So much of the entertainment industry output comes from LGBTQ Individuals we should be celebrating it and not creating a hateful environment.”


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Hart officially stepped down from hosting the Oscars back in December, and later apologized saying he was sorry he “had hurt people.” Now, it’s been announced that the ceremony will happen without a host for the first time in 30 years.

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This isn’t the first time Plastic Jesus has installed social justice artwork on Hollywood Boulevard. Before, they’ve also placed prison bars over Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star, and made a statue of Harvey Weinstein in a bathrobe sitting on a “casting couch.”

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Image via Getty

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Sun, 24 Feb 2019 02:31:46 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/kevin-hart-statue-pride-oscars-2629848127.htmlEqualityGayOscarsKevinhartHatecrimeHateInstagram.comKevin hartOscars 2019ArtLgbtqLgbtLgbtqiaCareJasmine Ting
Versace's New Glam, Grunge Worldhttp://www.nojx.tw/versace-milan-fall-2019-2629837223.html

In Milan, Donatella Versace presented one of her most epic and surprising collections yet. Along with references to her heritage Versace style (the invite was a branded box of safety pins, and the set had a massive gold safety pin on the runway, if that's any hint), there was a new glamorous take on grunge. The soundtrack was on ode to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and plaids, neons and t-shirts were shown next to the glam dresses by which we know the label best. Here's everything else you need to know about the show.

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Neon hues in every shade of the rainbow came through in flashes throughout the collection. Highlighter green dresses, vivid yellow tights, pink turtlenecks that were so bright they were nearly blinding: they all become newly admitted archives of the cool Versace world.

Tartan?Comeback


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Paying tribute to a punkish grunge aesthetic, tartan prints were seen on outwear, mini skirts and our favorite: thigh high cut dresses with inky black bondage style tops.

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On that note, bondage was one of the biggest themes of the collection. Toward the end, a slew of top models (Stephanie Seymour, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber) all wore sexy, bondage-like dresses. Considering the show theme was all about grunge, it makes sense that Versace would draw from its fall 1992 Miss S&M collection for these very similar silhouettes.

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Wildly colored coats in contrasting fabrics and palettes were presented as next season's answer to the great winter chill. Awkward-in-the-best-possible-way prints clashed as odd combinations (like a cantaloupe hued coat worn with orange bondage and green pants) dominated.

New Ways to?Style


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The styling in this show was really special and inspiring. We saw many kinds of layering – like tank tops worn over open button-down tops and tunics – that felt completely new. A lot of the mixed prints in the collection were a big part of the styling feeling so new, too.

Photography: Sonny Vandevelde

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 22:52:24 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/versace-milan-fall-2019-2629837223.htmlVersaceKristen Bateman
A History of Leather at Tod'shttp://www.nojx.tw/tods-leathers-milan-fashion-week-2629834238.html

Founded nearly 100 years ago in 1920, Tod's is best known in the Italian fashion scene as the luxury line that produces shoes and accessories as well as a ready-to-wear collection that draws on the same aesthetics. The brand, which focuses on Italian classics and updated leathers has currently been without a womenswear creative director for multiple seasons. Here's everything you need to know about the show.

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Leopard, a trend seen on the runway at labels ranging from Marc Jacobs to Kate Spade, was prevalent here at Tod's too. It came in the form of coats, tops, skirts as well as chunky bags.

The Updated?Trench


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Here, the heritage trench coat silhouette was taken and updated in new shades of leather as well as classic fabrics.

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The subdued color palette of black and caramel made an appearance. Whether in the form of trimming or leather panels on coats – or even just matched up between skirts and blouses, the slightly unconventional palette collided.

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If there's one takeaway from the Tod's runway – it's that investing in bigger bags is your best bet. The label showed a collection full of totes, bucket bags and some bags that were doubled up (models carried two at once) in larger sizes. The top handle carryalls looked like they were weekend-away size.

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Another trend we've spotted far and wide has been emerald green. And Tod's delivered it in lush leather coats, skirts and dresses plus sporty puffers and slick leather trousers.

Photos via IMAXTree

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 22:15:51 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/tods-leathers-milan-fashion-week-2629834238.htmlLeatherMilan fashion weekMfwFall 2019Tod'sKristen Bateman
YUMI Is Done with Fitting Inhttp://www.nojx.tw/yumi-camouflage-forever21-womens-day-2629823642.html

The past year has been great for Asian representation in entertainment, marked in large part by Crazy Rich Asians (2018), the return of Sandra Oh, and lead roles for actors like John Cho and Henry Golding. Now, model and singer/songwriter YUMI wants that diversity to translate into the music industry not only in terms of being Asian, but playing more into her identity as a plus-sized Asian artist.

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For this year's International Women's Day celebration, Forever21 has launched their new "Forever Female" line, celebrating diversity and women in the music industry. This was a chance for both YUMI's modeling and music industry worlds to intersect. The artist, as well as her latest single "Camouflage," are featured in the fashion brand's campaign, along with Gabby Barrett , Dounia Tazi, Ari Lennox, Kassi Ashton, Bia, Madds, Chloe Kohanski, Natti Natasha and Margie Ashcroft.

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"The campaign is really diverse on every level, and I know these women have experienced what I have in their own ways, their own narratives," YUMI tells PAPER. "I think that this campaign is showing that all women that they're beautiful, and that our differences are our power. The campaign is all about positivity, and embracing being a woman, and being powerful in loving yourself—and that's also at the core of 'Camouflage.'"

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PAPER talks to the artist about her journey of coming to terms with her identity, and representation in both the modeling and music industries.

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Can you talk more about "Camouflage"?

I wanted to write a song of empowerment, going through my identity struggles and self-love struggles. The two biggest insecurities in my life were being plus-sized and being Asian, and sometimes both at the same time. The first verse of the song talks about being plus size and bigger, and not fitting into conventional beauty standards. And then the second verse of the song talks about being Asian in an all white area, and how people treated me because they weren't accustomed to Asians. I was the only Asian kid in my middle school, and they let me know by calling me by racial slurs. At the time, I was making light of it because that's all I knew. When I moved to California, it was more culturally-diverse, but I still felt the pressure of leaning towards more white beauty standards because I've grown up believing that I wasn't attractive or desirable.

The first and second verses combine to show how these things were my weaknesses and insecurities at one point, but the chorus and the name of the song talk about how, now, I'm done trying to be like everyone else. I'm embracing those weaknesses and making them my power, because it's our differences that make us unique.

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"I'm done trying to be like everyone else. I'm embracing those weaknesses and making them my power, because it's our differences that make us unique."

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When would you say you came to terms with embracing your uniqueness and flaws—the things you used to see as your weaknesses?

Embracing my body came first, because I just had this revelation when I was in Hawaii two years ago. I don't want to be 80 years old and remember my life as someone who's too scared to go under the water because they don't want to wear a bathing suit. I want to live the fullest, happiest life I can, and I was just tired of carrying that weight of hating myself.

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What about your issues with being Asian?

I later acknowledged my issue with being Asian, because it was something that I shoved down for a long time. But then, I discovered the deep root of that problem when I started modeling again in 2016, and I started seeing the lack of diversity in the plus size industry. We have almost every race on board, except for Asian culture. I've grown really passionate about being the representation for being a plus size Asian, because that's something that Asian culture doesn't feel passionate about supporting. You don't even have to be plus-sized and Asian to feel the pressure of being small in Asian culture. I've never lived in Japan, but I felt this from my family growing up, from my mom's side, from my elders. They grew up under that size 2 beauty standard. Even some of my Asian friends who are so skinny and so tiny say that, "Yeah, my grandma and my aunt told me that I look fat today."

So we deal with this pressure still from that side of things. I never experienced an Asian role model growing up saying it was okay to be bigger than what the culture says you should be, and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. I would like to be that representation and role model.

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"I never experienced an Asian role model growing up saying it was okay to be bigger than what the culture says you should be...I would like to be that representation and role model."

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What's it like producing work that talks about such personal things?

It can be painful, and can make me feel vulnerable, because you're putting a part of your personal journal or diary out into the world for people to hear. Sometimes they're about specific people, too. So you can't help but think, "Oh, are these people going to find out?" You make yourself vulnerable sharing art, in general because it's an extension of you. But at the end of the day, it's really beautiful to feel connection to people relating to what you create because it comes from such a deep place. Hearing people say, "That really helped me through this" makes it so much more worth it to put it out there.

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How important do you think it is being a plus-sized Asian both in modeling and music?

I think in modeling it's easier because there's already a community built for people like me, and it's very supportive and strong. But I think being Asian sometimes, it's more difficult to get certain roles, and it's out of my control. There's still a lack of representation.

In the music world, I think it's a lot harder because there isn't that community already built for me to walk into. I mean, there's a lot of people in the Forever21 campaign that is part of the plus size community, but it's not like the music world has this body positivity movement yet. For the music world, I think it's something that I have to fight for more.

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What do you want to do next?

I would love to play at a big festival, I would love to tour. I want to do everything. There's no specific thing. Right now, my biggest goal is to put out music and talk more about stuff like this, and things that I feel strongly about and want to be vocal about. My goal is just connecting with people more this year, those that support me. I would love to collaborate with brands more for messages that I stand strongly behind.

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Listen to "Camouflage" below.


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Images courtesy Dim Mak Records

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:56:26 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/yumi-camouflage-forever21-womens-day-2629823642.htmlMusicYumiDim mak recordsNew musicNew york cityFashionForever21International women's dayJasmine Ting
Do You Remember 'FanMail'?http://www.nojx.tw/fanmail-tlc-20th-anniversary-2629819303.html

One of the most monumental girl groups of all time was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the year 1990, when Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas officially came together as TLC. They debuted with their album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, then followed it up with the iconic CrazySexyCool. And just when people weren't sure what would happen after a whole five-year hiatus, the group released FanMail in 1999—the album that gave us anthems like "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty." Now, FanMail officially turns 20, and fans are celebrating the Grammy Award-winning platinum record that Tionne, Lisa, and Chilli dedicated to them.

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In an interview with MTV back in 1999, Lisa explains that FanMail was a love letter to their fans, especially those who sent them fan mail during their hiatus. "They have supported us through everything," she said. "It's not just the 'I like your CD' kind of mail. It's 'Tionne, how are you? How's your Sickle Cell doing?' It's 'Lisa, why'd you burn down Andre's house?' It's 'Chilli, congratulations on your new baby.'"

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Here are some of the best tweets remembering this major music moment, and its twenty-year milestone:

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Celebrate and reminisce by re-watching the gift that is the "No Scrubs" music video below.


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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:22:50 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/fanmail-tlc-20th-anniversary-2629819303.htmlTlcMusicLisa left eyeLeft eyeChilliT-bozTwitterTwitter.comLisa lopesTionne watkinsRozonda thomas90's music20th anniversary fanmailFanmail#fanmail#tlc#riplefteyeJasmine Ting
Breakdancing Wants to be an Olympic Sport in 2024http://www.nojx.tw/breakdancing-olympics-2024-2629769055.html

Every four years, nations around the world come together to watch a handful of athletes compete for two weeks in series of sports no one would otherwise pay attention to, in what we have come to know as the Olympics. A massive spectacle that always tries to outdo itself with increasingly elaborate over-the-top ceremonies, the Olympics are certainly known for their marquee events, such as swimming, track and field, and gymnastics, but it is weird quirky sports, like badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, and dressage, that really give the event its charm. If you haven't walked into a sports bar in the dead of summer to see a very prim horse trotting sideways across a stadium plastered across massive flatscreens above the bar and not taken some modicum of joy out of the absurd experience then you, my friend, have not lived.

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But like the constantly shifting landscape of society, the Olympics too must reevaluate and tweak their roster of events to stay current with the times. Next year's Tokyo Olympics will see the debut of Skateboarding, Surfing, and Climbing, but it is a recent proposal from the organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics that has us fully awake.

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Related | Trans Boxer Patricio Manuel On His Historic Debut Win

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According to new reports, organizers are currently strongly considering Breakdancing as their addition to the fluctuating lineup. The International Olympic Committee has already said that the proposed addition fits with their goal of making the Olympics more "gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban." So that's a pretty promising sign.

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If you're having trouble picturing it, an Olympic breakdance competition would likely be styled after those going on today. Divided into two individual categories, b-boys and b-girls, as well as mixed teams, routines would be scored by a panel of judges that would award points based on a variety of factors such as execution, difficulty, and style. Think figure skating but with hip-hop flair. Breakdancing has already had a dry run as an Olympic sport at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, so there is precedent.

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Related | Michelle Kwan Gave Jonathan Van Ness a Figure Skating Lesson

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Ultimately, the final decision will left to the IOC when they meet in June. While you may not expect it, France actually is home to the largest breakdancing population outside of the United States which is why the Paris Olympic Committee hopes that by making it an official sport they will be able to appeal to a much younger (and much needed) audience in 2024. Fingers crossed that the IOC sees the appeal because the prospect of "Olympic Breakdancing" as a concept is too tantalizing pass up.

Photo via Getty

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 04:22:29 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/breakdancing-olympics-2024-2629769055.htmlOlympicsSummer olympicsDanceSportsParisIocBreakdancingMatt Moen
Lizzo Covers Miley and Our Hearts Are Fullhttp://www.nojx.tw/lizzo-nothing-breaks-cover-2629764632.html

Have you had a rough week? List of deadlines never seeming to diminish? Fantasizing about Friday since Monday? Tearing your hair out at prospect of having to hear another one of Gerald from Sales "world famous" jokes? Fear not, because Lizzo, our pop star who can do no wrong, has delivered unto us a new cover of Miley Cyrus' dance-country crossover ballad "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" just in time to revitalized our spirits for the weekend.

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Related | Fat and All That: Talking With Body Positivity Queen Lizzo

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Making an appearance in the BBC 1 Radio Live Lounge ahead of the April 19th release of her forthcoming album, Cuz I Love You, Lizzo decided to shift things down a gear with her Cyrus cover and take us to Church. Weaving organs into the country twangs of the original, Lizzo delivers a powerful performance with soulful vocals that amp the heartbreak-factor up to eleven. Lizzo manages to fully make the cover her own in a way that has us wondering why Miley hasn't already hit her up for an official remix? (A sick flute solo during the bridge would be incredible, now that you mention it).

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Watch Lizzo's full cover of Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson's "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" below:


Photo via BFA

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 02:33:23 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/lizzo-nothing-breaks-cover-2629764632.htmlMiley cyrusNothing breaks like a heartMark ronsonCuz i love youPopMusicCoverBbc radio 1 live loungeLizzoMatt Moen
Meet Shanghai's Badass Femme-Centric DJ Crew, NüSHù Workshophttp://www.nojx.tw/nushu-workshop-2629648993.html

Dating back as recently as the 19th century, women in China were subject to systemic oppression. Not only was their physical mobility limited through the practice of feet-binding but unmarried women confined to their homes and forbidden from having a formal education. Undeterred, women still managed to find ways to educate themselves, including the creation of a clandestine script language that allowed them to communicate as well as write poems and stories. It is in this spirit of resourcefulness and determination to uplift one another that contemporary music collective, NüSHù Workshop, was born.

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Related | This Entrepreneur Is Uniting Weed, Rave Culture and Social Justice

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Based out of the international hub city that is Shanghai, the NüSHù Workshop was founded by Lhaga Koondhor, Daliah Spiegel, Amber Akilla and features a rotating cast of members from all corners of the globe. Looking to disrupt the gate-keeping male-dominated music industry, NüSHù puts female-identifying individuals first, creating spaces not only where they can play but learn and grow as well.

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"We started NVSHU to support a community that gives people confidence to develop their practice in whatever creative field they choose," says co-founder Lhaga Koondhor. "Learning the basics of DJing might just be a gateway into music production or engineering and promoting. As an Asian woman as well, I want to see diversified representation for all people in the industry - this is what we hope to contribute with NVSHU"


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NüSHù Workshop is guided by three principles; connecting, educating, and championing femme, femme-identifying, queer, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals. "At NVSHU we realized that even though we had all fought so hard to earn our place in the industry there are still so many people who want to learn and have access but don't know where to start," Koondhor explains. "Even though I'm lucky to personally call so many talented womxn, LGBTQI and non-binary artists my friends and collaborators, there is still a long way to go in terms of gender representation and opportunities in all industries but especially music and entertainment."

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Nightlife all too often suffers from a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, that only those that are skilled enough to rise above the rest are deserving of our recognition. Painting it as a zero-sum game though does more harm than good by ultimately reinforcing pre-existing power structures that already exist in a patriarchal society. What NüSHù aims to subvert is this very mentality, not only through their various workshops but by creating a support network that individuals can come back to for help, advice, or even to offer their own services to others.

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Related | UNSEELIE Is the Mystical Fairy Collective Changing the Face of Nightlife

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"We're so used to existing in a creative bubble surrounded by artists, DJs and performers we forget about making sure outsiders feel welcome and included," says Koondhor. "Amber [Akilla] was surprised so many people hadn't met a female DJ before but said they'd always loved music and wanted to learn. We knew that our experience and resources could be combined and shared to empower others."

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Find out more about NüSHù Workshop in the latest episode from Red Bull Music's Inspire the Night documentary series and get a glimpse into what a typical night for the NüSHù crew looks like in the gallery below:

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:06:24 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/nushu-workshop-2629648993.htmlShanghaiDjCrewLgbtqFemmeChinaNightlifeDahlia spiegelAmber akillaFeminismNushu workshopMatt Moen
Trans Soul Icon Jackie Shane Has Died At 78http://www.nojx.tw/jackie-shane-dies-2629752720.html

Soul singer and trans pioneer Jackie Shane died this week at 78, her label Numero Group confirms. Todaycredited with helping to define the "Toronto Sound" of blues that dominated music in the 1960's, Shane was born in 1940 and raised in Nashville. Fleeing Jim Crow racism, she found a new hometown in Toronto, where she joined Frank Motley's R&B band, singing and playing drums. Her smoky voice, which has been compared to Nina Simone's, became a legend at local clubs, but she eventually gained American attention with hits like "Any Other Way," which was #2 on national radio. She was courted by labels including Atlantic and Motown, but turned them down, according to a 2017 interview with The Guardian.


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Despite growing up in the 1940's south, Shane began living as a girl at age five. "At five years old, I would dress in a dress, hat, purse and high heels and go up and down the block – and enjoy it," she told The Guardian. She'd sometimes perform in gowns, but most often wore suits on-stage, which she's said sometimes caused people to identify her as a lesbian. Though she was embraced by the Toronto scene, she was often harassed by band-members and sometimes the police. "I've never had a group that didn't have one member who wouldn't leave me alone," she said in the same interview.

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She was courted to be a singer for George Clinton's band, and toured extensively, including once with Etta James, before disappearing in the early 1970's and living in seclusion for decades. In the last few years, however, Numero Uno was able to find Shane to secure her consent for a retrospective of her discography. The album, Any Other Way was released around 2017, telling her full story in its liner notes for the first time.

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"People have come up to me and said, 'Jackie thank you. You made it possible for me to have a life.' That's why I was there," she told The Guardian, describing her pride in how her life has inspired others. "My whole approach is to get you to go up against wrong. I don't bow down. I do not get down on my knees. The lowest I go is the top of my head. This is Jackie!"

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Numero Group has shared the following statement:

"Pioneering trans soul singer Jackie Shane has passed away at the age of 78 in her home in Nashville. A cultural icon in her adopted hometown of Toronto, Ms. Shane left the music business suddenly in 1971 and spent decades in semi-seclusion. A career retrospective on Chicago's Numero Group label in 2017 ultimately led to a Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album. “I do believe that it's like destiny, like that something that could not be avoided,” Jackie told the CBC last month. "I really feel that I have made a place for myself with wonderful people. What I have said, what I have done, they say it makes their lives better."

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"Jackie didn't do what she did for anyone's else's approval. She was here to entertain, but also to educate and inspire. She lived entirely on her own terms," Numero Group A&R rep Douglas McGowan told Billboard. "She taught me so many things about self-respect and grace under difficult circumstances," he said. "I believe that she was a visionary who will never be forgotten, and will be recognized by more and more people as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. I'll never know anyone else like Jackie."

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McGowan helped track Shane down, and helped convince her to release Any Other Way. He told The Guardian that the album is a reminder for "young people that some people have been fighting for rights before there were even names for their causes."

Read Shane's most recent interviews with The New York Times, CBC, Billboard, The Guardian and Broadly.


