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ROUGH DIAMONDS STARRING Yana Kolmakova AND THIS GUY,

Eric McMullin


Letter from the Editor

“Is Love a Losing Game?” What is it about expressing feelings that gets people all jumbled up, tongue tied, anxious, etc. I mean any other time when there is something on your mind admit it, you’re the first one to say something, you’re the first one to bring it up - but what is it that when it comes to feelings about someone that has us running for the hills? Maybe it’s because there is this underlying insecurity that maybe this person doesn’t feel the same way about you and that even if you did say something you wouldn’t want to make things awkward and difficult because everytime you’re around that person, he/she will always be thinking I hope I’m not doing anything that’ll make he/ she believe that I’m into them. There’s a saying that people say to “always follow your heart,” well I think that whomever said that was and still is full of shit. Especially when it comes to love. People don’t want to take a gamble with their heart, that whole he/she loves me, he/ she loves me not is stressful. Then again there’s always that other half of the story that if you love them then you should let 1

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them know before someone else comes in and takes your opportunity. Okay, so maybe whomever said that you need to follow your heart was partically correct. Then what happens after that. I think that we as a society have become so obsessed with our own thoughts, as well as putting them on the backburner because we’re afraid to let people see out most vulnerable state. Conversing with some people I asked them why is it that when they have strong feelings for someone, they tend to not say anything. And the majority of the responses was because they were afraid that whatever they had before might be lost because it would make things awakward, and some other people said that if they did tell them and lets say “tried it out” then what happens after in the case that the relationship failed, then what? Where would one go from there? As I began to think about their responses, it becaome very evident to me that maybe love is a losing game - who wins? There’s always that slight chance that maybe you’ll run into your soulmate while reaching for the same can of peas at a grocery store, or maybe you’re standing in line and he/she decides to buy you your starbucks. I think that maybe it’s

the little inexpected moments in life that count, because with that, you don’t really have any pre-conceived expectations on what you’re wanting out of this person. It’s more like a day to day reality than an distant fantasy. There is always that 1% of people that are close friends and decide that maybe they should take their relationship to the next level and 9 times out of 10 they end up marrying with 2 kids and the whole white picket fence that everyone dreams about (admit it you do) and life is good. That may be the fantasy turned reality for some people. I don’t believe that there is a correct answer on how to deal with how you feel toward a person, becauase each person has there own challenges when it comes to their life. They should just leave it up to destiny and that when it’s your time to fall in love, love will lead you to the right person to fall in love with. At the right place and for all the right reasons.

Tay Cyphers Editor-In-Chief

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ERIC MCMULLIN TALKS ABOUT HIS AMBITIONS AND HOW HE’S THE SAME AS ANY OTHER PERSON

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FRESH FACE JOHN-ANTHONY MARTINEZ DISCUSSES HIS NEW RELATIONSHIP AND WHY HE WANTS TO BE THE 1ST MALE KATE MOSS

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Big Thanks to Eric McMullin John Anthony Martinez Eskee Lee Yana Kolmakova Cierra Cyphers Emmanuel Van Der Woodsen Emmanuel Taylor

WHY HE HONESTLY DOESNT CARE WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS NEW FOUND RELATIONSHIP AND HOW HE’S BASICALLY GIVING A BIG FUCK YOU IN HIS HEAD

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WHY THIS RUSSIAN BOMBSHELL ISN’T YOUR TYPICAL MODEL AND HOW SHE’S KEEPING EVERYONE ON THEIR TOES 3

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“Anybody can be in the same position that I am pursuing myself.”

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etting, dark, sparse, just beginning his shift. “What do you want to drink?” “I’m fine for now.” “You’ll have a drink.” Does a half smirk...he knows me too well. With such ease bottles fly through the air effortlessly, concocting the bliss that’s about to concur my taste buds. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Eric is a bartender at Cherries. Customers swoon over his half smirk with full lips and two-tone chestnut brown eyes. It’s easy to see why customers drool over his being as well as his well-concocted drinks. “There ya go!” I take a sip and it’s always the same, blowing through his drinks doesn’t take me long until I start “feeling” the spirits, but for the sake of this interview, I’ll have to slow it down some.

