REVIVAL SUMMER 2017
Photographer: Diane Villadsen
The Revival Issue THEATLASMAGAZINE.COM ISSUU.COM/THEATLASMAGAZINE
Contributors Atarah Atkinson Alex Cassetti Cenza Della Donna Allison Ponthier Christina Montes Amy Harrity Christine Lutz Amy Smith Colin Gaudet Anne-Marie Michel Diane Villadsen Arianna Airoldi Ewa Bakowska Ashley Laderer
Natassja Thompson Ilse ValfrĂŠ NoĂŠmi Ottilia Szabo Kiara Barnes Shannon Soule Kristian Bird Stephanie Rodriguez Kyle Gavin Tina Picard Lara Callahan Tom Wawnik Lindsay Adler Tuba Eren Martin Mendizabal
Photographer: Atarah Atkinson
Photographer: Atarah Atkinson
Table of Contents 010. Turning Seasons by Lindsay Adler 018. DeScent by Atarah Atkinson 026. Interview with Kiara Barnes 028. Beige Bloom by Natassja Thompson + Amy Smith 036. Begin Again by Alex Cassetti 042. Niomi Smart: A Second Take by Kyle Gavin 048. La Princesse des Fleurs by Ewa Bakowska 054. A Touch of Gold by Anne-Marie Michel 060. Otherworldly by Colin Gaudet 068. The Year of January by Martin Mendizabal 070. Monkey See, Monkey Do by Christine Lutz 076. Color Me Bold by Arianna Airoldi 082. Super Woman by Tuba Eren 088. Valfré: Art, Apparel, Advocacy 092. Fantastic Beasts by Tom Wawnik 098. The Revival by Tina Picard 106. Trends for Fall 2017 108. Distractions by Noémi Ottilia Szabo 116. Industry Inclusivity by Stephanie Rodriguez 122. Form and Function by Kristian Bird 128. The New Wave of Fashionable Feminism by Ashley Laderer 130. So Fresh, So Clean by Lara Callahan 136. In the Distance by Diane Villadsen 142. Social Responsibility in the Modeling Industry by Allison Ponthier 146. Muscle Beach by Amy Harrity 154. Momentum by Shannon Soule
THE REVIVAL ISSUE
Editor's Letter FROM MEGAN BREUKELMAN IMAGE BY MISAEL BELT
epresentation is important. Let me repeat that. Representation is important. There is a need for intersectionality, for diversity, for change–– not only in the fashion and art worlds, but in our world. Atlas Magazine is making moves; our pledge to you, our readers, is to constantly strive to better ourselves, our publication and the content we put out, through both our quarterly issues and daily web editorials and articles. As Atlas' editor-in-chief, I am fortunate enough to be in a position to select and curate the stories that we publish on our platforms. Having worked on the publication for five years now, there has been significant growth both externally and internally. Atlas holds a much greater audience than it once had, which has allowed us a valuable platform to publish more consciously. Having a platform holds a certain amount of responsibility, for us as creators and curators have the opportunity to be inclusive. The theme of Revival was chosen for several reasons. First of all, Atlas has been through several changes in the last year. From shifts in publishing formats, to changes with our team, to the shift back from Olivia's hands to mine once more–– the magazine itself has gone through a cycle of rebirth, regrowth, and revival. Olivia, I miss you, but I am so proud of you and your thriving career in photography. Secondly, it was chosen as a nod to the re-design of the magazine. With our former designer Jessica pursuing marvelous opportunities of her own, Atlas has shifted in its aesthetic while still looking back to the roots that the former design was built on. And finally, our content is revived. It is a wholehearted pledge for betterment, for intersectionality, for representation. I truly feel that this issue is the beginning of what I hope to be a fulfilling and responsible future for this publication. Atlas will always have a focus on the new generation of creatives, and I believe that there is a push amongst this new wave to uphold the same values. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as each and every contributor enjoyed creating it. We––the artists, the creatives, the readers, the curators–– continue to build and develop a foundation for necessary change. Read on, revivers. This is for you.
With love, Megan
LEFT IMAGE: Elie Youssef dress; Mindy Lam crown; Sarah Magid earrings; Xr cuff; 203 ring RIGHT IMAGE: Son Jung Wan top + pants; Julie Shon earrings; Mindy Lam cuff; Contour Studios ring
Photographer: Lindsay Adler Stylists: LSC Styling & Cappa23 for 4Seasons Style Management Model: Leah @ One Management Makeup: Brenna Drury Hair: Brittan White Manicurist: Saradya Jolivert Florals: Ivie Joy Flowers
Bibhu Mohapatra dress; Noir earrings; Daisy Dion cuff; Chelsea De Luca rings; Blacksea handbag; Manolo Blahnik shoes
Vintage Christian LaCroix jacket; Mindy Lam laritas; Julie Shu rings; Joanna Laura Constantine earrings
LEFT IMAGE: OTT Dubai cape; Laurel DeWitt corset; Moskov skirt; Holst + Lee earrings; Sarara Couture YSL cuff; Lori Silverman shoes RIGHT IMAGE: Son Jung Wan top; Julie Shon earrings 015
Christian Siriano coat + dress; Ben Amun necklace, Xr rings; Alexis Gamblin shoes
Alex Vinash dress; Julie Son earrings; Mindy Lam ring; Daisy Dion cuff; Lena Erziak shoes
LEFT IMAGE: Priscavera maxi dress; Araks panties; Leigh Miller earrings RIGHT IMAGE: Wray wrap top; Kahle silk top; Lele Sadoughi earrings
DeScent Photographer: Atarah Atkinson Stylist: Marisa Ellison Model: Lilly Cameron @ New York Model Management Makeup: Clara Rae Hair: Elizabeth Shanefelter Manicurist: Tori H. Set Design: Sara Foldenauer Photo Assistant: Jared Heinrich Stylist Assistant: Tiara Mosley
TOP IMAGE: Wray wrap top; Kahle silk top; Lele Sadoughi earrings BOTTOM IMAGE: Emilio Cavallini tights; Araks underwear
Priscavera maxi dress; Leigh Miller earrings
Eres satin bra
Noon by Noor top, bra + shorts; Carolina Amato gloves; Lele Sadoughi ring; Emilio Cavallini tights
Noon by Noor top, bra + shorts; Carolina Amato gloves; Lele Sadoughi earrings; Emilio Cavallini tights
Priscavera maxi dress; Leigh Miller earrings
Pologeorgis fur; Nancy Gonzalez bag 025
Makeup: Emily Amick
We want to have real content with these brands so we can feel accepted. That’s anyone’s goal, right? As a human, you just want to feel accepted...