Photo via Getty

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Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:29:53 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/jackie-shane-dies-2629752720.htmlFrank motleyR&bSoulMotownNashvilleJim crowRacismEtta jamesJackie shaneJael Goldfine
Urban Decay Is Releasing a 'Game Of Thrones' Themed Collectionhttp://www.nojx.tw/game-of-thrones-urban-decay-2629745213.html

Your two favorite obsessions are coming together. Urban Decay has announced it's launching a Game of Thrones collection this April — just in time for the premiere of the eighth season of the beloved HBO show.

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The also beloved beauty label released a number of imagery and teasers on their Instagram and Twitter to announce the news this morning. Queen of Dragons-looking models are seen sporting a dramatic range of eye-shadows from turquoise to cobalt to berry-stained, possibly inspired by the fire and ice theme, with the hashtag #ForTheThrone.


Urban Decay Cosmetics on Instagram: “WE ARE READY ?? #FORTHETHRONE #URBANDECAY @gameofthrones”


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No word yet on the official date or which products will be part of the collection. But in the meanwhile, maybe restock on their cult Naked Palette?

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Images via Instagram

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:45:21 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/game-of-thrones-urban-decay-2629745213.htmlUrban decayGame of thronesEyeshadowsJeena Sharma
Century 21 Is Having an Epic Sample Salehttp://www.nojx.tw/century-21-sample-sale-c21-2629754015.html

Century 21 is legendary when it comes to finding the best runway pieces on sale. True story: I've personally found extremely rare runway pieces from Comme des Gar?ons and Dries Van Noten for less than $150. And the thrill of hunting through so many racks not knowing what you might find is actually kind of fun.

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On Monday, the Downtown mecca (21 Dey Street) is hosting what may be its most epic sale yet. The LXRandCo Vintage Luxury sample sale will include jewelry, handbags, accessories and watches at 85% off. The sale goes through Feb. 27th.

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While there will be pieces from Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci, Hermes and basically any other top luxury fashion brand you could think of, your best bet might be to seek out the vintage Louis Vuitton bags (which there will be plenty of) and suddenly feel very covetable right now. There are also signature Balenciaga bags for just a little over $200, and Cartier earrings that you can literally save a cool $10,000 on. Click through for a preview of the epic sample sale.

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$6,497 (61% off)

Louis Vuitton Theda


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Balenciaga First Bag


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Louis Vuitton Lockit


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Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma


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Louis Vuitton Epi Alma


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Céline Python Phantom


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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:33:35 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/century-21-sample-sale-c21-2629754015.htmlShoppingSample salesCentury 21Louis vuittonVintageBalenciagaCartierFashionKristen Bateman
Does Cardi B Not Know About Oat Milk?http://www.nojx.tw/cardi-b-lactaid-bowl-2629750907.html

If I were a multi-millionaire rapper who suddenly shot to fame in 2018, my first priority — first — would be stocking up on extravagantly-priced alternative milk options. We're talking cupboards upon cupboards full of almond, oat, hemp, coconut, rice, and definitely cashew milk, used mainly for lattes that would be prepared by a live-in personal barista. This is my fantasy, but to her credit Cardi B doesn't have time for such bougieness. As revealed last night on Instagram, she's a Lactaid girl.

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In a characteristically candid video, Cardi explained how she has struggled with lactose intolerance in recent years. She still loves eating cereal though, and since her body "started changing at 22" she's become a Lactaid devotee. To the extent that the brand recently sent her a blue and silver crystal bowl emblazoned with its logo.

Related | Cardi B and Kulture Announce Offset's New Album


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"I can't drink whole milk no more," she detailed. "I get diarrhea, I'm farting up storm… it's just not working out." She showed off the sparkly Lactaid bowl and praised its design features: "You know I made it when they sent me a bedazzled bowl of cereal. You know something, this is the perfect bowl. Not too much cereal. Not too much milk. Balanced well."

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Unfortunately, when I look at Cardi's perfectly-proportioned Lactaid bowl, all I see is a missed opportunity to be sent its Oatly-branded equivalent. Sigh.

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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:07:02 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/cardi-b-lactaid-bowl-2629750907.htmlOffsetHip hopLactaidOat milkAlternative milksVeganismMusicCardi bKatherine Gillespie
Bottega Veneta's Daniel Lee Is One to Watchhttp://www.nojx.tw/bottega-veneta-fall-2019-mfw-2629750862.html

In Milan, creative director Daniel Lee presented his very first runway show for Bottega Veneta. Lee, who joined the label last year, is a Central Saint Martins Graduate who was worked with Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, Donna Karan and Celine in the past. Since he debuted his work in 2018, multiple sources (like Business of Fashion and i-D) have compared his pieces as filling the gap of modern, wearable pieces that Phoebe Philo left behind with Old Celine. But we think he's more so revitalizing the legendary Bottega Veneta brand as one of the coolest Italian labels to watch. Here's everything you need to know about the co-ed fall 2019 collection.

Reworked?Weaves


Reworked?Weaves


Reworked?Weaves


Reworked?Weaves


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The house's heritage Intrecciato weave was reinterpreted in the form of polished dresses as well as woven pants for men and our favorites: the structured blazers and long coats for women in black or berry hued leathers.

Fashion Armor


Fashion Armor


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An all-leather outfit was designed to look like fashion armor for the future — or a really expensive and elegant motorcycle racing uniform. Leather pants for men and women had splices of extra padding above and below the knees — sometimes in contrasting colors.

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Bold Boots


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Both boots and flats were quilted with pillow-y like volumes. Some heavy black boots were left more simple and created an acute study of contrasts between the sophisticated tailoring and the distinctly downtown vibe of the footwear.

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Architectural?Coats


Architectural?Coats


Architectural?Coats


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Women's coats were chunky and quilted, but still extremely flattering. For men, suit jackets were cut sharp and with triangular pockets. Sheer turtlenecks worn underneath played with the balance of proportions.

Dresses for Going?Out


Dresses for Going?Out


Dresses for Going?Out


Dresses for Going?Out


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Whether it was the little black leather dress that opened the show and looked like it could be worn to to any party or evening event, or the sheer ruched dress in light black fabric, or the sparkly rose gold number, the collection was full of an assortment of dresses that screamed sex appeal in a tasteful way.

Photos via IMAXTree



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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:05:33 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/bottega-veneta-fall-2019-mfw-2629750862.htmlMilan fashion weekMfwBottega venetaKristen Bateman
Emporio Armani Goes Freestylehttp://www.nojx.tw/emporio-armani-fall-2019-mfw-2629748996.html

Giorgio Armani titled his fall 2019 show "Freestyle." Within the collection, there were tons of references to Armani signatures – ranging from suiting to casual pieces and couture-like embellishment. One thing was clear: this collection had a little bit (and more) of something for everyone. Here's everything else you need to know about the show.

Flashes of Orange


Flashes of Orange


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The overwhelming spark of color within the collection was a red toned orange that came through in coats, robe-like dresses, blazers and pants. It warmed up the other looks, which were mostly rendered in neutral hues.

Suit Up


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Armani put his knowledge of suiting to good use. Here, he modernized slinky smoking jackets in velvet, striped double breasted dresses, cropped blazers, oversized suit jackets and even one off-the-shoulder jumpsuit that resembled workwear.

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Puffed Up


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Adding in elements of casual dressing, Armani showed two examples of comfy puffers. One was white and supersized, another took on the opposite form and was cut like a vest in a navy blue hue.

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Key?Embellishment


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Toward the end, a slew of red outfits were covered in crystals, sequins and metallic bits of fabric. They sparkled together on the runway, and paired with other layers of texture, each look had its own moment in the spotlight.

Black Is Back


Black Is Back


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A good part of the collection came in wearable, solid black. By layering up pieces in shades of lighter and darker black along with a gray and white color palette, Armani created the ultimate winter wardrobe that could really be worn almost anywhere.

Photos via IMAXTree



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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:45:39 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/emporio-armani-fall-2019-mfw-2629748996.htmlMilan fashion weekEmporio armaniKristen Bateman
R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abusehttp://www.nojx.tw/r-kelly-charged-with-sexual-abuse-chicago-2629743396.html

R. Kelly has been charged by Chicago prosecutors with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The charges involve four victims, at least three of them minors, who prosecutors allege R. Kelly abused during incidents that took place between 1998 and 2010.

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Kelly has never before been convicted on assault charges. He was acquitted of 14 counts of child pornography charges in 2008. A no-bail arrest warrant was issued by a Cook County judge this morning and he is due in court in Illinois on March 8.

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The R&B star long seemed impenetrable to the numerous misconduct allegations that have trailed him for decades. Over the past several months, a social media campaign tagged #MuteRKelly inspired by the dream hampton Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, released in January, successfully resulted in Kelly being dropped by his label. Despite the campaign's cultural impacts, it was unclear if this recent momentum would end in new legal action.

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Related | #MuteRKelly Co-Founder: 'We Have to Let Him Go'

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On Thursday (February 21), according to the New York Times, two new victims represented by Gloria Allred, Latresa Scaff, 40, and Rochelle Washington, 39 came forward at a New York press conference. Scaff and Washington allege that in the mid-90's, they met the singer after a concert when they were 16 and 15 respectively. R. Kelly allegedly asked them to have a threesome, gave them drugs and alcohol, and had sex with Scaff.

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Last week, well-known attorney Michael Avenatti shared that he was in possession of a previously undisclosed video of R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, which he said he had provided to the Cook County state attorney's office. A day later CNN reporters who say they viewed the tape said that it shows a man who"appears to be R. Kelly... performing multiple sex acts with the girl." Kelly allegedly states the girls' age in the video, referring to her "14-year-old p***y."


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R. Kelly continues to deny all allegations of sexual misconduct. When the recent video surfaced, Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg stated that "Mr. Kelly denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever,"

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At a press conference today in Chicago, Cook County attorney Kimberly Foxx discussed the charges in detail, saying her office anticipates that Kelly will appear in bond court tomorrow (February 23). Watch the full press conference here.


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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:37:54 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/r-kelly-charged-with-sexual-abuse-chicago-2629743396.html#muterkellyR kellySexual assaultSexual violenceSexual misconductR. kellyJael Goldfine
Why Nicole Scherzinger's Leaked Tape Is Sexual Violencehttp://www.nojx.tw/nicole-scherzinger-sex-tape-violence-2629748181.html

Last weekend, an intimate video of Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger and her ex-boyfriend Lewis Hamilton was leaked. In the video, which is suspected to have been leaked by hackers, the couple — who split in 2015 — can be seen kissing and cuddling in bed. And while it's relatively tame in the grand scheme of leaked celebrity videos, that doesn't diminish what has happened to her. Because while Scherzinger's case highlights the blurry space that sexual violence in the digital age occupies, make no mistake: What happened to her is not only a gross invasion of privacy, but sexual violence — plain and simple.

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According to The Sun, she's instructed her lawyers to take the video down, as a source close to Scherzinger says the singer "feels hugely violated."

"It's hugely embarrassing and distressing for her to have something this intimate and private out there," the source also said. "Nicole's very worried that more videos and pictures will be leaked in the next couple of days." Obviously, she's right to feel this way, as actions like these are reflective of the way aggressive male sexuality is consistently forced upon women — expected to be nothing more than sexual objects to be masturbated to. But it's also a harmful practice that, were it translated into the real world (i.e. peeping toms), would be considered a grave sexual offense. So why hasn't the law caught up?

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It's no secret that it takes the law a while to deal with technological advancements and contemporary Internet happenings. However, cases like Scherzinger's highlight the loopholes that technicalities and discrepancies in the law create. In fact, as Dr. Debarati Halder, the Managing Director of the Center For Cyber Victim Counseling, explains, Scherzinger and her lawyers have a case that could be considered "non-consensual porn" — though prosecution will prove difficult.

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That said, an overt lack of media concern regarding her case has also highlighted another disturbing trend. In comparison to coverage of similar scandals such as The Fappening, Scherzinger's case has remained remarkably under-the-radar, despite the seriousness of these alleged crimes.

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Though Scherzinger's video may not technically count as a sex tape, that doesn't mean we should be taking this case any less seriously — especially given the prevalence of violations of this ilk. After all, to have the fear of more videos and photos potentially leaking be held over your head is sickening, but it's also something that millions of people are unduly affected by in the digital age, whether they be internationally renowned celebrities or victims of revenge porn.

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Frankly, the "it's not that bad" rhetoric is toxic to begin with and has inklings of rape apology and minimization. Not only does Scherzinger's case pose a big question when it comes to privacy law, but it also feeds into the idea that we are entitled to the nudes of these celebrities. Which, spoiler alert, we most definitely are not. Not only that, but it also poses a bigger and more serious question: When did we allow ourselves to become so desensitized to crimes like this?

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Related | When Anti-Sex Trafficking Policies Like the Marriott's Do More Harm Than Good

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Dr. Halder theorizes that a spate of high-profile online privacy invasions — such as the Facebook Cambridge Analytica case — have made instances like Scherzinger's feel "lesser." Obviously, it's anything but, but as Dr. Halder says, the "high impact factor" of something like The Fappening is now gone. Why? Well, it's almost as if we expect something like this to happen, especially when it comes to famous women — and that's an even bigger issue.

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And though she says the public's desensitization doesn't mean cases like this should receive less legal attention, Dr. Halder notes that people now perceive violations like this as "nothing new." As a result, less thought is put into aiding people like Scherzinger, as well as the millions of people in similar situations who don't have the resources to hire a powerful legal team.

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So what's the solution? Perhaps it's to broaden our reach when it comes to prosecuting privacy violations such as these. Because while the spotlight tends to land on the hackers themselves, the companies who allowed the data theft to occur in the first place tend to face relatively less scrutiny — at least in the eyes of the law.

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"Now it's time that web companies, cloud servers, etc. [are] made strictly liable for not providing proper security for the data," Dr. Halder suggests. "If the victim claims that the images were already deleted, the cloud servers must not store them without the consent of the owners." And she's right. After all, the implications of Scherzinger's case go well beyond just her leak, and we should be diligent when it comes to prosecuting these crimes from all angles. Just think about it, next time, it could be you.

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Welcome to "Sex with Sandra," a column by Sandra Song about the ever-changing face of sexuality. Whether it be spotlight features on sex work activists, deep dives into hyper-niche fetishes, or overviews on current legislation and policy, "Sex with Sandra" is dedicated to examining some of the biggest sex-related discussions happening on the Internet right now.

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Photo via BFA

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:22:58 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/nicole-scherzinger-sex-tape-violence-2629748181.htmlNicole scherzingerLeaked tapesHackersCelebritiesLewis hamiltonSex & datingSandra Song
Nancy Pelosi Inspired Max Mara's Fall 2019 Collectionhttp://www.nojx.tw/max-mara-fall-2019-2629656201.html

Max Mara, the Italian label founded in the 1950s, is by nature a brand that focuses on luxury outerwear. And that it did for its fall 2019 collection. However, the inspiration behind it may have been more unexpected. Nancy Pelosi, who wore a bold red power coat by the brand to the important December 2018 meeting with Trump over the border wall, was on the mood board of Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths. Here's everything else you need to know about the show.

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Max Mara opened the collection with a trio of women in unconventionally cool colors such as turquoise, cobalt blue and yellow. Sweaters were styled over blazers for a cozy look, but knee-high boots elevated the look.

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There were plenty of animal prints that made their debut midway through the collection. Chunky zebra and giraffe print sweaters were layered over little shift dresses and black turtlenecks.

Sand Is the New?Black


Sand Is the New?Black


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A plethora of sandy hued pieces made their way down the catwalk after the initial bold colors. There was something super sophisticated about the coloration – they were not quite cream, not quite off-white, but just right.

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The message beyond the political inspiration seemed to be dressing in layers. Sweaters were styled over jackets, cape-like coats worn over sweaters, blazers under coats; their lapels sticking out. It all looked very comfortable and a much more chic alternative to donning a blanket scarf.

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In London, we saw the trend of wearing your dainty handbag around your neck emerge at Erdem. At Max Mara, the label positioned structural, embossed bags around models' necks. There were also large, utilitarian pockets on garments, offering up a new alternative to the completely eliminating the classic handbag.

Photos via IMAXTree


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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:10:57 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/max-mara-fall-2019-2629656201.htmlMilan fashion weekFall 2019Max maraKristen Bateman
North West Lands Her First Solo Cover on WWDhttp://www.nojx.tw/north-west-wwd-cover-2629739545.html

Like most average five year olds in America today, North West has landed her first solo magazine cover. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's first born is seen sporting pink eyeliner on the cover of WWD's Beauty Inc all by herself.


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Styled by mama Kardashian, West wears a bright-pink cat-eye that she apparently picked herself. Her braided ponytails were styled by Chris Appleton, while the makeup was the work of celebrated makeup artist Mary Phillips.

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"West, whether she knows it or not, is at the forefront of a generation that is highly connected, engaged with fashion and beauty and individualistic in style. Called Alpha, signifying a new beginning, this age group is unlike any the world has ever seen," the cover story says.


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"I'm seriously so proud of my Northie! She picked her looks and eyeliner color and is so involved and loves fashion & beauty so much," Kardashian announced on Twitter.

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Read the full story here.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:28:05 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/north-west-wwd-cover-2629739545.htmlNorth westKanye westKim kardashian westWwdBeautyMary philipsJeena Sharma
Prada Reinvents Wednesday Addams' Wardrobehttp://www.nojx.tw/prada-reinvents-wednesday-addams-wardrobe-2629656245.html

Prada opened up its fall 2019 show with a room full of dimly lit light bulbs stationed on the floor inside the Fondazione Prada complex in Milan. Full of the signature quirks and contrasts that make Prada what it is, the label created a collection full of chunky moto boots, 3D flowers and humorous prints such as lightening bolts and Frankenstein. The soundtrack was equally as enticing — it ended with a gothic rendition of "These Are a Few of my Favorite Things."

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There was a strong Wednesday Addams vibe throughout the collection — especially in the case of Guido Palau styling long black tresses in side braids. Elsewhere, black, red and gray striped sleeves were paired with delicate lace. The theme was more literal with Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein prints on dresses.

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Massive floral motifs were printed on skirts and dresses throughout, but what really took center stage were the 3D flowers attached at the waist and on bags. From far way, they looked slightly realistic but also just artificial enough to cause one to do a double take.

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The biggest contrast may have been the shoes. Models either wore sparkly ankle strap heels or chunky motorcycle boots or brogues. One pair of neon pink stompers was a highlight of the entire collection.

Lace?Ladies


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We saw both sides of lace at Prada fall 2019: the grim and the glam. On the grim side it was layered under striped sleeves and styled with more casual pieces. On the glam and ladylike side, it was rendered as prim little shawls – and nerdy glasses.

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Precise, military-like tailoring made its appearance in the form of wool button-down vests with lace capes layered over them. Angular black jackets that were belted with v-necks or wide lapels were a key player in the show.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:10:45 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/prada-reinvents-wednesday-addams-wardrobe-2629656245.htmlMfwMilan fashion weekPradaKristen Bateman
Please Watch Desus and Mero Parody ‘Green Book’http://www.nojx.tw/desus-mero-green-book-2629739528.html

After scooping the Golden Globes in January, Green Book is up for five Oscars at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. A fact which is puzzling to many: in 2019, did we really need a movie in which Aragorn from Lord of the Rings introduces Mahershala Ali to the concept of fried chicken?

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Bronx comedy duo Desus and Mero know people are confused about Green Book's critical and box office success, so for their Showtime debut they filmed a parody trailer of the movie that expresses some valid concerns about its racial politics. Their version of Green Book is rated WG, for white guilt. Desus plays Ali's character, the musician Dr. Donald Waldridge Shirley, while Mero plays his Italian driver Tony Lip. Watch the whole thing, below.


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The weirdly out-of-step politics of Green Book aren't even its only controversy. Last year, Mahershala Ali issued a private apology to Shirley's surviving family members when they alleged its script contained numerous factual inaccuracies. Now he's up for a Best Supporting Actor statue for the role.

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The Oscars air on Sunday at 8PM ET. Should be an interesting night.

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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:37:16 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/desus-mero-green-book-2629739528.htmlKatherine Gillespie
Hear Kehlani’s Raw, Gorgeous New Mixtape ‘While We Wait’http://www.nojx.tw/kehlani-while-we-wait-2629736927.html

It feels like a little bit of a flex to drop a killer 9-song mixtape while busy at work growing new life and kick-starting conversations about queer women and motherhood, but Kehlani apparently doesn't know how to stop creating. Approximately a month out from the birth of her first child, she's shared a follow-up project to her debut album SweetSexySavage, which established the Oakland artist as one of the oracles of the women-led R&B renaissance, including SZA, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Kali Uchis and and their ilk. While We Wait, we're promised, is a teaser sample of her forthcoming sophomore full-length album, due later this year.

