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Let's talk about the humble beginning. The regular person who bit, tore and fought to get where they are - and never lost sight of the end goal. This issue is about those people. Individuals who decided to take their art and make a living off of it. NUDE Magazine grew from one simple notion - there's more than meets the eye. I want to see all of it, and I want to show it to you. So be inspired and never give up. After all, who doesn't love reading NUDE?

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Interviews edited by Jan Burton


Cover and current photo Model Devon Carlson Photographer Luke Raymond MUAH & Stylist Morgan Grimes


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"Brand Yourself by Being Yourself"


Apple. Puma. Nasty Gal. Free People. Jif. Kleenex. These are brands we know. We’ve come to associate all sleek silver laptops with Apple and call all tissues ‘Kleenex.’ Strong branding results in people knowing who companies are without having to explicitly state it. Much like people, each brand carries its own personality. As pretentious as it may sound on paper, it is important to think of yourself as a brand. I’m not saying to create a logo of your face and start handing out business cards. (Unless you want to, of course.) But rather, ask yourself these questions: “How do I want people to perceive me?” or “What do I want people to associate me with?” Although most consumer brands have a particular aesthetic, that does not mean you have to keep a particular aesthetic for yourself. For example, if you tend to wear black clothes and one day you wear a color, that doesn’t mean you’ve broken out of the look you are going for. Not wearing your glasses one day is not going to stop people from recognizing you. Think of your “brand” as your reputation and not your presentation. Think about who you are as a person. If you pride yourself on being a good friend...be a good friend to everyone! Let’s say you are reliable and hardworking - don’t ever slack o f. Set the bar high and make sure you always reach it. Once you figure out who you are, ask yourself who you want to be. Identify your goals and write them down. Do whatever it takes to get there. Good first impressions are great, but lasting impressions are better. As much as people like to condemn the usage of social media, social media is extremely important nowadays. It is a place to share a little bit of your life with the world. But, it is important to think about what you are putting online because, just like your mom said, “anything you put online is there forever.” Potential employers really do check out what you have online. So just think about whether or not what you put out is a good representation of yourself (of your brand). Branding yourself is not the same thing as putting yourself in a box. Brands are revamped, reimagined, and reworked all the time. While growing as a person, you will learn more about yourself and the fogginess that is your future will become more clear. Be mindful of this and remember that change is good. I can promise you no brand or company is exactly the same as when they first started. That’s a good thing! If we really want to be philosophical here, you aren’t the same person you were when you read the last sentence. Keep that mentality going and better yourself in every moment you can. All in all, set high standards for yourself and don’t let society change or compromise your values. Your brand is authentically you. By Autumn Wilson


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NUDE: How old are you? Gabe: 32. NUDE: What three words best describe you? Gabe: Funny, complicated, and speciďŹ c. NUDE: There are so many photographers out there. What do you feel is di ferent about your work? What’s your edge? Gabe: I like to be lexible with regard to style. I don't want to be rigid based on an image that I have in my head. It's important to me that the model's energy comes through in the shot; it doesn't work if both parties aren't in agreement.


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NUDE: What do you try to convey through your work? Why do you photograph? Gabe: I want to tell a story with an image. Photography is such a big part of me, I don't think I could stop. NUDE: Digital or film? Why? Gabe: Both, but I learned on film. Fuji medium format slide film is still my favorite. NUDE: Who do you create for? Gabe: Selfishly, myself. But by the same token, everyone. NUDE: What does the future look like for you? Gabe: Unclear with regard to specifics; filled with lovely people, and definitely interesting.