Kiara Barnes WORDS BY MEGAN BREUKELMAN IMAGES BY KENNETH STERLING GRONQUIST
We sat down with model, blogger, and artist Kiara Barnes to discuss issues of race in the modeling industry, her project 'Kiki's Space', and using her voice to promote up-and-coming artists.
ith a continuing need in every industry for diversification, New York based model Kiara ‘Kiki’ Barnes has found herself in a particularly challenging and competitive industry for women of color. The world of fashion is an ever-evolving one, and now more than ever it is slowly but surely finding its path to inclusivity. That path, however, is only at its beginning, as Kiara shares her journey as a biracial woman working in the modeling industry. Originally from Utah, Kiara is Irish and French on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s, describing her family as ‘one big melting pot’. She was first discovered after persistently submitting to New York modeling agencies, and one year ago made the move to the big apple. “I like New York because of how many people you get to meet. A lot of the people are fairly young and it motivates you.” She is a professional model and runs her platform, Kiki’s Space, to showcase up-and-coming creatives. Although her time in the industry has been fairly short, she is able to open up about the challenges in her line of work that she faces as a woman of color–– it comes down to the little things. “It could be my hair, it could be makeup… I’ve been backstage plenty of times where I had to run to the bathroom to fix my makeup because they didn’t have a skin tone that matched me.” She describes herself as having a lighter skin tone in comparison to other models of color, yet even still some makeup artists have not been equipped to work with her. “If you’re a makeup artist or hair stylist, you should know all realms.”
‘spread love, not hate… ask yourself why? Is it because you’re so conditioned and used to the same face, same look, same skin tone that when you see something different it makes you feel uncomfortable?’ I always leave something with the person to think on.” Kiki’s Space is a site dedicated to the promotion of up-andcoming talents with a story to tell. Kiara wants to showcase people with the goal of making people feel comfortable with whatever they do. “You could be a cook, a model, a photographer––literally anything where you’re creating, and if I know that [with exposure] you could create something better, I want [you] to be seen.” It’s all about young creatives, as she feels that those who are truly living it are most in touch with what work needs to be created and shared. The site touches on 'taboo' topics, breaking the mold a little for someone working in the modeling industry. “Making the site made me nervous; I’d think ahead on how people would receive certain things. At first, I’d write articles, but not so intensely–– and I [realized] I needed to get deep because I was wasting a platform, wasting a space for myself and others to have their voices heard. Why not have a conversation? Let’s make a change.”
Her dealings with creatives on set have not been the only challenge she has faced. “If we’re going to be very blunt about it, some parts [of the fashion industry] have changed, but it’s not the big designers. It’s only a certain skin tone that is seen on the runway so they have their women of color, but it’s the same two darkest girls they know. What about the girls in between, the biracial girls? Where do we fit in?” Kiki goes on to describe the issue of tokenism on the runway. “You look at the lineup and it’s all white, and maybe two black girls and an Asian girl.” Kiara hopes to invoke change through young, fresh creative direction, citing Adidas and Fila as brands that are stepping up to make change. But the deeper need for change stems from a lack of representation. “We want to have real content with these brands so we can feel accepted. That’s anyone’s goal, right? As a human, you just want to feel accepted.” She goes on to describe her experiences with a lack of representation in her youth. “The first time I saw Life Size with Tyra Banks, I said ‘Oh my gosh there’s a black Barbie? You can be like that?’ I’d wanted to model ever since. It was the first time I’d ever seen something like that–– thinking back to that and how affected I was, I never saw someone in a magazine that looked like me.” When starring in a Maybelline brow campaign, Kiki’s image went viral; positively and negatively. She received a new crop of followers, women and mothers letting her know she was appreciated for just being her. However, these images drew a handful of negative reactions from the depths of the internet. “I started commenting back to these hateful comments saying 027
LEFT IMAGE: Autograph top; Zara skirt; ESPRIT bag RIGHT IMAGE: Rare London bodycon; Bethany Jones trousers; MarlowLondon bag; Zara shoes 028
Beige Bloom Photographers: Nastassja Thompson + Amy Smith Stylist: Johanna Lillie Model: Chloe Borges @ The Hive Models Makeup: Alice Lancaster Hair: Chloe Campbell Stylist Assistant: Laura Moss
& Other Stories top; GAP shirt 030
Out From Under bra; Bethany Jones shirt; COS trousers; ASOS shoes
LEFT IMAGE: Out From Under bra; Bethany Jones shirt; COS trousers RIGHT IMAGE: Native Youth coat; Topshop top; Zara trousers, necklace + bracelet 033
Bethany Jones top + trousers; ASOS shoes; ESPRIT bag
Rare London bodycon; Bethany Jones trousers; MarlowLondon bag
Photographer: Alex Cassetti Stylist: Harrison Karabaccio Model: Nikita @ Ford Models Makeup & Hair: Rebecca Noparast Photo Assistant: Kitty Cassetti
LEFT IMAGE: Ermengildo Zegna blazer; Creatures of the Wind turtleneck top RIGHT IMAGE: Boss jacket, top, pants + shoes; Wolford tights
LEFT IMAGE: Creatures of the Wind coat + scarf; Wolford tights; Bally shoes RIGHT IMAGE: David Hart suit; J. Hilburn shirt 039
Boss jacket, top, pants + shoes, Wolford tights
Ermengildo Zegna blazer; Creatures of the WInd turtleneck top; Hennessy pants; Boss shoes
Stylist: Kyle Gavin Makeup & Hair: Louise Hall using Maria Nila Hair Care + Urban Decay Cosmetics Special Thanks for Chelsea Physic Garden
Jack Willis t-shirt; True Violet skirt
Niomi Smart: A Second Take WORDS + IMAGES BY KYLE GAVIN
We're catching up with YouTube superstar Niomi Smart. After chatting with Niomi once already, we realized had a few more questions for her about being a content creator and attracting brands to your platform. Who better to sit down with than Niomi, who's reached a combined social reach of 11 million?
