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Anna Maiche MAY 2021
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06 Letter From The Editor 07 BELLO Obsessions 08 Cover Story | ANNA MAICHE 20 CALLAN MCAULIFFE 30 Spotlight | HEATHER HEMMENS 40 Young Hollywood | SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH 50 Young Hollywood | EMERY KELLY
58 Tik Tok Highlights 60 Creative Minds | ADAM DRAWAS 64 Creative Minds | FRANCIS KURKDJIAN 68 Hyped | JENA ROSE 70 Hyped | CLEREL 74 Bello City Guide | MONTREAL 76 Maison Privée Shopping Guide
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Letter From The Editor
For our May cover, we are excited to have the beautiful and graceful, Anna Maiche, who stars in Netflix's TINY PRETTY THINGS as well as the horror film, WOMEN. What a wonderful time we had on set of the shoot as she wowed us with her heart, soul, and elegance. Filled with vibrance, we can feel the Soring in the air as we gravitate towards summertime! Among the amazing talent featured this month, we also have Heather Hemmens as our SPOTLIGHT, who brings the fire anywhere she goes! Talented and filled with positivity, it is safe to say she is heading up the ladder of success! For our CREATIVE MINDS, we have Adam Drawas and Francis Kurkdjian, who are unique in their own way. Adam launched his entertainment and marketing agency Walker Drawas thirteen years ago and has been building it ever since! And Francis found himself taking over the perfume business of his family which has been constantly booming as they continue to release new fragrances! Perfect match to the Spring feeling... For our YOUNG HOLLYWOOD, we have Shahadi Wright Joseph who shows us what it means to be young and already truly talented. With her starring role in THEM, she completely took over with her hard-working and dedicated performance which does not go unnoticed! And of course, the handsome Emery Kelly who has found himself on the solo path of music as she pushed boundaries both in his professional and personal life! Take a trip to the beautiful Montreal where you will discover the amazing food, shops, and activities you can do while over there and get to know some of our favorite Tik Tok stars, Legendary Leo, Loriel DaBarbher, Serah Faulk, and Joshua Arias. Each unique in their own way, they bring the funk and fire we all need in our lives! Of course, we have our beautifully done Maison Privée Shopping Guide which will have you set your heart on a few products you won't want to miss! Jena Rose and Clerel will have you HYPED as they talk about their personal experiences, and more! We hope you enjoy our May issue as much as we do and we can't wait for you to see what else we have in store! Bisous Bisous... Alexandra Bonnet
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Anna Maiche The beautiful and talented actress, Anna Maiche, was brought into this world with a destiny already written...With her mother being an actress herself, Anna was exposed to the industry her whole life, which makes it safe to say that some seeds were planted from early on! But what really gave that push was something else...As Anna put it, “emotions always fascinated me,” something she could truly explore as an actress! After all, each project is unique in its own way as it asks different things from the talent whether it be conveying anger, sadness, happiness, and thousands more! It takes hard work and dedication but when you nail that scene... the feeling is overwhelming! Before getting to where she is today, the actress recalls her first audition which was for a student film in New York. “Oh my goodness, my first audition was such a mess! I absolutely bombed,” she shared openly. “I was so, so nervous I ended up just speeding through the whole thing and when the casting director asked me to do it again but slower I did it the exact same way!” Having felt shaken and defeated, this was definitely a rough patch but also an incredible learning experience! Despite a rough start, (I mean who doesn’t have one at the beginning!) Anna continued
on and has recently starred on Netflix’s TINY PRETTY THINGS which explores the world of dance and drama. “What an experience, the whole thing was so much fun,” she shared looking back. Of course, it did come with some challenges such as being so far away from home and going back to ballet! “Although dancing was such a huge part of my life, I can’t say it didn’t come with its own trauma,” Anna shared candidly. “The past me would say dance means perfection, pain, dedication, and sacrifice.” Originally, her character Cassie was not supposed to be a dancer however due to her background, the writers wrote in a few ballet scenes. “So I dove into classes with the rest of the cast and tried to quickly get in shape!” Despite her conflicting relationship with dance, today it “means expression, whatever you want that to look like.” Wowing us with her performance as Cassie, this is not the only project that kept her busy! Prior to shooting the series, Anna was filming for her recent role in the horror film, WOMEN, which has just been released! Having had such a wonderful experience on set, the talented actress connected with the cast and crew almost immediately. “It was a tiny Icelandic group of filmmakers and they were a joy to work
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with,” she said. “My character goes through unimaginable abuse and I felt comfortable pushing myself to that place because of the crew.” With love and excitement in her voice, it is safe to say that this project holds a special place in her heart. And as mentioned, she found herself having to push her boundaries as her character undergoes very intense trauma throughout the film. “My first scene on the first day, after having just met everyone, was a torture scene so that was a pretty big challenge,” Anna opened up. “It was also a challenge to play someone who was in pain for such a long period of time.” Understandable! Finding
herself feeling drained after repeating these heavy scenes, she learned “how important it is to acknowledge the emotional toll it takes, address that, and then carry on.” Absolutely! Anna Maiche is not only a very talented actress, she is a beautiful soul who learns from every experience and challenge she faces in life. Also very passionate about protecting animals from abuse, she hopes to “save the endangered species, and put an end to factory farming and commercial fishing.” Keep an eye out as this talented actress takes on the world of film and television with grace, passion, and dedication!
