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WETHEURBAN IS SU E 7

AVAN JOGIA

SHAUN ROSS / RICK GENEST / TYLER SPANGLER / LOLA BLANC / AMANDA LEPORE / ALIANA LOHAN + MORE


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“You live in like this, sheltered, delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book... or you take a trip... and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”! — Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 (1931-1934)!

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L E T T E R FROM THE EDITOR

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Letter + Masthead Thingsthatareperfect Dark Play Cali Sunshine Natalia Kills Le Chic Freak Amanda Lepore Accccid Tyler Spangler Angst Chromat What is new/this is new Lola Blanc Fashion spotlight Dreaming of Me Avan Jogia Cover Story Divine Desire Gordon Holden Allie X interview Cold Glass of Milk Allison Harvard P. in bloom The Process Yung Me in all my splendor Karmaloop Valissa Yoe Guim Tio Artist spotlight 19 Things List London Boys Mania Rainy Milo HighLowe Rainy Dog

After a year of traveling, soul searching, and powering through some of the toughest obstacles life has ever thrown at me, the seventh issue of WeTheUrban is finally done. It’s here. IT’S REAL! This particular issue is such a big deal to me and my team because it is a true labor of love and testament to what pure dedication, taste, and genuine love for our craft can do for us when it seems like our lives are less than ideal.

OUR CREW: Editor-in-Chief: Willie Greene Executive Editorial Director: Jillian Mercado Chief Operating Officer: Eileen Doniego de France Art Direction/Graphic Design: Ben Slater

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Cover: Avan Jogia Photographer: Easton Schirra www.wetheurban.com

You see, this is way more than just a magazine for me and my team. It’s our lives. Every waking second of every day is spent thinking about ways we can better this project. This is why WeTheUrban has no real set circulation period and no themed issues. We can’t box ourselves. We’ve tried in the past and it just feels forced. When it’s done, it’s done. Just so happens that we had to do a little more soul searching, life living, people meeting, and creative thinking than ever before between issues. I don’t think many people realize that WeTheUrban is primarily run by just three people. I handle all social media, editing, interviews, and everything in-between. Our lovely Jillian Mercado (who is now proving to be a trailblazing force in the fashion industry as she propels forward since her groundbreaking Diesel campaign came out earlier this year) handles editorial shoots for the issues, and Eileen Doniego de France helps with the business aspect of things. Normally it takes a full staff of 50-100+ to run a proper magazine (just to put this in perspective), so each issue is a true passion project and pumped with lots of emotion. I guess I’m saying all of this to say that, well, life doesn’t have to suck. Even when it does. Happiness is a choice. It’s scarily as simple as waking up one morning and deciding: “Fuck it! Fuck this! Fuck that! I’m honing my craft and no one will stop me!” You’ll see the world slowly change around you when adapting this mentality into your life. Despite all the many ways my life has changed since I started WeTheUrban when I was just a naive little fifteen year old and even within the past year, I’ve found that it is still the same in all the ways, creatively, that really matter to me. And that’s by choice.

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We have so many exciting things in the works this year and can’t wait to release it all. In the meantime, enjoy issue seven and keep your eyes peeled!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Willie Greene

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#THINGSTHAT

AREPERFECT: A RANDOM COLLECTION OF THINGS, PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND IMAGES WE LOVE AND THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:

H0LES H0les kaleidoscope prism sunnies are the shit. Made with high-quality glass prisms, the facets on these glasses give you psychedelic visions, plus the prismatic finish gives everyone else something to enjoy. http://www.h0les.com

LO/REZ BY SRULI RECHT JASON BRICKHILL Young NYC-based designer Jason Brickhill’s garments are ones to marvel at. His pieces come in stunning holographic and glittery mosaic motifs in a number of different colorways that’ll make you gag. “Every piece of the mosaic represents one person who has affected us and helped shape who we are today” Brickhill says on his designs. His shirts are currently availible in limited quantities at jasonbrickhill.com.

WHEREISEEFASHION Featured on WeTheUrban.com in the past, WHEREISEEFASHION is the epitome of everything we love: fashion, design, landscape, and nature all tied into one. The brilliant minds behind the blog take stunning fashion images and pair them with visually similar related images. Simple, but one of the most visually inspiring blogs we’ve come across in some time. http://whereiseefashion.tumblr.com

THE READ PODCAST

BEYONCE’S TUMBLR

This special two-piece collection by Icelandic designer Sruli Recht is mind-blowing. The military jacket and sweater both consist of walnut wood material on a wool base. The process of making these was no easy feat. Once grown, the wood is deconstructed into pieces, and then attached to a textile base, creating a material that is half wood, half textile, and completely fragmentary.

Ok Beyoncé, thanks for reminding us how small and insignificant our lives are compared to yours. One look through her blog could literally leave you in tears. The struggle to not spam our dashboards with reblogs every time she posts is real. Any day where we can get a glimpse of the queen with her diamond princess of the universe (Blue Ivy) is a good day! If you’re not following it, drop everything go do so NOW. Surfbort. http://beyonce.tumblr.com

TRANSPARENT CLUTCHES Sometimes we just fancy something new, something different, something a little bit wacky. The perfect quench to this thirst could very well be a simple transparent clutch. There’s just something oddly appealing about having the messy contents of your bag on show.

