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Seth Travis CEO, FOUNDER, AND EDITOR -IN- CHIEF

Welcome to Metropolis Report. A place for fashion and culture for women. I have been asked by brands, creatives, and close friends when we would ever do a women's magazine. I guess I can finally say, right now. Over the last year, I started to consider this new venture but had a lot of apprehension. Afterall, I am a man. All of my background in fashion and media has mainly been focused on men. The more I questioned this new chapter the more I loved the idea of the challenge. Fortunately, I learned a lot from starting MAN OF METROPOLIS. Most importantly, I expanded my creative network here in New York. We teamed up with a rad photographer late last Summer named Ryan Slack. Ryan is cool, talented and fun to work with. His laid back energy is the perfect blend to my passion and constant deadlines. What started as a brainstorming session quickly followed with a full-blown creative concept starring my favorite icon growing up, Lois Lane! Yep, at that moment at Dumbo House, I was in! In case you didn't know my childhood hero was Superman. I grew up watching actor Christopher Reeve's portrayal of a nerdy Clark Kent juxtaposed against the brazen reporter Lois Lane played

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by actress Margot Kidder. Principal filming started on March 28, 1977. In case you haven't watched Superman the movie, Margot Kidder personified an independent, smart, beautiful woman living in the big city. So when I thought about our reader, I thought about Margot Kidder and how she redefined the role of Lois Lane -- over THREE decades ago. Terri Hatcher's Lois Lane went toe-to-toe with Clark and anyone else that got in her way from getting a big story. In our first cover story, Model Ash Foo takes on the role of Lois Lane. Ryan Slack and stylist Kerri Scales and co. pay homage to the comic book character by marking moments from the comic book's Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern and our own 'Metropolis Age'. We teamed up with more incredible talent for the issue including, Matthew Cylinder, Ricardo Beas, Henry Lou, Menelik Puryear and more. Meet incredible entrepreneurs, artists, and talent who share their experiences in their industry. Finally, I want to thank everyone who worked on issue number 1. There was a hundred of you and just one of me. I am in awe of your talents, commitment, and support of this project.

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CO OL Spring reminds us to refresh our look. Add a bright eye shadow, a fun print and don't forget the necessary eyewear for those brighter days ahead. Matthew Cylinder Koji Ichikawa Makeup Amanda Holley Casting Eric Cano Editor Seth Travis

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Ash Foo Ryan Slack ST YLIST Kerri Scales Hair & MAKEUP Adam Maclay SET DESIGN Kelly Mayhugh PROPS ST YLIST: Tom Kivell ST YLIST ASSISTANT: Tabitha Sanchez RETOUCHING Web Future Studio CLOCK WISE PHOTO ASSISTANT: Monika Kratochvil FROM TOP: STUDIO Mediumplex Daylight Studio Credit/descriptive line DIRECTOR OF VIDEO Jean London Dia to go here. VIDEO EDITOR Amir Muhammad Credit/descriptive line to go here. TECH Billy Chuck CASTING Eric Cano Credit/descriptive line to go here. EDITOR Seth Travis MODEL

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ESCAPADE Henry Lou Kerri Scales HAIR Tomoaki Sato MAKEUP Miki Ishikura

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THIS PAGE (model on left): Bathing suit bottoms: Emilio Pucci Shirt: 6397 Handbag: Jacquemus (model in center): Top: Ulla Johnson Shorts: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Belt Bag: Jamal Studios Raffia Bag: Stylist’s own (model on right): Bathing Suit: Emilio Pucci Pants: Jamal Studios

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(model on left): Bathing suit: Balmain Belt: Acne Studios Necklace: Roxanne Assoulin Shoes: Vans (model in center): Tank top: Vintage Christian Dior Jean Shorts: Alexander Wang Hat: Stylist’s own Earrings: Bing Bang (model on right): Bathing Suit: Marysia Shirt: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Headband: Emilio Pucci Bag: Ulla Johnson Shoes: Prada Necklace: Bing Bang

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ASSISTANT STYLIST: TABITHA SANCHEZ, PROP STYLIST: THOMAS KIVELL Bralette & jacket - DENIMCRATIC Pleated skirt - JUNYA WATANABE Long skirt - NANUSHKA