WHAT MAKES YOU PERSONALLY FOLLOW SOMEONE AND ENGAGES YOU CONTENT WISE? I like following people that have a real balance between what they do in their work life and in their personal life – for example, seeing a model in their professional photographs, but also seeing their everyday lives with family and friends; I like to see them having fun and keeping it real. I do love the Instagram feeds with professional photography but when it’s an individual, I like having a glimpse into their every day, real life to get a sense of who they are. HOW DOES SOMEONE WHO’S STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY BEGIN RELATIONSHIPS WITH BRANDS AND ATTRACT BRANDS TO THEIR CONTENT? I think if you’re starting in the industry it’s important to build authentic, genuine relationships with brands that you like. And the best way to do that is to start featuring those brands organically in your content, talking or writing about them honestly – you aren’t going to begin a relationship if you haven’t spoken about them before. Brands tend to track online mentions and activity so they will likely notice. You could reach out to them yourself, showing them what you have been working on and that you enjoy their products, particularly if you’re noticing high engagement from your audience. You might go on to meet those brands and discuss new launches. Eventually then as you grow, they will bear you in mind when choosing who they want to partner with.
YOU’VE DIVERSIFIED YOURSELF WITH SO MANY PLATFORMS AND VENTURES. WAS THIS A CONSCIOUS DECISION OR NATURAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT PRESENTED THEMSELVES? When I make a decision to expand my platforms or career in some way, whether it be a brand to partner with, a new venture such as SourcedBox or releasing Eat Smart, I only do it if I am truly passionate about it. For example, I’m a big fan of healthy food, particularly snacks, but when I noticed that the options available in most supermarkets weren’t actually healthy but were branded as such, I was keen to come up with a solution that would bring heathy options to people – and so the idea for SourcedBox began. That was a natural step for me, and I helped build that from the bottom up with my co-founders. HOW SELECTIVE ARE YOU WITH THE BRANDS YOU WORK WITH AND WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? I’m very selective about the brands I work with because it is important for me that any brand partnership is authentic; I’ve built up a lot of trust amongst my audience and I don’t want to lose that by partnering with a brand that I don’t like or already use. Given that I feature a lot of brands I love in my content anyway, it wouldn’t be right or natural for me to suddenly partner with a brand that isn’t one of those. Any partnership has to be organic.
AS SUMMER APPROACHES, SOME OF OUR READERS WILL BE GRADUATING FROM THEIR STUDIES. IF YOU COULD GIVE TWO KEY PIECES OF ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT GRADUATING, WHAT WOULD THOSE POINTS BE? My first piece of advice would be to do a lot of work experience in different fields. Personally, that made me realise that my law degree wasn’t right for me–– I enjoyed studying it but practicing it was entirely different. Before you commit to one career path, take a couple of weeks to try working in an office or another industry you are interested in. It will be unpaid which isn’t ideal especially after graduation but it’s so worthwhile because you want to love your job in the long run! My second piece of advice would be, don’t be afraid to work on your own personal passion projects. Just because you have graduated that doesn’t mean you need to go into the corporate world straight away – give yourself time to work out what you love and try different things. Even if your passion project doesn’t end up as a career (you might not even want that) potential employers will see that as a good thing on your CV and that you are a more well-rounded person with interests and hobbies. YOU’VE HAD SUCCESS WITH YOUR WHAT I EAT IN A DAY VIDEOS, YOUR SKILL IN THE KITCHEN AND YOU’RE ALSO A COOKBOOK AUTHOR. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR DIET AFFECTED YOUR WORK AND WHY HAS YOUR DIET BECOME SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR YOU? Health and fitness are a real passion of mine and an important aspect of my life, which naturally leads me to create content around it and it to be a key focus for me in my career. Having a healthy diet is important to me, and should be something that everyone is conscious of. I only eat plant-based food which won’t be right for everyone but it’s something I enjoy talking about, it’s part of who I am. I’m by no means a professional though so when I created my cookbook Eat Smart, I wanted to share the recipes that I genuinely cook and show that eating this way can be easy and accessible. I just love food and feeling good! PERSONAL BRAND IS A TERM THROWN AROUND A LOT WHEN THE SUBJECT OF CONVERSATION REVOLVES AROUND CONTENT CREATORS AND THEY ARE CELEBRATED FOR THEIR RELATABILITY AND IN TERMS OF YOUR SOCIAL CHANNELS, HOW DO YOU STRIKE THE BALANCE BETWEEN SHARING TOO MUCH AND NOT ENOUGH AND HAVE YOU EVER FELT YOU’VE OVER SHARED OR WISH YOU COULD’VE TAKEN SOMETHING BACK AND WHY? It’s a very difficult balance to strike. As a content creator, you do share a lot of your life on social media, but there are some things that we choose to hold back too. – that that is comes down to personal preference. For me, my holidays with family, friends or partner are personal to me so I will share some nice photos and keep my audience updated on where I am, activities I’m doing or the food I’m eating, but there are huge chunks of the holiday which I will choose to leave out because I want to keep those moments to the people I am sharing them with. I think it’s important to keep a side to you that’s totally private.
Ted Baker shirt + dress
WE HAVE A DIVERSE SET OF READERS, SOME MAY BE FUTURE MODEL AGENTS, SOME MAY BE FUTURE CONTENT CREATORS, OTHERS MAKEUP ARTISTS OR SET DESIGNERS. CAN YOU GIVE 3 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE SOCIAL WORK FOR YOU? 1.Show your personality and show things that are unique to you whether that be cooking or a love for different hairstyles. Don’t feel you have to jump on a current trend or copy someone else. One of the reasons you will get a following is if you are offering something a little different. 2. Don’t worry about it being too perfect as people want to see the real you. 3. Follow lots of people on social media who inspire you and engage with them. HAVING TO CREATE ALL THE TIME, DO YOU EVER GET CREATIVE FATIGUE AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THIS? Given that most content creators work predominantly on their own and have been doing so for a long time, we can quite often get creative fatigue. The pressure to always create new, fresh content can get quite overwhelming and that’s when I will take time out for myself. I recently made a video on that very topic on my YouTube channel. I talked about how one day I can come up loads of ideas and the next day, none because that motivation just isn’t there. So, for me it’s about taking time out on my own to refresh that creativity with new surroundings.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS THAT YOU GO THROUGH WHEN WORKING WITH A BRAND ON A SPONSORED PROJECT? My main aim with any branded project is to keep it as authentic as possible. If a brand reaches out to me to discuss a partnership that I like the sound of, we usually set up a coffee meeting or go to my favourite brunch spot, The Detox Kitchen, to discuss it in more detail. It is a very collaborative approach. We discuss a number of ideas for how I can integrate the product or their campaign messaging into a piece of content that I would like to create and that I know my audience will enjoy, then we work together throughout the creative process so that at the end of it we hopefully have an amazing video or image that fits in with my usual content, meets the brand’s objectives and will engage my audience. DID YOU EVER FEEL PRESSURE TO HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FOLLOWERS AND WHY SHOULD PEOPLE AVOID SEEKING OUT INORGANIC WAYS TO BUILD THEIR AUDIENCE? For me it’s more about engagement than followers. I would rather have more comments and likes than followers because I want a community of people that genuinely enjoy my content, engage with it and feel inspired by it. You should never feel pressure to reach a certain number of followers, it’s about building a loyal audience. If you get a comment from someone you don’t know, make the effort to reply and say thank you, I think that’s so important.