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CALLAN MCAULIFFE A Soul Like No Other Two households. Two different experiences. One open mind and heart. “I grew up an only child in a divided household, but it meant I could occupy two worlds,” shared renowned actor, Callan McAuliffe, about his upbringing. While living with his mother in Sydney, he was able to learn “life’s ropes, and became comfortable with the hustle-bustle of city life,” something that would prepare him for the whirlwind that comes with the world of Hollywood. And living in the countryside with his father, he discovered his love for science and nature that “still brings me peace and purpose outside of the industry,” he added. From this, Callan started acting when he was young, though not remembering if he even made a decision to get into the entertainment industry, “I just kind of ended up here.” Hoping to make something he is truly proud of, the actor also has plans to move to Botswana, learn Setswana, “and become a Botanical tour guide in the Okavango Delta - introducing people to the much-neglected flora of Southern Africa,” he explained. Now, that’s cool! Of course, as he makes his way to fulfilling all
his dreams, acting currently plays a huge part in his life. A series regular on the infamous, The Walking Dead, the show will return to AMC for the eleventh and final season on August 22, 2021. Callan looks back on his first day on set which involved “being roped to a bunch of other people in a chain-gang, marching back and forth under the Georgian sun.” After all, he would find himself fighting against zombies as the drama in the new world unfolded periodically! Playing the role of Alden, Callan brought himself to the role as most actors do. “I like to think that Alden is just me with a different accent and a more paternal instinct,” he expressed “If nothing else, we both furrow our brows to express nearly every emotion.” Over time, the actor found himself learning a lot about himself and the world of television. While filming Season Ten, he learned a valuable lesson about prop-work. And it involved a catapult and a squirrel... You see, his character built a few catapults “on the wall to defend against the season's terrifying flesh-masked antagonists,” and of course, for safety reasons, they were
very weak catapults. Meant to propel foam projectiles, Callan was in for a little surprise...As he shared laughingly, “or - in my case - an inquisitive squirrel that had scurried up into the cup before we started rehearsing!” Don’t worry, the squirrel was fine. And one of the biggest takeaways from this was that “even when everything seems in order, it's always worth doublechecking.” A little something we can all integrate in our daily lives! I don’t know about you guys but I am definitely someone who double checks...ok, ok checks about 100 times, but who’s counting? Anyways going back to zombies…What would you do if a zombie apocalypse were to happen today? If they are as slow as portrayed on the big screen, there wouldn’t be too much worry... For Callan, he’d expect that the military would have a great handle on the situation however failing that, “I would enjoy living out my primitive masculine fantasies of morally unambiguous heroism,” he opened up. Now that is what we call a great answer! Now, it may not be humans turning into zombies but we do see a lot of “horror” in the way certain people are. Here at Bello, we asked Callan’s take on this and in his answer, he reminds us that everybody has lived a life of their own, “in a unique crucible
of complex variables.” One person’s wrong may be another’s right, and as he candidly put, “anything less practical than compassion is wasted grandstanding.” We must remind ourselves to listen to others as we have all faced different situations in our lives which have affected us differently... A little compassion and empathy can go a long way. Waking up anew every day, Callan is still finding his true purpose in life “Every day I wake up confident, and go to bed uncertain.” In love with what he does, in his eyes, life is a journey of discovery! And on that journey, a lot can happen. On top of the last season of The Walking Dead, you will also find the dedicated actor on a film, The Duel. Having worked with dear friends on this project, it is likely to be his favorite film to date, so stay tuned… "My role is the most "Callan" of anything I've yet been a part of. It resonates with me deeply, and I can't wait for people to see it,” he shared with excitement. Callan McAuliffe brings charisma, passion, candor, and fire both on and off the screen. Bright smile, great wit, and elaborate responses, we cannot wait to see what comes next for him! As he ended what was one of my personal favorite interviews to date, “only time will tell.”
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HEATHER HEMMENS AS SHE LIGHTS UP OUR WORLD HEATHER HEMMENS STARS IN "DAD STOP EMBARRASSING ME!" WHERE SHE WAS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY POSITIVE VIBES FROM BEGINNING TO END. IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD IN THE LAUGHTER, THE CAST AND CREW EMBRACED THE HUMOR OF IT ALL AS THEY FILMED. HAVING ALSO WORKED ON OTHER PROJECTS SUCH AS "YELLOWSTONE," THE TALENTED ACTRESS IS MAKING IT BIG! SEASON 4 OF ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO WAS PICKED UP WHICH MEANS SHE WILL BE WORKING AGAIN IN NO TIME AND HEATHER COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! THIS BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED ACTRESS HAS OUR HEARTS... STAY TUNED...
Looking back on your time on “Dad Stop
I loved Fresh Prince of Bel Air and family shows
scene to shoot and why?
with a similar dynamic. Wholesome, family comedy
Embarrassing Me!”, what was your favorite
is refreshing these days.
