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FROM THE EDITOR
FRANCIS BOBONGIE NORA BREZNAI LISA GUIS RINA GURUNG LESLIE GUNTERSON DANNY DAVID MARYAM GREENIDGE OLGA MARIA 3D BEAUTY CONSULTANTS
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STYLISTS ELISA SORRENTINO BARBARA LANE SHAUGHN CRAWFORD MANUELA MEZZETTI MAURIZIO FANTINI NICOLETTA CONTEDUCA DANIELLE MUEHLE JENNIFER CROWDER LUCA ELIO RIMATORI ALEX SEGAL SARAH STORCH KATARINA HILDEBRANDT
KAREN TOMZCAK ENID HUNT SHANNA BOWMAN
--------------------------------------SPECIAL THANKS TO GOD, LATIA WATSON, SHANDA W. FIELDS & MOODART
Fantini Mezzetti Hair & Make up Artist: Nicoletta Conteduca Model: Geisi Lima Designer: Sergei Grinko Stylist: Manuela
A month ago, I learned a valuable lesson while LIVID magazine is new within the industry of publishing we are letting our voice be heard from coast to coast and across the borders of distance countries. There is nothing wrong with saying no when things do not uphold values or principles you stand for, even if that very thing could boost you into your next level. We have to learn how to step back and ask ourselves, well at what cost will I take this risk or risks? Set a standard that builds a foundation and you will thank yourself in the long run. We should never be subjected to one persons point of view on an issue rather try to view from a multitude of resources to obtain a resolution on that very thing. Whether if it is a political, fashion trend or social event. How often do you find yourself in deep thought to the point were you are daydreaming which turns into people watching? I think we all can agree to that question as I find myself wanting to work in a cafe rather than my office so that I may people watch… Indeed it is a great past time. As we sit, listen, observe and wonder about who’s who or speculate what were they thinking when they left the house with that on… Caught up in the moment we judge one another on our differences, but when we really look at that person only to realize that we have so many similarities. So often many of us feel that we are living in a fantasy that we have transformed ourselves from reality into a realm of wishful thinking. Stop and think how can we make our reality into a life that we would want to embrace every day to every hour, to every minute to every second. All things are possible, if you can dream it you can do it. Ask yourselves what do you hold value while delegating your time to complete task. A society that is consumed with these fixes, Facebook, reality tv, etc as the human connection is of the past time, meeting someone for the first time at a cafe or the will to travel to another country. Sometimes there are so many excused made for the short comings rather than figuring out what is best and how it could be achieved. Most often ones fantasies would be thought of as a taboo subject to discuss amongst friends and maybe even inappropriate in some cases. Fantasy Noir issue we wanted to focus on SEX and how it effects and shapes cultures, just mentioning the word sex in a busy cafe in NYC quite a few blank stares from those that are within hearing distance. We get catch up in the what if.. and only if I was… but we forget to think about the out come of those scenarios and how that could play out if acted upon. So lets not play the what if.. or only if I was.. and focus on the right now as we talk about the out come of unprotect sex leading to HIV/ AIDS and how the affects of sex does to you mentally. We focused on self awareness and improvement to be a better you in 2012, with a new year come new beginnings through the power of change. Make this year of self reflection and do something you have not done before experience life through new eyes, take that trip, try the new restaurant down the street, become active in your community or try a new hair style be free yet proactive. I hope that you enjoy our Fantasy Noir issue, filled with contributors from around the world to give you a piece of their living Identity. Breaking bearers one step at a time.
FOUNDER | EDITOR IN CHIEF DANIEL WATSON
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CONTENTS ISSUE NO. 02
22 COVER STORY: GEISI IN SEA CIRCUS By Marta Beltrame Italian & English translation
Geisi Lima is stunning in Russian fashion designer Sergei Grinko show in Milan Fashion week.
63HIV AIDS: BENEATH THE SHEETS By Daniel Watson
Up close and personal with Activist Maria Davis, and flimed with other personal interviews with people living with HIV/AIDS.
16 A JOB FOR FASHIONISTA: By Olga Maria
Designers from New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week + African Fashion Week
22FASHION TRENDS: HISTORY OF LITTLE BLACK DRESS By Nora Breznai
1920’s to Present transformation of simply black to true elengance.
41YOUR PERFECT MACTH BEAUTY TIPS: By Maryam Greenidge
Co-founder of 3D Beauty Consultants Laura Diana consults us on finding the right foundations for your skin tones.
48QUESTION ON THE STREET By Nora Breznai + Shanna Bowman What is your fantasy vacation?
18 Painter/Illustrator Demian West 34 Fashion designer Avril Lemieux 39 Creative Education Director DavidGulino 50 Artist Danny Simmions 55 Entrepreneur Bianca Fairchild 58 Holistic Health Counselor Vanessa Barg 60 Aids Specialist Geraldine Frost-Meredith
Wardrobe by Sergei Grinko
67TOPTEN PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2012 69 7 DAYS WITH 7 MEALS UNDER 30 MINTUES 71THE NATURE OF HUMAN CHEMISTRY + LOST CONNECTION By Danny David Indepth about sexual desires of a chemical stimulation in your body
73GRATEFUL DEVOTION By Leslie Gunterson
52HAINA’S STORY By Francis Bobongie
End harmful traditional or customary practices, such as early and forced marriage..., which violate the rights of children and women.
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