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If While We Wait is any indication, that sophomore album will be one of the musical highlights of 2019. While We Wait's nine no-skips R&B-trap-pop tracks brim with Kehlani's contagious personality: a mix of vulnerable softness and jagged, no-fucks defiance. She lets a mess of heartbreak, regret, longing and grief flow directly out onto the beat, nicely punctuated by features from Ty Dolla $ign, 6LACK, Dom Kennedy and Musiq Soulchild. In the wake of her fully-formed, banger-centric statement debut, it's gratifying to hear her turn inward and let go on While We Wait, which, with its from-the-hip honesty, feels a bit like the Thank U, Next to SweetSexySavage's Sweetener.

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Related | Kehlani: The Softer Side Of Savage

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We hear her frustrated and regretful, reflecting on insecurities and mistakes on "Footsteps." She processes relationships past repair with stand-outs — the chaotic "Too Deep" and slow, jazzy "Butterflies." If anything, While We Wait is a heartbreak project, but Kehlani switches her emotional cadence song to song. She exudes charisma on send-ups of stifling exes on "Nunya" and "Morning Glory." On the latter track, we also learn she's a skillful rapper, as well as a vocalist, paying homage to the women who taught her her own value: "I'm a fountain of youth, raised on Arie and Badu/ I know I'm fine, don't need a outer confirmation from a man."

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They're poignant homages from a deeply talented artist who, as this mixtape continues to prove, is just getting started.

Stream While We Wait, and watch the video for "Nunya."



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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:25:41 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/kehlani-while-we-wait-2629736927.htmlR&bSweetsexysavageKehlaniJael Goldfine
What Is Glossier Play?http://www.nojx.tw/glossier-play-glossier-mystery-brand-2629724642.html

If you're a Glossier fan (I mean, who isn't), you may have received a mysterious email in the past week hinting at the launch of a new brand called Glossier Play. The cult label has been promoting their new venture everywhere from Instagram to Twitter.


"After two years in the making, we can't wait for you to see, touch, hear, swatch, and play with what's to come," the company said on Instagram.

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Interestingly, there's no official information on the new brand save for the cryptic imagery and messages hinting at what it could be on the official Instagram page.

Naturally, people have tried to guess at what it could be, a LOT. The most popular theory goes that Play will actually be a website with beauty tips, information, videos, and articles, akin to Into the Gloss. The theory finds its roots in a trademark registered under Glossier Play that says the brand will be "providing a website featuring consumer information in the fields of cosmetics, skin care and hair care products and services."


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So far, this seems most likely. But then in 2018, the company filed for another trademark under "playroom" that said the website will serve as a platform for all types of new products. These include lotion and body spray, air fragrance, candles, incense, scented papers, and matches.



?There are also other wild ideas floating about how it might have to do with a new sex toy or a holographic lubricant. We wouldn't put too much stock into the latter.



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Within a few years of its launch, Glossier has amassed a cult following for its ultra minimal and natural looking makeup. The brand has relied on clever marketing and mystery pop-ups that have seen fans lining up outside the store for hours to get a hand on the products.

The current ambiguity around Glossier Play seems very on-brand for the company, but fans seem to be having a great time trying to unravel the secret, so we're not complaining!

Image via Instagram

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:57:23 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/glossier-play-glossier-mystery-brand-2629724642.htmlJeena Sharma
Kanye's Colorist Tells Us How He Got His Rainbow Hairhttp://www.nojx.tw/kanye-daniel-moon-rainbow-hair-2629715925.html

Kanye West isn't exactly known for playing safe when it comes to style, including when it comes to beauty. Taking his signature experimental look even further, the rapper debuted brand new hair in all colors of the rainbow, and we mean, every single color — red, orange, yellow, green, violet, and blue. Spotted just outside in Calabasas after an appointment with his go-to colorist Daniel Moon, West showed off his dramatic 'do as he brushed past paparazzi. Although a little out there, West's fans were inspired by his new look with many praising it on social media. But how did he get it? What are his go-to products? Moon has been a popular fixture in the celebrity hair world for years and is responsible for Nicole Richie's iconic lavender tresses along with styling hair for Kylie Jenner, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Zoe Kravitz.

PAPER spoke to Moon, who broke down West's new look and also gave us some major inspiration for new styles for the season.

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What was the inspiration behind Kanye's new look?

We've had a relationship experimenting with color for a while, so we wanted to push the boundaries of our collaboration and do something that was next level.


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What products did you use to create it?

Redken Up to 7 White Bleach — it's gentle on the scalp and it lifts evenly at a moderate speed. This is very important for people bleaching their hair because people have sensitive scalps and we want to achieve light blonde without it being too harsh. We also used Virtue Color Kick Keratin Additive, it's a must-have because it keeps the hair healthy and shiny, filling the blonde strand with keratin, leaving it just as strong as prior to the process. As for color, we used a variation of pigmented custom colors, sought after specific tones and lasting power.

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What are some of the top hair colors and styles you think will be huge this spring?

For colors, I recommend very bright and extremely healthy platinums. Golden platinums that reference the '70s blonde icons like Sharon Tate will be huge. I also see a lot of rainbow, multi-colored pieces, pushing the envelope from one single pastel or neon to a multi-color masterpiece.

I also see the long and flowy hairstyles with natural texture doing very well.

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What products would you recommend for frizzy hair as well as greasy hair?

For frizzy or dry hair, I combine Virtue Refresh Purifying Leave-In Conditioner with Sachajuan Styling Cream if it's straight or curly. I also like the Virtue Restorative Treatment Mask, which really gets your the hair smooth. Dry and frizzy hair happens when the hair is overly cleaned by shampoo, so doing a mask every two weeks helps restore moisture back to the hair that allows it to return back to its natural silk and shine.

For greasy hair, I recommend the dry shampoo powder spray from Sachajuan. The Sachajuan Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are also good because it's light, hydrating, and allows more movement in the hair.


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Can you tell me about a few products loved by the celebrities you style?

The Virtue Leave In conditioner is nice for when the hair has natural waves as it breaks them up to enhance the natural texture. Sachajuan Ocean Mist is also loved because it creates good separation and texture, which amps up the next day hair look. The Sachajuan shampoo and conditioner is great for color treated hair because it's light, hydrating, and smells nice.

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Splash photo via Getty

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:58:38 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/kanye-daniel-moon-rainbow-hair-2629715925.htmlDaniel moonKanye westKylie jennerNicole richieJeena Sharma
Style Bible Presents the Look of This Year's Life Ballhttp://www.nojx.tw/life-ball-2019-circus-theme-2629729941.html

When it comes to Vienna's annual Life Ball, it should be noted that one of the world's biggest and most lavish AIDS fundraisers could go by several names. Get Your Life Ball, Celebrate Life Ball and Protect Your Life Ball all work well to express the sentiment behind LIFE+ founder and Life Ball organizer Gery Keszler's mission to destigmatize the virus and give the LGBTQ community a global platform for expression.

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Having started as a passion project for Keszler, whose former career in fashion was replaced by a broader directive for social change, the event has evolved over the past 25 years to reach monumental status. As the 26th annual Life Ball approaches this June, a brand new crop of celebrity ambassadors made up of LGBTQ superstars and allies have been announced along with a fabulous motto for the fundraiser: "United in Diversity. Walking on the yellow brick road towards an end to AIDS."

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that mobilized the LGBTQ community in a historic way, this year's event is especially meaningful. For the stunning new campaign featuring a cast of celebrity supporters, the Life Ball organizer pulled out all the stops, honoring Judy Garland's anthem "Over the Rainbow" in a multi-colored collage portrait to announce the forthcoming festivities. With a dream team that includes legendary stylist Patricia Field and photographers Markus Morianz, Denis Malerbi, and Marco Ovando, the fantastical images feature big names like Cynthia Nixon, Dita von Teese, Beth Dito, Alan Cumming, Amanda Lepore, Carmen Carrera, Kelly Osbourne, Billy Porter, Brad Goreski and Peppermint.

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This fantastical world where colors combine is a perfect metaphor to represent the very aim of the Life Ball. Given the frequent perception of LGBTQ people as "freaks" and "outsiders" by society at large, the circus theme of this year's artwork is redemptive and especially resonant. "The Circus Roncalli provided the perfect setting for our black and white pictures," Keszler said in press release. The Life Ball organizer added context for the year's theme saying, "Historically, circuses have played a major role as a haven for people who are somehow 'different'. We are therefore very grateful that the Paul family has given us the opportunity to capture the unique atmosphere of this very special world in our photos as a platform for expressing our concerns."

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Related | 25 Outrageous Photos from Life Ball 2018

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Photographing over 100 models in Austria for the 2019 Style Bible, the authentic circus backdrop featured costumes provided by ART for ART and fabulously reworked with over 16,000 Swarovski crystals. The 208-page preview of the look and feel of this year's ball is available in limited edition and can be seen online. With Europride taking place in Austria's capital as well, this year's pride festivities are sure to be one for the books.

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Jordyn Woods Finally Speakshttp://www.nojx.tw/jordyn-woods-speaks-cheating-2629726509.html

Well! Day three of the Jordyn Woods-Tristan Thompson cheating scandal and we finally have some solid intel on how Kylie Jenner's (former?) BFF is dealing with the situation she now finds herself in. Woods was spotted out and about in LA last night promoting her new false eyelash line and, if Twitter is to be believed, applying for a job at Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant SUR.

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Like Khloé, Woods had unfortunately committed to a week of promotional duties before the story of her alleged Sunday night hook up with Kardashian's long term partner broke. She probably didn't want to be in the public eye last night, but had no choice. These are the perils of influencing in a TMZ world.

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Related | A Complete Guide to the Jordyn Woods Scandal

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Still, Woods at least appeared to be good spirits at the launch of her new Eylure collection. Covertly filmed Instagram videos from the event show her thanking fans for their support during "everything that's going on... it's been real." This is her first public comment about the cheating accusations.


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Now, to the SUR thing. Vanderpump's restaurant was just down the street from the launch location, and several people have said that they spotted her handing in a resume there. Note that the Kardashian-Jenners funded much of Woods's life — she lived in Jenner's guest house, and Jenner also reportedly paid for her car. Now that she has been excommunicated, she'll likely need a new revenue stream.

Related | Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Following


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Vanderpump Rules cast member James Kennedy was first to tweet about seeing Woods at the restaurant, and a source confirmed the sighting to Hollywood Life. Kennedy is a bit of a troll, though, and it seems more likely Woods was just stopping by for a (sexy, unique) bite.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:12:33 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/jordyn-woods-speaks-cheating-2629726509.htmlJordyn woodsKylie jennerKeeping up with the kardashiansKhloe kardashianKatherine Gillespie
Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Followinghttp://www.nojx.tw/kylie-jenner-transformation-2629088275.html

Kylie Jenner knows we've all wondered out loud who her plastic surgeon is. She just doesn't care. Once one of the more unassuming members of America's most famous family, these days her arched eyebrows and permanently pouted lips — sculpted and painted according to the impossible ratios of beauty YouTube and augmented reality apps — transfix hundreds of millions of eager fans and are ubiquitous on every feed. The 21-year-old makeup mogul says her dramatic transformation (from private teenager to public businesswoman, from demure girl-next-door to bombshell) was a conscious one, and more considered than you might assume. She's happy to talk about it.

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Related | Katy Perry: Outside the Box

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"People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false," she explains to me over the phone, casually and with little prompting. "I'm terrified! I would never. They don't understand what good hair and makeup and, like, fillers, can really do." I'm eager to indulge in the fantasy that anyone can look like Kylie Jenner if they just watch enough tutorials about crease application, and tell her as much. She gently interrupts. "I mean, no," she says with a conspiratorial laugh. "It's fillers. I'm not denying that."

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On Instagram, where she reigns supreme, Jenner comes across as coy. Her captions are minimal, her grid curated, her selfies serious. In conversation, though, she's surprisingly relaxed and generous and upfront. A cool girl with fillers in her face who is down for whatever. She's genuinely excited to discuss her formerly secret daughter Stormi, and says young motherhood has changed life entirely for the better. "It's genuinely what I wanted... to be a young mom," she says. "I thought, This I what I want to do, and if people accept it or don't accept it then I'm okay with every outcome."

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Two days before our interview, she recalls, the 11-month-old took her first steps — with father Travis Scott present. Jenner gushes about him, too. He's a great dad, a "big kid," a fantastic partner. To put rumors to rest, they aren't married yet, or even engaged. Don't expect her to keep something like that a secret. When it happens, and she seems certain it will soon, "I'll let everybody know." With Kylie, you can usually expect fanfare. A few weeks after we speak, she throws an overtly aesthetic Astroworld-themed birthday celebration for Stormi, involving elaborate Instagrammable neon photo backdrops and custom merch in pop up stalls. Guests enter through the mouth of a giant balloon in the shape of her daughter's face. They eat fries from pink cartons covered in Louis Vuitton-Stormi monograms. DJ Khaled, in attendance, gifts one-year-old Stormi her very first Chanel bag.

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"What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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Now that we've got the plastic surgery slash secret pregnancy talk out of the way, what Jenner really wants to discuss, with the authority of the eldest girl at the slumber party, is makeup. Its mysterious power. Makeup has made her unfathomably wealthy, and has given her purpose and identity outside of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians sphere. She's in awe of the famous makeup artists she is privileged to regularly work with and laments the fact she'll never be as good as they are, exuding way more modesty than is necessary — watch any of her "getting ready" tutorials and feel something at least proximate to awe. Even before it became her business, she explains, lipstick was her almost singular hobby, an "obsession" she didn't necessarily intend to monetize at first. Of the now-iconic lip kits that started it all, Jenner says she never did any consumer research, "wasn't educated on what the beauty business really was," and never even stopped to observe what the big brands were putting in drugstores. She simply "followed her heart" and invented the exact product she wanted to buy.

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"I just knew for myself as a customer, like, why am I buying a lip liner and a different lipstick? I wanted it the same color, I wanted it to be easy," she recalls. "And I really spent every last dime that I had starting it, not even knowing if it would be successful."

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In 2018, when Forbes predicted Jenner would be crowned America's youngest self-made billionaire within a year, the Internet understandably bristled. But while Jenner definitely exhibits the blithe financial attitude her detractors would expect ("I don't define myself by how much I have. I honestly don't wake up even thinking about it") she is able to acknowledge how certain Kardashian-related privileges gave Kylie Cosmetics an edge other fledgling beauty brands would kill for. "I had such a huge platform, I had so many followers already and I had so many people watching me," she admits. Still, she's eager to assert that "the self-made thing is true." Her parents "cut her off at the age of 15" and told her to start making her own way, and Jenner says that since then she hasn't received a single cent.

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"My parents told me I needed to make my own money, it's time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that," she explains, taking her time to think through the statement. "What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing."

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Jenner has been trying to curb her social media use, lately. Her screen time has "been going down 20 percent" each week, according to an app on her phone. But she also knows that social media is her "advertisement, the way I show my products." She doesn't feel guilty about exposing her young followers to a filtered vision of beauty that apparently requires millions, close to billions, of dollars to achieve; isn't losing sleep over the occasional piece of diet pill sponcon. Just hopes fans know that she's "trying to set a good example." The pursuit of prettiness has enriched her life, and she believes it can help others, too. When a woman's reflection matches the mental image she holds of herself, Jenner's transfixing, selfie-laden success story seems to imply, she is free to go forth and conquer.

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing," she says, with an earnestness that's nothing if not compelling. "There's no harm in playing around with it and feeling good about yourself." Maybe the fillers are optional, after all.

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Click Here to Order Katy Perry's Transformation Issue

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Photography: Morelli Brothers
Styling: Anna Trevelyan
Hair: Tokyo Stylez
Makeup: Ariel Tejada
Nails: Lily Jafari
Styling Assistants: Ryan Dodson and Karissa Mitchell
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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:58:25 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/kylie-jenner-transformation-2629088275.htmlKylie jennerBeautyTransformationKim kardashianTravis scottStory Katherine Gillespie / Photography Morelli Brothers / Styling Anna Trevelyan
Secure the Bag: Guirlande de Cartierhttp://www.nojx.tw/cartier-2628407583.html

For a jewelry house as prolific and renowned as Cartier, it's easy to figure that the extent of its luxury goes past the realm of wedding bands and pricey ice.

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While most people are well-acquainted with their super-luxe timepieces and stackable Cartier Love bracelets, the French Maison is pulling something new from an old bag of tricks. With longstanding excellence in making fine jewelry, Cartier is just as interested in the practice of storing their jewels as they are in making them.

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Hence the Guirlande de Cartier, a cheeky new handbag design from the finery staple that moves the brand into a future of leather goods while nodding to its signature carrier boxes. With origins dating back to its jewelry boxes of the 1910s, this update is a fresh turn towards a wider offering of luxury for the Maison.

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For its debut last October, the deluxe bag showed up on the arms of a handful of key influencers at Paris Fashion Week, putting the cleverly designed heritage piece against a batch of different stylings. The compact and elegant bag is itself a little gem, molded from the softest calfskin into an eight-sided box trimmed with golden frieze.

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The classic jewelry box silhouette comes in three different sizes and several colors with a tucked strap and removable mirror slipped within a compartment stamped with the company's name too. A special new gift from the house of Cartier, this accessory is hardly a diamond in the rough.


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For more information, visit www.cartier.com.

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Photography & Video: Therese Aldgard

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Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:39:23 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/cartier-2628407583.htmlCartierFashionShoppingHandbagsRoytel Montero
Maren Morris Won't Just 'Shut Up and Sing'http://www.nojx.tw/maren-morris-the-middle-2628637137.html

The past couple years have been a whirlwind for country star Maren Morris. Unapologetically herself, she's made just as many headlines for her progressive politics as her music, and based on her career trajectory, it doesn't seem like she's stopping anytime soon. After all, fresh off five nominations at the 2019 Grammys, Morris' long-awaited sophomore release, Girl, is also due to be released next month. And you better believe that there's a lot riding on it.

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After all, Girl is the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album, Hero, which "was about identifying my independence as a woman in country music that was fed up with the stereotypes women have so often been blocked into." Whether it was scenarios like the man-chaser at the party or the "girl in cut-off jeans," the Texas native says she was frustrated by "a lack of representation of what women my age were actually going through," and Hero was her way of pushing back.

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But don't expect Girl to be much like its predecessor, as Morris says she's ready to try something slightly different. Because while the latter was a record centered on independence and breaking free from the stereotypes bequeathed upon women in country, Girl is more of an acknowledgment of her own personal journey toward embracing her vulnerabilities.

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A record that represents her own growth over the past several years, Morris says Girl is a glimpse into the continuing evolution of a twenty-something artist hurtling toward thirty and coming to terms with her place in the world-at-large. And while she views this new album as an escape of sorts, she's also quick to emphasize that the themes she tackles on Girl are still firmly rooted in reality — though they're far more personal this time around.

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"The fact I was able to write love songs this time and know what it's like to be in love [was a big difference]," she says, alluding to her relationship with husband and fellow songwriter, Ryan Hurd, "And a healthy kind of love, not a codependent, toxic kind." Not only that, but she says the record is also an acknowledgement of how she's at a point where she feels confident enough to admit that she's "okay with needing someone."

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After all, the ability to lean on others is actually a sign of strength. That said, it's also something not necessarily exclusive to spousal love — a fact that Morris is also acutely aware of. Look no further than her recent video for the record's lead single, also titled "Girl." Directed by Dave Meyers, the video not only feels like a love letter to the diverse experiences of being a woman, but a call toward female solidarity, especially in an age where so much is attempting to divide us. Because while she loves that there are glimpses of "the lightness of what we do" in the video, Morris also says she was also eager to tackle "a lot of the hard topics" that affect women of all stripes — which sometimes includes the "brutally honest, ugly" things not usually seen in big-budget music videos.

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"I loved how I'm not the primary focus of the video, for once," she says, explaining that there were over 65 women were cast, including actors who depicted women being assaulted or mothers at the border wall. "I'm one of them, but I love not being the center of attention. It's really about everyone else as a collective."

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That said, it would be a lie to say that the past few years hasn't seen Morris evolve from a relatively-unknown songwriter to a mainstream radio heavy-hitter who has, most certainly, become the center of pop culture's attention. As someone who's embraced a genre-bending sound — look no further than collaborations with the likes of Alicia Keys, as well as Zedd and Grey on their hit single, "The Middle" — Morris has built up a diverse fanbase that includes everyone from old-school country fans to progressive, far-left pop listeners. And while a few narrow-minded critics have labeled her embrace of pop as "pandering" to a wider audience, Morris' work is far from that. If anything, she's just putting a new twist on what she knows, as a twenty-something who grew up listening to everyone from Shania Twain to Lauryn Hill.