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SOEURAYA WILSON INTERVIEW BY

Seth Travis

You embody such a beautiful balance between power and strength, feminity and masculinity and beauty. What does it feel like to be a woman in 2019? First of all, can I put those on my resume? [laughs] Being a woman in 2019 is exhausting if I'm being quite honest. I feel like we are constantly moving and creating and hustling. And all while being incredibly nurturing and selfless. I feel lucky to be surrounded by many badass women that all seem to be doing this in their own way, shape, and form. It’s also very empowering. Exciting. There are a lot of things happening for us and also BECAUSE of us and I can’t help but be excited and proud to be a woman at this time. You are in the fitness and wellness industry. Can you tell us about what you do, and where women fall into this industry? I'm a Senior Instructor at SoulCycle and a teacher for The Class by Taryn Toomey. I like to think of myself as a mindful mover. Encouraging people to move their bodies and sweat not because it is a punishment, but because it is a remembering of oneself. A coming back to your ability, rather. I teach from a deeper place than just calories burned or how small your waistline is. But instead of coming from a spiritual place. A celebra-

tory place. I feel lucky to work for two different companies that represent and allow me to teach in this way. I think women in the fitness industry are revolutionizing it. Embracing this idea of feminine, but strong. The idea of soft yet takes no shit. That you don’t have to be a man to lift a weight, or an athlete to want to sweat or take care of your body. You can really just be yourself, wanting to take care, and feel good while doing so. It’s a very exciting time. Where do you see things headed? The growth opportunities for women in this industry are huge. I used to think I wouldn’t be able to make a career from this job, that it would be a side hustle. And fast forward five years, here i am and it is most definitely my career and passion. It’s not just a mans world anymore. The possibilities are out there and they are pretty endless if you are willing to put in the work Where do you think fitness and wellness are broken or needs to be improved upon? I think like all things that have grown, it takes time to see change. The idea that a “fit” woman has to look or act a certain way to be in this industry is a big one. Also, the fitness industry is very competitive at times. Everyone trying to have the hardest class or the best music.

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The growth opportunities for women in this industry are huge. I used to think I wouldn’t be able to make a career from this job, that it would be a side hustle. And fast forward five years, here i am and it is most definitely my career and passion. It’s not just a mans world anymore. The possibilities are out there and they are pretty endless if you are willing to put in the work.

That it's ok to slow down. The things meant for me will be for me. And that slowing down and taking care of myself when my body and mind are asking, sometimes screaming for it, is not going to take away any kind of success or make me less than.

Where do you think fitness and wellness are broken or needs to be improved upon?

Give less fucks. Give each other compliments. And tell yourself, that you're ok. That you’ve got this. On the daily thank your body and heart for holding and getting you to and from. Even when you’re bloated and tired and hangry and your head is telling you the complete opposite. Tell yourself to be brave.

I think like all things that have grown, it takes time to see change. The idea that a “fit” woman has to look or act a certain way to be in this industry is a big one. Also, the fitness industry is very competitive at times. Everyone trying to have the hardest class or the best music. Some of my most successful times in this business have come from the camaraderie and leaning on the people that came before me in this industry while helping those that have come after. There is room for everyone. How has this industry challenged you and grown you -- what have you learned about yourself as a result? In this industry, I've learned that no one is gonna do it for you. It is a huge platform, with a lot of worthy, educated voices. You have to be a self-motivator. No one is gonna hand you the keys, or give you a manual. Making mistakes is huge and the first year of teaching, I learned something every class I taught. I am continuously learning. You are working a muscle literally and figuratively. Once the muscle gets used to the movement, it stops working the same way. Staying inspired in my craft and trying new ways to sweat are challenging because I am physically and emotionally exhausted, but it is necessary for my creative being. Imposter syndrome is huge for me. Sometimes that little voice creeps in saying, “why me? why should they listen to me or what makes me worthy?” And I try to look back at that moment and remember where I’ve come from, and the voices that have inspired me. It keeps me motivated knowing that someone out there can align and learn and feel seen and heard by the story or words I have to share. Why not me? What do you need to tell yourself more often? That it's ok to slow down. The things meant for me will be for me. And that slowing down and taking care of myself when my body and mind are asking, sometimes screaming for it, is not going to take away any kind of success or make me less than.