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NUDE: What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have? Louis: I prefer a low lit room with music that varies from depressing to feel-good. I dri t o f into my poems and summon my inner child while visualizing my work hanging in bright places in the future. NUDE: Who do you create for? Louis: I would like to say I create for me, but I o ten lie to myself. I paint for people that don’t even exist and I pretend they are judging me. NUDE: You spoke about going to prison for two years. What would you say is the biggest lesson you took away from that experience? Louis: Happiness comes down to freedom - spiritual, physical and financial. It is hard to find peace when you don’t have freedom. NUDE: What did you find yourself drawing during that time? Louis: While in prison I worked on a lot of old school gra fiti fonts, refining hand styles and writing a lot of poetry. I kind of went back to the basics and I had a lot of emotion to pull from - it was more about words than shapes. NUDE: If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself? Louis: I would tell the person I was then that all the good things take time and hard work. I would have told myself to stay sober because

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when I’m sober my life is amazing and when I’m using, you don’t want to know me. NUDE: How did you overcome some of your darkest times? Louis: I come from a really good family. My mother and father have always been a great rock for me, even when I was spun out on drugs. My family has always been there for me and helped me through my darkest of times. NUDE: By the time you were 17 you had traveled and tagged in every major city in the U.S. What was that experience like? Louis: I was on The Grateful Dead tour and hustling every night to find a place to sleep while defacing metropolitan cities. At that time, it always just felt real. NUDE: Did you ever envision you would be where you are today? Louis: From a very young age, I knew I was destined for greatness and that is what always scared me. I wasn’t strong enough to love myself and actually follow my dreams. NUDE: What was it like transitioning from a gra fiti artist to a fine artist? Louis: The street world is the hardest world to get respect in, and a ter getting respect from the streets and my peers, I never cared about getting respect from the so-called "fine art world." Does that even exist? NUDE: You stated that music was always a big part of your life. What album/artist has been the most in luential? Louis: Bob Marley and The Grateful Dead. Interview by Jocelyn Vega


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NUDE: Explain yourself in three words and tell us something you could never live without. Sunny: TAKIS AND SLIM JIMS! That just about answers both questions‌ Kidding! The three words that best describe me would probably be passionate, driven and detailed. Something I could never live without? My imagination. It is what got me where I am today and continues feeding my hopes and dreams. Imagining all of the endless possibilities and outcomes of my future is what set my passions on ďŹ re. NUDE: Is modeling something you always wanted to pursue? Sunny: Yes. Along with acting, being a pilot, and being a student at Hogwarts. Really, I'm just playing the cards I was dealt!


NUDE: What do you feel are the downsides of the modeling industry? Sunny: The biggest downside for me is the sexualization and the negative judgement some people have. I really don’t agree with sexualizing young girls in the modeling industry. I believe we are meant to be selling an idea or product, not our bodies or sex. As far as the judgement that comes mainly from people who look at billboards and say things like, “Oh that’s not realistic, nobody really looks like that” or “Oh, that’s photoshopped.” Things like that really grind my gears because it’s like, "That person does look like that," but maybe that really is their body and they worked extremely hard to get it that way. NUDE: What company or person would be a dream to collaborate with? Sunny: LOUIS VUITTON, CHANEL, DIOR, PRADA, GUESS, the list goes on really. I’ve always dreamed to work with these companies and so many more. It is so rare to see middle eastern models as the face of any company let alone these ones, and that is something I have always wanted to change. NUDE: What advice would you give to youthful, aspiring models who are new to the industry? Sunny: Love yourself. It’s that easy. Seriously, we are all so caught up sometimes in the angle of our nose, the appearance of our skin, and the number that appears on our scale, but it doesn’t even matter. Love yourself no matter what height, weight, color, or age you are. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely okay and healthy to set goals for ourselves, but during that journey of change don’t forget to love yourself in each step and just be thankful for what you have because, there are plenty of people out there who don’t have it. It’s a shame to waste even an ounce of energy on self-hate or being insecure. We are all beautiful and we need to learn to love ourselves just a little bit more. NUDE: What does your future look like? Sunny: My future looks bright and full of opportunity. It looks like a platform to speak to the youth around the world. It looks like whatever I make it out to be.