I loved shooting the scenes where the whole cast
was on set, because the energy and goofiness
What was your teenage experience like
were always through the roof!
If you could change anything from your audition,
I was pretty similar to the way I am now! I had a
what would it be?
few close friends but got along with everyone. I
didn’t have much conflict with my parents, because
It was one of those moments where the stars
I told them everything and they were always very
I booked the job, so I definitely wouldn’t change a
were working after school jobs while trying to get
aligned, and I was really enjoying the moment. And
supportive, just like now. My biggest challenges
thing that may change that outcome!
good grades, and watching some of my friends go
I am sure there were a lot of times where you
I was lucky to have, along with wonderful parents,
wanted to laugh on set. How do you keep the focus during scenes?!
We didn’t! We laughed all the time! It’s impossible
down the wrong path with drugs and other things. a mentor that guided me to the theater in those pivotal moments.
Share with us some of your favorite projects to
to keep it in, and when you’re making a comedy,
some scenes you can see a few of us actually trying
I was very proud to work on the show “Yellowstone”.
if you’re not laughing there right be a problem! In to hold it in.
As an actor, that was a dream team. I wasn’t able to
How did your own teenage experience help you
conflict, but I will always be proud of booking that
with this role?
like that, so I was really excited to be doing a show
continue on the show because I had a scheduling role and what I was able to bring to it in the short time I was there.
Who have you always aspired to be like?
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The version of myself that I am today! I always had a vision in my head of what I expected from myself, the human I wanted to be in my family and in my work, and in my own eyes. The
road was full of sacrifices, heartache etc. But the peace and integrity of being authentically me was worth it.
If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would you pick and why?
I would have one more lunch with my beloved mentor, because I miss her so much and our deep talks that guided me.
Share with us your take on fashion. I’ve minimized my closet the past few years, as I’ve learned less is more. And simplicity is much less stressful! A comfy
dress is a whole outfit that you don’t have to match and
it always looks like you made some effort. I’ve also been
focusing more on quality fabrics, and less patterns both give me more wear out of the pieces. What comes next? We are so happy to be picked up for Season 4 of Roswell, New Mexico! I will go back to filming that in the summer, and hopefully direct another episode as well.
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SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH: USING HER VOICE FOR THE GREATER GOOD STARRING THE RECENTLY RELEASE AMAZON PRIME SERIES, THEM, SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH SPOKE WITH US AT BELLO ABOUT HER TIME FILMING, HER FEARS, HER RISE, AND MORE. HER PERFORMANCE IN THE SHOW WAS A TASTE OF WHAT THIS TRULY TALENTED ACTRESS CAN DO! DRAWN TO THE UNIQUENESS OF THE STORYLINE, SHE WANTED TO BE PART OF SOMETHING THAT WAS, AS SHE PUT IT, "AUTHENTIC." THROUGH HER WORK, THE YOUNG ACTRESS IS ABLE TO PROMOTE CHANGE BY HAVING A VOICE, A PLATFORM, SPREADING AWARENESS AS WE MAKE OUR WAY TO TRUE CHANGE AND PROGRESS. SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH BLOWS US AWAY AND WE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT SHE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO!
Share with us your experience on “Them.”
I was drawn to the role because I hadn't seen
takes place in the Jim Crow era is guaranteed to
What was your favorite scene to shoot and
be absolutely terrifying, so it was very interesting shooting
authentic. We as actors really shared the bond that made the Emory family believable. My
If you could go back to any scene which would
favorite moment was the car scene when the
you go to and why?
the first scene where the audience is introduced
I would go back to the scene where Ruby finally
Emory's first arrive in Compton because that was to the Emory's family dynamic. It was beautiful to
confronts Doris in the school bathroom because
watch as well.
it was satisfying to see Ruby stand up for herself.
How did you hear of the role? What kind of
Growing up, what would scare you the most?
My agent sent me the sides for the audition and
Growing up, I had (and still have) an extremely
the role, I did some research about the lifestyle
me... cartoon characters, Santa Clause inflatable
dialect, culture, etc.
of soda at one point (lol). eventually grow out of
Why were you drawn to the role in the first
I used to be scared of everything, and now I'm
prep did you do for your audition?
How do you overcome fear?
I was immediately intrigued. Before booking
vivid imagination. A lot of things would scare
of Compton during the 50s; including fashion,
decorations, the song "Thriller", and even the fizz
place? How did your love for the show grow as you started filming?
anything like it on other platforms. Horror that
those fears which makes it a little bit ironic that scaring everyone else. Lol!
Tell us more about your other projects. What
cases. I think that was the first time I understood
one way to move forward towards change is to
are some of your top favorites to date and
the term "microagression". As a society, I think use whatever privileges we have for good, and
My first film project, Jordan Peele's "Us" will
spread awareness about racial and social issues
always be a favorite of mine because it really
that can spark healthy dialogue.
second film, "The Lion King" will always be dear
Tell us more about your family and the lessons
Nala" on Broadway as well. So, I feel a deep
left a strong impact on you?
made me fall in love with the horror genre. My to my heart because I previously played "Young connection with that show and the character.