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What do women need to tell themselves more?

You have a contagious energy. Where do you get it from? Coffee. Drink Coffee. Haha. Honestly, I don’t really know where it comes from. I'm just a fucking crazy. Nothing in life makes me happier than moving my body with people that also want to move their bodies.To witness them pushing past boundaries and shedding physical and emotional layers. I get to do this every day. That in itself makes me buzz. Also, self-care. I don’t really believe in resolutions, but this year I made a pact with myself to slow down. Between my two jobs, I don’t have a full day off. I teach something 7 days a week and I love it. But that just means that when I need a minute, I take the minute. That could mean a day or a weekend. But listening to that clock that says slow down, keeps me ready and willing when I get ready to teach again. What do you enjoy doing to blow off a little steam? Baths are my thing. Long day, Bath. Celebration, Bath. It really is the cure for everything. Tell us about a woman who you are inspired by and why? Natalie Kuhn. She has this uncanny ability to create a community wherever she goes. She’s brilliant but not in a pretentious kind of way. And will make you want to dance all of the places, all of the time. She encourages me to want to be the best version of myself; not only for the people around me but for myself We could all use a Nat in our lives. Famous last words? EAT THE DAMN CAKE.

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USONIA Carmen Rivera, Creative Director & Co-Founder I Dalia Pabón- Stiller, President & Co-Founder Seth Travis Perry Hall

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Talk to us about that spark of an idea for Usonia? Where were you (the team) when deciding there was a need? Carmen: It was late 2017, I had left my position at Alexander Wang almost a year before. At the time I was truly taking it easy, letting my curiosity lead the way, trying to find inspiration, and toying with the idea of moving to London to pursue an MFA. Dalia approached me with her idea of starting a womenswear label, one that would fill the gap she felt hadn’t been fulfilled for her. I was immediately on board, a dream come true, and even more so because it came attached to such a great

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partnership. We started brainstorming – versatile, modern, sustainable, timeless, etc. – essentially all themes we already see brands market themselves as. But… We felt differently about it. It was then we realized there had been this unspoken common interest between us, architecture. Dalia as a practicing architectural designer and I as a once aspiring one whose life had always been somewhat influenced and surrounded by architecture. My mother an established residential architect in Puerto Rico, who designed the home I grew up in. And my grandparents who commissioned the design of their residence to Henry Klumb a Taliesin Fellow, and one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first SPRING/SUMMER 2019

apprentices, to design their residence. A home that I essentially grew up in as well. Things just started clicking, and I remembered. Usonia. I had learned about Usonia a few months before, during one of my “99 Percent Invisible” podcast binges. It was a beautiful concept and period in Frank Lloyd Wright’s illustrious career. The Usonian houses served as his solution for a perfectly balanced home, catered to the homeowner, but considering the landscape, make, and materials. Architecturally, the solution for the perfect American home. We wanted to offer the same in terms of fashion. Quality, honest materials, and timeless design.


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Dalia: Usonia is a true collaboration between an architectural designer and a fashion designer. This unorthodox combination is what makes USONIA distinctive, since both of us are intimately involved in  the conceptual part of the process. I approached Carmen about a year and a half ago in Puerto Rico. At the time, I felt there was something missing in women’s fashion. There wasn’t a brand that truly spoke or felt representative of the women of intention that I not only admire, but also exist around me. Carmen and I immediately connected and we created USONIA to try and fill this space.  You talk about architecture and form over function, what does today's woman need in ready to wear, and how does USONIA solve this problem? Carmen: First things first, more time. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting into the work force or at the very top of your career, we’re all busy. We want to offer garments that are no-brainers. Get dressed in the morning and tweak throughout the day as you go from work, to lunch, to presentation, to cocktail, to PTA meeting, and so on. We offer specifically feminine pieces that provide effortless versatility. Easily mixed and matched, worn inside out, backwards, or as sets. Our interpretation of form following function. Dalia: The concept of “form follows function” is used to describe any type of architecture that evolves from the needs and lifestyle of the client. This is exactly what we are doing at USONIA; we have created a line that is designed primarily to satisfy our client’s needs. First, we do this by enhancing the areas she loves of her body form. Second, we adapt our clothes to the way she lives and navigates throughout her day, incorporating layers that allow her to seamlessly transform her outfit with just a few additions or deletions. Third, we create those essential, core pieces that are at once relevant today and timeless.  Who is the USONIA woman, and how do the brand, fabrics, and styles fit into the woman of the future's lifestyle? Carmen: Time flies! A new decade and opportunity to move on from the athleisure of 2010+ and embrace a more formal style of dress. Similar to what I was just describing in your previous question, the USONIA woman is a woman on the go and gets things done. We want to offer her garments that not only speak for themselves, but also speak for our client when she enters a room. Not through logos, but with the confidence of the wearer feeling beautiful and therefore in control of her moment. Garments cut from the finest sustainable textiles with modern yet classic silhouettes. All with a feminine fit.