We get it, it’s 2014. Who actually devoutly follows podcasts? Have podcasts even ever really been a thing? Who knows. One podcast you absolutely MUST start following, however, is The Read. Every week famed bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle cover hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé (or Blue Ivy). If you love pop culture and laughing, you’ll LOVE this podcast. http://thisistheread.com!

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Styling by Bobby Webster MUA and Grooming by Astro for MAC Cosmetics. Special Thanks to Andrew Clancey at Any Old Iron, 149 Orchard Street, New York City, New York 10002. Also to Britt Magnuson 

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CALI SUNSHINE Photographer: Ted Emmons Stylist: Palma Wright (Mamadoux) Mua: Matisse Andrews Hair: Sal Salcedo Model: Cailin Russo

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J U S T ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT WITH NATALIA KILLS N

atalia Kills soared to fame before our very eyes. Hailing from a rough start, the 27-year-old sheds light on her struggles, mistakes, and even bad boyfriends. The self-proclaimed teenage tragedy opens up about the development of her look, music and a brand that rivals any pop-singer with a “leaked” single. With her lyrics, Natalia Kills sings to world, telling us stories of her past life. Performing for the rich and famous at Teen Vogue’s annual Young Hollywood soiree, this daddy’s girl arrived, and we want her to stay. For those who don’t your backstory, can you talk a bit about your career progression? It’s all in my music. Ya know, I left home when I was close to 15 years old. And I moved to London. And I did a lot of terrible stuff. I got with these people that turned out to be a cult. I got with a really bad boyfriend. And I realized I couldn’t keep up with my apartment. I had lost all my jobs, I lost everything. I really wanted to be a writer; I really wanted to make music. But I kind of just kept on fucking up my personal life, to the degree where it was stopping me from doing so. I just got to the point in my life where there was really not a lot left for me in the UK. So, I got a plane ticket to Hollywood, and got to be a somebody, I guess. When I was living in Hollywood, I was staying at these 25$ dollar a night motels. You know, the ones on Sunset and

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Highland—they’re pretty run down actually. I was living in these motels for like a year, a year and a half. I used to go to the 7-elevens and eat food and put in back [Laughs]. I used to go down to Rodeo Drive and just try on clothes that I couldn’t afford. And then just piss off the shopping attendants by making them put it all back. One day when I was doing that, trying on really expensive clothes, I was like head to toe in clothes on this day. This guy that was in the store came up to me and said, “You look like a star.” And I was thinking in my head, “yeah no shit, anybody looks like a star when they’re wearing thousands of dollars worth of mink, and leather.” And so we talked and I gave him my demo. That day he got back to me saying he knew a DJ that would love to spin my music. So, he introduced me to the music and the DJ goes “oh my God, I have to introduce you to my friend. He’s going to love your music. Lets go now.” And so we drive over to whoever his friend is. We drive over to this big house in the hills, and there’s this guy sitting at a table. Everything’s really fancy, and really amazing, and when he looks up it’s Will.I.Am. And I go, “Oh my God, you’re Will.Iam, what’re you doing here? And he says, this is my house, what’re you doing? And that’s how I met Will.I.Am. He said; you’re a good songwriter, lets write some good music together. And then after a while, I told him I wanted to make my own music. And he gave me a record deal at Interscope. That’s kind of how I started with my music. You have a really cool a different style, how would you describe it? What are your inspirations? Honestly the way I dress, I’m inspired by TV shows and movies that I could relate to growing up. One character I really love is Dionne from Clueless I was the only brown girl in my school, so she was a big inspiration for me. Wearing very preppy plaid, with the knee socks, in a very thugged out way. I went to private school in the UK. So I’d say my style is a bit of Dionne from Clueless and Ginger from Casino. I resonate with them, in my visuals and my life, and growing up as a teenager.

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Photographer: Hadar Pitchon Stylist: Prince Franco Hair: Wesley O’Meara MUA: Kristin Gallegos Assistants: Ian Milan and Andreas Aresti Roof look Brian Atwood boots Ambush necklace Yunxiang Zhou skirt American Apparel bra Chris Habana cage ring glasses by HOLES Couch Shirt Stylists Own Shoes United Nude Final Look Brooks Brothers shirt Cast of Vices bracelet Alexis Bittar necklace and ring United Nude shoes

Years from now, what would you like desired legacy to look like? You know what’s funny, I make music that I want to hear. I make music that I think is cool and want to sing along to. And so I don’t really think of what other people will remember me for, let alone even be remembered. I try to make the worst moment in my life recorded, as opposed to some mistake I’m trying to cover and not talk about anymore. How was it to performing at this Year’s Teen Vogue Party? Oh my God, I was head to toe in Armani. It was in this beautiful home in the Hollywood hills. There were all these teens there, the girl from Mad Men (Kiernan Shipka), and all these other Hollywood teens. It was kind of surreal and bizarre to have this sort of Hollywood Hollywood thing. It was a big mansion and panaromic sound. It was so fun, and Armani let me keep all the clothes so that was fun.

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