SPRING / SUMMER 2017 ISSUE 11
EDITOR IN CHEIF
Emily Kaler CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Juliany Nakazato CREATIVE COORDINATOR
Quentin Harvell FASHION DIRECTOR 2
Elise Kozal PUBLIC RELATIONS
John Wong SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Rachel Pickus MANGAING EDITORS
Enrique Hernandez Monika Wrobel
Chantal Vaca Cienna Martinez Enrique Hernandez Hinna Raja Julie Schreiner Kendall Hill Monika Wrobel Natale Brunelle Rachel Miller Veronica Severini MODELS
Emily Moffat Erika Loret De Mola Estefania Loret De Mola Hinna Raja Jeffrey Rumishek, Jessica Badofsky, Naambia Mitch Ted Demin PHOTOGRAPHY
Hinna Raja Kendall Hill Monica Wilner Mark Midgett Quentin Harvell
9 Glossy. 19 Death of my Teenage. 27 New Kids On The Block. 61 Andale. 75 Getting Personal. BEAUTY
EMILY KALER EDITOR-IN-CHEIF ELISE KOZAL PHOTOGRAPHER
A LETTER. Dear Impulse Readers, It’s summer – a time for sun, fun and relaxation. But at Impulse, it’s also a time to explore the concepts of self-awareness and artistic expression in words and images through the lenses of beauty, culture, music and travel. In this issue, we’ll interpret the ever-popular look of gloss and shine as a metaphor for summer in a series of close-up images by Quentin Harvell that showcase our models in the yin and yang of water – from heat to refreshment. Hinna Raja explores the human condition through a story of personal experiences dealing with mental health in the search for self-discovery that eventually leads to her in-depth understanding. And Monica Wilner and Quentin Harvell created a centerfold shoot that fuses a “summer nights” feel with an 80s extravaganza. Shot in a roller rink and arcade, it embraces a nostalgia that took us all back to our younger and easier days and got us excited for summer. Impulse photographer Kendall Hill met with Mike PRSM, a musician whose experiments with various genres and types of music has made him one of the more dynamic musicians of the Chicago scene today. Rachel Pickus takes us to London, England. Through collaboration with Seattle based photographer, Mark Midgett, she offers ideas for realizing and defining your personal style by breaking the trends and finding your own voice. Founded by students and fueled by creativity, Impulse Magazine is University of Illinois’ cultural catalyst, giving you the latest in pop, politics, sex and style. We created this Spring Summer 2017 issue as an escape from Winter and an opportunity for our readers to begin the season with a new outlook on all the possibilities it brings. No matter how you spend your summer, we wish you a journey filled with sun, fun and lots of time to explore what it means to be you.
Emily Kaler EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
EMILY MOFFAT MODEL ESTEFANIA LORET DE MOLA MODEL NAAMBIA MITCH MODEL QUENTIN HARVELL MAKEUPHARVELL & PHOTOGRAPHY QUENTIN MAKEUP
GLOSSY. PHOTOGRAPHY BY QUENTIN HARVELL
In our beauty section we will interpret the ever-popular look of gloss and shine as a metaphor for summer in a series of close-up images by Quentin Harvell that showcase our models in the yin and yang of water â€“ from heat to refreshment.
KODI ELLI MODEL HINNA RAJA MODEL & PHOTOGRAPHER MONICA WILNER
DEATH OF MY TEENAGE HINNA RAJA
DEMONS WHAT MAKES A HUMAN, HUMAN?
Is it our flesh and bones? Is it the fact that we have ten fingers, and ten toes, and blood coursing through our veins? Or is it our ability to love? Is it our ability to feel emotions, and laugh, and cry, and scream when we need to? Or would a human still be human if these things didnâ€™t apply?
To some extent, we’ve all faced demons at some point in our lives. But it’s at these dark states that we grow the tallest, contingent on the manner we choose to recover from, or deal with these issues. Do we allow these demons to take us over, to leave us forever tainted, as fractions of our past selves? Or do we fight to the death of these demons, coming out the flip side stronger, more able, and having a concrete perspective on what defines us as individuals? Where this gets complicated is when mental illness interferes with our ability to recover from these demons. This was my experience. And for that reason, I have been battling the same demons for 8+ years. Although it’s not something I’m proud of, I lost sight of myself throughout the process. I completely lost my sense of self, and in turn I became a shadow of the person I used to be. And in order to recover, I had to relearn how to define my identity even at the most basic level: as a human being.
The Death of My Teenage. I became detached from time and Void was the only sensation I experienced. I started to lose myself The Death of My Teenage. I lost Hinna. I stopped using the word I, And what I became, It was something Inhuman The Death of my Teenage.
Throughout the void I've lived through, there have been, however, a few moments I was able to breathe. You know that feeling when youâ€™ve had your eyes open for too long so you shut them for a few seconds to replenish the moisture beneath your eyelids, and you see an image of static? Or when youâ€™ve been sitting on your legs for so long you get pins and needles, and when you straighten your legs and let all the blood rush back, the prickly feeling fades away?