Dalia: The USONIA woman lives her life with purpose. She is busy either running a company, raising a family, or doing charity work in her community. She appreciates true luxury and appreciates good design. Her clothing is an extension of herself; it communicates to the world who she is and her values. What inspires you as a Fashion Designer in the age of fast fashion and super high luxury success? Carmen: I’m not really interested in designing garments that dictate the next high street trend. I'm always inspired by authentically fashionable woman. I see them in New York all the time, they’re usually older. They might have new shoes, but you can tell she’s wearing her favorite coat or shirt from 10 years ago. They don’t need the latest to feel chic, they know what they like and they know how to wear it. That to me is inspiring and my definition of true elegance.  In terms of my professional career, my experience working under such designers in different capacities served as my post-RISD education. I learned something completely different at every internship and job I’ve had in the industry. I’ve been a footwear intern, knitwear intern, patternmaking intern, fabric developer, special projects assistant, trim developer, wovens designer, and menswear coordinator. At the time it might’ve seemed like I was confused, but I essentially sought out any opportunity to learn something new about the process of making fashion happen. And I guess if I’d done it differently I probably wouldn’t be here. Is there anything behind the scenes or (seams) that we should know about that really should matter to the consumer, and not just the designer, about what you do in your approach for the brand? Carmen: Provenance. We care so much about the food we put into our bodies. The food industry educated and finally convinced us that by not choosing organic we are harming our bodies. Why aren’t we as conscious with everything else?  I think its important to come to terms with the fact that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry. Consumers, but most importantly brands need to adapt and create the positive change they wish to see. With USONIA, we strive to source ethical materials and textiles and produce at our home turf where I can personally go and speak to the technicians making the garments. We must not forget garments are still made by people who live off this craft. Ethical practices aren’t a crutch for the designer. Actually, quite the opposite. As designers we are problem solvers, we are tasked to create within a certain set of parameters ultimately producing an aesthetically pleasing product that serves a purpose. Everything about

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the USONIAN garment has been carefully considered, I love sharing that with everyone, but especially the clients. Tell us more about the approach you take with your core training as an architect and how that transferred well into the fashion world? Dalia: As an architectural designer, my brain is wired to define and solve visual problems. I started my career working in the architecture field, designing office buildings and later designing retail interiors. I have also worked in interior design, designing residential projects. But throughout this trajectory, I have always been curious to explore design on a more intimate scale. Nothing is closer to a woman than the clothing she wears. In many respects, clothing becomes an extension of the body and of the spirit. And although architecture and fashion design seem quite different, the design process in both is actually very similar: Concept, Design Development and Construction. The difference is that in the fashion design process, which I love, is that  you can draw a sketch, create a pattern and saw a garment, all in one day. All disciplines have a functional component, of course, but the aesthetic intention adds the most important value to the design - whether you’re working with fabrics or bricks becomes less relevant. What was fun about this change, and were there any surprising challenges when you embarked on this new partnership? Dalia: Before USONIA, I co-founded a Real Estate company in Florida, Woolbright Development, which has been very successful. During my time with Woolbright, I oversaw all the tenant improvements and façade renovations for 15 years. I have had since taken more of an advisory role at the company. In the last eight years, I’ve focused my energy as an advocate for the Arts and Education by participating in a number for charitable causes and institutions,  most notably becoming the chair of the Boca Raton Museum of Art board of trustees and the co-chair of the Buildings and Properties Committee of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Being surrounded by such talented and creative people over these last eight years inspired me to start this new venture. Why not? I love working with a younger partner like Carmen.  We look at the world through different lenses and challenge each other every day, but it is amazing how much more we agree on than don’t. It creates an incredible synergy!