-Eric McMullin

It’s a rollercoaster, it’s a constant up and down flow of motion, ummm you think that every time you achieve something you really don’t and then you ahve to refocus and go back in and do it and hopefully come out on top. What are you trying to prove? That anybody can be me...anybody can be in the same position that I am pursuing myself, it’s just about fighting and coming out on top of whatever you have your heart into, and I believe that you should have your heart in anything that you choose to do. You’re kind of a celebrity in a sense...why do you think that people are drawn to you? If I could answer that then you wouldn’t be asking the question...

He’s propped up against the counter, checks his phone for any updates, messages from I’m sure his many fans that he has. Why do many fans? Well let’s just say aside What do you find being the hardest challenge for from his rugged badass look, his member has also yourself? shared the spotlight. I think the hardest challenge is figuring out who I am each day, I think that most people struggle with that all “Well let’s get right to it shall we?” As I try to sway his the time and as sure as I am about who I am and what I attention away from his phone for 2 seconds... am doing, sometimes I get these things that stop me and hold me back from what I am actually doing. So I think So what do you think is the biggest misconception waking up everyday is the hardest challenge. about you? The misunderstanding of myself...everything is hidden, So you were a pornstar in the past, do you still get the concept of that would mean that my tattoos repre- calls wanting your “penis” to for lack of a better word sent the hiding behind what I really am. People assume “cum” back? that I am a certain way, so that’s the misconception. Yes, because the only reason is of the impact that I made on the industry that a lot of companies strive to have Why do you think that is? the same essence that I had whenever I came into the I think that it’s the post judgment of other people, peo- industry, a go-getter, regardless of what it was and that I ple automatically just look at somebody and judge for had a name to make what they look like, or who they are and they have the misconception...basing everything off of how someone How do you find love with the status you have? You’ve looks or in my case, how I look. said before that you trust people too much/care in the past only to kinda bite you in the back...How have What is it like being Eric “Austyn” McMullin? (For- you learned from your past mistakes and how do you merly Austyn from his porn days). move forward? 13

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I don’t think you can ever learn from your past mistakes, you just embrace the fact of the situations of what happened...you move on from it and you hope that the same things don’t happen again, but i don’t think that you should hold your back with the same potential that everybody is there to fuck you over the same way that your last relationship or love life had. Everybody is given the same opportunity an chance. Who do you want to be? And how do you want people to remember you? Ummm...it’s kind of cliche but I want to be Beyonce. And the only reason is because the song where she left her footprint in the sand, that’s kind of the impression that I want. I want people to know who I am, know what I did and hopefully make a change not only within myself but within a multitude of different people. I think thay I have a voice that can help people in certain situations and that they an reflect back and say Thank You for giving me advice when I needed it most. And although I may not lead that in my own life, I can give better advice than take it myself. So I just want to be there for other people, that’s my whole life’s goal. To feel like I’ve impacted somebody’s life. Do you have any regrets? No, and the only reason why I feel like I don’t have any regrets is because you only live once, you learn from each thing that you choose to do and what you choose not to do. So what is next for you? Ahhh...I don’t know, you don’t know which way the wind blows and you can’t just say you know what you’re going to do without actually putting your first step forward « 17

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John-Anthony Martinez | UNEDITED

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MOST WANTED: JOHN-ANTHONY MARTINEZ DOESN’T PLAY FAVORITES HAS LITTLE TIME FOR BULLSHIT... &MAKES NO APOLOGIES BASICALLY HE’S A NATURAL BADASS BY TAYCYPHERS

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What makes up today’s modern man? Is it impeccable style? A charismatic personality? Success in the workplace? A combination of all three? Or is it something more? While many men spend years working to achieve the status of the “modern man,” Mr. John-Anthony Martinez couldn’t care less. That much is evident from his response as he takes a quick break on the set of one of his numerous high-profile photo shoots.

“I really try not to focus on other people’s opinions. It’s pointless. You’ll never get anywhere worrying about what others think or expect from you.” Easy for him to say. He is the focus of everyone in the room; both males and females alike fail to be immune to his charms and his self-assured smile. Despite being in this dark Dallas warehouse amongst the myriad of beautiful clothes and models, the light he radiates is impossible to extinguish. John-Anthony Martinez, 22, is a Dallas native who is making it his purpose to be the first top echelon male supermodel. “There hasn’t been a male supermodel that has had the success on the caliber of say, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, or Heidi Klum. There’s a market for it and I’m trying to break into in. Can we pause this for a moment? They need me back on set.” He walks back on set with a swagger and confidence that is unmet by any of the other models; he makes them look like amateurs. He is speedily touched up by the hair and makeup crew and off he goes being John-Anthony. Versatile doesn’t begin to describe his talent on the set. Every frame is different, his angles fluid and extensive, the photo options numerous. “Sorry about that,” he says as he returns. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was their principal model for today’s shoot.” “I wouldn’t doubt it; you clearly know what you’re doing. What do you think sets you apart from everyone else?” 33