FAR LEFT: Ted Baker shirt + skirt CENTER LEFT: True Violet dress RIGHT PAGE: Missguided dress
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN GOALS GOING FORWARD? I would love to release another book which will take a lot of hard work and getting my head down to come up with the ideas and write. I also want to go a step further with my YouTube channel, by being more creative with video formats. I still want to keep my content relatable but I just want to explore different ideas and ways of communicating through video. I also have quite a few trips planned this year which I’m really excited about because I love travelling; it’s when I feel most inspired. I’m looking forward to continue exploring various parts of the world and creating content while I’m there.
La Princesse des Fleurs Photographer: Ewa Bakowska Stylist: Jekaterina Mirmanova Model: Fifi @ Profile Models Makeup + Hair: Harriet Hood
LEFT IMAGE: Zanete Auzina skirt; Zara coat; Lindex bodysuit RIGHT IMAGE: Omnis dress; New Yorker earrings
Omnis jacket; Zanete Auzina skirt
Zanete Auzina top + skirt; Mango choker
Zanete Auzina skirt; Zara coat; Lindex bodysuit 053
HermĂ¨s top + boots; Les Animaux pants
A Touch of Gold Photographer: Anne-Marie Michel Stylist: Amy Louise Ryall Model: Niko @ Milk Makeup & Hair: Sophie Moore using MAC + Bumble & Bumble Photo Assistant: Jade Winslade
HermĂ¨s jumper + shawl
Three Floor dress
Les Animaux dress 058
HermĂ¨s top; Emilio de la Morena trousers; Brunello Cucinelli jacket
LEFT IMAGE: Paskal blouse; Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection necklace; T-Shirt is stylistâ€™s own (vintage) RIGHT IMAGE: Juicy Couture tank; MSGM dress; Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection necklace
Photographer: Colin Gaudet Stylist: Stephanie Major @ Judy Inc. Model: Venus @ Next Canada Makeup & Hair: Jordan King
Nยบ21 blouse; Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection earrings
Paskal blouse; Green Bijou by Tricia Mcmaster choker; Hat is stylistâ€™s own (vintage)
Marques Almeida top; Kimberly Dayle necklace
LEFT IMAGE: Juicy Couture hoodie; Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection brooch RIGHT IMAGE: Topshop Unique jacket; Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection earrings
The Year of January WORDS AND IMAGES BY MARTIN MENDIZABAL
Martin Mendizabal is a photographer and comedy writer based in New York City who is in recovery from a stroke. You can find his work at martinmendizabal.com and follow his adventures at @meiammartin.
January is of course the beginning of a new year and a new start it's a time for a rebrand. Before this all started my favorite word was rebrand. Any time my friends and I did or said something different, we said it was a rebrand. That's supposedly wonderful, but January is also one of the coldest month and the most boring month of the year. After I had a bad stroke, my life felt like a year of January, not a rebrand. Yet it's only been six months, and I've been asleep for two of them– from November to January. But when you're stuck in a wheelchair every day, every second feels like a year. This essay is not about what can happen after you have a stroke, because Google is free. But what isn't on Google or even movies, I surprisingly learned the only way you know what life after a stroke is having a stroke and becoming partly deaf and mute. For me, you feel confused, lonely, depressed, anxious, scared and even dead sometimes. Most importantly, this essay isn't a way for people to feel bad for me. It's a way for people to see my past, present, and my future plans.
From a fast paced life in New York City to a massive instant transition to full life pause in suburban New Jersey. I even left my new jacket in a friends' apartment after saying I'll probably back to get it next week before I had a stroke the next week. All my dreams to be a photographer and comedy writer went to actual dreams. There's too much to remember what thought what is real and which is a dream. My life is like if Black Swan and Birdman had a baby. Most memories from the first months were extremely vague. For example, I thought some nurses or some friend visits were dreams thanks to two months of medical sleep. Most of my time was begging to go home to see my cats. The rest of time was split between making up dramatic Gossip Girl scenarios of my family trapped me in this hospital and verbally attacking people via terribly misspelled Oscar bait monologues phone notes and white boards thanks to a brain injury from a stroke. After a few months in the hospital I finally went home. And I thought it was all over it was actually only starting. Physical Therapy is nothing like in Glee when Quinn Fabray got in a car wreck and stretched for an episode or two. Learning how to walk or talk again at the same time right after graduating college is extremely hard physically and emotionally. I'm usually tired now because recovering my mind and body is the most difficult task I've ever done. Even more difficult than watching Suicide Squad twice. Imagine if your dreams of becoming a photographer and a comedy writer turned to “you can't go to the bathroom alone.” Because Amy Poehler can't take me to the bathroom. (I don't know if she would, but I wouldn't ask her!) when my voluntarily hiatus ends after my recovery ends I'm going for gold again. My sights are keeping to making art and writing. I recently found out I put a fortune cookie message in my high school senior letter five years ago that says “You are free to invent your life.” Which is fortune cookie fake deep for rebrand. I've learned in speech therapy the word hardest is “stroke.” When I wrote this essay on a note on my iPhone. The word mentally hardest to write is “stroke.” It's even harder to italicize every time I used that word. Every time I think about what it did to me. I'm no longer the funny guy in your class, the guy who endearingly cyber bullied his friends for kicks, the guy who slept in your couch every week, the guy who wrote a long paper about Lindsay Lohan. For a while when I saw in the mirror I only saw the stroke guy. But those guys died from a stroke. The last step of loss is accepting. I’ve already denied it, I've been angry, I've bargained, and I've been depressed. I now accept that I'm the stroke guy but I'm still alive. I'll still be all those guys and more. The most important thing I've learned about life after a stroke at first is most thing about life in general. Some days are hard. Like when I fall out of bed or when I find out Harry Styles' tour tickets start at $500. But some days are happy. Like when I found out that Laura Dern has an Instagram. Or when my friends all stopped everything to help me and my family when I was really sick and I even sometimes thought I almost wouldn't make it. But they all are why I fought to get here. I still can not hear and talk well but I will. Because when I finally saw them again the love radiated in the room taught me how grateful and thankful and strong I can be. Some days feel like a Year of January and some days feel like a Year of June. Love,