Carmen: I feel like the past year and a half has been, and still is, one long audition. In the fashion industry, like in many other creative or spotlight driven industries, you’re quickly faced with the reality that in order to truly make things happen you need that big break. Someone to notice and take a chance on you. In our case, it means receiving the support of a major retailer, editorial, influential client, or even celebrity to get things really rolling.  Dalia: Starting anything from scratch is very time consuming. Being in Manhattan is very convenient, as it allows us access to the best talent, but that comes at a high price. Today, the world of women’s fashion is dominated by a small circle of (mostly) men who pretty much determine what we buy and wear every season. In our experience with USONIA this far, once our clients get to know our brand and begin wear it in their daily lives, they love it. The challenge now is spreading the word to our future clients. We are living a world dominated by a white noise. We as consumers deserve better and USONIA is striving to make a space for itself.  Describe in either a person or celebrity the Usonia woman? Carmen: The USONIA woman is any woman when she feels the most beautiful, and as a result, confident. Dalia: Amal Clooney - a woman of intention. Powerful, stylish and most importantly, a human rights advocate. Words to live by?  Carmen: I’m a huge Shark Tank fan, so as the famous American businessman Mark Cuban once said, “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” Dalia: Follow your dreams. It is never too late to start something new.

You are not just business owners, you are business women. What has been the major challenge if any running a new brand?

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What does it mean to be a woman today? What are your powers as a woman? I think it means making your own decisions, not having to get anyone else approval. There is still a long way to go be recognized as equal with men in terms of getting paid the same, treated the same.. But I think society is changing and OUR opinion matters now more than ever. We can make things happen, and we have a women around us ready to jump to action.

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My powers? I am ME. No one else can be ME. I am unique and try to use my talent, my love, my kindness, to create beauty, to create unicity. You are also an artist, a mother, and a wife. That is a lot. How do you balance all 3 things? As a mother, I just do it. I don’t really question it. It is what it is! But when I need help I ask for it, I have no problems saying I can’t do it, please help. My husband helps, and I have a lot of amazing SPRING/SUMMER 2019

friends here always ready to come to the rescue. As a wife, well anyone will tell you that a baby complicates things but you just have to keep trying, keep trying to find time for your husband, keep finding that second in your day to say I love you. Keep trying to find a babysitter here and there and leave your house, take vacation without the kids! enjoy your partner’s company and conversation!


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As an artist, it is vital for me to create in any form possible, so I have to find time! I need to let my hands run free (and get dirty). I need to please my eyes. How did you discover this figure style painting you have created, walk us through the process from stage 1 to now? I have always loved to paint. As a child, I liked to dip my paintbrush in black ink, color, any medium lying around in my parents’ “atelier.” Both my parents are artists. We grew up surrounded by art, by beauty (subjective, I know!). We were dragged to every single museum, from the Louvre to the Museum of Art in Reggio Di Calabre, at the end of the boot of Italy. I then began to be aware of the importance of knowledge, opinions, and slowly I was able to describe what moved me or gave me pause. I learned patience and silence. Look, understand, transcribe. I bought lots of books and went to museums alone, all things I still do. It is almost therapeutic. Beauty and your thoughts. Movement is essential to me. I was a ballet dancer from the age of 8 to 17. I learned to use my body to move, to bend to a certain shape. Fully aware of what I could ask of my body and METROPOLISREPORT.COM

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of the impression on the external eye. Aware of the effect. I took 8 years of piano as well. Movement, again. In tandem with sound. A harmony and disharmony similar, in some respects, to painting. How do you choose the figure, the colors, and the shapes you use? Beyond the "finished" product – because, to me, there is no such thing as finished – there is my imagination, pure and raw. I create, instinctively.  What moves me at the moment. And what moves me now may not move me later – in that case, I go back to the original work. I like the work to be constantly in progress.  I use color as a way to create impact, visual memory. I am moved by the combination of colors, how one medium will affect another. I am deeply intrigued by the unexpected.  I use black and white as a way to communicate Light, Contrast and Density.  What I believe will be more powerful without the use of color. Black and white is in no way a shortcut to completion. To me it is even harder than color as it more brutally honest and sometimes less seductive / approachable. It is important for me to allow the imagination to travel, build up internally. I have always been influenced by comedy, by ballet and any form of dance. I am attracted to the ability of the human face and body to move and create.