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NUDE: How old are you? Elizabeth: I'm 22 years old. NUDE: What three words best describe you? Elizabeth: Aesthete, youthful, loving. NUDE: There are so many photographers out there. What do you feel is di ferent about your work? What’s your edge? Elizabeth: I feel that since my fashion is from many di ferent countries, it is to my advantage. NUDE: What do you try to convey through your work? Why do you photograph? Elizabeth: I am trying to portray something of myself through my work. I love taking pictures, creating and remodeling. NUDE: What do you dream of creating through your work? Elizabeth: A vintage theme. Since childhood, I've loved the U.S. and what people there look like. Yet, my dream is to return to the 20th century look. NUDE: What does the future look like for you? Elizabeth: I want to take pictures throughout my life. I breathe photography. I hope to work with more magazines in the future.


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NUDE: Let’s start by giving our readers a little background on Wild lower and how it started. Devon: Wild lower Cases started in April 2012 by accident. My mom made my sister and I studded phone cases for our iPhone 4's, and they were like nothing I'd ever seen. It was nearly impossible to ďŹ nd cute phone cases and I felt so lucky to have such a cra ty mom. While out to dinner with my family, my sister and I ran into Miley Cyrus in the restroom. At that time, I was completely OBSESSED with Hannah Montana. (I literally grew out my hair to look like Miley.) I asked for a photo, Miley noticed my phone case and asked where I got it. I told her my mom made it for me and then introduced her to my mom at the restaurant. Miley wanted to see if she could get a phone case and brought up the idea of starting a business to my parents. Miley tweeted a photo of the cases and tagged me in her tweet. I was swarmed with responses asking where to buy the cases! Thankfully, my dad is a


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graphic designer - he stayed up all night creating a website. Our company, wild lowercases.com immediately started getting orders, and the rest is history. Four years later, Wild lower Cases are sold in Free People, Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Anthropologie, and many other stores around the world. I'm so thankful for Miley, my family, and the internet (haha). NUDE: Where does inspiration for designing new cases come from? Devon: Everywhere! I find so much inspiration from so many people every day living in Los Angeles and traveling around the world. I love going vintage shopping for inspiration and finding unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. (I could vintage shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and be in heaven.) My goal is to design cases that fit everyone's individual style and show their personality. NUDE: Wild lower collaborates frequently with in luencers - how do you guys decide who to work with? Devon: We look for people who embody Wild lower. We're a very unique, social, loving and fun fashion accessory brand and we like our in luencers to re lect that. Recently, we've collaborated with in luencers who have supported us since day one and we have so many surprises for the future! NUDE: As a young female entrepreneur, what’s some advice you’d give about starting a business? Devon: Make sure you're passionate about your vision and you're ready to put in endless hours. Having patience and a positive outlook is necessary because sometimes you won't see results overnight. People can tell and appreciate when you put hard work and love into a business. Don't listen to the negative people!! If you care about your vision enough and can see the success and happiness it would bring, then go for it! NUDE: What does the future look like for Wild lower? Devon: Very bright. We’re planning on expanding to a new headquarters and adding more people to our team to help Wild lower grow. There are many new collab cases, with exciting brands coming out that my family and I are so excited about. It's only the beginning!!

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NUDE: Describe your work in three words. bErto: I can't. NUDE: How did you get started as an artist? bErto: When I witnessed my father, who was a wood worker, sketching designs at the kitchen table...I think I was six. NUDE: What’s integral to the work of an artist? bErto: Curiosity, strong work ethic and perseverance. NUDE: What is your favorite piece and why? bErto: I don’t really prize any one piece over another. Each work of art has helped me evolve. I like to the think the finest work is yet to come. NUDE: What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have? bErto: Continuous contemplation through the process of trial and error, then surfing to clear the mind a terwards. NUDE: Who do you create for? bErto: Murals are for the love of community, but the art itself keeps me sane. NUDE: What does the future look like for you? bErto: More work, more fun.


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NUDE: How old are you? Kristen: I am 20. NUDE: What three words best describe you? Kristen: Sparkling water addict.