Share with us a story in which you faced/ witnessed hate and intolerance. How did you
overcome it? Inn what ways can we as a society help move forward towards more acceptance and real change?
they raised with you. What is a memory that
My family has always told me to live in my
greatness and to remember that my projects and personal success are specific to me. I'm not in this industry to compete with anyone else, but
to manifest my own career. They also always tell me to visualize my successes so I can manifest everything that I do.
I was introduced to discrimination while on the set of one of my earlier projects where I was accused
Where do you hope to be in five years?
was more confusing for me until I understood the
In five years, I hope to be fresh out of college and
was misplaced by the accuser and as a result
also hope to be acknowledged for my work with
was the first time I ever personally experienced
happy with family and healthy relationships.
of stealing. It was actually said as a joke, so it racial undertones involved. It turns out it the item
working full time as a successful actor/writer. I
production released them from the project. That
an award or two along the way while remaining
discrimination, although I was aware of it in other
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EMERY KELLY: BORN TO SING AND ACT GROWING UP, EMERY KELLY WOULD LISTEN TO ALL THE RENOWNED ARTISTS WITH HIS PARENTS FROM MJ TO PRINCE AND MORE. HAVING GROWN UP DOING MUSICAL THEATER, IT WAS CLEAR THAT HIS LOVE AND PASSION FOR MUSIC WOULD HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN HIS HEART AND THEN LEAD INTO A CAREER! ON TOP OF THAT, HE ALSO DECIDED TO PURSUE ACTING...WOAH! WATCHING HIS OLDER AND TALENTED SISTER WAS ALSO A BIG INFLUENCE IN HIS DIRECTION IN LIFE. INSPIRED BY ALL THAT IS AROUND HIM, EMERY HAS RELEASED "THE ANSWERS," A POWER BALLAD HOPING TO ASPIRE OTHERS TO STAY TRUE TO THEMSELVES AND ALL FOR LOVE! TALENTED IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND BEHIND THE MIC, EMERY KELLY IS GOING PLACES!
Growing up, what was the one song/artist you would play on repeat? Why did this song/artist resonate so strongly with you? I don’t really have a specific song that I grew up to, but I know my parents played a whole bunch of MJ, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and a lot of other great artists while I was growing up. What resonates so strongly with me is I recognized how passionate those artists were with their music, I love and respect that so much. When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career as an artist and actor? Do you remember the exact moment? No, not really! I grew up doing musical theater, so I was always acting and singing as a kid. I always wanted to be an artist and pursue the career but what also sparked it was watching my older sister Veronica doing her thing. She’s amazing at singing and acting too! Tell us more about your projects as an actor. What has been your favorite and why? I’ve been on a lot of awesome projects with Netflix’s “Alexa & Katie”, Disney+ “Big Shot”, and even got to film a movie “Max Winslow and the House of Secrets”! It’s been a surreal journey. I’m very grateful for each
project so much that I can’t decide a favorite! As you started your acting career, what were you most nervous about and how did you overcome it? I was nervous that I wouldn’t make it anywhere in the acting world, but I overcame it by telling myself one day I’ll book something or meet someone that has a new opportunity for me. To keep going and step right back up when you fall. As an artist, what inspires your music? How does the writing process go? A lot of things inspire me: life, friends, family, conversations, basically everything haha. It depends on the moment for me. The writing process is different every time. Sometimes I can write a whole song in 10 minutes or it could take 10 years to finish one. It just has to feel right. Tell us more about your current projects. I’ve been working on my first solo album “Some Of My Emotions” S.O.M.E that comes out this year! When you listen to it from beginning to end you’ll be taken on a journey like no other. It’s sonically different from what is out in the music space so I’m really excited for people to hear this album
" THE WRITING PROCESS IS DIFFERENT EVERY TIME. SOMETIMES I CAN WRITE A WHOLE SONG IN 10 MINUTES OR IT COULD TAKE 10 YEARS TO FINISH ONE."
What inspired “The Answers”? What does out mean to you and what do you hope the audience gets out of it? “The Answers” is a great power ballad, and I love that song because it talks about being yourself and doing it all for love. I’m super grateful that it was able to be a part of the movie “Max Winslow and the House of Secrets,” and to have “The Answers” considered for an Oscar nomination! Super crazy. Tell us more about your upcoming role in “Big Shot.” What are you most excited about? I’m really excited for people to see more of Dylan! He plays basketball and is really good friends with Louise.. maybe more? Who knows you gotta watch it to stay tuned! What do you hope to accomplish the most? I hope to accomplish many things, but right now I’m focused on making really good music for the world.
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Loriel Escalera @ lorieldabarbher "Hello, my name is Loriel Escalera, I am 21 years old from Buffalo New York. I started cutting hair at the age of 15 & now I am a licensed Master Barber. I currently work full time cutting hair creating video content for social media. The way social media has crafted my life has made me focus on future goals as in expanding my name to become a brand where I can create products targeting beauty and barbering. The other realistic goal of mine would be to create my own Mobile Traveling Barbershop truck / RV to where I can travel anywhere In the US & cut hair. I have several other interests I love photography, videography, fashion & even creating music."