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"I feel like I have this whole spectrum inside me that I want to share."

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"I think that all comes out when I write — an amalgam of all those women," Morris says. "There are notes of traditional country in my writing, tinges of pop melodies, and soul when I sing... It's just what I've been raised on and I don't identify to one sound when I make stuff." Morris pauses, before adding, "I just want it to be a great song. I just want it to feel like me, and I'm not just one color. I feel like I have this whole spectrum inside me that I want to share."

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Unfortunately though, her sound isn't the only thing that's caught Morris — who's also known for her progressive politics — flak amongst country purists, many of whom still espouse conservative, right-wing politics and expect their stars to do the same. Just look at what happened to the Dixie Chicks after lead singer Natalie Maines spoke out against America's impending invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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"These people now are trying to threaten your career with the threat of being erased, because you have an opinion," she says, explaining that she still sees many people using the Dixie Chicks as an example of what could happen to any artist who dares express their beliefs. "I think that's such a crazy thing that happened to a group of extremely talented women who didn't just want to shut up and sing."

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And while Morris herself is also not about to just shut up and sing, she admits that sometimes the hefty responsibility of speaking out does get to her.

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"It definitely causes anxiety in me whenever I post or say something that could either be made political or be completely taken out of context," Morris says, briefly alluding to the debate stirring by her song, "Dear Hate," which was recorded in response to the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting.

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"I'm really not about taking someones Second Amendment right away, I'm more about, 'Can we have a conversation about common-sense gun reform so people can't so easily walk into a church or a school or a music fest and shoot the place up with an automatic weapon?'" She pauses briefly, before continuing, "I just think there's such a fear that comes with talking about a common-sense thing. Now that people immediately get so enraged and fired up and volatile, it scares a lot of artists into keeping quiet."

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"Now that people immediately get so enraged and fired up and volatile, it scares a lot of artists into keeping quiet."

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And though she doesn't speak up "for the fun of it," as we've seen plenty of times, her strong, core beliefs always supercede her hesitation, even in the face of intense backlash.

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"I really speak up when I'm so fed up or passionate about something I want the people who buy my records and buy tickets my shows to know that I'm so happy you love my music, but I'm a person," she says. "I'm a taxpayer. I want to have kids someday and know that maybe I'm leaving them in a world that's better than what I found. That's really what's in my heart when I speak up about these kinds of things."

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However, Morris also says the bullishness of contemporary cultural discourse tends to disillusion her, as we live in "such a noisy, chaotic, bullshit world, where we can't hear an opposing opinion without completely shutting down." That said, there are certain things she's not willing to back down about, especially when it comes to embracing country music fans of different backgrounds and identities.

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"There's probably kids growing up in Georgia who are realizing they might be gay and love country, but don't really have anyone representing their point of view," Morris says, explaining that there's a "desperation" for that message in country right now. "They end up thinking through art and culture that what they feel is wrong and there are no conversations dedicated to them." And while she acknowledges that we still have a long way to go till everyone is on the same page, it's something she won't back down on — even in the face of potential blowback. Even if it alienates her fans.

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"I would like my music to be standing on its own, but also not under a feeling of fear or losing a whole fanbase," she pauses for a moment, before continuing. "And just because I expressed a heartfelt, personal belief that's been made political by the powers that be."


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Photography: Oscar Ouk
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Sean Bennett
Makeup: Andrew D'Angelo
Set Design: Tim Ferro with Wilhelmina Artists
Photo Assist: Vincent D'Oria
Stylist Assist: Olivia Jakubik & Dominique Upshaw
Set Design Assist: Ryan Benjamin






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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:44:05 +0000http://www.nojx.tw/maren-morris-the-middle-2628637137.htmlMaren morrisMusicStory Sandra Song / Photography Oscar Ouk
Katy Perry: Outside the Boxhttp://www.nojx.tw/katy-perry-transformation-2628306665.html

Katy Perry has college on the brain. The singer, who is taking a break from both making an album and going on tour this year, is considering a foray into the scholarly life. She's even checked out a college at Oxford for mature students. "A lot of people go who have already had success in their careers at 45, and they're like, 'Well, what the fuck do I do now?' That was interesting, because it would be very Harry Potter for me," she says. Perry says she still loves music, but the touring part — which she's been known to continuously do for as long as two years — really "tires [her] out."

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Imagining the classes she'd take one day, she lists "Anthropology, Astronomy, Egyptology, Comparative Religious Studies," continuing, "I like the history of things. I like storytelling. I like philosophical studies and mystical studies. I love knowing about sacred geometry and stuff like that." Perry's inquisitive and introspective. "[My chart is] triple Scorpio. Very, very sensitive, but strong with everything," she says. She's also someone who's always possessed a keen curiosity about the world and who was, as she puts it, frequently "questioning everything."

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Born Katheryn Hudson in Santa Barbara, California, Perry was raised with her two siblings in a strict, religious household. She told Vogue in 2017 that she once handed out How to Find God pamphlets at a Marilyn Manson concert. "I had lived in a bubble," says Perry. "I was always asking, Why? Not just to be an asshole, just because I've always been super curious." When she was 16, Perry released a Christian gospel album and went on a small tour throughout the country — her first taste of the world outside the bubble. "I think travel is such a great way to open your perspectives," she says. "You meet so many people and you're forced into so many different situations that are good for your [growth]."

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"I was always asking, why? Not just to be an asshole, just because I've always been super curious."

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It was at 17 when she felt like she was "backsliding," a Christian term that implies turning away from God. That same year she got discovered by Alanis Morissette producer Glen Ballard and moved to L.A., renting an apartment in Beverly Hills. "It was very chic. I was like, This is so much, because I came from a lower- to middle-class family. Every fight my parents had was about money." Around that same time, Perry went on a writing trip to the English countryside with Ballard and Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, with whom she penned a song about sex called "Nothing Like the First Time." "I felt so bad, but then I loved it," she says. She began writing about "everything she was feeling," with the intention of sharing an honest and open perspective about her life experiences, relationships and mental health. "Not always just writing about the good times, but writing about the bad times, my curiosities, heartbreak, depression, all that stuff," as she puts it. In 2008, Perry released her first album on a major record label, One of the Boys, which produced the wildly popular — but, at the time, somewhat controversial — hit, "I Kissed a Girl."

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From there, Perry went on to release the 2010 hit album Teenage Dream, which became the second album in history (after Michael Jackson's Bad) to produce five No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. As thrilling as it all was, Perry says that during this period she felt like she was "hanging onto a rocket for dear life." She had become a workhorse, touring for an entire year, which was famously depicted in her 2012 documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. "I didn't really have any grasp on reality. I was just working so much. After I got off a tour, I'd go straight into the studio, blah, blah, blah." But Perry is proud to say that she hardly ever cancels a concert, even when she's sick. "Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew, but I ended up swallowing well," she says cheekily, in reference to having been able to perform even while fighting a stomach bug that almost had her vomit onstage. But Perry is taking it easier these days because she feels she has "rung the bell of being the 'biggest pop star ever' so many times." She continues, "I know how to command the attention of a lot of people for two hours, but I didn't know you have to put salt in the water when you cook."

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Commanding attention came easy to Perry, both with her voice and her outfits. When she first hit the mainstream with One of the Boys, we were introduced to a Bettie Page for the MySpace/Cobrasnake era. With her black hair, bangs and penchant for outrageously themed clothing, Perry was a walking Candyland character. The experimentation with her style continued through albums, tours and music videos, as she appeared as everything from a geeky '80s teenager to an Egyptian queen to a Marine soldier. As has been the case with many pop stars — particularly those who found fame during times when conversations around identity and social justice were less mainstream — certain outfits and hairstyles were considered to be questionable and have since been called out for cultural appropriation. But, to Perry's credit, her natural desire to learn from her mistakes has allowed her to take this criticism in stride, with a genuine vow to work harder. In a 2017 interview with activist and author DeRay Mckesson for his podcast, Pod Save The People, Perry admitted to her wrongdoings, particularly her 2013 American Music Awards performance in which she portrayed a geisha, as well as her music video for "This Is How We Do," which featured her wearing cornrows. During the conversation, Perry recognized her "white privilege" and promised to do better. "I listened, and I heard, and I didn't know," Perry said to Mckesson at the time. "And I won't ever understand some of those things because of who I am. I will never understand, but I can educate myself, and that's what I'm trying to do along the way."

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Today, Perry's style, while still closer to the flamboyant end of the spectrum, is a bit more muted. Her daily uniform is what she's got on today — a black Adidas tracksuit, sneakers and gold hoops, her hair, short and blonde with dark roots, hidden underneath a Mickey Mouse baseball cap. "I'm [in] a Madonna/Elton John tracksuit Monday through Friday. But if I'm going out at night, I change," Perry assures. Though Perry has run the gamut when it comes to hair, her current look has been the most impactful evolution. "Changing my hair definitely was the biggest physical transformation I have experienced as a woman." she says. "When you don't have long hair, you really can't hide behind it. Everything is exposed." She's enjoying the grow-out, especially because the look is reminiscent of Who's That Girl?-era Madonna. But don't let the neglected roots fool you, the girl still keeps up with her primping. In fact, Perry just updated her home with a "glam room," complete with a hair-washing station, a move that makes her feel like she really "made it."

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"Changing my hair definitely was the biggest physical transformation I have experienced as a woman. When you don't have long hair, you really can't hide behind it. Everything is exposed."

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And while she's rocking a more pared-back looks these days, she still has a fondness for those wilder pieces like her cupcake bras, merry-go-round dress and toy soldier romper. "I have all of them," says Perry. "I have my costumes, my dancers' costumes, all of my tour sets. My whipped-cream gun." She keeps everything tucked away in a warehouse, but still admits to having somewhat of a clothes problem. "I'm a collector, as I like to call it," she says with a wink. "I don't have cars in my garage, I just have a garage full of clothes. That's how it's always been for all the different houses I've lived in."

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Perry now lives with her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, and though she describes herself and Bloom as "hoarders by nature," she is all about decluttering — but not in the Marie Kondo, "spark joy" type of way. "My boyfriend doesn't even know that I threw away his toiletry bag while he's been gone," Perry admits. "I told him I got him a new one for Christmas. He said, 'Oh, this has been around the world for 10 years' and he wanted to keep it in a drawer. I was like, 'The moment you leave is the moment this thing is going in the trash.'" Perry attributes her hoarding tendencies to how tight money was growing up. "You get something and you're like, 'I'm never going to get it again' or 'I'll never have the means to get it again.' It's this psychology behind it, when all of a sudden you can just purchase something — it's very wild for your brain."

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"[The livestream's purpose] was to humanize the person you put on the pedestal."

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Perry's collector's impulse is offset by medically diagnosed OCD, related to arranging and cleanliness. "I'm very OCD and I don't say that lightly," she says. Like the hoarding, she thinks it stems from some of the instabilities in her childhood. "It was just a product of me trying to control my environment," she says.

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It was an interesting time for Perry to put herself on display for the entire world to observe. The 34-year-old Perry describes that year as her most transformative, mentally and spiritually. She had turned 33 just a few months after the release of Witness, which was her post-2016 election, "purposeful pop" album that was met with harsh reviews, with the Washington Post calling it "half-woke" and AllMusic saying it felt "relentless and a shade desperate." After experiencing situational depression from the aftermath, she attended a week-long personal growth program called the Hoffman Process. The program, which she describes as "10 years of therapy in one week," allowed Perry to heal. "I've never felt closer to God," she says. "I've never felt so much release and relief." She credits it with freeing her from "the conditioning of what society thinks" and allowing her to think better, kinder thoughts about herself. She describes the negative chatter that had haunted her mind as an "untuned symphony, just going at all times." Perry has been able to quiet the symphony for the most part. She is also a longtime practitioner of TM, or Transcendental Meditation, the mantra-focused meditation heralded by director David Lynch.

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For a world-famous pop star, Perry has always been pretty open about her life. To celebrate the release of 2017's Witness, Perry participated in a Big Brother-style YouTube live stream for four days, allowing the world to watch her sleep, eat, go to therapy and hang out with friends. Perry is open to doing a similar stunt again. She says the project's purpose was to "humanize the person you put on the pedestal." She thinks that when you do this, "then you see yourself in them, and maybe then you can believe in yourself a little bit more to reach those greater heights."

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Related | Katy Perry on the Cover of PAPER in 2009

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Perry also sees a therapist regularly and has even attended group therapy with her parents. Now that she's older, Perry has welcomed the "dynamic changes" with her folks that come at a certain age. "That happened maybe a little bit quicker for me, because of stepping into this major, matriarchal role [of someone who had] the means to take care of everything, which was not always fun to do," she says. "I feel so grateful to be able to do it, because that's all you ever want. You want the kids to be able to sing the words that you wrote back to you, and then also to just buy your mom a house. Or have them not fight over money anymore. If you can remove that feeling, it feels like you... maybe somehow you've healed some part of your childhood."

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Along with therapy and TM, Perry is a practitioner of L.A.'s holy trinity of self-care — hiking, yoga and CBD massages. Though, she still hasn't been able to curb the same addiction many of us have: reaching for her phone the first moment she wakes up. "I've had moments where I did it and that was great, but that didn't last," she says. Hidden on the back door of a closet in her office is another means of what could be seen as stress relief: a dartboard depicting an image of the current president. Perry refuses to utter his name out loud. "I have this rule that I just say '45.' Everything is an energy. Words. Deep energy."

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"Whereas I used to think things were too scary or not for me, now I've pushed my limits in all of that. I'm really more tolerant and accepting."

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The personal growth Perry's undergone as a result of age, therapy, life experience and more also extends to her relationships with others. When it comes to her love life, Perry says she now has more boundaries in her relationships than when she was younger. She's able to vocalize her needs more, and she appreciates the fact that relationships take a lot of work. "It's easy to be single and not to be called out on your stuff, living your awesome single life thinking you're the greatest, and the best, and doing anything you want. But then when you get in a partnership you guys are there to teach each other lessons." Perry is more receptive to learning the lessons in her relationships now than when she "believed in Disney Princesses" in her early twenties. "I'm very pragmatic and logistical and I am less fantastical about things. I mean, I was married when I was 25. I'm 34. It was almost 10 years ago. I was like, 'One person for the rest of my life,' and I'm not so sure that that idea is for me. I'm just such a different person than I was."

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Perry takes a similarly evolved, pragmatic attitude toward her professional life, seeking more balance by temporarily stepping off the endless record-tour-record working musician hamster wheel. Plus, now that she is taking a break from working on an album, she's been able to give her full attention to other interests. There's her gig co-hosting American Idol, which she describes as a "wonderful, pay-it-forward feeling," to help singers who want to make it in the music industry. "It's amazing to be able to hold a lottery ticket for someone's life." Perry is also mentoring CYN, an electro-pop singer she signed to her label, Unsub, in 2017. "Her voice reminds me of the singer from The Cardigans [Nina Persson] singing 'Lovefool' — that's what I signed her for," Perry says. "She's only made a few music videos...this is definitely her year. I'm basically mentoring her through the whole thing, which is really exciting."

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Perry also channels her creative energy into her eponymous shoe line, which she says aims to be a more affordable version of Sophia Webster and Charlotte Olympia. She launched it last year, hiring her longtime friend and former stylist, Johnny Wujek, as creative director. The line, which has included whimsical styles like red heels adorned with golden cherubs, see-through floral print boots and strawberry mules with candy-encapsulated heels, are carried by retailers like Macy's, Nordstrom and QVC, which Perry says "was always a dream," like in the Jennifer Lawrence movie Joy.

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While Perry continues to figure out whether she'll attend school, she says in the meantime, she'll be "learning how to live in the small," working on her mental health and enjoying the fruits of the personal growth that comes with age. Plus, at 34, she doesn't have a Saturn Return to worry about anymore. "I'm just such a different person than I was [in my 20s]," she says, before backtracking a step. "Not such a different person — the foundation was always there. I've always been hella sarcastic, always the black sheep, always thought outside the box…[But] whereas I used to think things were too scary or not for me, now I've pushed my limits in all of that. I'm really more tolerant and accepting." Summing it up, she says, with a smile, "It's really just your 30s. I love them so much."

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Photography: Juno Calypso
Styling: Patti Wilson
Makeup: Sil Bruinsma
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PAPER Predictions: 100 People Taking Over 2019http://www.nojx.tw/paper-predictions-2625149547.html

For PAPER's 2019 predictions list, we looked across every aspect of pop culture — music, film, art, activism, social media, fashion, beauty — for fresh new faces that are about to look a whole lot more familiar. Tierra Whack, Slayyyter, and Tayla Parx are set to feature heavily on your pump up playlists. Justice Smith, Chance Perdomo, and Emma Nelson are starring in upcoming blockbusters in cinemas and on Netflix. Writers Sally Mao and Morgan Parker are headed to bookstore shelves, and artists like Damon Davis and Jessi Jumanji will headline gallery shows. We've figured out exactly whose profiles you're about to follow: Layla F. Saad, Allen Salway, Hunter Harris. Plus the people you'll be getting fashion, makeup, and self-love inspiration from: Isaac West, La'shaunae, Crystal Methnay. It's going to be a good year! These are the 100 names worth getting to know in advance.

Kimberley Margarita


Who are you?

My name is Kimberley Margarita, I am a makeup artist and body painter.

What do you do?

I use my face as a canvas for my makeup looks, ranging from pop culture creations, to avant-garde and abstract.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Pushing my own personal artistic boundaries and creating art I thought I'd never be capable of.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Consistently coming up with ideas that are new and fresh. As an artist on social media I feel like I need to keep out doing myself with each look that I create, it's like I'm in competition with myself. But at the end of the day that only motivates me to work harder.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

One of my favorite things about what I do is I never know what's coming next, the industry is always changing so quickly I never know what to expect in the future. But collaborating with more of my favorite brands and artists are high up on my list of things I'd like to accomplish.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @kimberelymargarita

YouTube: @colourcreep

Tierra Whack


Who are you?

Human.

What do you do?

I make stuff.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am most proud of my Grammy nomination.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Everything in life is a challenge.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I don't like to think of specific things and details, I just live my life and whatever blessings God sends is ok with me.

Where can we follow you?

@TierraWhack.

Donté Colley


Who are you?

Hi! My name is Donté Colley, I am 21-years-old living in Toronto, Canada and I love to dance and create digital content!

What do you do?

Currently I am a fourth year University of Guelph-Humber student majoring digital communications. I am also working full time as an Inventory Associate at the womenswear retailer Aritzia. After all of that I love to dance and make videos that I post to social media.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

What I am most proud of from 2018 is finding the ability to really be my authentic self and learning that what other people think of me is really none of my business. We're all on our own unique and individual paths.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest challenge in 2019 I think will be is finally getting my drivers license, after letting it expire after 5 years...

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity in 2019 I believe will be for us to find ways of dealing with our mental health, and finding a way to erase the stigma that has been surrounding mental illness for so long. We need each-other to make the change.

Where can we follow you?

You can follow me at Instagram: @donte.colley / Twitter: @dontecolley

Meghan Roche


Who are you?

To most I'm Meghan Roche, an 18 year-old model from the suburbs of Pennsylvania who grew up a playing soccer. Which is completely true! However, I am more than what my work or social media displays. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a supporter, and a lover. I am a hard worker who cares deeply for others even when dealing with my own issues and insecurities.

What do you do?

Professionally, I'm a model in the high fashion industry. I travel a lot, and have been very fortunate enough to visit new places around the world and experience new cultures through my work. On my days off I'm like any normal teenager, who happens to be living in New York City, you will find me either finishing up school work, reading, running, hanging out with friends, or indulging in anything to do with health and wellness.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am most proud of my growth throughout the course of 2018, both mentally and physically. I have learned so much about myself, my capabilities, and my boundaries and I would not have been able to do so without my agency, family, or friends. This was my first year experiencing the "real world" outside of my family home, and I couldn't be more proud with how far I feel I've come thus far. I have certainly had my ups and my downs as anyone else, but I have never let them stop me from growing.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I'm going into 2019 with a really clear head, I am super focused and motivated. So for now there are no real obstacles in my way — which is a first! Of course, I'm expecting to face many new challenges in this new year, but I will tackle them once they come around. For now I'm not worried about the challenges ahead.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I certainly don't have a crystal ball to predict what's coming up in the year, but I think that with all of the work done, and the network of support I have around me, that I'll be ready for whatever opportunities present themselves!

Where can we follow you?

@meghanroche

Ava Max


Who are you?

I'm a free spirit.

What do you do?

I sing and write... sometimes procrastinate.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

"Sweet but Psycho" teaching me that my patience can pay off.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Staying in one place for more than one day at a time.