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NUDE: There are so many photographers out there. What do you feel is di ferent about your work? What’s your edge? Kristen: With social media being such an integral part of how young photographers today can get their work out there, there is a constant need to be creating content. I feel like there is a lot of repetition in a romanticized Los Angeles. We all see the beauty in so many little things throughout the day, so why not work with what’s right there? With photography, I can take a physical site or location and transform it into a place of my own creation by shi ting the perspective the audience carries while viewing the image. NUDE: Digital or film? Why? Kristen: Film! When I was 16, I found an old Minolta X-700 in my dad’s garage and that’s how my fascination with photography began. I have a shoebox full of dark and blurry prints from the first eight rolls I


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ever shot - maybe I’ll use them for a project one day. For me, film seems to capture exactly what I was seeing and feeling at that moment in time. NUDE: Who do you create for? Kristen: I’m not thinking about it. NUDE: What does the future look like for you? Kristen: I’m currently still in school at USC studying Communication. A ter graduation I definitely want to travel and shoot globally. I don’t necessarily have a set vision of how I think my future will look, because so much can change in a day or even in an hour. I can’t possibly see how a year from today would look like.

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NUDE: Is acting something you always wanted to pursue? Brec: As long as I can remember, I wanted to be an actress! When I was younger, I was in natural beauty pageants and that started my love for performing in front of people. NUDE: What was the first film or tv show that you were on? Brec: The first thing I ever booked was a guest starring role on the pilot episode of ABC's The Goldbergs! I was 13, playing 15, and I remember being so nervous on set. That was four years ago and they actually just brought my character back! When I got the text that they wanted me to come back for an episode, FOUR YEARS LATER, I was so surprised and so excited!! NUDE: What’s something not everyone knows about you? Brec: A lot of people don't know that I actually love school. I graduated two years early from high school and am planning on going to college while I continue my career in acting. (I was a gold medalist mathlete in fourth grade!) NUDE: Talking about your career, what projects you are working on? Brec: I just finished a feature film called "Status Update," which should be released in 2017! I have also been staying busy with a few di ferent guest starring roles.


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NUDE: We see that you have a big following on social media how important are those social media outlets for you? Brec: Social media is an interesting part of my life. I used to despise social media - I looked at it as a hassle. But I have learned over the years to truly love it. I get to connect with my fans and it warms my heart to hear how much people love the shows I have worked so hard on! Instagram and Snapchat are my favorite platforms because I am a huge fan of photography. I do not post a lot of my own photography, but I think any picture, whether it's taken through Snapchat or on a thousand dollar camera, has a story behind it. NUDE: How do you prepare for a role? Brec: A way I like to prepare for roles is research. I research di ferent characters from past movies or TV shows that may have qualities similar to the character I am playing. I also like to analyze the script. I like to ďŹ nd the motive of the character and I feel like that helps me rightfully portray the character. _____________________________________________________


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NUDE: How old are you? Lesley: That's classiďŹ ed information. NUDE: What three words best describe you? Lesley: Funny British girl. NUDE: There are so many photographers out there. What do you feel is di ferent about your work? What's your edge? Lesley: It's for the viewer to decide what's di ferent about artists' work, and that opinion will di fer from viewer to viewer - the buyer conducting the book review, the creative director commissioning the project, etc. When I started, my youth fashion portraits were noticed and written about. That personal body of work gained me the 2008 London Fashion Week award for photography. It started from a personal place, and I feel the personal lends an honesty to


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images that is impossible to find in commercial work. So I suppose the short answer would be "honesty." That's what I try to convey through my youth fashion/portraiture. NUDE: Digital or film? Why? Lesley: Definitely film if I had the choice, but sadly, I don't. Particularly with fashion shoots, clients need and expect to see the work live, so I'm all about the tether. NUDE: Who do you create for? Lesley: I'd like to say I create for myself, but as a realist and a photographer who earns her living purely from shooting, I create for whoever wants to commission me. (Well, not everyone. Within reason of course.) I try my best to make time to create personal work.

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NUDE: What does the future look like for you? Lesley: Busy...and I'm grateful for that.

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