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Photographer: Christine Lutz Stylist: Leonie Heilig Model: Cathy @ Place Models Makeup & Hair: Evelyn Innerhofer
LEFT IMAGE: Mango orange dress, Glitter dress is vintage RIGHT IMAGE: Lies in Layers jumpsuit; New Look choker
Lies in Layers jumpsuit; New Look choker
Mango orange dress; Kunert socks; UnĂźtzer shoes; Glitter dress is vintage
Parosh jacket; Pinko jumper; Wunderkind pants
LEFT IMAGE: Replay shirt; Ottodame skirt RIGHT IMATE: Ottodame outfit; H&M hat 076
Color Me Bold
Photographer: Arianna Airoldi Stylist: Benedetta Perin Model: Shanelle @ MP Management Makeup: Chiara Calabrese
H&M skirt; Floreiza skirt; Accessorize waist band; Asos hat
Mangano outfit 079
LEFT IMAGE: Floreiza outfit RIGHT IMAGE: Ottodame jacket; Trussardi shades; Accessorize headband
LEFT IMAGE: TIBI white top; Adidas by Stella McCartney black top + leggings; Forte Forte skirt RIGHT IMAGE: Isabel Marant top; Nanushka bustier; Dodo Bar Or skirt; Betti Bag bag
Super Woman Photographer: Tuba Eren Stylist: Jessica Schรถnau Model: Gabriele Makeup & Hair: Johanna Wild
Isabel Marant top; Nanushka bustier; Dodo Bar Or skirt
Love Stories Intimates bodysuit; La Condesa jacket; H&M skirt
LEFT IMAGE: Isabel Marant jacket; Zara turban; Topshop earrings RIGHT IMAGE: Love Stories Intimates bodysuit; La Condesa jacket; H&M skirt; Betti Bag bag
Valfré: Art, Apparel, Advocacy INTERVIEW BY MEGAN BREUKELMAN IMAGES BY DAMIAN BORJA
Ilse Valfré is a Mexican-born artist, apparel and accessories designer and vocal advocate for feminist social issues. As huge fans, we wanted to ask her a few quick questions on life, art and her fashion brand, Valfré.
Model: Hayley Ashton
WHO IS VALFRÉ? I’m Ilse Valfré–– I'm a Mexican-born Illustrator that currently lives in Los Angeles and I'm the founder of the brand Valfré. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN DESIGN? It was a very natural transition from drawing to designing products and apparel. My drawings are very fashion inspired, so I create things I know my characters would like.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN BRAND? My aunt and uncle run a successful brand that is based in Mexico City. I grew up around them and visited the factory when I was a kid. I've always been into fashion and I knew from a young age that it's what I wanted to do.Â WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? The fact that it doesn't feel like a job!
YOUR WORK IS SELF-DESCRIBED AS AN EXPLORATION OF POIGNANT TENSION BETWEEN VULNERABILITY AND CONFIDENCE. CAN YOU DIVE IN? I put my thoughts and emotions out there through my drawings with little to no filter. Drawing has always been my therapy and it's helped me get to know myself better. So now I own my emotions and vulnerability with confidence.
DO YOU FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE YOUR VOICE? Yes of course. I think it’s important that our voices are heard, no matter what industry you're in. It's healthy to have debates, exchange ideas and take action on the issues that we want to change. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF IN FASHION? More diversity and opportunity for women of all shapes, sizes, race and everything in between!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU CREATIVELY? Everyday life, it’s the little things you catch on a daily basis that are the most fun to bring to life. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UP-AND-COMING DESIGNERS? Stay persistent and work on your craft everyday. Remove yourself from distractions and don't take no for an answer.
Photographer: Tom Wawnik Stylist: Andre DeVeaux Model: Pace Chen @ BOOM Models Retouching: Dean Cheng & Kun Lin Chen
LEFT IMAGE: Helen Anthony blazer; KA WA KEY trousers; Underground shoes; Nuno Lopes belt; Hat is stylist's own RIGHT IMAGE: KA WA KEY coat; Nuno Lopes trousers + belt; Hat is stylist's own
Helen Anthony jacket; Nuno Lopes trousers; Underground sneakers
Mai-Gidah coat; Klaidas Vaitkus top; Chin Men trousers; Underground shoes
Nuno Lopes jacket
KA WA KEY jacket; Nuno Lopes shirt; Hat is stylist's own
Photographer: Tina Picard Stylists: Thea Acierno Makeup: Nate Matthew using Make Up For Ever Model: Paeyton @ Ciotti Models / Peggi LePage
LEFT IMAGE: Zara top RIGHT IMAGE: Narces dress; Hayley Elsaesser hat; 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes; H&M pin 099
Hayley Elsaesser top; Calvin Klein pants; Ferca 81 shoes; J. Crew earrings
Rodarte top; Andrew Majtenyi pants; Zara belt
Rodarte top; Zara belt; H&M earrings
Fila bra; Calvin Klein top (customized); Andrew Coimbra pants; Fenty x Puma shoes; Chloe eyewear
LEFT IMAGE: Fila bra; Calvin Klein top (customized) RIGHT IMAGE: Hayley Elsaesser top; Calvin Klein pants; J. Crew earrings 105
Trends for Fall 2017 WRITTEN BY MEGAN BREUKELMAN ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRISTINA MONTES
Atlas investigates the trend forecast for the upcoming fall season, featuring an array of bold looks that are sure to set you apart in the transition to fall. From the catwalk to the blogs, our research has deducted one thing: this season is sure to be a loud one.
We're seeing a lot of shine in these fall trends, and patent leather is no exception. This fall trend dominated the runway of Saint Laurent, solidifying it's cool factor and guaranteeing its place in the landscape of autumn editorial features.
The classic FW trend circles back once more, with metallics ruling the runways in shiny excellence. With Michael Kors and Brandon Maxwell, among others, displaying head-to-toe shimmer, the trend is set to shine.
The 'Canadian Tuxedo' is making a comeback (but honestly, did it ever really leave our hearts?) As brands shift their focus to comfort and functionality, the double denim trend makes its way back into studios, stores, and streets.
Designers Natasha Zinko and Duro Olowu highlighted polka dots in a major way in their FW17 presentations, joining a steady list of designers accentuating the flirtatious pattern, in one of the more fun trend re-emergences.