Where can we follow you?

@avamax.

Hunter Harris


Who are you?

Hunter Harris — an Annette Bening warrior first and foremost, and a writer on the Internet second.

What do you do?

I'm an associate editor at Vulture, the culture/entertainment site of New York magazine. (Mostly that means I write about movies, music, and Timothée Chalamet.)

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I interviewed Julia Roberts (about Ben Is Back) and resisted the urge to walk into the room and quote Erin Brockovich, line by line.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

What can I personally do right now to get Donald Trump out of office?

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Greta Gerwig's Little Women adaptation will come out this year, and there's a 99% chance it is made extremely and exclusively for me.

Where can we follow you?

I'm @hunteryharris on Twitter, and @hunterh on Instagram.

AJA


Who are you?

I am AJA.

What do you do?

I am a rapper from Bedstuy, Brooklyn with a lot to say.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The thing I'm most proud of from 2018 is completing my first full length studio album, BOX OFFICE while being an independent artist. That was not easy at all. I can't believe I did it! BOX OFFICE is my story, it's my upbringing, it's my struggles with anxiety and insecurities, it's about the love I have for my fans, the love I have for music and the love I have for my family. Making this album is what got me up in the morning, because it's more than just about me.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest challenge in 2019 will not be my own challenge but rather, other people's challenge. Can they look past my fashion and aesthetic choices and recognize me as a serious musical artist? I do think it's possible. I've never let a challenge trump me.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity will most likely be people getting to hear my sound and my message. It will be people hearing my story and relating; no matter their background. I'm ready to elevate my music and my career even further and do things people told me I could never do.

Where can we follow you?

@ajathekween

CityGirls


Yung Miami:

Who are you?

Yung Miami, one half of the CityGirls from the 305.

What do you do?


I am an artist, I rap.


What are you most proud of from 2018?


Accomplishing my goals, growing as an artist, Drake and Cardi B features and the Girl Code project.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Looking forward to finding out!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Ignore all the critics and haters. Rise above all of them. Doing shows in arenas, getting clothing line endorsements, doing a collab with Kylie Jenner and Rihanna for their makeup lines.

Where can we follow you?

@YungMiami305

JT:

Who are you?

My name is JT, one half of the CityGirls.

What do you do?

I make music.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Being on features with Drake, Lil Baby and Cardi B. Releasing an album and having a song that charted on Billboard.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Nothing, I am ready for whatever.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Tours, endorsements and features with bigger artists.

Where can we follow you?

@TheGirlJT

Brandon Colbein?


Who are you?

Gay. Singer/Songwriter. Mental Health Advocate.

What do you do?

I have been writing songs professionally for the last couple of years. I have been fortunate enough to sign a gorgeous publishing deal with Warner/Chappell & Facet Publishing. It's pretty glamorous.

What are you most proud of in 2018?

Personally, I am most proud of getting through 2018 alive. I have been struggling with anxiety and severe panic attacks for most of the year and most of 2017. (Shoutout to my therapist and all the authors of the wonderful self-help books I have been reading, as well). Professionally, I am most proud of being a part of Hayley Kiyoko's debut album Expectations. I was lucky enough to co-write "Curious," "What I Need (feat. Kehlani)," "Palm Dream" and "Feelings." I think a fierce lesbian pop star is exactly what the world needs right now and I am just excited to have been a part of it.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I would say controlling my perfectionist quality, especially when it comes to releasing my own music. I have spent so many years overthinking my sound, identity, look, brand, literally everything. 2019 needs to be a year of leaning into the uncomfortable and unknown, and realizing I don't need to have any certain aesthetic as long as it is all honest.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Getting a brand deal with Tom Ford because he is my kryptonite and he will be like, OMG look at that shaved head, it is perfect, you should be the face of my company, and I will graciously accept. Also all the beautiful legendary artists I will continue to work with and release music with.

Where can we follow you?

@brandoncolbein.

Ryan Jamaal Swain


Who are you?

I am Ryan Jamaal Swain.

What do you do?

I'm an artivist, curator of culture, disruptor and chameleon.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Making a bunch of mistakes. Mistakes are conduits for clarity, for understanding, for true self-mastery. I commend myself on becoming someone that's self-awareness is becoming more keen. And the power of standing firm in your truth. I think I'm understanding the power of me. What is going to make Ryan Jamaal Swain all that I know he can and will be. To be able to, as Lauryn Hill once said, reintroduce myself to my family in such an authentic way and have it be apart of the work that I'm so passionate about.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

That little voice in my head saying, "You can't, you won't, you shouldn't." I think what makes a true leader is to be able to look those moments in the eye and overcome them not with the absence of fear but courage superseding anything that is not of your higher being.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

The opportunity to learn so much and to execute intentionally. 2019 is a very "genuine" year, what you put into her is what you'll get back. I have a habit of personifying things of power and clarity as her because I believe the world, time, and seasons are all women, because women are just better at understanding the required synergy, dichotomy, and clarity one needs to stay the course. So I choose to make this an opportunity to declare my power as an individual both artistically and socially. I hope Hollywood and the world are ready, because I believe incredible times are among us and I hope I can and will be here to see the fruition of my dreams, my legacy, my future or at least use 2019 to continue the impact.

Where can we follow you?


@ryanjamaalswain

Slayyyter


Who are you?

I'm Slayyyter!

What do you do?

I make hot music!

What are you most proud of in 2018?

I am most proud of all the singles I put out in 2018.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think my biggest challenge in 2019 will be making a full 12-track project.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Some fun collaborations and some live shows!

@slayyyter.

Allen Salway


Who are you?

I am a 21-year-old Dinè, Oglala Lakota and Tohono O'odham community organizer and writer from the Navajo Nation. I currently reside in Tuscon, Arizona. I have a combined following of 98,000 followers via Twitter and Instagram through my continuous work and support in raising awareness about Native American and Indigenous issues.

What do you do?

I am a student as well as a community organizer for my people back home on the reservation and a writer with several articles out on Teen Vogue and PAPER. I also independently write via the subscription service Patreon, which allows me to create new material and share works relating to issues and articles that educate my readers. I also use my social media platforms to continue to spread awareness about ongoing and current issues in America today that effect my community.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The project I am most proud of that I was able to do in 2018 was an Indigenous People's Day fundraiser with DigDeep, which ended up raising over $20,000 in just one week — this being enough for 4 families to receive running water and electricity in their homes (who have never had it before). The fundraiser also helped boost multiple Native owned businesses, and because of its overall success will now be an annual event. Prior to that, on 'Giving Tuesday' I helped raise over $87,000 for the Navajo Water Project which helped an estimate of 60 families receive water and electricity.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

In all honesty, I hate to say that I am my own worst enemy. I think the biggest challenge I'll need to overcome in the next year is dealing with not limiting myself through self-doubt in my capabilities, and trying my best to continue to be and do greater than the version of myself previously has been.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

To my knowledge, the biggest opportunity of 2019 is having the opportunity to be flown out by DigDeep as one of their ambassadors, to represent and speak at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. which is actually in the middle of January. I definitely know the rest of the year will bring more great surprises and events that I will be a part of.

Where can we follow you?

Twitter: @lilnativeboy

Instagram: @lilnativeboy

Patreon: lilnativeboy

Cupid's Vault


Who are you?

I'm Cupid. I'm 19 and I live in New York.

What do you do?

I'm an artist always trying to explore new mediums whether that be makeup, fashion, music, etc. I like making things and keeping myself busy — the more constant stream of things I can produce, the better I feel.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

In 2018, I was able to make the move from Washington state to New York. I really trusted my instincts and followed them here and it's been the hardest thing ever but so rewarding.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I want to be able to financially support the people I love and that's really challenging. I have to make better decisions for my future to ensure that they're provided for. I have to be proactive and secure all the blessings my ancestors have been sewing for me.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I think making more music and creating more content. I would definitely like to take my work to new heights and let people immerse themselves into a world I've constructed.

Where can we follow you?

@cupidsvault on Instagram, Depop, and tiktok.

Nakhane


What do you do?

I am a musician, actor and author.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was quite a big year for me, so it's difficult to choose one thing. I'm going to list three: 1) Released my album You Will Not Die everywhere except North America. It's coming out on the 22nd of February 2) Won the "FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film" at Palm Springs International Film Festival 3) Realized a dream: Played on Jools Holland. I've watched that show since I was a teenager

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I'm writing for my next album, and as pleasurable as that is, it's always a wrestling match.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

You Will Not Die being released in North America is fucking amazing. More people get to hear what I slaved over for about 4 years. That's always exciting and frightening at the same time.

Where can we follow you?

@nakhaneofficial.

Dorian Electra


Who are you?

A genderfluid pop musician.

What do you do?

I make pop music and direct my own music videos. I love creating characters in my songs that challenge and play with social norms of sexuality and gender.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The three music videos I made. I co-directed, produced, styled and performed in "Career Boy", "VIP", and "Man To Man" with some of the most talented queers in Hollywood, baby.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

To work more in the mainstream and continue to challenge the status quo in pop music with other amazing queer pop artists.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Releasing and touring my debut album.

Where can we follow you? (Instagram Handle)

@dorianelectra.

Little Simz


Who are you?

I am Little Simz.

What do you do?

I create art.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm proud of the completion of my third album.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding the time to take a holiday.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Only God knows...

Where can we follow you?

@littlesimz.

Svrite


Who are you?

Svrite.

What do you do?

I make art, I produce, I entertain, [I make] music.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm proud of how big my fan base has gotten, and how my sound has improved.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

To exceed my idols.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Getting recognition and signed.

Where can we follow you?

@svrite.

Alex Aiono


Who are you?

Alex, singer-songwriter, entertainer, perpetual underdog, brother to three sisters, a stan of my fans, microwave oven gourmet [chef], and airport connoisseur.

What do you do?

On my best days, I'm a happiness conjurer, a mistake-making musician, a singing sushi monster.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Going out on my first U.S. headlining tour, the Feels Like Tour, and selling out shows.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I want to cut down on using single-use plastics.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Write and record more dope music that pushes the envelope and continues to define my art unapologetically. Continue playing shows for the best fans in the world. Get a girlfriend.

Where can we follow you?

@alexaiono.

Kelsey Lu


Who are you?

A Girl Has No Name.....and yet, I am formally known as Kelsey Lu but I prefer to be addressed as Lu in everyday life. The rest of who I am will have to wait for my cover story and/or memoir.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Living to see another year.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Overcoming the fear of disappointment and fucking my crush.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Life is one big opportunity isn't it? So everyday is an opportunity to be better than you were the day before, some are just larger than others. What I'm looking forward to is releasing my album so that I can open that portal of opportunity even wider than it was beforehand.

Where can we follow you?

@iamkelseylu.

Tayla Parx


Who are you?

I'm Tayla Parx.

What do you do?

Im a musician. From singing to writing and production, I wear a lot of hats.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Having three records in the Billboard Top 10 simultaneously.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Having to keep my promise to myself of taking more time to just live. I looked at my schedule the other day and realized I've had about a month off total in the past 3 years. So I gotta keep that promise and have some self-control.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Getting in front of my fans and performing. I'm so excited to meet my Taylatotts and sing my music for/with them.

Where can we follow you?

@taylaparx.

Sir Babygirl


Who are you?

I am Sir Babygirl.

What do you do?

I write and produce bubblegum pop music.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Teaching myself how to produce and finishing my first full length album.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Deciding whether or not I will accept my Grammy nomination.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well the thing is, I've been so busy that a lot of important things have fallen to the wayside, and I can only hope that in 2019 I will have the opportunity to peg as much as possible!

Where can we follow you?

@sir_babygirl.

Kidd Kenn


Who are you?

Kidd Kenn, a Chicago artist.

What do you do?

I'm an entertainer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Meeting and performing with Kehlani.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Becoming a mainstream artist.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

To expand my platform, and work with more artists.

Where can we follow you?

@kiddkenn.

Shawn Wasabi


Who are you?

Shawn Wasabi from Los Angeles.

What do you do?

I'm an artist, who not only write songs for myself but produces music for other pop artists under the name Shawn Wasabi. I also perform music on an arcade button controller I co-designed called the Midi Fighter 64. I'm part of the production team and work very closely with Justin Tranter and Katie Vinten at Facet Music/Warner Chappell.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My first produced live show at the Roxy in Los Angeles; my first produced storyline music video SQUEEZ?; working with a lot of my favorite artists and made a lot of music with my mom, Justin Tranter.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finishing my album; touring my live show more; getting more music videos produced out; helping other Asian-American/POC and LGBTQ kids get in the spotlight through my help in music production and songwriting.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I've been producing a lot of pop music and music for film/TV lately. One of the best songs to date that I made for own project will be coming out. Really excited about that. I worked with a lot of artists in 2018, and in 2019 I'm looking forward to that music coming out. Also I love collaborating with visual arts like animators and illustrators, and I'm excited to do that more this year.

Where can we follow you?

@shawnwasabi.

Raquel Savage


Who are you?

Raquel Savage — Board Certified Sex Coach, Sex Educator and Sex Worker. I hold a master's in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy) and a board certification (state of Florida) in Human Sexuality.

{Sex Work is an umbrella term for anyone in the sex industry, including: porn performers, cam girls, full-service sex workers, strippers, etc.}

What do you do?

I provide regular mental health counseling AND I'm trained to handle issues around sex, sexuality, intimacy, sexual dysfunctions, gender identity/sexual orientation, etc. I am also a certified Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) counselor — most of what I do, clinically, involves helping clients process trauma. Trauma can be as broad as negative/disruptive feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes, and pains, as well as more specific incidents (like sexual assault, car accident, death of family member, etc.). I predominantly see individual,s however, I also see couples and families.

Additionally, I do Savage Sex Ed workshops and presentations. These cover a variety of topics including: female orgasm, fetishes, ethical non-monogamy, consent and more. Presentations are typically done with larger groups (like universities and community centers) while workshops are done privately (eg. for someone's birthday, and I facilitate the workshop at their house with a group of 10-20 friends).

I do most of my online education via Patreon where I offer #ThoughtProvokingThirstTraps (thirst traps with informative captions), live streams, educational YouTube style videos, monthly Q&A's, and more. On Patreon I cover topics such as: the psychobiology of trauma, vaginal hygiene, STD basics, masturbation tips, how to unpack internalized isms/phobias, anal etiquette, etc.

In terms of Sex Work, I'm an unapologetic hoe! Autonomy, equity, liberation, sexuality, etc. are huge parts of my being and inform every area of my clinical/educational work, as well as, the Sex Work that I do. I've been doing (some form of) Sex Work for 6 years.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Everyday that people remind me how important my existence is to them, I feel a sense of pride. Whether they are doing internal work surrounding their mental health, trying to finish their graduate degree, trying to secure a bag, balancing being a mom with being sexually liberated, a survivor reclaiming their body — their support reminds me that being a scapegoat/symbol/example is important work. Knowing that I inspire people to create a safe space, somewhere in their lives, to be authentic is really meaningful to me.

I'm also very proud that I'm at a point in my life where I can offer reparations to people who my privileged identity directly oppresses (like giving my money to transwomen!). Also, I'm happy to know that I am responsible for healthier, more reciprocal, ethical, and orgasm-filled sex lives!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Navigating the impacts of FOSTA/SESTA and bigots, generally.

FOSTA/SESTA is legislation that purports to decrease sex trafficking by holding websites responsible for activity on their sites that appear to "facilitate" sex trafficking. However, the language used in the description of the law is (intentionally) vague, essentially making it about censorship; its immediate (and long-term) repercussions include making websites inaccessible to sex workers, people who are sex work-adjacent (like lingerie companies) and unassuming people using "hook-up" language. Because there are no comprehensive guidelines to discern what is or isn't "facilitating" sex trafficking, anything "they" deem "facilitating" is removable by law.

Ultimately, I face having my online presence, and thus access to my fanbase and income, deleted.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Any opportunity that elevates me and my voice AND runs me a check!

Where can we follow you?

Twitter: @Raquel_Savage

Instagram: @RaquelSavage

Raquelsavage.com

Patreon.com/raquelsavage

Precious Ebony


Who are you?

I am the world's most love-able person. I am a warrior because I never give up. I am a child. I am a parent. I am a leader. I'm just a regular ole Latin girl from the Bronx.

What do you do?

I live life to the fullest everyday with no regret. I make music that people can relate to and enjoy. I try to make at least one person happy a day because that one person can make another person happy and small change makes bigger impact.

What are you proud of from 2018?

I am most proud of my premiere to television and welcoming a Black beautiful person to the world. But truly most of all I am proud that I didn't give up or allow anyone to steal my joy and happiness.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge for 2019?

The biggest challenge will be to be greater than yesterday. Meaning everything I achieved last year has to be greater this year. More people need to know who the real Precious is!

What do you think your biggest opportunity will be for 2019?

I'm always blessed with opportunities, like traveling the world! But this year its all about P (me). I need my own TV show. I need more magazine shoots. I need to be the face of empowerment for plus size Black and Latino Americans who have no voice.

Where can we follow you?

Google me... Precious Ebony.

Instagram: Juss_precious

Alec Benjamin


Who are you?

My name is Alec Benjamin! I am a narrator.

What do you do?

I love to spend time with my family, write songs, sing, and play guitar.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Selling out my first headline tour!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Making sure I don't overwork myself. I'm really excited for everything I have coming up, but need to remember to take time to slow down at points.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Not sure but hopefully something cool! I sang on James Corden this year which was awesome.

Where can we follow you?

@alecbenjamin.

A.CHAL


Who are you?

I'm a musician, recording artist, singer and songwriter born in Peru, who came to this country at 5 years old.

What do you do?

I pretend to be normal even though inside I'm feeling crazy.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My mental stability, while not putting music out the rest of the year. The end of 2018 was great for me: I launched Ropa Gaz, which is our merch line at Gazi, and put out new music for my fans, through my EXOTIGAZ EP.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Looking forward to finding out!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I don't know yet! Take advantage of all the biggest opportunities that will come my way.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @a.chal

Twitter: @AlejandroChal

Shygirl


Who are you?

Shygirl.

What do you do?

I'm a lyricist.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Releasing my debut EP, Cruel Practice.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Not leaking my own music ahead of release dates.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

More collaborations, more traveling.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @shygirl__93

Carlie Hanson


Who are you?

I'm a singer and songwriter from La Crosse, Wisconsin.

What do you do?

Depends on the day, but mostly just sing and write songs and play shows!

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am most proud of touring with Jeremy Zucker and Kim Petras + Troye Sivan in 2018.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I'm going to learn how to play guitar!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Touring the world! I'm in Europe this month with Yungblud. It just started and already it's been the most surreal experience of my life.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @carliehanson




Ali Lohan


Who are you?

I am strong, intimate, loving, kind and trailblazing. I think that we all are capable of making the world a better place and have these traits within us. By listening to one another and understanding one another we can change the world for the good. When someone you feel is not being kind, I feel it is best to be honest in that moment and walk away from the situation at hand. I've learned this from being bullied at a young age. I am a strong advocate against bullying as I am a young woman now.

What do you do?

I am a singer, a songwriter, an actress and I am an all around artist. I love fashion. I appreciate the detail that is put into making a masterpiece. The final product is extremely satisfying, to see your dream come alive in front of your eyes after working so hard is the one of my definitions of beauty.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The best part about 2018 was my single "Long Way Down" being released and opening up for Robin Thicke in Times Square. I also had my mother there and my brother Dakota gave me the biggest love I could feel. I am fortunate the people in the audience felt the lyrics and the message I am trying to get across. I am always doing this is all for the better good.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I don't see any challenges in 2019 I like to keep a positive attitude!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity in 2019 I think is the ability to use my voice as the instrument for all the people to feel, strong, loved and comfortable in their own skin. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. I take my writing, vocals and art with appreciation and gratitude.

Where can we follow you?

My Instagram is @AlianaLohan

West Dakota


Who are you?

I'm West Dakota, 25, living in Brooklyn, NY.

What do you do?

I'm a drag queen/artist and sometimes model.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm most proud of being able to support myself and sustain my lifestyle as a freelance artist. It's certainly not easy but it's very rewarding.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My goal for 2019 is to put out different types of content and broaden my platform. I think my biggest challenge will be stepping outside of my comfort zone.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I wouldn't want to jinx anything...

Where can we follow you?

Follow me on Instagram: @iamwestdakota

SHY Martin


Who are you?

I'm SHY Martin, a songwriter and artist from Sweden!

What do you do?