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I like to avoid the "pretty," the "expected," and I aim for the "weird," the "exaggerated," the "powerfully grotesque." But I am able to simplify the line to create harmony if I wish. I believe that, beyond all forms of interpretation, a deep understanding of how we are made is essential. Understanding how and why allows the imagination to travel (once again...).

am constantly updating it so check regularly, then my instagram @phillyfrenchfry and also working on another show either June or early October because there is nothing like seeing my art in person I think. You get to experience the texture, the impact in real life. I am even wowed sometimes when I hang my work on the wall and

What does your art say about you?

Any plans to print your work on apparel?

I want to think it says I am powerful, I am colorful, I have no fear of reality as it is. also I also enjoy almost a provocation, when I exaggerate, almost in a comical way I want to provoke a reaction out of the viewer.

Yes! Someone please put me in touch with ANYONE into that. I’d love to make prints using my art. Maybe silk scarfs? Also have it on a t-shirt. Either screen printed or embroidered. Get in touch!

My work is the expression of my sensibility. Of the human figure, from life to abstraction. I realized that art cannot be proper. Art has to be exaggerated. So I used my art to show my soul. Art that was engendered within me. I believe painting offers a way to dream and create emotions. Painting helps me think. This is me and my blank canvas.

What artist or person do you find the most inspiration? Why?

What you see is what has moved me. My emotion, my colors, my inner world. Expressed through the medium of my hand. In its raw form. What are you working toward with your work? What keeps me going is thinking about the next time I will be painting. I want to also think about how I can evolve while strengthening my work. I like to explore new mediums. New formats. Id like to go back to sculpture as well, did it for a couple years. I create because it makes me feel good. I create because I like beauty. I create because I like harmony and disharmony at the same time.  What is next?  I am working on my next show. (Had one on February 20th in the Lower East Side at a gallery space, was amazing) so stay tuned! As well, a secret project in the Lower East Side. And my big summer plan is to work on large formats, always wanted to paint BIG.  I can’t wait to experience the gesture of painting on a large format. The range that my hand will be able to cover. I am super super excited for everything!

Nude on Sand, Oceano, 1936, by Edward Weston. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, by Ansel Adams. William Eggleston, Franco Fontana, In terms of painters; Lucio Fontana, Egon Schiele (The form, the bodies!) Pierre Soulages, never has B&W been a stronger medium. Kandinsky, always been a fan. Ellsworth Kelly and his powerful use of color! Gauguin and his mastery of colors and the women. Picasso, more a fan before his cubic period, really his early work. The corrida series - La Corrida, Pablo Picasso, 1959. Toulouse Lautrec!, oh the movement and the colors, and the comedy. Matisse! My parents, Xavier de Richemont - Peinture, are artist and painters as well, and I think their work deeply influenced me as well. When you are not dipping your brushes, where else do you express your creative self and why? I love gardening, I think it is a creative approach to how man can art direct nature. I feed my need for beauty by going regularly to the Met. I take notes, bring a little notepad and draw. I also love to decorate and find objects, antiques, that will make my home special and unique. I am obsessed with textures, and how colors interact with each other. I think I would have liked to create costumes for the Opera, and the theater as well. And be an interior decorator. So many things, I still have time I guess.

Where can our readers see your work? Words to live by? They can see it on my website philippinederichemont.com, I am constantly updating it so check regularly, then my instagram @phillyfrenchfry and also working on another show either June or early October because there is nothing like seeing

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Make decisions, live your life, look forward and never have regrets. Build. Find anything small or BIG that will make you happy and pursue it.

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What is your power in the work you do on the NFL network? I love telling the players’ stories. We primarily focus on what players do ON the field, but often times their unique stories on how they got to where they’re at are the most rewarding to tell. Each and every player on the team has had such an interesting experience and faced some type of adversity to get to the level they’re playing at. One of my professors in college always told me, “There is no such thing as a bad story, just a bad story teller.” I find that to be true.  