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“If I do stand out in any way, it isn’t necessarily intentional. I simply go on about my business and focus on what I want out of life.” “Is being a successful model what you want out of life?” I ask as he sits down next to me and takes a swig of his water. “Definitely. It would give the opportunity to travel, meet people, and create a name for myself. Although my style is rather simple and casual, one of my favorite things to do is sit down with a bottle of wine and flip through fashion magazines. Who wouldn’t want to put on a designer label and get their photo taken in it?” he adds heartily, flashing his winning smile. “Is that what drives your daily life?” “I daydream constantly about the future and I’ve sort of mapped out the next few years in my head…I guess achieving what it is I’ve challenged myself to do. So in a way yes. But if we’re talking inspiration, it’s Madonna. She is everything.” Fitting that his inspiration is Madonna, a woman who has been breaking the rules her entire career and remaining unconcerned about what others think about it. Sound like someone we know? “Is there anything or anyone else that inspires you?” There’s that smile again. “My boyfriend, Eskee.” Eskee Lee (another one of Pigment magazine’s Most Important People of 2012), is also a Dallas resident who has made his break in the fashion industry as well. “What do you think attracts him to you?” “My smile. He’s been known to tell me from time to time. But what attracts me to him is his overall personal style, his tattoos, his lips, his butt…yes please and thank you!” “Clearly being in a relationship suits you.” He laughs softly. “Why yes, I suppose it does. I love it.” “How do you think you’ll be viewed? Do you even care?” I really try not to focus on other people’s opinions. It’s pointless, you’ll never get anywhere in life worrying about what others think or expect from you. “Strong point! Too many people these days care far too much about what others think! In the words of the glamorous RuPaul “What others think of you is none of your business.”” That’s very true! As the day comes to an end, and I reflect on the conversation with John, I couldn’t help but think that John is far from the “Modern Man” in a sense that he marches to the beat of his own drum. He is someone that knows what he wants and goes for it. To some the Modern Man may be a little more like an assembly line of thirsty men out there “trying” to be something they’re not. When one should focus on living life for themselves and not giving two fucks what society says you have to be. PM

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ESKEE LEE HATES WEAK MEN AND... WELL, READ AND FIND OUT ;)

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“ illa O Restaurant, 4:00 pm.” That was the time and place that I was supposed to meet Mr. Eskee Lee: hairstylist extraordinaire, and at the moment, he was running late. Fifteen minutes to be exact. The waitress has already come by twice and she’s giving me the sympathetic “I-think-you’ve-been-stood-up-sweetheart” look. Just when I pull out my iPhone to make sure I haven’t missed any calls or texts from him, he comes scurrying over with a distressed look on his face.

“Sorry, sorry! Traffic was terrible,” he says has he plops down on his chair. “No problem,” I answer. The waitress returns and she takes our order: Caesar Salad with Salmon for me and the House pizza for him. “I love Villa O, he comments, gesturing around to the clean lines and nautical elements that make up our surroundings. “The way it’s designed and styled is fantastic.”And if anyone would know style, it’s Eskee Lee. A Dallas native, Lee, 23, has been involved in the fashion scene for a little over two years, servicing both socialites and models alike at premier Dallas salon, Salon Pompeo. “I love love sunglasses; the bigger, the better! I’m also a sucker for combat boots, scarves, and leather jackets. So pretty much anything “grungy.” But working at the salon, I see the elite of the elite, the glamorous, and the gorgeous; it’s all very inspiring.”However, when asked about what inspires him the most, he immediately answers: “John.” John Anthony Martinez, 22, and Lee have only been a couple for a few weeks, but John has already left a lasting impression. “I love it. He’s a great guy…we think alike, we have the same goals. He starts a sentence, I finish it. We’re the same person. So much about him is irresistible: his smile, his personality, his heart; I could go on and on. Is it just me or has our waitress been taking forever to bring me my drink?” Lee’s poison? Vodka soda. I fruitlessly attempt to flag down our waitress. “Oh well. I guess I’ll just be nursing the water for the rest of our meal!” Lee replies with a small laugh.“I notice you like to “giggle” a lot. Is that a nervous habit?” I inquire. “Not at all! I’m constantly laughing and smiling. I’ve always been like that. I’m just a happy boy!” “Where do you think that comes from?” “I don’t know…I’ve always been optimistic about life and about others, even when it hasn’t always served me well in the past. I’ve always listened to so many people, but now it’s time to start listening and living for Eskee; it’s time to listen to my heart and going down the right road. Not that I don’t take other’s input into account, of course,” he adds as our delinquent waitress suddenly reappears with our food. continued on pg 56