For the last two and a half years I've been writing songs for other artists, such as Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha and others. In the past year though I've also started to release my own music as an artist.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I would have to say the summer festival shows I did. Even though I performed a lot when I was younger, I've had really bad stage fright. Last summer was the first time I really enjoyed being on stage, so I'm very proud of overcoming that fear, a little bit at least.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think my biggest challenge will be to prioritize my time! I love having a lot of stuff going on at the same time, and I honestly think every aspect of being a songwriter and an artist is interesting and fun. I even like pitching my own songs! But it's a bit harder to spend as much time on every part as I want to, and I'm afraid that will be even more challenging this year. But I really hope I'll be able to balance writing for others and writing for myself!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

One thing that will be very different this year is all the touring I'll be doing, which I'm super excited about! I really hope to release a lot more new music too, and also do some collaborations, that would be a lot of fun!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @shy.martin

Layla Saad


Who are you?

I am Layla Saad and I'm a writer, speaker, podcast host and racial justice advocate. I am an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West (United Kingdom), who lives in the East (Qatar), while sharing my work with a global audience.

What do you do?

My work explores the intersections of race, feminism, spirituality and leadership. I am the author of the "Me And White Supremacy Workbook," which is a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy. I'm also the host of the Good Ancestor Podcast, which is an interview series featuring leaders, thinkers, teachers, creatives and activists exploring what it means to become a good ancestor in our lifetime. My work is driven by my powerful desire to become a 'good ancestor;' to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after I am gone.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am proud of having impacted tens of thousands of people around the world through my gift and my first love — my writing. During the summer of 2018, I ran a free 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, which went viral, with tens of thousands of people from around the world participating to explore and unpack their white privilege and their complicity in white supremacy. On my 35th birthday on November 24, I published the free 137-page "Me And White Supremacy Workbook" based on this challenge to help people continue the work. At the time of this interview, the workbook has been downloaded by almost 30,000 people and has been featured in ELLE magazine. I am proud of the way my writing has helped people with white privilege to do their personal anti-racism work, and I am even more proud that my writing has contributed to the healing and liberation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My word of the year for 2019 is "Extraordinary." In 2019 I want to experience, create, and accomplish extraordinary things, as well as give to, and love, others in an extraordinary way. I want to have an even bigger impact on the world with my writing — both for the dismantling of systems of oppression, and the liberation and healing of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (especially Black women). That will mean having to show up in ways I have never done before, going far outside of my fears and my comfort zone, into the possibilities of my extraordinary zone. My challenge will be resisting what is comfortable, familiar and easy, so that I can have an extraordinary year and make an extraordinary impact.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Reaching even more people around the world with my writing and speaking. My "Me And White Supremacy" work is set to reach even more people in 2019, through the development of the workbook, virtual workshops and licensing facilitators. And, I will be working on my second book — a collection of essays exploring what it means to become a good ancestor in our lifetime. I will also be traveling to speak at more conferences and events throughout the year, which will give me the opportunity to reach more of my readers and students in person.

Where can we follow you?

Website: www.laylafsaad.com

Instagram: instagram.com/laylafsaad

Patreon: patreon.com/laylafsaad

Haley Byam


Who are you?

My name's Haley, I'm 22 years old, I have all of my personal planets in Gemini, and I'm trying to figure out who I am. This isn't special because I think most people with underdeveloped frontal cortexes share similar confusion and overwhelm. What I do know: I've always been a writer, and I never feel so connected to the core of myself as when I'm alone and armed with the comfort of a blank page. I'm realizing life is pretty much about running toward those things that make you remember your place in the world, that you've always had one.

What do you do?

I'm a student studying psychology, and in my spare time I use my compulsive need to articulate everything I experience to make memes on Instagram about mental illness and social issues. I've struggled with bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and an eating disorder from a young age, and much of my life feels incredibly dark. I've been running my account for about two years now, and the unprecedented amount of healing I've found in the meme community feels like the answer to a question I've never been able to articulate. I'm truly grateful to be a part of this space in time, where conceivably anyone can access free content that assures them they're not alone or crazy for struggling. For a long time I felt like everything I went through was meaningless, but connecting with people who understand me and actually feel comforted by the things I make has shown me I'm capable of creating a silver lining.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I was asked to be a part of a meme art show in Atlanta called Bottom Text, but I live in California and didn't have the spare money to buy a plane ticket or a place to stay. One of my followers suggested I try starting a GoFundMe page, and I was absolutely blown away when I actually received donations from people who felt connected enough to my work to send me across the country. I was terrified of traveling alone and even more terrified of interacting with so many new people, but it ended up being incredibly empowering and one of my favorite memories. Meeting the other "memers" I knew online felt immediately natural, like we'd known each other for years, and the whole being-in-a-show part was secondary to the emotional connections I made with really amazing people who understood me.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Living with mental illness has delayed the trajectory of my goals pretty significantly, and every setback has affected my self-perception and confidence in my ability to achieve things like a degree or financial stability. I want to test that belief this year and push myself to do the things I'm most afraid of, because I know those things are key to becoming a self-possessed person who can cope with whatever weird shit life throws at me. I've spent enough time recovering from trauma at the bottom of my hierarchy of needs, functioning at a very basic level — this year I want to climb.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I've been writing from the second I could form sentences, and pursuing writing in some form has always felt integral to my identity. I love poetry because it allows me to palpably express really intangible things, and since I've received good feedback online, I realized I could probably assemble some of my work into a chapbook if I already have an audience. I've amassed a large collection, but being a pathological perfectionist, it feels physically painful to produce work that doesn't feel "right" yet. However, I'm pretty sure that moment doesn't exist, so I have to grow some balls in 2019.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @ghosted1996

Carmen LoBue


Who are you?

I am a queer filmmaker, activist, and culture creator. I'm also a proud Afro Pinay. At my core I am curious, sensitive, and kind-hearted.

What do you do?

I tell stories! Most often for queer folx and collaboratively with other queer folx. I am unapologetically radical when I'm writing, directing, producing and advocating for marginalized people. I never get tired of toppling the patriarchy and questioning social norms. Some examples of my work are here and here.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was a challenging year. I'm so grateful to have made it to 2019!! In 2018 I learned that when challenges arise I must accept them. I'm proud of myself for facing every challenge with my whole heart and for knowing that when I was not being challenged (in my art or life) that it is my job to re-evaluate my life and set new spiritual, personal, or professional goals for myself.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Making it through my Saturn return LOL.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

One of them will be launching my brand spankin' new production company!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @carmenlobue; Twitter @carmenlobue

Serena Tea


Who are you?


My name is Serena Tea.

What do you do?

I'm a Brooklyn drag queen who sometimes finds herself in the world of fashion, ballroom, activism, and more.


What are you most proud of from 2018?

It had to have been performing at the CFDA Fashion Fund Finale. It was such an incredibly validating experience to perform in front of icons like Anna Wintour and Lisa Love.


What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest challenge in 2019 I think will definitely come from the inner dialogue I have with myself. I'm definitely my worst critic and rarely give myself room to breathe. It's helped me get to where I am today, but what worked for me last year might not work for me this year. Also, my tarot reader said to have more compassion for myself this year!


What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Manifesting that!


Where can we follow you?


You can find me on Instagram: @serenateanyc

Diamond Stingily


Who are you?

Diamond Stingily.

What do you do?

I'm an artist and writer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I worked through the bullshit and came out of 2018 victorious.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Not getting distracted with unnecessary doubt.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I don't know yet.

Where can we follow you?

@Lilboosieplaycousin

Laetitia Ky


Who are you?

My name is Laetitia Ky and I'm 22. I was born in C?te d'Ivoire where I live. I consider myself a polyvalent artist and activist.

What do you do?

I do a lot of things. My principal art is sculpting my braids into a lot of shapes. I do it to spread a message of self-love and self-confidence, tolerance and equality of gender. I also design clothes!

What are you most proud of from 2018?

All my big features. A lot of big magazines and media highlighted me in 2018 and it gave me a lot of strength and courage. It helped me to touch more people and because my art is political, to help more people.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

It's hard! There are so many things I want to achieve in 2019! Principally maybe find a way to move to L.A. I think from there I'll be able to achieve move things than from here.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity will be to sign with a top modeling agency in L.A. and be able to start class in an acting school. I've wanted to move there since last year because there are a lot of opportunities there. I missed a lot of opportunities living in C?te d'Ivoire because unfortunately the art industry isn't developed at all.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @laetitiaky

Twitter: @laetiky

Bea Miller


Who are you?

Person, artist, seeker of happiness.

What do you do?

Create what is meaningful and truthful in hopes that it will help people feel less misunderstood, like all of my favorite artists do for me.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Finally accepting and believing that I am much more capable than my own anxiety forces me to believe.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Continuing to nurture and support the positive outlook I need to have about myself in order to succeed.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Releasing an album where I've written every song, spent hours in studios making them the best they can be, and not being afraid of failure because I know my opinion matters, even if only to myself.

Where can we follow you?

@beamiller on everything.

Karena Evans


Who are you?

A storyteller from Toronto, dedicating my life to mastering the art of storytelling.

What do you do?

I'm a director and an actress.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Breaking the molds placed upon me as a young Black female filmmaker and challenging any false perceptions (through the telling of the stories and creative opportunities I was given). And further, being able to inspire the next young female to believe in herself to do the same. Some of the stories I had the privilege of telling this year include: Drake's "Nice For What," "God's Plan" and "In My Feelings," as well as SZA's "Garden."

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Switching from the world of music videos and commercials to the long-format language of film and TV. However, it is a challenge I've been waiting for and eager to face since I started out as a filmmaker, so I'm equally grateful and ready to be occupying a seat at the table.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well, I can only hope for and try to manifest bigger and better opportunities to tell important stories and reach greater audiences... But it's God's Plan.

Where can we follow you?

karenaevans.com + @karenaevans

Marsai Martin


Who are you?

My name is Marsai Martin and I'm 14 years old.

What do you do?

I act and create stuff in TV and film.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm proud of finishing my first feature film, Little, which comes out April 12 of this year!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding the time to do all the things I come up with and create in my head.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

To be on PAPER magazine's cover.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @marsaimartin

Twitter: @cailamarsai

Chance Perdomo


Who are you?

Chance Perdomo.

What do you do?

I pretend to be other people.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Breaking into a global audience.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Consistency with work/life balance for sure.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well (keeping our cards close to our chest), building upon what was established in 2018 and paying forward the kindnesses we've received.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @chance_perdomo

Emma Nelson


Who are you?

I'm Emma Nelson.

What do you do?

I act and go to school.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I had to keep being in the movie [Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go, Bernadette] a secret for over a year. It was really difficult, and some of my extended family couldn't even know. It was a really strenuous situation that I'm happy I got through.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think grappling with being new to everything, regarding the movie, and trying to balance my work life and my regular life at home. Like, going back and forth between shoots and press and then going back to school. It's really fun, just all new to me.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Finding a new project, I think. After the release of the movie, doing more of what I love. I'm excited to move forward, I guess.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram, @emmanelsonv

Isa Mazzei


Who are you?

Isa Mazzei.

What do you do?

I'm a writer and performer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I wrote and produced CAM, a sex-positive thriller about digital identity. Netflix bought it. That was crazy.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Completing my first book, CAMGIRL, which is coming out from Rare Bird Books November 2019. That, and finishing this 5000-piece puzzle my sister bought me for Christmas.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I'm writing and producing another female-driven thriller for Blumhouse and I can't wait to bring it to the big screen.

Where can we follow you?

@isaiswrong on Twitter and Instagram.

Julia Finkelstein


PAPER PREDICTIONS:

Julia Finkelstein.

Who are you?

Actor, comedian, human lady.

What do you do?

Characters, impressions, watch television.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My 73 Questions with Ariana Grande video.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Eating healthy.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

This feature!

Where can we follow you?

@juliamfink on all of the social medias.

Mena Massoud


Who are you?

My name is Mena Massoud. I was born in Egypt, grew up in Toronto and followed the sun to Los Angeles.

What do you do?

I'm an actor.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I started a company called Evolving Vegan. We're trying to encourage people to evolve in the direction of plant-based living, little by little. Even if it's just by eating plant-based, one day out of the week. We traveled around North America, visited ten major cities, 50 restaurants and we will be publishing our first vegan lifestyle cookbook.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think for any artist your biggest challenge every year is continuing to nourish and expand your artistry. At least that's how I see it. No matter how "big" or "small" my career is in 2019, I think the challenge will be understanding it, nourishing and growing from it.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well, Aladdin drops May 24 and Evolving Vegan's first book will publish this summer. Those two projects are incredibly important to me and I hope they serve as big opportunities.

Where can we follow you?

On Instagram and Twitter,@menamassoud. And if you want to follow my journey around North America eating some incredible food and meeting some rad people, @evolvingvegan on Instagram and IGTV.

Joey LaBeija


Who are you?

Joey LaBeija.

What do you do?

I make music, curate parties and design things but my first true love was and still is taking photos.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Understanding my source and learning who I truly am when you strip everything away.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding balance, remaining focused and being in complete control of my attention and intentions.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Releasing my first album as a vocalist.

Where can we follow you?

@joeylabeija

Tati Gabrielle


Who are you?

Tatiana Gabrielle Hobson, but most know me as Tati Gabrielle.

What do you do?

I am a human chameleon.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Booking my first series regular role on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the show being such a huge success.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Learning how to "adult," lol. I know that sounds silly, but what I mean is figuring out how to balance all the things I want to do in the new year whilst still enjoying my youth and living a healthy life. I really want to start on some philanthropic work that has been buzzing on my mind, get into an indie or feature film, and begin cultivating some new artistic endeavors. I'm not worried though.Because I'm passionate about my craft and the things I believe in, I have no doubt that I will conquer that challenge.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Being able to utilize my platform to spread as much light and love as I possibly can, and hopefully start on course in helping make a difference in the world.

Where can we follow you?

You can find me on Instagram @tatigabrielle or on Twitter @tatsbgats.

Shay Lia


Who are you?

I'm Shay Lia, a 25-year-old artist based in Montréal. I'm French Djiboutian, I was born in France and I grew up in Djibouti (east Africa) before moving to Montreal Canada 7 years ago.

What do you do?

I'm a soul/R&B singer songwriter. My most popular songs right now are my collabs for both Kaytranada's projects. Leave me alone on his debut album and more recently "Chances" on his Ep with Ty Dolla $ign. I work a lot with Kaytra but also with STWO, Sango et BadBadNotGood. I finished 2018 with the release of my song "The Cycle" then immediately after "Chances" with Kay and this year i put out one more single then my debut EP!

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The fact I got more professional with all of this. I was putting music out on soundcloud just for the fun of it while i was at school but, i really decided to make this my job. I feel like my team and i, managed to build the foundation upon which i can build a real career for 2019. A lot of things happened behind the curtains, from going on tour to building a team of trust worthy people around me, it's an all the time learning experience.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Follow my plan with consistency and discipline with all the first times that it is probably going to be for me. I'm already mentally preparing myself for this.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I can't really predict that but what i can tell you is the more you give the more you receive and I'm planning on giving a lot in 2019.

Where can we follow you?

@shayliasphere.

Terence Nance


Who are you?

Terence.

What do you do?

Art.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Being chosen by Anuasha.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

The farce of linear time.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

The narrative potentialities of linear time.

Where can we follow you?

@terenceetc

Porcelain Black


Who are you?

Recording artist born and raised in Detroit, and currently living in LA.

What do you do?

I write and produce music. Currently working on my debut album.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm for sure most proud of my album I wrote in 2018 and am currently working on. I'm in the final stages of production and it should be done in a few months. I've written soooo much music over the years and this body of work is really special to me. It's true to who I am — the feeling, the sound. I've worked with a lot of people who have watered my work down or went against my vibe and the quality I aim to achieve, and it was really disappointing. Getting out of all my contracts and my deals has been a true blessing. I'm free to be who I am and to give my fans the music they deserve.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest challenge will probably be avoiding all the snakes in the music industry. *sips tea*

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

As you go deeper into this industry you learn that you have to create you own opportunities, and that's what I plan on doing. When I feel like touring, I'll tour. When I feel like releasing a single, I'll do it. When I feel like shooting a music video, I'll do that. I'm really full on in every aspect of it, and I think my favorite part of the whole thing is listening to my music and imagining what the music videos will look like and bringing them to life. That's for sure one thing out of the whole process that I've fallen in love with.

Where can we follow you?

@PorcelainBlack.

Hilton Dresden


Who are you?

My name is Hilton Sterling Dresden. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

What do you do?

I'm a performer, and created the comedy series "5 Things With Hilton Dresden" for Out magazine with my friend and comedy partner Talia Heller. We're now working on another series about what it was like to create gay news videos called "Hilton Dresden Wants A Show," as well as hosting live comedy nights around NYC. You can also see me performing this year in a guest role on TBS' "Search Party."

I'm also a writer, and have written essays and conducted interviews for Out, Paper, Them, The Huffington Post, and NewNowNext.

And I'm an illustrator — my drawings have been featured in a variety of magazines, and a drawing I did of a weird parrot inspired Aquaria's "good twin" look on season ten of RuPaul's Drag Race. Most recently, I collaborated with Nicola Formichetti's fashion label Nicopanda to make a line of T-shirts featuring my illustrations that were covered by Vogue and featured in London Fashion Week.

My free time is mostly spent watching movies and battling problematic bowels.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I would have to say conducting a video interview with Sarah Jessica Parker, my supreme goddess. That happened in January of last year, and everything after went considerably downhill.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

There are a few things that could slow me down this year—as I've mentioned, I'm often dealing with difficult poop issues. Just a few months ago I was walking down the street in a dress and jockstrap and accidentally shat myself on the sidewalk. I'm also fairly lazy, and expect fighting the urge to sleep away my twenties to be my main battle this year. Finally, I've been told I look like a mix of the orphan Annie and Voldemort when he's that little King's Cross fetus at the end of the last movie, so I'm a little worried about my marketability as an aspiring award-winning actress.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Hmm... well, I'm hoping that my guest appearance on season 3 of TBS' "Search Party" catches the eye of an important industry insider like Ryan Murphy or Nicole Kidman and launches me into the heart of young Hollywood.

Where can we follow you?

My Instagram is @hiltyhilthilt. My YouTube channel can be found at youtube.com/hiltondresden. My Twitter is @ramsleyy, though I don't recommend following that because it's pretty unsettling and I'm thinking I might need to change it. The name Ramsley comes from the creepy butler character in Eddie Murphy's cult classic The Haunted Mansion. Oh, and my website is www.hiltondresden.org.

Jessie Woo


Who are you?

My name is Jessie Woo and I am comedian, host, social content producer, singer and proud Haitian Seeester.

What do you do?

I got my start doing cultural commentary and comedic skits on social media. I also write and host two shows for BET.com, I am a new cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop Miami season two and starting in February I will co-host Twitter's new weekly talk show, Power Star Live, that is executive produced by Will Packer Media.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

In addition to landing the female co-host spot on Twitter's Power Star Live in 2018, I am most proud that I've been able to balance it all. I create content for my online followers daily, I travel the country doing stand-up, I shot a reality show, I'm working on new music, I host on BET, I partner with brands like AT&T, and I also do my Seeester Talk Live series — It's a lot to juggle at times, but I love what I do.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think music will be my biggest challenge in 2019. I've been introduced to the world as a comedian, and even with the music success of Cardi B and Lil Duval, I understand that it may take time for people to see me as a serious artist.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Jamie Foxx is my career idol, and my goal for 2019 and beyond is to fully use all of my God-given talents. I want my name to be synonymous with music, comedy, acting and hosting. "Jessie Woo, EGOT Winner" has a nice ring to it…don't you think?

Where can we follow you?

@thejessiewoo

Torraine Futurum


Who are you?

I'm Torraine Futurum. Harbinger of the new day. Bringer of Light.

What do you do?

Read comic books, have existential crises, maintain a healthy rocking sex life. I'm also a music maker and a model.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I think I'm most proud that I start reading again. And I spent a lot of time working on music, this never ending music project ("Miles From Heaven") that's finally finished. My schedule allowed for me to be a creative for 70% of my life. I'm also proud that I've gained the confidence to hit on people and express attraction in real life situations. Also I started making my own stage looks! So much to be proud of.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

This year, I'm challenging myself to stay ready. To be my best self at all times so that when opportunity rolls around, I'm always prepared give it my all. I want entertainment opportunities (modeling, acting music) to pour in this year. And part of making that happen is staying ready.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

2019 in general in a opportunity. An opportunity to do better. To be better.

"Dread it, run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now, it's here. Or should I say, I am."

Where can we follow you?

@torraine

Pat Regan


Who are you?

Pat Regan, a frantic gay man living in New York City — Brooklyn, even. I am 30 years old (off the record).