Calvin Klein's FW17 show had models decked out in plastic, becoming the season's most trendy (and functional?) rainy day look. It's since translated to streetwear, most notably in the form of those Insta-worthy plastic jeans.
Bright, bold, fabulous furs made their appearance on the FW17 runways. From Gucci's uncharacteristically subdued furs to Versace's punch-packing pieces, it's clear that fur or faux is the look for outerwear in fall.
Shades of teal emerged on the runway, on the street, and in the realm of Instagram fashion. The ultra flattering hue can be pulled off by just about anyone. Find this perfect blend of blue and green for your fall wardrobe essentials.
Back for another season, the puffy jacket trend for FW17 carried over from the highly popular Balenciaga FW16 look, being served up by several other brands including Fenty x Puma and Tod's.
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Photographer: NoĂŠmi Ottilia Szabo Stylist: Petra Haller Model: Elizabeth @ IMG Models Makeup: Sophie Singh Hair: Patrik GĂźntensperger
Lara Detta top; Pants made by stylist
ArlĂ¨ne Sagada earring; YSL shirt (vintage) 111
LEFT IMAGE: Maison Margiela belt; Birkenstock shoes RIGHT IMAGE: Balmain jeans (vintage); Nยบ21 pants; Shirt is vintage via Lux Plus
Maison Margiela belt
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Industry Inclusivity WORDS BY STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ IMAGES BY MISAEL BELT
As a frequent collaborator with womenswear brand KARIBIK, Stephanie Rodriguez gives her take on the direction the fashion industry is moving in and the importance and necessity of inclusivity and diversity.
ashion stopped being just for "normal" people, because retrograde viral culture showed us that those who did not classify as normal were extraterrestrials. Yes, if we are going to suppose, let’s suppose a person with vitiligo or a person with Afro teas could not be the image of a successful campaign for a brand because their clients do not want to look like them, because they are not commercial, they do not fit well... they are extraterrestrials, right?
More than 17 years after the second millennium and we continue in the struggle for equality. A large percentage of women are making their voices heard with the new wave of feminism, among those who mistakenly think that feminism is a group of old cannons that hate men and want to leave their armpits hairy. Some are fighting in a political, cultural and economic scene with the objective of equality between men and women by the present and arbitrary machismo that seized the grandparents of our grandparents. There are also LGBTI people, who as well as feminists, struggle for a simple equality of rights, and also could speak about the afro community around the world, who from immemorial times have fought for the abolition of the slavery. Oh, chubby? Overweight people can't feel sexy, elegant, or cool–– it's wrong, remember? Within fashion it has been believed that obese people should wear black garments to stylize, thin ones should wear large prints, and shorter people wear low-cut clothing to counteract their height. They stigmatized us saying that fashion is a way of hiding fears between fabrics, pursuing the ideal beauty generating an inevitable exclusion. Carrying a message to the consumer that tells you to buy a product to look authentic like the model. But great brands have realized how useful fashion is to overcome the stigma, give security and include. Brands concerned with the integration of members not always considered in society have included in their advertising models and gender roles that deviate from the usual stereotypes. A revolution influenced in overthrowing prejudices and becoming aware of the power of fashion to transform reality, because we are sensitive humans and the campaigns of the industry are more tactful and come to feel the consumer of the millennial culture. Welcome to this new era, the era of inclusion.
Wardrobe: Karibik Official Makeup: Paz Serna + Marcela Tano Models: Danna ChĂŠ, Pepqueen Lio Wu, Leidy Vanessa Ocampo, Luisa Valencia, Luisa Pineda
Then appeared emerging brands that began to bet on the manufacture of attractive, modern garments, in tune with trends and very functional. A social commitment for a niche market that had not been met in its requirements. Thus, creating all kinds of garments that facilitate clothing in a self-sufficient manner. A type of fashion that is inclusive and practical in providing solutions with a creative proposal for a latent market that needs to meet needs for people with physical and sensory disabilities. In the same way, brands include gender equality and cultural respect in their campaigns, inviting us to be open and not to stereotype us in a group because their clothes are for real people.
Important brands start with their campaigns showing that people are more alike than different. Large size models, with special abilities, with rare diseases, people of adult or very young age, who break with the traditional stereotype, are beginning to be the most quoted in the fashion industry. Brands such as Benetton, Gap, Old Navy, have created campaigns supporting racial diversityâ€“â€“ although they have received thousands of racist critiques, they leave a message that "everyone is welcome". H&M and Forever 21 have included a space for the public plumage size. H&M for its part made a campaign where it shows us real
bodies of women, different ideologies, ages, girls with colored hair, shaved or underarm hair, including working women from today. Louis Vuitton includes Jaden Smith in a campaign of 'feminine' clothing, causing the networks of critics to explode about his sexual orientation. Diesel launched a campaign with Winnie Harlow, a girl with vitiligo, giving us the start of this new trend of mass acceptance of everything we call differences. Nike launched a hijab for Muslim athletes, which knocked down the barrier of oppression and joined an inclusive campaign by women athletes of this culture. On the runway, Givenchy shows Lea T, a transgender model.
People with down syndrome, such as Kayla Kosmalski, Madeline Stuart and Jamie Brewer, people with dysplasia like Melanie Gaydos, African-American albino presumptive like Shaun Ross, trans people like Andreja Pejic and Valentina Sampaio, androgynous like Pat Dudek, LGBTI people, women who are survivors of breast cancer, and people in wheelchairs with hearing impairment seem to be changing the definition of beauty, which consists of personality and attitude. But this is not the first aesthetic revolution of fashion; the appearance of pants in the common dress of women, and the elegant release of Chanel have been stages marked
by the achievements of women's equality. Although the white, young, slender, western woman and the white boy with the face of a rich child will remain the most profitable in the market, the success of atypical models around the world is redefining the definition of beauty. I work with a young and independent brand that has earned the hearts of its consumers by raising awareness through its different policies that are far from the traditional market. Female empowerment has been a cross-cutting axis in each and every one of its campaigns. Because of this and so much more, we have been highlighted not only as a brand but as a revolution. My work for KARIBIK as a producer and stylist has allowed me to communicate trends and create high impact campaigns where we claim revolutionary thinking based on transgressive content proposing a different way of seeing the world and breaking paradigms.
Our last HER campaign speaks of female empowerment, of those differences that make us unique, of self-love as our first love. For this campaign we cite five stereotype-free girls struggling desperately to carry a libertarian message in a society that constantly judges us by the way we dress, by our physical differences, tastes and attitudes. The images were taken care of from their conception in each of its details, seeking a sweet, but powerful aesthetic. HER is a campaign that is enjoyed with the eyes, the mind and the soul. We want to come to the reciprocity that fashion is for everyone. Surely the aliens of planets in distant orbits have laughed at us.