Joshua Arias @joshua.ariass “Hey guys, my name is Joshua Arias. I guess all I can really say about myself is that everyone says I am chill, I go with the flow, and always looking towards the future. I just like to make people feel good, and I love more than anything to express myself most through my style. I love clothes. Shoes. Everything. Every day brings something new to wear— and a new opportunity to take on the day with positivity and a fresh fit.”
Serah Faulk @serahfaulkofficial "Hey my name is Serah Faulk and here’s a little something about me: I started TikTok on April 11th 2020 it all started for me as a joke-- but it has turned into so much more in a year of such darkness. TikTok gave me the light that I needed and the creative outlet that I’ve always wanted and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities and people that I have met. My journey is only just beginning my goal is to pursue my music career and get to meet my idol SZA. Even more than that, I want to look forward to giving back because without my friends, my family, and my supporters I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t be given the opportunities I have been given without them. Having the privilege and opportunity to have the platform that I have has given me the chance to promote what is so important to me which is self-love and confidence in a world where beauty is seen in only one way my goal was to get out of that box and let people celebrate our differences and what makes us uniquely beautiful in our own way! I can’t wait to continue that journey and I can’t wait to continue to inspire little boys and little girls that being unique is not weird, but rather being unique is what makes you beautiful."
LegendaryyLeo @vibeswleo My name is Leo a lot of you know me by vibeswleo. I am still a high school student looking to play college football or lacrosse. My social media means a lot to me because I want to make a bigger impact with my platform. I want to help everyone in a way regardless of their needs. I am huge on computers, and cinematics, outside of TikTok. I live a normal life from training to sports and trying to keep up with school. The over goal is to learn, make impacts, and potentially become an entrepreneur at a young age!"
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ADAM DRAWAS LAUNCHED HIS ENTERTAINMENT AND MARKETING AGENCY WALKER DRAWAS 13 YEARS AGO AND HAS NEVER BEEN HAPPIER! BRINGING TOGETHER FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT, THE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR STARTED OFF IN A STUDIO APARTMENT AND IS NOW "IN 5550SQ FT AND HAVE 17 EMPLOYEES IN LA AND NYC." ADAM IS THE TRUE EMBODIMENT OF PASSION AND DEDICATION! ALSO AN LGBTQ ADVOCATE, HE IS THE WHOLE PACKAGE: HEART, HARD WORK, CARE, AND STYLE! TAKING ON LIFE BY STORM, ADAM DRAWAS TRULY INSPIRES US ALL!
What prompted you to found Walker Drawas? Can you describe it to us in your own words?
develop strategies that set them up for success,
be a good fucking person and support causes
I launched the agency 13 years ago mainly because
and people that are making a real difference in
cool brands into the hands of influential celebrities
the process. You only live once, and you have to
industry since I was 18, and I saw the shift in
Walker, and I have always believed in developing
consumerism, and it was fascinating to watch
but also engaging to the consumer. At the end of
I love fashion and bringing young designers and
our culture. Most importantly - have fun and enjoy
was so exciting for me. I have been in the fashion
love what you do. My business partner, Jennifer
the marketplace when celebrity began dictating
strategies that are both creative and newsworthy,
undiscovered brands become multi-million-dollar
the day, we are here to sell a product.
companies, mainly due to the celebrity influence.
Share with us a story from around the time you first launched. What about that story makes it so special?
With everything going on in the world, what do you believe is the best way to help change
0the mindset of those who perpetuate hate and intolerance?
I launched the agency (as Adam Drawas LLC) out
I’m not going to burn my energy to educate the
in what I call “the early days.”
and hateful. I put my energy to supporting the
clothing racks out of the closet and turn the
and create programs and initiatives to amplify
of my studio apartment just north of Sunset Blvd
intolerant and hateful on why they are intolerant
It was 450sq feet. Every morning I would roll
LGBTQ+ youth, the underserved, and undervalued,
kitchen into the showroom. I had no money. I
display collections. I had my best friend, Nakia,
We created The Brand Lab in 2020 with the
went on for about 4 years, until I was able to get
offers young, BIPOC designers and creatives the
company became bigger and bigger. Now, we are
support. Since launching this initiative, we have
NYC. The hustle was real, and slowly but surely
New York, LGBT owned brand, Romeo Hunte.
would beg the dry cleaners for wire hangers to
help me because I couldn’t afford any staff. This
support of Halle Berry. The pro-bono program
my first showroom. As the years went on the
opportunity for press, marketing, and commercial
in 5550sq ft and have 17 employees in LA and
signed drag artist and activist, Shea Coulee, and
it all paid off.
Tell us more about the company’s values. Why
do you believe Walker Drawas stands out from other agencies? Our
transparent with our clients, guide them and
As an LGBT advocate, do you have a story you
would like to share in which you (or someone
you know) experienced hate and how you overcame it?
I think in the current climate it’s important to be aware of your own privilege. As a white male have, I have been bullied and experienced
hate. But nothing comes close go to the crisis
our country is facing with young, Black, trans children being attacked and killed. We must put our energy towards shining a spotlight on these
Any advice for future business owners?