Thatâ€™s the feeling I feel during the moments I'm able to be sobered from this dark mindset; I regain consciousness. My head is clear in the midst of a period I quite literally lost my mind. Hinna exists apart from the shadow of my past self, still there, residing in a dark corner of my mind, rocking back and forth. These moments can be owed to one thing, and one thing only: learning. Learning from others who have sunken into the deep, bottomless void that demons can catapult you into.
WE THE HUMANS MY MOTHER LOOKED AT ME WITH THE SADDEST EYES AND ASKED, “WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, HINNA?”
Thus defines the concept behind my HUMAN documentary series; being humbled by the fact that I know I have much to learn, I'm excited by the opportunities presented to me to learn and grow as I understand each and every human being that shares this planet we call home. In doing so, I grow closer and closer to understanding the complexities of the human condition, and in turn, I understand and have a more firm grasp on my identity on a personal level. Having gone through what seemed to be the severest of onearth hells, I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that I can at the very least help others feeling like there's no end to the abyss. Through my journey hearing and telling the stories of people from all walks of life, I invite you to experience the inner workings of my mind, feel the blood I tasted in the back of my throat for years, and walk away knowing a little bit more not about me and my subjects, but about yourself. ‘Til next time. xo, H
ERIKA LORET DE MOLA & EMILY MOFFAT MODELS MONICA WILNER PHOTOGRAPHER QUENTIN HARVELL CREATIVE COORDINATOR
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONICA WILNER
Styling: Emily Kaler, Monica Wilner, Quentin Harvell Models: Emily Moffat, Erika Loret De Mola, Jeffrey Rumishek, Jessica Badofsky, Ted Demin Creative Coordination: Quentin Harvell Artist Feature: Eric Pryor
ERIC PRYOR JACKET DESIGN
MIKE PRSM MODEL KENDALL HILL STYLING
MIKE PRSM PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL HILL
Mike PRSM is the underground Chicago artist you need to listen to right now. Mike PRSM is a singer and songwriter from Chicago who refuses to be put into one category. When he first began his music career, he focused mainly on rap and hip-hop. Since then, PRSM has blossomed to one of the most dynamic and versatile artists coming out of the city today. In the last year he has released a major hit single “ANDALE”, anchored the creative direction for a look-book and experimented with futuristic vibes on tracks like “New Day” and “Rise”. If you haven’t heard of Mike PRSM yet, what are you doing? SOUNDCLOUD: HTTP://SOUNDCLOUD.COM/ COMMONWEALTH1 INSTAGRAM: @MIKEPRISM TWITTER: @MIKEPRSM
LOCAL LONDONERS MODELS MARK MIDGETT PHOTOGRAPHER
GETTING PERSONAL. RACHEL PICKUS
Before I left, everyone seemed to tell me that studying abroad would be a time of self-discovery. While I didnâ€™t necessarily have an Eat Pray Love moment, I felt that I gained a new perspective on what personal style means. These past four months I studied in London at
Central Saint Martins. Because it was an art school, I found it an extremely inspirational environment not only for my own artistic development, but also for the people watching. Just about everyday I would sit in the atrium and be completely captivated by the outfits that passed by. Neon green tube tops were paired with cherryprint skirts, and pink tulle was layered over checkered pants. Blue hair was braided and woven while bleached strands were twisted into two buns as a little homage to Miley. No matter how garish or wrong it may sound on paper, everything seemed to be cohesive and intentional. These people weren’t fumbling in the dark, as they got ready in the morning, they were consciously curating their look.
Not only did I find these ensembles intriguing, but I also became inspired by one of my professor’s perspective on personal style. As she explained, fast fashion is just a constant regurgitation of what’s fashionable now. Trends are not necessarily as universal as they may seem. Instead, she suggested, we should be thrifting and altering pieces (ripping, patching, hemming, etc.) ourselves. After hearing her say this I began to realize that was what made my peers’ sense of style so different. They weren’t necessarily sporting this season’s trends; rather they were wearing pieces that complimented them, personally. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a good Zara drive-by, however as the
semester went on I became more inclined to finding clothes that felt more me. Luckily, London is a great city for unique finds from the vintage shops lining Brick Lane to the vendors rooted at Camden Market. Soon enough, I was taking my professorâ€™s advice and altering pieces to fit me, both figuratively and literally. As my time in London came to a close, I definitely felt as if my outlook on personal style had evolved. Instead of forcing certain trends to look right, I was now choosing to wear items that felt truer to me. I was lucky to call London my home this semester, but the people there taught me the most. With the confidence they exuded in every outfit they wore, no matter how outlandish it was, I began to see fashion as a looser concept, free of any rules or stipulations. Because personal style is just that, personal.
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