LEFT IMAGE: Zara raincoat; H&M skirt RIGHT IMAGE: StÃ¼ssy hat, Coat is stylist's own
Form and Function
Photographer: Kristian Bird Stylist: Gabriella Piccolo Model: Caprice @ J'adore Models Retouching: Grant Tildsley
StĂźssy hat, Coat is stylist's own
Zara raincoat; H&M skirt
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Zara raincoat; H&M skirt, StĂźssy bra
The New Wave of Fashionable Feminism WORDS BY ASHLEY LADERER ILLUSTRATION BY CENZA DELLA DONNA
Anything boys can do, girls can do equally, if not better. The fashion industry—even womenswear—is still primarily dominated by men. Think of the American design powerhouses. Who comes to mind? Marc Jacobs. Ralph Lauren. Tommy Hilfiger. Michael Kors. Tom Ford. You know what they all have in common.
ike ‘em or not, there’s no denying these men's dominance in the fashion world. Thankfully, though, women are stepping up and working extra hard to be sure than girls’ voices are heard—something that’s more important now than ever. No matter how big or small a feminist fashion brand may be, it’s voice will be heard, and its impact will be lasting. Consumers are becoming increasingly socially responsible and wanting to support brands that share their beliefs and values. It’s not just about the price tag or color or fit, anymore. Now, there’s the added element: Is the brand ethical? Otherwild is a brand based out of NYC and LA that’s doing it right. You’ve probably seen their “THE FUTURE IS FEMALE” tees on badass ladies all over the world. 25% of the proceeds from selling these tees (and sweatshirts and baby onesies and whatever else the graphic is plastered on) will go to Planned Parenthood. Plus, they source goods ethically! Lingerie is a category of apparel often categorized with pleasing men, but New Zealand brand Lonely has something else in mind. Instead of featuring models with Victoria’s Secret angel bodies in their campaigns and on their Instagram, they’re in favor of the “real” girls. Body positivity is almost synonymous
with the label. Plus size? Rolls? Armpit stubble? Older women? All fair game. Then, we’ve got Valfré, who you probably know for its unique cartoonish phone cases. This LA based brand was created by Ilse Valfré, a Mexican artist . On top of that, the brand sells pins, journals, prints, and apparel. The current collection features a denim jacket that has a large pink graphic on the back of a uterus and ovaries, reading “GROW A PAIR.” The brand also has some bestsellers promoting girl power slogans like “NOBODY’S PUSSYCAT” and “MADE IN ‘GINA” (which is complete with a heart and a very yonic flower). On the high end of the spectrum, the Dior “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS” tee shirt costs a ridiculously pretty penny at a little over $700, but a percentage of the proceeds goes to Rihanna’s nonprofit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation. This tee was the brainchild of Dior’s new Artistic Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. If you’ve got the money, by all means, make a crazy Dior splurge for a good cause. So, feminist designers, keep killing the game! Continue to be a voice for us women. And feminists everywhere, stay in the know, lift fellow women up, and support brands like these ones.
LEFT IMAGE: Diane von Furstenberg earrings RIGHT IMAGE: Tory Burch top; Diane von Furstenberg earrings; Sophie Monet bracelet
So Fresh, So Clean
Photographer: Lara Callahan Stylist: Adams Bellouis Model: Kasia @ Muse NYC Makeup: Brenna Drury Hair: JoJo Torres
Sophie Monet necklace; AD top
Sophie Monet necklace
Sophie Monet necklace
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In the Distance
Photographer: Diane Villadsen Stylist: Jeneffer Jones Punjani Model: Sophia Jackson @ Scout Model Agency Makeup & Hair: Amy Lawson
LEFT IMAGE: Adam Lippes skirt; Vivian Chan top RIGHT IMAGE: LoveShackFancy skirt; Marc Jacobs blouse; The Great cardigan; Zara shoes
Free People pant + top set; Jen's Pirate Booty long sleeve duster; Mimilore earrings; Zara shoes
Sea dress; Zara shoes
Kate Sylvester dress; Nocturne earring; Zara shoes
Stylist: Jess Mederos Makeup: Faye Lauren Hair: Sarah Fiorello Assistant: Ramon Martinez
Social Responsibility in the Modeling Industry WORDS BY ALLISON PONTHIER IMAGES BY KENNETH STERLING GRONQUIST
Model, artist, singer-songwriter, and earring entrepreneur, Allison Ponthier shares her perspective on using her platform in the industry to vocalize social and ethical issues. Get vulnerable with Allison through her experiences and perspective working as a model in the age of social media.
odels have to do it all. It’s not only photo shoots and catwalks, but a battle for recognition. Much of the fight for consistent work is based on a following, and that following in the past five years means social media. But what does the social accessibility of models mean for their social responsibility? Should models feel the need to speak out on top of their already demanding job? I’ll make it short and simple: Hell yes. Still, it’s more complicated than that. Finances aside, it’s not difficult to support trending charities or movements. Models and celebrities in general have been hitting up charities and been involved for a long time. It’s a great way to do something positive and be associated with something positive. But what about when speaking out on something is controversial or maybe a little ugly or uncomfortable? Bear with me as I give a little background. Modeling has always been about image. Every model with a good agency goes through some level of development, which basically means “how to be cool so clients will want to book you”. Agencies want to develop you into someone with a badass appearance who can be versatile for any brand. This isn’t inherently negative, but a lot of models who complain about the pressures of the modeling industry are often referring to steps in the development process. Modeling is a lifestyle, not just a job, and if someone is trying to “correct” your body, your style, or your social activity, it can get into dangerous territory. For a long time, a good model was an agreeable model. Again, the best case for agencies is someone with versatility–– more versatility equals more work–– who would just get the job done. Commonly, young girls compromise their beliefs or try to sugarcoat their experience for the sake of being pleasant to work with, so as not to be branded as “difficult”. Hell, women all over the world have to be overly-conscious so they aren’t seen as bossy. Unfortunately, the modeling world can be an alternate universe where things that definitely wouldn’t be socially acceptable are somehow magically okay, such as commenting on someone’s weight or young girls changing clothes in front of backstage cameras.