Get out of your own ego, always seek to find balance in your work and personal life, surround
yourself with people who only raise you up, and
don’t be afraid to jump. The leap of faith will lead to greatness.
kids and ensure we are helping them overcome
Growing up, what was your favorite look? How
What does love, and beauty mean to you?
I remember watching Elsa Klench on CNN in the
Love and beauty are being in acceptance of who and what you are. Someone said put as much work on the inside as you put on the outside. Who
early 90s. There was so much drama and theatrics
in fashion back then. I was in awe of it. I knew my goal was to immerse myself in that world. How? No idea, but I knew that was my calling.
What do you hope to accomplish for the rest
RuPaul. He is a spiritual ninja who has carved his
Continue to thrive in the new world we live in.
throughout your life?
did it grow into a passion for fashion?
own path with grace, glamour, and joy.
of the year?
Continue to grow the business and try to keep a harmonious balance to it all.
ADAM DRAWAS @mrdrawas Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites
BROUGHT UP IN THE WORLD OF LUXURIOUS FRAGRANCES, FRANCIS KURKDJIAN FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS ELDERS NOT TOO LONG AFTER! AS OUR SOCIETY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, SO DOES THE CHOICE OF PERFUME. NO LONGER "LIMITED TO OUR GENDER IN THE YEARS TO COME," FRANCIS UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF ADAPTING TO CHANGE AND BRINGING THE BEST FOR EVERYONE. TRULY PASSIONATE ABOUT FRAGRANCE AND ALL THAT SURROUNDS IT, MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN HAS JUST RELEASED ITS LATEST COLLECTION WHICH WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE... DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF FRAGRANCE WITH FRANCIS KURKDJIAN!
Share with us what you were most excited about the release of the latest new collection. What was behind the inspiration? To understand the genesis of the Cologne forte collection, you need to go back to the creation of Aqua Universalis, launched when Maison Francis Kurkdjian was created in 2009. The inspiration for this fragrance, later followed by Aqua Vitae and Aqua Celestia, could be summarized with this Latin quote “mens sana in corpore sano,” meaning “a healthy body in a healthy mind.” I thus wished to reconnect with the tradition of the Eau de Cologne which, in its original form, was also drinkable, creating a visible “inside-outside” effect. What is good for my body is also good for my mind. In 2011, we came up with the forte name, a reference to music, to express the idea of strength in these fresh fragrances. Finally, in 2021, I wanted to bring a new light to this Aqua collection and a new caliber to the forte range, keeping in mind that the idea of freshness could also be explored starting from the sensations induced by light. This is how Cologne forte became a reality: a modern, long-lasting Cologne, showcasing the idea of light, color and sensations which was already in the genesis of the original eau de toilette fragrances. This new collection, who do you envision wearing it? Who was it made for? Maision Francis Kurkdjian is a fragrance house of freedom: freedom of creation first but freedom
of wearing the fragrance you want without being judgmental as well. This collection is a tribute to the original Eau de Cologne, which was historically destined for both men and women… Thus, all the Aqua Collection fragrances are not only genderneutral, they are suitable for all on all the continents. How has your relationship with fragrance evolved over the years? What are some lessons/changes you learned and adapted to? The choice of perfume is no longer limited to our gender in the years to come. Our society evolves, and so has the way to choose a perfume as a consumer. Therefore, as a creator, I believe it is my mission to rethink how I envision femininity and masculinity as this question. Everyone is free to choose a fragrance based on their identity. Gender Fluidity is one of my personal responses to contemporary questions on gender identity. It reflects the idea of freedom to express our personality without having to submit to diktats and our freedom to choose a fragrance that suits us without any gender pressure. Gender Fluidity does not mean no Gender. It means you do not have to be secluded in one category only. That is a big move forward. Tell us a story from when you were 15 and decided to become a perfumer, a moment that had a huge impact on who you are. I had the chance of being brought up by parents and grand-parents who got me into the world of arts at an early age - from ballet class to piano, visits to the museums, and even being immersed in the world of Couture with two grandfathers working for the
craft, and a very close of my mother who worked with Christian Dior himself. I grew up curious about everything and developed a passion for handcrafts. However, I had my true revelation, at the age of 14, by reading an article about perfumery and five perfumers in the glossy pages of a French magazine. I discovered that the couturier/fashion designer was not the person behind the creation of perfumes. There were people behind the scenes, and those people had a very special craft and gift. I also saw the movie “Le Sauvage” with actors Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve in which Montand character plays the role of a perfumer in a remote Venezuelan island. After that, I fell in love with the craft and told my parents I wanted to become a perfumer. I knew deep inside that it was my vocation! Growing up, was there someone or something that pushed you to pursue this career? As a kid, I wanted to be a ballet dancer and I took dance lessons with a teacher from the Paris Opera Ballet. I also studied classical piano. My parents always gave importance to artistic fields when raising me and my brother and sister. I guess they knew from the beginning that I was inclined to go for an artistic career. Yet, when I decided to become a perfumer, my father insisted that I obtain a Master degree in Luxury Marketing beforehand. I am thankful to him today as it helped me immensely. My family never tried to dissuade me but instead always gave me the tools to build myself up. All that I have learned from them shows through my work. Why is smell so important to you? What is your favorite scent?