What do you do?

I am a stand up comedian and cohost of the podcast Seek Treatment with Cat and Pat. I am so good at comedy that I also am a nanny.

What are you most proud of in 2018?

2018 was a great year for me and I am proud of a lot about it. I did my first solo show at the Duplex in January of this year and have done it about eight times subsequently and feel like it gets a little bit better each time. I've written a lot of new material that I think is funny. I've started a podcast with my best friend and favorite comedian Catherine Cohen that has expanded the scope of people I reach, and I've been able to be really honest on it about different things I struggle with mentally and emotionally. I feel like I've created a space to hone my comedic voice really specifically. I started having an apartment to live in again for the first time since 2014 and that is honestly terrific, would def recommend. I got to travel to festivals in San Fransisco and Michigan and do shows for really big audiences and that made me feel cool which is important to me. I took care of my mental and physical health better than I have in previous years. Those are the things I am most proud of I think. Also I posted several pics on insta where I think I look hotttttt.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Writing literally anything for once in my life.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Literally idk!!!!! It's hard to predict what opportunities you'll get in this town, and when I say this town I mean New York, and when I say New York that includes LA. In my experience the opportunities I am focusing on getting are never the ones I get and the opportunities I do get always kind of come out of nowhere. I kind of just wake up every day and hope that I get an extremely lucrative e-mail that will change my life forever.

Follow me on:

Twitter: @poregan

IG: @patreegs

Cat Cohen


Who are you?

Catherine Cohen.

What do you do?

I'm a beautiful comedian.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My Joe's Pub debut!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Changing the sheets on my bed.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I'm hoping to take my solo show "The Twist? She's Gorgeous" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Where can we follow you?

@catccohen and catch my weekly show at Club Cumming —I host "Cabernet Cabaret" with Henry Koperski every Wednesday!

Jari Jones


Who are you?

Jari Jones.

What do you do?

I'm an actress, curve model, activist and creative.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I think in 2018, I am most proud of my visibility within the media industry, from huge films, to TV, to magazine covers and runways. This was the year I really was able to not only show society what it means to a successful marginalized figure, but also show my communities the possibilities of conquering industries.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think in 2019 , safety will be my biggest challenge. The more visible you are, the more sought after you are! Because I'm hitting this idea of visibility from so many different genre of media, it opens me and the people I surround myself with to unplanned interactions. So going forward in my work I'm really advocating for LGBTQ safety in the workplace, in homes, in the streets, everywhere! Protect Black people, protect women and protect trans folks!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I think my biggest opportunity in 2019 will be to reach a bigger mass! It has also been my dream to share my creativity, my art and my thoughts to a huge audience, a worldly audience is in my future. I can feel it !

Where can we follow you?

She's an Instagram girl, but all my platforms are:

@IAMJARIJONES

Marta Del Rio


Who are you?

Spanish living in New York, platform addict, cooking aficionado, obsessive gamer.

What do you do?

Creative assistant for Nicola Formichetti, freelance stylist, producer, consultant, casting — basically jack of all trades by request.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Get my visa renewed, so I can stay in New York and work on more amazing projects — that was a tough one with the current situation.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Balance. I tend to be a person of extremes: too much work, and too much stress. I need to learn to get some personal time in there.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Continuing to work with, and style amazing artists.

Where can we follow you?

@from_theriver.

River Gallo


Who are you?

River Gallo.

What do you do?

I'm a filmmaker, actor, model and intersex advocate.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Living my very first year as an out intersex person and completing my film Ponyboi !

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Having patience, staying hydrated, and keeping all the fuckboys at bay.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Developing my debut feature film and collaborating with Lana Del Rey ;)

Where can we follow you?

@rivergallo

Miya Folick


Who are you?

Miya Folick.

What do you do?

Songwriter, singer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Making my album Premonitions.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Making my new album while staying healthy and balanced and maybe finally growing my hair out (been trying for ages).

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Every morning I get out of bed. Also, I'm playing my first headline tour in February/March! Come out!

Where can we follow you?

@miyafolick

Masego


Who are you?


I'm Masego.

What do you do?

Create.

What are you most proud of from 2018?



My band traveling with me on my headline tours.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Texting back in a timely matter.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My band living with me in the TrapHouseJazz Mansion.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @masegomasego

Twitter: @unclesegounclesego

Justice Smith


Who are you?

Justice Smith.

What do you do?

I'm an actor.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

It was a busy year for me. I led my first movie, and it also happened to be the first live-action Pokémon film, which had a huge influence on me as a kid. So I'm proud that I got to honor younger me in my work.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Promoting the film. I'm still getting adjusted to the world of promoting one's self.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I'm currently working with Isabelle Huppert on a play, so I'm just trying to soak up as much as I can.

Where can we follow you?

@standup4justice on Instagram,@justicethesmith on Twitter.

Bowen Yang


Who are you?

My father's son and my mother's FaceTime pal.

What do you do?

I'm a multi-hyphenate in that I'm a writer-performer-podcaster-oops-that-last-one-ruins-everything.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I bought a fancy Japanese planner and I filled out roughly 30% of it! That's probably the single most helpful thing I did for myself last year.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

To pull off baseball caps and show the world that people with giant heads can wear them without shame. Having a big skull is very in for 2019.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

To fill out my new Japanese planner to at least 99%.

Where can we follow you?

On Instagram: @fayedunaway, on Twitter @bowenyang, on acclaimed MMORPG "Final Fantasy XIV" as Lewyn Baines (Level 67 Summoner) on the Cactuar server.

Emily Wilson


Who are you?

Emily Wilson.

What do you do?

Comedian.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Producing and headlining twelve sold out renditions of my monthly comedy show The Emily Wilson Show at Better Days in LES.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding new ways to continue to organically grow my audience without compromising the quality of my content in the process. And making rent :\

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Music!

I'm self-releasing my first comedy single and music video in February, and my first EP in late Spring. I'm super excited to see how expanding my brand of comedy into the music realm is going to shape my career trajectory. Also, I was a finalist on The X Factor USA in 2011 and quit singing immediately after, so this will be a yuge moment of redemption for 15-year-old Emily.

Where can we follow you?

@therealemilywilson

Damon Davis


Who are you?

Damon Davis.

What do you do?

I am a Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Musician, and Writer that uses different mediums to tell stories.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm proud of the opening of "Darker Gods In The Garden of Low-Hanging Heavens" a multiple-disciplinary art experience I have been working on for over 3 years. It was well received in my hometown of St. Louis and in Miami during Miami art week. The breadth of the work in the show includes photography, film, and written word as well as an album/soundtrack that accompanies the artistic universe I created.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Staying balanced with my work, and my rest, and spending time with the ones I love.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I am launching a new podcast with a close friend of the same name (Damon and Damon: A Podcast) as well as several other projects and business ventures. I am working on a few film and music projects as well as moving "Darker Gods" around the U.S. in a traveling exhibition. I just have a lot on my plate but I am super excited to keep creating and telling stories.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @damondavisdamondavis

Twitter: heartacheNpaint

Website: heartacheandpaint.com, wearefarfetched.net

Emma Portner


Who are you?

My name is Emma Portner and I am a Canadian-born dancer, currently living in New York City.

What do you do?

I am a dancer, choreographer and movement director. I release dance within people and create physical narratives for a living. It is my pride and joy to enlighten the general public with the value of dance. I do not discriminate when it comes to body type or training experience. We all use the same tool and I believe that all bodies can access the magic behind movement whether you are a professional, a non-dancer, or anything in between. With this perspective, I am able to work with actors, musicians, brands, and singers all the same. I enjoy cross-collaboration very much.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am most proud of overcoming physical illness and branching out into other art forms. I was able to act and screen test for the first time in 2018. I celebrated a year of marriage. I became more aware of my personal and professional boundaries, as I am someone with limitations. I have discovered that I cannot work past x amount of hours, that I cannot have x amount of people watching me work. That I have to eat and function in very specific ways in order to foster the best working environment for me, and that's ok! I am understanding what I need to create the best results as a professional while also taking care of my needs as an individual.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I can be painfully anxious and shy. I hope to find more moments of internal peace in 2019. Feeling "at home" or "comfortable" is always a challenge but I continue to figure it all out. Shifting my image to MORE than just a choreographer also remains a challenge. I want to be known as someone who is adaptable and can hop between many mediums because I want to do it all. I hope to dance for others, direct, sing, act, learn, and perform. I am more than "the girl from the Justin Bieber video." It has taken me many years to come to that. To really see and understand that I am more than a workhorse for the visions of others. But, that I can also really help the ideas of others come into fruition when it feels right and healthy. Everything in moderation, I guess!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Everyday will be an opportunity. Who knows! I can't necessarily publicly state some of the projects I hope to work on this year (yet) but ... some really exciting ideas up my sleeve for sure.

Where can we follow you?

To peer into the most current versions of my work world(s) or artistic endeavors... you can follow me on Instagram: @emmaportner!

Jessi Jumanji


Who are you?

I'm Jessi Jumanji: a visual artist, designer, painter, curator, and historian (to name a few). I'm 28 years old, from Memphis, Tennessee, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.

What do you do?

I create artwork and media that recontextualizes the Black experience beyond the limits of space and time. Through Afrofuturism, I use art to make visual commentary of the past, present, and future of Black life.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My proudest accomplishment from 2018 is having my artwork published in Copenhagen University's Gender Research department's "Women, Gender & Research" journal. I was shocked and honored to find that my artwork was making an impact internationally and being recognized by such a prestigious institution. Representation in educational spaces like these is critical, and to be able to create and perpetuate positive, authentic images of my people is powerful.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest challenge in 2019 will be topping 2018! Last year I worked diligently to expand beyond just art on walls. A lot of my artwork went viral last year, giving me an even bigger platform of people to reach. I created book covers, album covers, billboards, and so much more so I'm excited to see where my artwork will exist next. I'm always trying to challenge boundaries and redefine spaces.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I believe 2019 will bring more opportunities and resources to curate my own events and collaborate with other artists. I'd like to create on a bigger, grander scale this year with more interactive artwork and installations. A sponsorship or residency would be a great opportunity for me.

Where can we follow you?

You can follow me on Instagram: @jessijumanji or www.jessijumanji.com

Kia LaBeija


Who are you?

Kia LaBeija, native New Yorker, full time creative, Piscean.

What do you do?

I am a fine artist with a multidisciplinary practice including photography, movement, and film. I use self-portraiture as a modality for liberation and explore my performance practice through the catharsis of voguing. I am the Overall Mother of the Iconic House of LaBeija.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Completing and presenting two new bodies of work (photography). Being featured on the cover of Artforum as one of few women of color (Black women specifically) and achieving this with no gallery representation, solo show or major art collectors. It's a reminder that our power lies in the work.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I don't consider challenges, I'm focused on creating!

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Working with my partner, Taina on a dream project, which we received a 2019 Creative Capital Award for!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @Goodnight_Kia

Website: Goodnight-trafficcity.com

Morgan Parker


Who are you?

Morgan Parker.

What do you do?

Writer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I finished and sold my first young adult novel, Who Put This Song On?, which was a thing I never imagined I could do.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Maintaining sanity and hydration while on tour. I have two books coming out this year (including my poetry collection Magical Negro, out in February), which means a lot of time on the road. I am horrible at "balance," but I'm going to try.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Hopefully reaching new audiences and trying my hand at new genres and different kinds of projects.

Where can we follow you?

@morganapple on Twitter, @morganapple0 on Instagram, www.morgan-parker.com

The Dupont Twins


Who are you?

Jake and Joseph Dupont of The Dupont Twins.

We are a rare breed of human, fluid in gender and rich in bone structure. We are an exotic set of creatures sporting the most remarkable fashions.

What do you do?

With our modeling platform we represent a gender revolution. As gender fluid models we have the luxury of showing the world that fashion is not based on gender, it is based in nothing more than the art of the human body. Aside from modeling we have expanded our creativity in the fashion and beauty world doing styling and the art of makeup.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was full of hard work and many obstacles. We would say our proudest moments were landing ourselves on the runway in September for NYFW as well as being featured in a few magazines, and having something tangible to look back and see the growth we've made not only for us, but for our community.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

We have no doubt 2019 will run its course of obstacles, our prediction for our biggest challenge would be achieving our ultimate goal of being recognized throughout the globe as the multitalented supermodels we are. We know it won't be easy task to pull off but we also know that this what we were placed on earth to do. This is our prophecy and we will fulfill it.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Our biggest opportunity is and always has been ourselves. We have never been more comfortable with who we are and everything we need to fulfill our fantasy is already within us. Everything we want, we can only get by doing it ourselves. We believe that we can create the life we want to live, and change the world by showing them they can create their own fantasy as well.

Where can we follow you?

You can follow us @jakeandjosephdupont and watch us ride to the top.

Moshtari Hilal


Who are you?

Moshtari Hilal.

What do you do?

I am an artist and illustrator, specialized in detailed analog drawings, black hair and big noses.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I finally moved to London to find my first archive and research-based art project; hopefully, this leads me to a thesis, a book and an exhibition.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I want to finally graduate after 7 years and do art and research full time.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I will have the biggest solo show of my career, at AmeNue in my hometown Hamburg.

Where can we follow you?

@monmoshtari

Sally Wen Mao


Who are you?

Sally Wen Mao.

What do you do?

I write poems, fiction, and essays. I also teach, and sometimes I make visual art. My second book of poems, Oculus, has just been released with Graywolf Press.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

In 2018, I went on an artist's residency to Shanghai, and I lived in China for the first time (and learned to text in Chinese). I also led a local community poetry workshop in D.C. as the last Jenny McKean Writer-in-Washington. This was significant to me because one of my favorite poets, Lucille Clifton, had this position in the 1980s. My students' work makes me proud.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding a home — recently, I've jumped from residency to fellowship to visiting gig in five different cities in four years — Ithaca, Brooklyn, Singapore, Brooklyn again, D.C., and Shanghai. It's time to find a place that is sustainable, where I won't have to uproot my life in a few months or a year.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Working with my publisher Graywolf has been a source of many wonderful opportunities, and I feel very lucky. My book tour, I hope, will connect me to many people, organizations, writers, and readers. I'm excited to begin this journey in 2019 with Oculus.

Where can we follow you?

Twitter: @sallywenmao; Instagram: @sallywenmao, and my website, sallywenmao.com.

Dani Thorne


Who are you?

Dani Thorne AKA COM3T.

What do you do?

I'm a DJ/producer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Launching our record label Filthy Fangs.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Hm, I really can't predict that.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Hopefully getting to work with more artists that inspire me, and my new single with LSDREAM.

Where can we follow you?

@dani_thorne / @com3tmusic

Crystal Zapata


Who are you?

Crystal Zapata.

What do you do?

I'm a graphic designer and artist based in Chicago. I work at a design studio called Normal during the day, and after hours I design things for people in the art and music communities in town. My work ranges from making t-shirts for musicians like Ravyn Lenae, OHMME, and Clairo, to making flyers for shows and my favorite dance party in the city: Bricktown Sound. My art practice is slowly developing in a space adjacent to my client work. I'm interested in making semi-functional sculptures/objects in relationship to identity, the body, and movement.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I decided to take my practice, and myself, more seriously in 2018. I learned a lot about my needs, and my limits and the negative effects of my devotion to the grind. Working non-stop has provided me with space to hone my craft, and learn about the business of maintaining freelance work alongside a full-time job. I'm proud of myself for doing my best, and learning through my mistakes and failures.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Perfecting the work/life balance, saying no, making space to spend time on independent work, properly taking care myself, and looking at screens less.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I already have some exciting projects and collaborations planned for this year. I'm also hoping to have the opportunity, and time, to work on my art. I want to release a zine that I've been working on for forever, and start screen printing on clothing again.

Where can we follow you?



@crystalzapata / crystalzapata.com

Haley Josephs


Who are you?

Haley Josephs.

What do you do?

I'm a painter based in New York.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm proud of the work I made for my solo show at Jack Barrett this past September. The paintings I made were heavily inspired by the luscious, humid colors of summertime spent in my hometown Pittsburgh, and in LA where I was for the remainder of the summer.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think the biggest challenge will be finding my flow and focus in the studio again after a really busy year, having shown work in three different cities.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity I believe will be when I head to Hong Kong for a six week residency. I'll have the opportunity to travel and explore while making work there for a large group exhibition in Europe this spring. I've never been so far away and I am so excited!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @haley.josephs where I post some of my work, or at Jack Barrett (New York Gallery).

Liz Cambage


Who are you?

Elizabeth Cambage.

What do you do?

I am a professional basketball player, DJ and designer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Finding my love for basketball again, breaking records in the WNBA and leading my country to a gold medal game at the World Championships.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

At the moment I am coming back from an overuse injury in my Achilles from pushing myself too hard last year. Getting my body right again and back on court is a mental and physical challenge right now, but I'm talking it day by day and enjoying time off at home here in Australia.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Every day is an opportunity. I'm very focused on getting back on court and back to America, while also working a lot on my music and design this year. Next year is an Olympic Year and I am excited to release my label for taller ladies after the Tokyo Olympics.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @ecambage

Gizelle Marie


Who are you?

I'm Gizelle Marie, a Bamahian Puerto Rican force to be reckoned with. ;)

What do you do?

I'm a stripper and also an activist and advocate for sex worker rights.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm most proud of being a powerful voice for strippers and women of color in the sex industry. This year, I revealed the many injustices that women of color have to endure that often gets ignored by mainstream feminism. I will continue to create more of an impactful awareness to supporting us.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

The biggest challenge is destigmatizing sex work. People don't look at us as people or people that need to be protected — specially for women of color, with an emphasis on Black femmes in this industry. So getting this issue on the table gets ignored because of who we are and what we do. People also disregard sex work as a profession when it's really a job just like any other profession. Because sex work has a connotation with sex just being like the physical act people tend to judge and assume that sex is the only thing we do (and if that's apart of what a person does, that's okay too 'cause who are we to judge?) Sex is something that is taboo in our society and the fact that the patriarchy tries to control and dismiss our work is telling of the violence we face in this profession. We become silenced because sex workers "can't get raped."

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well I was cordially invited to speak at the Women's March in NYC. I was the first sex worker since the 70s to be given the opportunity to speak, which is very telling of who gets left out of the conversation — AKA black trans women disabled women and sex workers too.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @thegizellemarie @wocsolidarity @glits_inc @soar_institute

Pattie Gonia?


Who are you?

Pattie Gonia.

What do you do?


I prance, dance, and drag in 6 inch heels to bring inclusivity and positivity into the outdoors.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The absolutely beautiful community that's entered my life since Pattie was born.... and also not breaking an ankle yet.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Educating myself on the history of the queer and outdoors community and dancing on the bridge between both of those worlds to advocate for others and bring up other less heard voices.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Listen, Pattie is here to stay a life long learner and bring my community along as Pattie Learns and grows. I'm also in the process of filming my next music video at 12,000 feet in the back country of Colorado, so I hope that I come back with all my toes still on.

Where can we follow you?

@pattiegonia














Crystal Methany


Who are you?

I am Crystal, a femme fatale who loves to get dirty but stays looking glam all the time. I love experimenting with fashion in different time periods, recently burlesque in the early 1900s has sparked my eyes.

What do you do?

I create art. I like to display a message through my work. Whether it be against censorship or portraying an emotional story through makeup and fashion. There's always a message behind everything. I use Crystal as a way to reach my inner femininity and a higher state of mind.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm most post proud all the work that came out of my trip to L.A.! I went that summer for the first time and it was amazing. I got to collaborate with some of my favorite artists, as well as bringing my own twisted fantasy to the light. The content I made during that week really elevated my art and the way I go about producing my fantasy.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding inspiration is always my biggest challenge. Everything has already been done, so I have to take a minute and think, "How can I make this as original and authentic to myself as possible?" I love to experiment with different parts of beauty and pop culture. I'm always changing my look and how I want to present myself to the world because I want to see how people view my work. There's a lot of thought about everything.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Honestly I have no clue. Things come out of nowhere at the least expected time so I'm always on my toes because you never know when something can arise. I always try to look my best and present in a professional way because you only get one first impression.

Where can we follow you?

On Instagram you can find me: @crystalmethnay and on Facebook under Crystal Methany!

Gia Kuan


Who are you?

Gia Kuan.

What do you do?