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I think the biggest value I bring to The Network is my ability to reach a demographic that doesn’t consume news in a traditional way. Very few people my age, and younger, tune into the nightly news anymore. People these days like to consume media instantaneously and usually through social media.  I have found my niche at The Network by taking over digital and social platforms like NFL Network’s Instagram.  Every week throughout the season I take it over on Saturday and do “What you need to know leading into week 1,2,3, etc.”, and I highlight the key factors of each match up.  Those stories live for 24 hours and

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are generating 1.4-1.5 million views per week. As the youngest on-air talent at the NFL Network, it’s been really rewarding to have the opportunity to take over the social platforms and really run with it. I’ve found a special niche there, outside of the traditional broadcast set up, and I’m excited to develop that more. Name 3 things or people that make you feel beautiful, and why? My family. It sounds cliché but it’s hard to feel beautiful sometimes when you’re wearing TV makeup 5 days a week.  When you take it off, you’re like “oh my


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gosh I look so different and couldn’t look as good as I did with all that professional makeup on!” It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole where you become overly critical of yourself. Of course, it’s not about how you look it’s about who you are on the inside that matters most. My parents always emphasize that I look way better without it. I’ll be on air some days and my dad will text me and say “Great job but maybe go to the bathroom and take off some of that makeup you’re wearing. You look way better without it!” Trust me, I KNOW that no dad ever thinks their daughter looks good wearing makeup but it always makes me smile knowing that he truly thinks it would be better not looking so “dollish”.  Secondly, I love going for a long walk, hike, or any sort of outdoor exercise. It makes me feel AMAZING.  Even if I’ve had the longest day, I know that if I go to the beach and walk for even just a mile, I’ll feel one million times better. It allows me to clear my head, put things into perspective, and realize that whatever I’m stressing about right now does not mean it’s the end of the world and that it will pass. We often get so caught up in our own world that we lose perspective on what’s truly important in our lives. Lastly, getting a good night’s sleep.  I hate going out late during the week, it totally throws me off.  I love getting in bed early, watching whatever TV show I’m currently binging (currently binging “The Widow”) or reading my book until I fall asleep. It makes the rest of the week and my overall mentality so much better.  So, if you see someone that looks like me dining with the grannies at 5pm for the “early bird dinner special”…that might actually be me! You are a southern girl we see. What characteristics of the south have impacted you and have made you proud to be from Georgia?  I couldn’t have had a better childhood.  Atlanta, and the south in general is such an amazing environment and place to grow up in. We were constantly doing things outside. I fell in love with SEC football while in Atlanta because it’s a way of life there. Also, can we talk about the food? Uh-mazing. I’m a big foodie and Atlanta has an incredible food scene. Henri’s Bakery is a staple for the best sandwiches, Jalisco’s is the best Mexican restaurant, Chops has my favorite Dover Sole fish - I could go on forever.   When did you start watching football, and when did it turn into a career for you? Dad, Brothers, and friends proud of that, the NFL is a pretty big deal!?  I didn’t really have a choice, so I feel like I’ve loved football since