Smell is important because it is part of capturing the complexity of a human being. It increases your feeling of wellness and you can play with scents all year long. However, all of the senses are important to me. They are part of your humanity. Finally, it is my way to express myself, the same way a writer uses words, a painter with colors or a composer with music. I do not have any favorite scents. As a perfumer, when it comes to my personal taste, the ones I have in mind for the future are always for me the most intriguing and appealing. In fact, the most exciting in life is always what lies ahead. So, I guess they are my favorite, even if they are not yet created. In your own words, what does beauty mean to you? Where does true beauty come from? I love natural sophistication. It is hard to define but I guess it comes with a sense of natural and inner beauty. It is not a question of perfection, as I don’t believe it exists, more a sense of balance. It is neither a question of what you wear or how you look. It is more an inner attitude that exults from the inside to the outside. Beauty comes from within. To anyone thinking of becoming a perfumer/ business owner, what kind of advice would you give them? Becoming a perfumer and managing a business are 2 distinct things. Never think you are satisfied; never think you are done. Who are you when you aren’t a perfumer? What are some hobbies of yours? Before Covid, I used go to the Opera to see classic Ballet or modern dance or hear Opera and music. I play the piano when I have some time on my own. I love Bach, Debussy and Chopin, Ravel and Mozart. They are my favorite composers. Since I have a terrasse in my new
home, I enjoy gardening very much. It brings me peace and lots of joy. Where do you hope to be in five years? Bringing the world of scent to a new level of consciences, to new ways to wear or experiment fragrances is really something I am more and more looking at in the future. I believe it is part of my mission in the world of fragrances to open new paths and question my era about the importance, meaning and place of fragrances. I do believe it is also the modernity of it: breaking, not the rules, but the boundaries. You must play the game. Otherwise, you are outside the place to be, but no one has ever forbidden not to push the boundaries nor break them eventually. Further, in the very tough world some people live in, I know I have been blessed. You must give back to life, what life has been given you. It is a mission, a duty.
Interviewee FRANCIS KURKDJIAN @maisonfranciskurkdjian Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites
RISING POP SINGER-SONGWRITER, JENA ROSE, WILL BE RELEASING "CHECKMATE" ON JUNE 11TH AFTER BEING INSPIRED BY NETFLIX'S SERIES, "THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT." TAKING ON THE DIFFICULTIES OF RELATIONSHIPS, THE SINGER HIGHLIGHTS THE IDEA OF KNOWING YOUR WORTH AND EMBRACING IT...IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE! AND WE LOVE IT! GRAVITATING TOWARDS A CAREER IN MUSIC FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE, IT WAS DEFINITELY MEANT TO BE! KEEP READING ON AND GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED, JENA ROSE!
Share with us the meaning behind “Checkmate.” When did you first start writing it? I, like almost every other Netflix consumer, became obsessed with “The Queen’s Gambit” during the pandemic and the show really sparked an interest in chess for me. After picking up this new hobby, I started to apply the gameplay strategies and challenges to various real-life scenarios and thought the message behind “Checkmate” could be super powerful lyrically. The song focuses around a toxic relationship, but it can really relate to any relationship, whether it is friends, coworkers or anyone in your life. In the game of life, when someone doesn’t know their worth, they have the power to stand up for themselves and 'check' the other person. Kind of like “Bye Felicia!” It’s like “Checkmate!” My goal is for #Checkmate to become the new bye Felicia. I believe in treating people how you want to be treated and wanted that message to shine throughout the song. Do you recall the moment you wrote the first words to the song? Can you describe that moment? Yes! I thought of the concept and the title of Checkmate first. Then the chorus came very easily after that. It’s always a great feeling when words flow and the song starts to come together! What does this song mean to you
both as an artist and personally? Personally, music has always been everything to me and my whole life revolves around it. As an artist and a songwriter, every song I write has a special place in my heart and there is no better feeling than when I get to release them out to the world. With “Checkmate”, I aim to inspire listeners to empower themselves to stand up for what is right for them whether that applies to a friendship or a relationship. Why did you choose to get into music? I’ve been very lucky to have known what I’ve wanted to do since I was very young. I started playing piano and guitar at a very young age and would put on concerts for my family all the time. I actually got into vocal lessons by chance, but I loved it the second I started. My instructor ended up pushing me to perform at the House Of Blues in Dallas at nine years old and that performance single handedly changed my life because ever since that night, I knew that making music and performing was what I was meant to do. If you could tell your fans anything right now, what would it be? I want them to know that every time I write a song, I do it for them. My goal is for listeners to relate to my songs in their own way and use them as an outlet for their emotions just as I do with music.