Mr. Larkin dress; Haus of Topper earrings
On bad days I equate the modeling world to the “Upside Down”. Agencies are there to protect their girls; yet unfortunately, some agencies will push them to a fault. There’s a pressure to not be controversial and to maintain an unattainably lavish appearance, especially on social media where anything can be screen-grabbed and go viral. Personally, super fucking frustrating. For years, I only posted pictures of myself with trendy, non-debatable captions about, like, dogs or avocados or something. Not only that, I only posted pictures of myself when I was at my best: clear skin, flattering pose, seemingly good mental health. The ironic thing was, I just felt worse. It became exhausting to make sure I appeared up to standard while repressing my negative thoughts about doing so. Something I’ve noticed more of in the past year is this emergence of body image related activism for “in-between” models. These girls have been modeling for years, facing rejection for trying to be “straight size” and not being “plussize” either. This is risky is because putting out aspects of your body like cellulite, stretch marks, or not having a perfectly toned stomach is a huge taboo.
Somehow, not being perfect and rocking the boat a little has benefited all of these women. I’m a survivor of an eating disorder that lasted three years, I’ve battled depression, and I still live with anxiety every day. I’m a huge advocate of going to therapy; my group therapy was essentially the big push I needed to get over my disorder. I also have a ton of chronic symptoms relating to what can best described as endometriosis, and to top it off I’m on the spectrum of queer. Being open and honest about these topics is very important to me because ultimately, as a model, your audience is made up of young girls. I can’t tell you how many young girls interact with me because they look up to more secure women who are, in their eyes, beautiful. I have regular interactions/check-ins with some of my followers who have expressed to me that they are struggling with their own body image and mental health. These messages are dear to my heart because they make me feel like I’m being the role model I wish I had at that age. Most of these interactions are with girls 14-15 years old, sometimes older, but I’m open to respectfully talking to anyone about their own mental health and personal journey.
Through my own transparency, I gained a following. Scroll through Instagram, there are more beautiful women than you can count. It’s good to be fun and positive, but honesty is invaluable. If you can make yourself a brand or a role model with a consistent following, you become irreplaceable. That’s the kind of security I love about social media today. Even though This is a movement I couldn’t relate more to. If I told you I’m a 5’8" redheaded girl, I’m not just going to be replaced by that almost all my problems booking work related to my someone who is body, would you believe me? My thin real-life measurements were oftentimes the biggest in the ...Agencies are there to protect also 5’8", redheadroom at any casting. their girls; yet unfortunately, some ed, and skinnier I have agencies will push them to a fault... because people behind me For instance in 2015, I was working out for hours who back me up. every day and dieting strictly because one of my agencies was unsatisfied with my measurements. One day, I met up with a good friend of mine and we got vegan donuts. It was fun, it was a hang and so she posted a picture to her Instagram and tagged me in it. Later that day, I got an email from my booker at the time, who shall remain nameless, shouldn’t be “stuffing my face”. Exposing these imperfections could potentially make you unhirable. But a social movement has started featuring models like Sonny Turner, Emily Bador and even collectives like the All Woman Project.
This was upsetting for many reasons, I really did love that booker, but I felt every aspect of my life was under a microscope, and I’m not the only one. Negative instances like this inspired me to be more candid with my social media following. For the first time, I didn’t just post a picture of my security blanket (a close-up of my face), but my beautifully imperfect body. I started talking about my acne breakouts, posting real images of my bare skin on the bad days. My tummy and thighs made their own appearances. But most of all, my captions on these pictures finally reflected how I felt about this unending, self conscious battle in my head to love myself but also reach perfection. The beautiful thing I wanted to say was, “Hey, I have all these insecurities and supposed imperfections, but still be a model–– and a damn good one”. Body image related activism isn’t the only way to set an example when things are difficult to discuss. Mary Rosenberger is a model in NYC that has been very candid about her mental health struggles and acne. Adwoa Aboah's fame and success is exponentially growing, even after she revealed in a Style Like U “What’s Underneath” video that she had battled with addiction and poor mental health from her teenage years into young adulthood.
By no means am I the queen of morality, nor is any of this easy. Coming from a Texas 6A state champion football high school, a place significantly less socially aware than New York City, there was a lot of internalized prejudice that I had to work through and recognize about myself. Speaking on hot button issues can be uncomfortable because it puts you under a magnifying glass. Itâ€™s hard enough to be a woman on the internet as it is. It can be difficult and uncomfortable. By making my feminism intersectional through working everyday to better that aspect of myself, my circle has grown wider and more fulfilling. A huge part of being socially responsible is showing support and amplifying the voices of those who have more to say than you. Thereâ€™s so many amazing model activists out there, that offer much beyond what I can . In my dream world, every model does something outside of modeling that a young person can look up to and learn from. I want models to be writers, musicians, activists; passionate about science and politics; to use their voice to generate positive influence that will outlive the ageist restrictions of the industry. I want models to gain popularity for being leaders in not only fashion, but in the community. Lastly, I challenge everyone to widen their perspective and listen to the voices of those who are saying something against the grain for the greater good. Each step we take makes fashion and modeling a more exciting, more colorful, and a more ethical, accessible place. You can find Allison on Instagram at @allisonponthier and shop her earrings on Etsy at Faces by Allison P. Thank you, Allison, for getting real with us.
LEFT + RIGHT IMAGE: This Is A Love Song top; American Apparel jacket + hat; Zara Trafaluc pants; Vans off the Wall shoes
Muscle Beach Photographer: Amy Harrity Art Director: Cecilia Caparas Apelin @ Indigo Sky Creative Associate Producer: Porscha Michelle @ Indigo Sky Creative Stylist: Heather Rest Models: Sophia Tatum @ Next LA, Vanessa Mendez @ Vision LA Makeup & Hair Stylist: Josefine Wissenberg Prop Stylist: Aneta Florczyk Coordinator: Rachelle Phillips @ Indigo Sky Creative 147
Under Armour bra + pants; Azul by Moussy jacket; Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) shoes
Azul by Moussy pants; Adidas bra; New Balance shoes; Jacket is vintage
Adidas bra + tank
BOTH PAGES: American Apparel bra; Genevieve Clifford jacket; New Balance shoes; Shorts are vintage
Photographer: Shannon Soule Stylist: Delcey Fleming Model: Tricia Akello @ MUSE Makeup: Dana Rae Hair: Kenta Kouda
LEFT IMAGE: Gallery 909 hoodie; wire piece by Delcey Fleming RIGHT IMAGE: American Apparel tights; top and bottom set by Delcey Fleming
Moschino bikini; American Apparel socks; Jacket is stylist's own
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LEFT IMAGE: Issey Miyake Pleats Please dress RIGHT IMAGE: Gallery 909 top
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