I am a communications strategist and PR consultant, focusing on the development of emerging and established art and fashion creatives, brands and institutions, advising all-round from press strategy, special events, and programming initiatives.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I worked on some amazing press, programming and event initiatives with clients in the arts and culture realm including the Whitney Museum, Museum of Sex, Swiss Institute, American for the Arts, PULSE Art Fair to name a few — throughout the calendar year and during key cultural moments such as New York Fashion Week and Art Basel Miami Beach. It was a big year and it felt non-stop. I'm proud of being able to have created synergy between the fields I love the most and bring together partnerships and relationships for my clients that are impressionable and long-lasting, carving a foundation for what is to come in 2019.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

The mediascape is quickly changing and for me, it's important to rethink the field of communications and how to organically grow with the talents and brands you represent, cut through the noise, while being the most authentic to yourself, them and their audience — in an industry that is so saturated, it's important to provide an honest approach and opinion to so many under-represented voices in various communities.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I think New York is going through a time of creative rebirth in the art and fashion realm and it's exciting to see so many talents on the rise. I am personally interested in identity politics, and how these voices are translated and projected through various mediums — through the creation of silhouettes, textiles, visual arts, performance/theatre, music, culinary, literature and more. In a city like New York, many wear many hats and creative layers, and I am excited work with many under represented voices to tell their narrative.

Where can we follow you?

@giakuan

Montre'


Who are you?

It's ya boy, the one and only, Montre' AKA "The Boy George of Hip-Hop."

What do you do?

I am a rap entertainer and all around artist. I have a background in all mediums of art and can touch anything — sketching, fashion design, choreography, acting, modeling — but music is my burning passion.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Honestly, continuing to not give up, and being featured in PAPER. The first half of the year was very rocky, but my faith is undying and because of that I was blessed immensely. I cried for the first in years when I read that article because I have been building my vision and brand consistently for years now on my own. I have sacrificed so much, a lot of times just to get half back, but I keep going.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding how to penetrate through this social media-driven industry we live in today, where it's more about the dramatics and how ridiculous you have to be to get views instead of it being about real talent and art. I see so many real artists who live and breathe their craft and truly want to make a difference through their art get looked over because they are not stooping low and belittling themselves just to get views and likes. It's hard for real artists to get through because the music industry is so saturated with reality stars.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

To get signed to a record label. I really want to expand my brand and message worldwide because, yes I've come a long way and I am truly self-made as they say, but with backing from a label, I'm going slay every fucking thing. The world has seen nothing yet. i have so many visions that the world just has to see — it's going to be so bomb.

Where can we follow you?

@MontreOfficial.

Grant Uba


Who are you?

Grant Uba.

What do you do?

I'm a model and student set to graduate with degrees in Political Science and English this May.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend university and earn a degree the subject I'm so passionate about: writing — I'm proud of my ability to maintain exemplary grades while booking modeling jobs with some of my favorite brands, i.e. American Apparel. I'm also pleased to have recently signed with a mother agent who believes in me as much as I do.

What do you think your biggest challenge will be in 2019?

I have amazing and supportive friends who mean the world to me, but sometimes it's difficult to balance time spent at school, traveling, working, etc. I believe my biggest challenge this year will be finding a balance between working strenuously while still making time for my loved ones — after all, they're the ones who gave me the courage to pursue my dreams.

What do you think your biggest opportunity will be in 2019

I pride myself in being a hard worker and I'm working towards being an internationally signed model. It's going to be a long and rewarding process; however, be sure to look out for me on the runways of some of your favorite designers this year because I'm coming full force.

Where can we follow you?

@st.grnt on Instagram

@GRNTUB on Twitter

Kahn Norris


Who are you?

My name is Kahn, I'm a 25 year old gender-fluid mixed media artist. I am currently stuck in Portland, OR with my cat and Princess Diana memorabilia dreaming of the day I get sucked into my PlayStation. I grew up in a traditional Japanese-American household on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and am inspired by the folklore and tradition of my heritage. My pronouns are they/she/he.

What do you do?

Honestly, I spend most of my time daydreaming about a world that I don't live in. The art I make, whether that be painting, performing, graffiti, clothing, tattooing or makeup help to bring me closer to that world. I've been drawing since I can remember, and as I got older I started experimenting with different mediums. Through the techniques I've learned, I've been able to bring my art to life which is a very fulfilling and authentic experience.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was full of a lot of successes. I spent the entire year diving into my craft, even to the extent of withdrawing from my friends and community. It led me to start working on my comic book (a longtime dream of mine) that is coming together amazingly. I also started the process of making my own merchandise which has been a wild but super fun ride.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Time will always be my biggest challenge. I'm working on a lot of projects right now including several designs for merchandise, my comic, and a living room full of headpieces and garments for future performances. I also have a full time job so juggling it all can definitely be a test.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

With all the projects I'm working on I know there will be many opportunities this year. I've got some new artists that I'm collaborating with and that excites me a lot. I'm also planning trips to LA and New York throughout the year and hopefully making one of those locations my new home.

Where can we follow you?

You can find me on Instagram as @ihatekahn

Ionut Radu


Who are you?

I am a 19-year-old student based in Bucharest, Romania, who happens to be a professional athlete also.

What do you do?

I am currently studying aerospace engineering in university and I am a professional swimmer. Because of the body sculpted in the pool and lucky genes from my parents, I work as a fashion model as well.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

The thing I am the most proud of in 2018 is the signing of my modeling contract with a renowned agency from London.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think my biggest challenge in 2019 will be the way I manage to handle my schedule: from university to the pool, and from the pool to the catwalk. A trio which will be hard to keep in balance.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I think from big challenges also rise big opportunities. If I am able to juggle between these 3 things and prioritize them accordingly, you never know what kind of opportunity may pop up.

Where can we follow you?

As Instagram is the most used and famous app at the moment, you can follow me there: @radu.ionut99

Isaac West


Who are you?

I am Isaac West. I'm Liberian, born in Liberia and raised in Ghana.

What do you do?

I am a photographer and creative director. I direct music visuals and short mini films as well. All my photography is directed and edited by me; moreover, 80% of my photographs are style by me. I am very hands on and detail-oriented.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

There are numerous of things I am proud of from 2018; however, I am mostly proud of the inspiration I have become to others. I get lot of people from all walks of life, race, creed and gender telling me how my photography has influenced them and how it affected their life. They all have great stories, which I cherish.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

To honest I really don't know what that challenge is, but I can assure you, I am prepared.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I'm speaking it into existence right now because I believe whatever energy you put into the universe is the same energy you are going to get back, and also life is in the tongue. In 2019, I will be represented by the biggest creative agency in the country, I will photograph the cover for PAPER one day, and I will get to work with Vogue and Rihanna.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @isaacwest

Website: www.isaacwest1.com

Viva Ruiz


Who are you?

I am a: fierce and good spirit, troublemaker, loud queer fluid fem, native New Yorker, dancer, storyteller, performer, conceptualist, builder. I am: the daughter of Ecuadorian non--English speaking lower working-class immigrants, of people who sacrificed much for me to have opportunities here they could not have for themselves in their homeland. My teachers and collaborators have been found on the block, in my family, my neighbors and through dancing in the nightclub. Yo soy artista Latinx, trabajadora.

What do you do?

I make things like music and design and film, connected by the threads of an ache for personal and collective liberation. Wide-reaching populist forms like telenovelas, street art, party culture formed and excite me as wide-reaching carriers. Currently the project with a lot of heat around it is "THANK GOD FOR ABORTION," an expression in many forms all to destigmatize abortion which as we all know is just basic health care. The project has a life of its own now. I'm pretty much following it around, but I'm encouraged by the shift that I've seen with my own eyes in the last few years regarding abortion. When will the left grow a backbone and get behind gender equality completely, autonomy for all, no apologies? I've seen a lot of change happen in one-on-one conversations, people I never thought would turn around have. I'm encouraged to keep going. I think most effective way to think about changing "everything" is to take it one soul at a time. What do I do? I pray and I play.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Definitely most proud of our A Joyful Noise: Thank God For Abortion Pride Parade Float 2018. It was a scandal. Extremely fun to sing dance and carry on with many beautiful light-hearted anti-fascist friends. All my favorite ingredients: a love-based formula, staunchness, comedy, music, choreography, an action in the streets and free to all. It was a collaboration of big-gun artists and I was floored by it. It was so encouraging to connect and make new alliances through it. I was thrilled to be even more in communication with so many people around the world, in the same struggle for autonomy, for gender equality, for an end to white supremacy and fascism. It's a piece I'm very proud of.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Capitalism continues to be inhuman. White supremacy is inhuman, misogyny is inhuman, these are consistent but also growing dangers now with this regime in power. I'm excited to create because I can't stop but also to be supported, cared for. Capitalism shrieks "MERITOCRACY," meanwhile the rich get richer because of massive state welfare they hand themselves. More for "us," 2019. Where are the breathing places? I'm calling that in.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

The very next thing that's happening in 2019 is a solo show at my favorite art space Participant Inc. entitled "ProAbortion Shakira: A Thank God for Abortion Introspective." Again, it'll be comprised of performance, video, music, church. I'm pretty thrilled to express myself in this way out of the streets and into the space for a minute. That's how this year is kicking off, so who knows what other greatness will come. I know I'll be making music, performing and creating more melodramas every which way they want to express themselves. I'm excited for the conversations of 2019. There've been some doozies already. I believe we are in a rapidly growing awakening, I'm here for the smooth and the tumble of it.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @chocolatinaruiz / @thankgodforabortion

vivaruiz.com / thankgodforabortion.com

La'Shaunae Steward


Who are you?

La'Shaunae from Summerville, South Carolina. I grew up and have always lived in the south and I have actually always known I'd be someone great one day no matter how long it takes. I was bullied from elementary to high school, and it genuinely made me more self aware because bullying comes from a place of hate within a person and it's never an actual reflection on who you are. Being a victim of harassment and bullying, it makes me feel like I'm doing something right.

What do you do?

I'm a model and a fashion designer, and I'm always actively speaking up on the mistreatment of the bigger women of color in the fashion and modeling industry. I've wanted to be a designer since I was around six or seven years old. I was always drawing things I'd wear, drawing things I'd want my friends and family to wear, and playing a ton of dress up games (which made me think of being a stylist at one point). Modeling is something I picked up as soon as I graduated high school four years ago. All those years growing up of people telling me I was too fat to be beautiful caused me to do something to help build the confidence I lost from their ridiculing, and so I started to model.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm extremely proud of never giving up. Life has a very obvious way of trying to teach you lessons and 2018 was a phase. The entire year taught me so much about why I have to continue to fight for representation. There are a lot of privileged people in the fashion industry and I'm not one. Rejection emails, people discrediting me, and losing friends made me feel like I wasn't good enough since I had this dream, but I have to remind myself who I am, what I'm fighting for, and who else is praying for the same representation as me, and for that, I can't and will never give up.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest two challenges have always been living in the South and being a model of color over a size 18. Opportunities are much harder to achieve from both of these challenges but anything can happen at anytime, and I know my papa and uncle are looking over me and supporting me more than anyone else ever could. Living in South Carolina in an area that doesn't really have anything fashion-related is a bummer but I know it will be major to have someone represent for my city in a major way. Also being a size 24 Black model is the biggest challenge only because of being discredited of who I am and not being given respect. There are so many white, light and thin models being paid for the work that I'm being offered nothing for, and when I speak up on this, I'm labeled as an angry fat Black woman for wanting to be treated fairly. Fat Black women in the fashion industry deserve better and shouldn't be left out if we aren't plus-sized with perfect curves and measurements.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

This year, I definitely see at least one magazine cover if not more. I want to prove to myself that I am just as worthy as other models and designers. I would also love to work with Chloe Sevigny and Pat McGrath because they are amazing and I've loved them since my teen years. I worked for it and I can't wait to see the hard work and tears pay off.

Where can we follow you?

@luhshawnay on Instagram!

Juan Alvear


Who are you?

I'm Juan Alvear and I live in NYC.

What do you do?

I'm an artist.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Graduating from Cooper Union.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

The biggest challenge I see going forward is expanding my world of nails and joining it with my other practices like sculpture and painting, legibly. But this is also one of the things I'm most excited about.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

There are so many possibilities and I'm excited for all of them. I think 2019, being my first year since graduating will be a year to really make things happen. I'm excited to meet new people and start building my own life and reality.

Where can we follow you?

@nailsbyjuan.nyc

Olivia Anakwe


Who are you?

Olivia Anakwe.

What do you do?

I am a model and student studying Psychology Pre-Med.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was really productive for me and for that I am grateful. I'm most proud of being one of the faces of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Campaign, Miu Miu spring 2018 Campaign, on the cover of Tush Magazine, walking for Burberry spring 2019, opening Yohji Yamamoto spring 2019, and being a part of the Miu Miu Holiday 2018 Video Campaign.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

This is the year of positivity and good energy for me so my biggest challenge will involve combatting negative energies, fears and doubts.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

The biggest opportunity is traveling and meeting people from all over the world. I just want to continue to work with incredible artists and I'm really hoping to go to some new, exciting destinations this year!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram is the best way to stay updated with me: @olivia_anakwe

Adebayo Oke-Lawal


Who are you?

My name is Adebayo Oke-Lawal. 28-years-old and from the beautiful country Nigeria *pageantvoice*.

What do you do?

I am the creative director of Nigerian based androgynous menswear brand "Orange Culture," a brand I started eight years ago.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

2018 was quite a turbulent year for me. A lot of ups and downs. A few come to mind: being a Nigeria-based brand recognized by the CFDA; being the first African brand to be nominated for the CFDA; being on Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa; my spring 2019 collection has been my favorite collection in a long time; getting more involved in the fight against abuse which is something I've talked about in previous collections and in my counseling programs with young people.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I've been self-funded for the past 8 years and we are considering opening the business to investors; that is one of the trickiest dynamics to handle.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Retail globalization and so much more. I believe that so much greatness is coming in 2019 for my brand Orange Culture and for myself as a person. On a lighter note, I could start dating. Orange Culture might finally allow me to get into a relationship.

Where can we follow you?

Personal page: @theorangenerd

Business page: @orangecultureng

Sensen Lii


Who are you?

I'm Sensen Lii, born in China and based in Antwerp.

What do you do?

I'm a fashion designer.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I won VFILES RUNWAY 10. I came to New York Fashion Week with my first collection!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I will graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in June this year. I hope I'll the have opportunity to start my career in London or New York. This will be the biggest challenge in 2019.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Do my best for graduation collection and let more people know WHO I AM.

Where can we follow you?

My instagram: @sensenlii

Timo Sassen


Who are you?

I am Timo Sassen, a 26-year-old queer creative with a big mouth and an even bigger heart. I was born and raised in Antwerp and currently flip-flopping in between Antwerp and New York. My favorite pop star is Britney, current favorite color hot pink, favorite flower is a tulip and I fuck with spicy food.

What do you do?

I am the creative director and founder of my brand timosassen. I am designing with my own community in mind, creating pieces as a protest against the censorship and gender norms placed upon us. I want my costumers to be themselves, feel sexy and be comfortable in any way they choose to dress.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My overall growth. In 2018 I created and launched my first collection, I started my own business, sold my first pieces and got recognized for my hard work. Next to that I got super tight with my mom and met the man of my life. 2018 was just great!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I am overall not that worried about my future, simply because I am very happy about where I'm at in life. Although, continuing to grow excitement and awareness for my brand might be something challenging I get to deal with in my years to come.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

I must say being a part of this feature is a huge opportunity for me. By being exposed and gaining more viewers I get the opportunity to show more people across the world my upcoming work.

Where can we follow you?

All of my work, as well as my nudes you can find back on my personal Instagram account: @timosassen

Wesley Berryman


Who are you?

Wesley Berryman, Weslah, designer, artist, lover, Gemini.

What do you do?

I am creative director of my concept label, Weslah, which is a fully immersive fashion brand, propaganda machine, and visual diary.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I'm most proud of my Obsession collection, which is not just a fashion story but my own expression of humanity. I believe art can change the world and make it a better place. So this is my way of contributing back to the fight for love, equality, and representation.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

To break the barriers of fashion and culture, to find the answers to the questions of life.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

My biggest opportunity will be an international platform for my brand and community, to show the world the message of love and self-expression.

Where can we follow you?

@weslah

Gami


Who are you?


Hey I'm GAMI, founder and curator for ultra femme and trans collective INTERNET FRIENDS.

What do you do?

I'm a multidisciplinary artist, DJ and trans activist.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Red Bull music's swetboxx and my BOILER ROOM set.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Myself, I always challenge my self to something bigger and harder. Producing music will be a new play ground I'll be exploring.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?


Touring and curating music for a nightclub or festival.








Where can we follow you?

@yasgami.

SiiGii


Who are you?

I feel like an ancient baby but I am constantly trying to become nothing. I'm no different than a flower, always blooming at my own pace.

What do you do?

I design and construct performative/art garments. I'm very concept driven, and everything I make needs to be alive, in motion.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I feel proud that while making my collection "Substantial Bond," I embraced my unique path outside of convention.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

My biggest pleasure will be removing more boundaries from my creative process. I like to ask 'why not?' and cross all mediums. The real challenge will be finding my perfect team to empower me while I continue to enjoy not belonging in an obvious category.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

In 2019 I'm excited to meet adventurous performers and venues ready for my current visions. And also I will do something gigantic like dress a hot air ballon or join two skyscrapers.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram: @is_siigii

Carmen Fozzard


Who are you?

I'm Carmen! Carmen Fozzard.

What do you do?

I model.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

I am probably most proud of somehow maintaining my mental health and sanity through one of the most generally tragic years of my young vida!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

I think my biggest challenge of 2019 will be to stay motivated! There are a lot of goals I have set for this year in terms of creative projects and personal growth so I'm just trying to make sure I don't end up stopping at procrastination station.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Well, if all goes according to plan I will be with my close friend Oprah frolicking in her bountiful vegetable garden. Or I'll book a fancy shmancey campaign. Or both.

Where can we follow you?












@fozzisbozz.

Ross Days


Who are you?

I'm every woman, it's all in me.

What do you do?

I'm a comedienne and I make people skinny at Soulcycle.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Starting comedy and working on video projects for the first time. I'm excited and looking forward to sharing them soon.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Getting into the "process" rather than results.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Meeting Rihanna.

Where can we follow you?

On the gram: @rossthedays_

Yoshi Flower


Who are you?

Yoshi f baby...please say the baby.

What do you do?

Create and destroy.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

My mom said she liked listening to my mixtape American Raver.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Existing and creating from a place of love and not fear is the only challenge or maintenance I care about. Love is what propels us and forces us to evolve in the best way. Fear is trying to "get" something or not lose what we already have.

That, and not dying before I have the chance to connect with other kids who feel the same way I do.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Traveling overseas for the first time with Talia Eve, playing shows in London and seeing other parts of culture I haven't before. Playing festivals would be lovely. Who's to say?

Where can we follow you?

@yoshiflower

Lenéa Sims


Who are you?

My name is Lenéa Sims aka Gooey Girl. I'm an energetic intuitive and coach, spiritual advisor, writer, and the self-proclaimed Queen of Doodads. I like to think of myself as a WOC Eckhart Tolle, Little Mermaid, and Carrie Bradshaw rolled into one 2019-approved package.

What do you do?

In a nutshell, I help people understand energies — how to recognize them, how to align with the good ones, how to eliminate the bad ones, how to harness them all to access your highest joy. I do this by making make metaphysical ideas into physical practices so instead of just retweeting a quote about "letting go," for example, you can actually manifest the energy of surrender with a creative activity or a ceremony or an energetic exercise. It's all about teaching people to be their own healers, their own gurus, and their highest selves. Tis dope and I feel blessed every day to do it.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

10000% the thing I feel most proud of is being invited to speak at SXSW. I got to talk about the spiritual side of self-care and teach an audience a bunch of energy exercises that had 'em looking like toddlers — I loved it!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding a right hand who can help me grow my business. I have ENDLESS ideas for products and programs I want to develop this year (shout out to my very bossy Gemini moon) and need someone who doesn't become nauseated by spreadsheets to hold me down. Full faith that this person will show up very soon but hey, if you're out there, HMU.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Tapping into abundant energy. Energetically, abundance is big, pervasive, confident, and fulfilled with notes of sour cherries and oak. Jokes bout that last part. But really, abundant energy is something so many people are wanting to wake up to right now because it feels like Harvest time after what has been a very tough few years societally speaking. And I feel strongly that now is the time for us to open up to it and, once we do, life becomes nothing but an opportunity.

Where can we follow you?

I'm @gooeygirl_ on Instagram and the site is gooeygirl.com!

FRANKIE


Who are you?

Frankie.

What do you do?

Musician.

What are you most proud of from 2018?

Completing my EP, STA7GES, and releasing Ghost with Scott Hoying.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Sharing my music on a larger level.

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?

Hopefully touring with musicians I love and respect.

Where can we follow you?

@FRANKIEmusic.

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