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birth. Growing up, I enjoyed playing every type of sport – from soccer, tennis, swimming and cheerleading. My love for football came naturally from growing up with a brother and all boy cousins on my dad’s side. There were five of us and I was the only girl (and youngest) but watching football and being able to talk about sports with them was our universal language and way of bonding – we’d go to NFL games and SEC football games (I attended The University of Georgia). I think that sports are amazing in that it has the rare quality that brings people together. People from all different backgrounds and paths of life come together either on the field or off the field as fans. You’re able to put aside all your differences and cheer for your teams for a few hours. I started to consider journalism as a career during my final year of accounting at the University of Georgia. I was sitting in class, and suddenly, I couldn't imagine myself sitting in a small cubicle crunching numbers all day.  It just wasn't my personality! I ended up interning at WUSA9, a local CBS affiliate in Washington DC, on the nightly newscast and knew that I wanted to be a reporter.  I went back to school and took over 30 hours in two semesters.  I worked for ESPNU and our school station covering Northeast Georgia during my last semester, and after college, began freelancing for Sporting News and Bleacher Report, and ESPNU. Keep in mind, I was a “one-man show” because I was shooting, writing, editing, and reporting - I learned so much during that time. I then began freelancing for SEC network, and after that, I received a call from NFL Network to be a full-time on-air talent for their news updates. I can’t tell you how excited I was. Are you allowed to have a favorite player, team, coach in the NFL, if so tell us? Why? Everyone has their favorite players, teams and coaches. What I’ve learned from working in this industry is that you fall in love with the player’s stories more than anything.  You can root for players on opposite teams because you love who they are and what they stand for.   Best moment of the 2018 NFL season aside from the Super Bowl? Why?  There were so many different parts of the year that I loved. Overall, finding a way to connect, reach, and engage with a younger/different audience through social media was incredible. It was something that had never really been done on our network before. It was one of my goals last summer so I was proud that we were able to achieve that and expand it even more. Also, finding out we had received a sponsor (Bose) to cover the entire Super Bowl week and feature it on the NFL

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Network’s Instagram Stories was also really exciting. As a woman, reporting on the NFL, where do you see opportunities to influence the culture both on the journalism level and the sport level? Look, in any field there will always be people who will put you in a box if you’re different from the majority in the room.  It’s something every person will deal with in some capacity.  You just need to work hard, be prepared, and prove them wrong.  Honestly, I feel lucky. So many women have paved the way before me to make it easier for women in sports now.  It’s not abnormal to see Samantha Ponder and Hannah Storm hosting major shows.  Pioneers like them have made it easier for females like myself to be taken seriously in the sports world.  I truly think any and all opportunities are possible.  Who inspires you? Why? Both my parents.  They have always taught me to chase my dreams and have supported me in everything I’ve ever wanted to go after. They’re my rock through it all.     We hear you love to travel, any adventures planned? I do! I love exploring new places and cultures.  It’s invigorating to broaden your horizons and understand a different way of life.  I’m hoping to go to Italy at some point this summer before NFL training camp starts. I’m Italian, and I’ve never been to Italy! I’m dying to go.   Famous last words, or a quote or words to live by? YES! I’m such a quote person. I love, “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms.” It’s so hard to not compare yourself to what everyone else is doing and the opportunities they might be getting over you but you can’t think that way, especially in this industry. In this business, as competitive as it is, there also isn’t one direct path to get to where you want to be. I didn’t get certain opportunities because they weren’t meant for me.  I wasn’t supposed to get them, and rather than wondering why I didn’t get them or what I don’t have that someone else does, I can only focus on my own path, self-worth, and goals. I also think it teaches you to cheer on other females in this business.  Be happy for your colleagues and want the best things for them. We rise by lifting each other.

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CHILE & STER ISLAND

grapher Bailey Beckstead takes us on her journey to Chile and Easter Island through her beautiful visual journal.

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The beautiful landscape of Punta de Lobos, Chile where whales can be seen breaching beyond the surf.

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Echium pink fountain – or perhaps the perfect Chilean Christmas tree?

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Hotel Alaia is an environmentally conscious hotel over looking Punta de Lobos

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Post surf glow.

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On New Year’s Day, we drove 3 hours North to a beach called Puertocillo.

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Summer in the South – the vibe was the perfect mix of local, laid back and chill.

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Before leaving Santiago to Easter Island, one final stop. Roadside empanadas and they did not disappoint.

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Easter Island or “Rapa Nui” located more than 2,000 miles west of South America.

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The mysterious, magical and mesmerizing Moai statues.

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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.

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Hanga Roa is the main town, harbor and capital of Easter Island.

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Every morning I would visit this fruit stand for the most delicious pineapples I’ve ever had in my life.

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I loved seeing all of the horses running freely on the island.

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Beauty every where you look – a Tibouchina flower.

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The island cemetery located just outside of Hanga Roa.

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Local children after a sunset swim.

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Bailey Beckstead is a creative producer and photographer. After living and working in NYC for 10 years she recently moved to Miami to be closer to the ocean and pursue her long time love of photography. She has a deep passion for traveling, surfing and capturing all the moments in between through 35mm film photography.

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