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“Wait, this isn’t what I ordered,” Lee, says, looking down at his plate. The waitress apologizes profusely and hurries back to the kitchen with his meal. A few minutes of small talk later, sympathetic waitress returns with the Lee’s correct order. “Thank you,” he says happily and digs in enthusiastically. “So what happens after all this? What does your life look like?” I inquire. “Well, my life is pretty routine right now: work, John, friends…you know how it is. But I plan on moving to L.A. next year to further my hairstyling career.” “Wow,” I say, surprised. “Does that mean that you want to own your own salon eventually?” “Maybe? I do and I don’t. It’s a lot of work, but there’s really good money there. There are tradeoffs with both options. Who knows what the future brings? I do know that I don’t want to be stuck in a salon say, 15 years down the road. I have so many goals for myself, like getting into editorial and making it to Fashion Week.” As afternoon turns into night, we finish our meal and part ways after exchanging goodbyes and one final question: Why are you someone people should care about? “Easy. The person I am today is the product of hard work, dedication, rejection, acceptance, ups, downs, and optimism. I take everything in life in stride and don’t take myself too seriously. People are always going to have something to say about me, whether I’m winning or losing. Being surrounded by positive energies and staying true to who I am and what I want to accomplish out of this life have helped me get to my current point and not everyone has had that experience. I’m proof that if you work hard and mix in some fun every so often, anything is possible.” PM ‘THE PERSON I AM TODAY IS A PRODUCT OF HARD WORK, DEDICATION, REJECTION, ACCEPTANCE, UPS, DOWNS AND OPTIMISM.” -ESKEE LEE 55

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Yana Kolmakova

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Yana KOLMAKOVA Age: 22

How were you spotted?

At Stonebriar Mall when I was 13 by Barbizon Modeling. I did not pursue training with them, but it did get me curious about the industry so I got to thank them for that at least!

First Job?

In the Entertainment Industry, my first legitimate gig as a model was a national print ad I did for MetroPCS at 16 years old. It was an amazing experience! When I saw my face on a billboard and print ads it definitely took me back. Even now, its still hard to believe sometimes when I see my work, and I often think “Hey that is really me! How weird/cool...” :-). I am always so thankful to all the people that have given me an opportunity.

Best Job?

I feel like when you love what you do, and do what you love, your “job” is a passion and therefore it is always fun and exciting. Lately, I got into voice over acting and recorded for a show that allowed me to use my native Russian language. I found that to be super cool :-) It definitely challenged me. To sum it all up, the best jobs are the challenging ones because they are the most rewarding!

Career Ambition?

Long term, I hope to produce films. Maybe get into directing as well. I have an entrepreneurial mindset and the faith to know that will get me to my purpose! I am eager to earn and I am looking forward to it!

Favorite model?

I would have to say Tyra Banks. She is a powerhouse. She took her image and make an empire out of it. That is one powerful woman with the right intensions.

Best Advice?

Never stop learning and being curious.

Favorite designers?

Ulyana Sergeenko; her designs mix femininity, simplicity and retro all into one bunch. And they always come out flawless. She’s got me hooked-- and wanting to completely commit my style to the 1950s era.

Favorite item in your wardrobe?

I have this solid plum-berry colored dress that highlights my silhouette in all the right places. The design is very simple and has a boat neck collar, but once I turn around the backless element definitely adds the wow factor! I feel very beautiful in it.

Make-up bag essentials?

Sunscreen first and foremost. Under eye concealer, cream blush, conturing duo, mascara and vanilla moisture chapstick is what I cannot live without.

What is the best advice ever given to you?

“Stop trying to control every aspect of your life. That what you need, the Universe will provide. Just ask, then trust.”

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