My fans mean the world to me and I hope they love “Checkmate”! Tell us a story about a time you were completely pushed out of your comfort zone. I grew up very reserved, so when I had my first performance at the House of Blues, it was a major accomplishment for little Jena. My friend was supposed to perform with me, but at the last minute she had to go out of town, so I was left to do it by myself. I was terrified and completely out of my comfort zone, but in the end I felt in my element and I was so happy that I pushed myself to face my fear head on! Who is someone you would love to collaborate with? (both dead or alive) The Beatles, Depeche Mode, Queen, Duran Duran, and Elton John would be dream collaborations for me!! What comes next for 2021? New music! “Checkmate” is first up and then there will be another single shortly after. I also have an EP set to launch later this year, which I am so excited about! I am constantly working on new music and I truly cannot wait for people to hear! Big picture, I honestly wanna take over the world and that’s what I plan to do!
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CLEREL HAS TRULY OUTDONE HIMSELF ALREADY AS HE RISES UP IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC. CAMEROON-BORN, MONTREAL-BASED ARTIST WHOSE MUSIC EMBODIES THE ESSENCE OF LEON BRIDGES, SAM COOKE, AND MARVIN GAYE, THIS UP-AND-COMING ARTIST IS CHARMING US WITH HIS GOOD LOOKS, BEAUTIFUL VOICE, AND POWERFUL SOUL. USING HIS MUSIC FOR THE GOOD TIMES AND THE HARD TIMES, CLEREL'S MUSIC IS ALSO A "ROLLING RECORD OF MY DAYDREAMS," AS HE PUTS IT. KEEP READING ON AND DISCOVER MORE OF THIS YOUNG AND TALENTED ARTIST!
Share with us the first time you ever performed. What was it like? Who was there? How were you feeling?
out at the dozens of faces, many of which I did not recognize, nestled in plush red seats and eagerly staring back... I tried to collect myself, closed my eyes and let the music take over... The few seconds of silence after I finished felt like forever until the whole room suddenly broke out in loud, sustained applause, which was pretty much the best feeling I’d experienced at that point! To be honest, it felt hard to believe, as I had not really expected such a response to my singing, which had more or less been a private pastime up to that point... Although I did not end up winning the talent show that night, the show still felt very much like a victory to me. I received compliments about that show for days afterward from people I didn't even know. A taste of celebrity...
In my last year in university, I was approached by a friend asking me if I would be willing to represent their sorority in an event on campus, wherein different men representing different sororities would compete in a talent show to raise funds for a nonprofit organization, with admission open to all. For the performance portion of the evening, I chose to perform a song I’d grown up listening to, titled “Dernière Danse” by a french band named Kyo. It’s a beautiful, yet simple song which had been one of the first few I’d learned on the guitar a couple years prior… The show was taking place in the university chapel. I had little solo performing experience - certainly none on such a stage, but I’d performed on the same stage before as part of the University choir. Because of this, I’d felt little anxiety going into it.
"AS A SONGWRITER, MY SONGS ARE A PLACE I CAN POUR SOME OF THE INTENSE FEELINGS I HAVE THAT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO PROCESS OTHERWISE."
I remember singing a song from a CD I’d been listening to to a school friend over landline phone. I’d been binge listening to it, and at the end of one of our frequent phone study sessions, I’d sung it to him as a way to “show” it to him (The Internet and YouTube were yet a few years away). I honestly don’t remember his reaction, although I probably would have ascribed it to the song itself, more so than my specific voice.
That said, the day of the event, waiting behind the stage, and hearing the cheers from what sounded like a full house, I couldn’t help but feel nervous. I was the third act up. My name got called, and I walked out to the stage, which now felt bigger and more intimidating than ever before. I looked
Who was the first person you ever sang for? What was their initial reaction?
The first reaction I remember is a nanny’s. I’d spent an entire afternoon singing along -loudlyto some cassette tapes in our living room, and walking by she told me she thought I had a great voice and I ought to keep on singing. It was a surprise because I did not really think of my voice in that way - I was just having fun. That moment stayed with me.
I majored in Chemistry in college.
Tell us more about your songs. What inspired you to write them?
How has your family played a part in your career? Have they always been supportive of it? What was the family dynamic like?
If you could be an instrument, which would you be? Explain. A bass guitar! There’s something both grounding and sensual about the low end. I’ve always been attracted to the lower voices in harmony, although I turned out to have a lighter voice myself.
My initial inspiration is all the music I love, that always feels like a best friend turning up at a moment’s notice to say exactly what you need to hear.
I’m the eldest of three, and my sister was the first of us to sing in public. We’d go to restaurants and she’d end up taking the stage over for the night.
As a songwriter, my songs are a place I can pour some of the intense feelings I have that might be difficult to process otherwise. They also serve as a rolling record of my daydreams.
Music as a pleasure was very much cultivated in us from a young age. I learned how to sing by trying to imitate my grandmother’s singing. It mattered to my parents that we educate ourselves to keep our options open, but I’ve only ever received constant amounts of support and encouragement from them.
If you could go back in time and perform with any artist, who would it be and why?
What do you hope two accomplish both as an artist and individual?
There are a few such artists. These days I’d say Earth, Wind & Fire, because of their joyful and uplifting energy. My real fantasy, though, would be to perform with a symphonic orchestra!
To be living my musical truths while having a positive impact on people in my community.
Share with us something about yourself that most people do not know.
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