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94. HANDMADE ON THE RISE

FREE SPIRIT

An introduction to local artisans who are meeting global trends head on by reviving the forgotten craft industry.

Bold colours, shapes and silhouettes embody the adventurous attitude of a rebellious woman.

98. BEAUTIFULLY

102. SOUND SYSTEM

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ENTWINED

The art of style of Maroon World’s Cynthia Cervantes & Travis Gumbs.

Culture at the crossroads of art and culture. Sound systems have become more than a local movement, they are a global phenomena.

106. REEL JAMAICA

fashion & beauty 53.UNDER YOUR SKIN Exploring the “tweakments” available on island.

58. CANNABIS BASED BEAUTY

63. DESIGNER TRACEY

REECE SHIFTING GEARS In launching “Hope for Flowers” Reece answers the call to create a more sustainable fashion line.

66. DESERT STORM African glamour meets Caribbean cool to create an inspired earthy element that is this season’s look.

culture 82. SUZIE WONG PRESENTS

With the list of benefits of using CBD oil growing everyday, studies suggest it might just be the new fountain of youth.

Q&A with Susanne Fredricks on her new platform for Jamaica’s emerging artists.

61. UNDER RIHANNA’S

89. AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

UMBRELLA

Expanding her empire to include beauty and fashion, Rihanna proves that anything she touches turns to gold. 4

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8. WELCOME 14. EDITOR’S LETTER 16. CONTRIBUTORS 23. MoDA MARKET 28. MoDA RUNWAY 38. ON TREND

How Jamaica came to be the location for movies throughout the years. Plus: The legacy that is Bond.The 007 films return to their birthplace to shoot the 25th installment of the iconic series.

Alexia Arthurs & Nicole Dennis Benn Two of Jamaica’s most acclaimed modern-day authors living the diaspora experience, tell about the impact it’s had on their work.

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THE EDGE HARLEM A sibling-run neighbourhood hub - in the heart of Harlem.


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features 113. Let it GLOW

What does it take to shine, to glow, to radiate pure joy from the inside out? Our experts weigh-in with some very good suggestions!

Glow Beauty

with Alyssa Marie

Glow Foods

with Sharon Feanny

Glow Wellness

with Nadine McNeil

Glow Truth

with Tami Chin-Mitchell

Glow Living

with Stacey Ann Hines.

travel 134. LONDON CALLING

A veritable to-do list from MoDA’s Art & Culture Editor and current London resident Rachael Barrett.

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IN PERU There’s no better time to travel than when celebrating a milestone birthday.

FOUNDATION Saving Portland’s marine life, building a future for the community.

144. ONE STOP

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SOMEWHERE SPECIAL TO KOTCH The south coast’s newest hip hideaway is also a great place to “kotch.”

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The perfect addition to the iconic Doctor’s Cave Beach. The S Hotel is bringing sexy back to the hip strip.

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Glow Girl,

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here are so many new and exciting things happening this year with MoDA and I’m thrilled about it all! Let me start by welcoming Laura Henzell, our new editor-in-chief— who may be new to the MoDA MAG role but not at all new to MoDA! What else is new? Well, MoDA “popped up” this summer at The S Hotel in Montego Bay, with 20 select Makers and a range of delightful products and pieces; we launched the first of our brunch series under MoDA Eats with Christina Simonitch of Simo’s; we added more illustrations to our MoDA Mural on Windward Road, and upcycled tyres into furniture for residents to enjoy. What a year it has been already— with so much more to come! And—we have you to thank! There is a new wellspring of support for everything natural, sustainable, ecofriendly and ... creative! For most, MoDA Market marks the beginning of the gifting season and our creative entrepreneurs start sketching, designing, templating and testing something new—eager to impress unique and repeat customers with fresh products, destined to launch at our signature MoDA Market event.

The growing support of our patrons gives us the chance to keep fanning the flame that engenders enthusiasm and self-belief and most of all confirms that there is a place in the retail market for those who follow their passions and create at the highest standard. We hope that the appreciation for an inspired, handmade piece that has been reborn, never goes out of fashion and that you will always enjoy being the recipient or the giver of something Caribbean-made with love and authenticity. As always we welcome the opportunity to curate and present a fine selection of fashion and wares from some of the most promising and prominent artists and artisans within the region and the diaspora. If you’re ready to look and feel your utter best from the inside out, then you will love this year’s MoDA theme, “Glow.” It’s all about good choices, good style, as part of a holistic practice. You’ll see how all encompassing it can be! I can’t wait to lean into the magic that is MoDA once again—to experience the glow—and to see you there!

FOUNDER, MoDA SERIES KERRY-ANN CLARKE

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glow essentials 1.

Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your glow on the go:

4. Le fil de l’eau Travel-sized perfume from Provence that offers a quick burst of freshness.

2. Liquid IV

Electrolyte drink sachets for an extra boost of hydration. 3.

Bitchstix Reusable Water Bottle

Because single use plastic, is a thing of the past!

All-natural organic lip balm made with non-GMO ingredients.

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Yoga Mat

No matter where I travel I always carry my yoga mat. Even a few minutes a day helps to boost my mood and centre my energy. Available at KERRYmanwomanhome #getitatkerry 9


Welcome

Aiesha Panton

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t’s not what we say or think, but what we do that defines us.” Jane Austen My mission as the curator for MoDA is not only to curate the Caribbean’s coolest event for you but also to empower talented artists. The latter is what fuels my flame. No doubt the talent pool is deep and diverse since, as a people, creativity runs through our veins - but artisans emboldened to take giant leaps in their craft, is where we may be lacking. This is where we at MoDA have been working assiduously to bridge the gap. I wholeheartedly believe MoDA is the way and MoDA Market is the driving force to get us there! The thing that makes MoDA Market special is the thing that we all crave: 10

the opportunity for interaction and connection in a meaningful way. That’s the ethos behind the creation of the MoDA Series. Not just how to give you the best, but the intention to give you more ... this is the glow. More of a beautiful, honest experience. More magic. More opportunity. An opportunity to meet a MoDA Maker, hear their story and learn what inspires their creations. An opportunity to see, touch, smell, taste the object of desire, an opportunity to shop local and live local in an engaging setting. Every year we make more steps towards fulfilling our vision of Kingston becoming the creative hub of the Caribbean, and the MoDA Series, a global destination for art and designexperience lovers. This year we are stoked to add one more day to the Market, making it a three-day event! We have also expanded our reach in the Caribbean and are introducing exquisite Haitian talent to our marketplace. The MoDA Music stage has grown, with more acts and later hours after the shopping has ended! We’ve also

added what will be an annual epicurean feast—prepared by a leading chef—to the calendar. The MoDA Eats dining experience will also be expanded and elevated this year. We have increased our partnerships with local non-profit organizations making an impact in the creative field. Gosh! There’s so much for you to experience and so much for you to be excited for! So, this is not only what we think and say but also as you can see, what we do. We work hard each year to grow the platform, give our Makers more, and of course, give you more too! I can’t wait to see you there! Come Shop. Eat. Drink. Play. ... GLOW!

CURATOR, MoDA Market AIESHA PANTON


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team

Q&A

MoDA Gillian“Fidge”Fletcher FASHION DIRECTOR

How do you get your glow on?

By creating a positive and creative space and taking time to preserve my quiet soul glow time. I also like to surround myself with fellow glowers who inspire me to reach higher.

Who are your glow inspirations?

My mother, Grace Jones, Colleen Atwood and Ruth Carter.

What’s your go-to glow beauty regimen?

Regular facials at the Biltmore when I can, and my go-to secret - Reggae Shea vitamin E moisturizer from Reve Jewellery.

What’s the one piece of clothing that makes you glow?

Hard to say ... depends on the season of the year. Life can never go wrong with any jacket or coat and a pair of booties.

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Francene Noel ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

Stephanie Lawrence EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

How do you get your glow on?

How do you get your glow on?

Who are your glow inspirations?

Who are your glow inspirations?

My grandma and my mother - always! Currently though, I’m getting my energy and glo-spiration from Elaine Welteroth and Eileen Lamb who both inspire my soul to glow.

Kerry of course, and Pussbackfoot ... the entire MoDA Team to be honest, past and present! It really has been very inspirational to see a team of hardworking and talented boss babes kicking ass and being nothing but amazing in everything they do.

What’s your go-to glow beauty regimen?

What’s your go-to glow beauty regimen?

Beauty regimen? I wish I had one! What I make sure to do though is always, always, remove my make-up no matter how tired I am. I also try to drink lots of water and of course wear sunscreen!

I make a coffee scrub consisting of my skin’s favourite natural products and if you know me, you know I’m 100% a Shea Butter babyyy ... I swear by it ... literally my go-to moisturiser!

What’s the one piece of clothing that makes you glow?

What’s the one piece of clothing that makes you glow?

I’m not a morning person, so to get up and glow is a process! The trick for me is to rise before the chaos begins. Starting the day off right with my morning coffee and meditation ensures I avoid any unnecessary drama or hot mess express situations!

I’m not sure that there’s one piece of clothing that makes me glow, but what I absolutely cannot live without are gorgeous earrings and of course my favourite lipstick helps as well!

“Self Care Sundays”are my fave. I normally start off by pampering myself, which leaves me feeling like a brand new person, and end it on the beach or by the pool because nothing makes me glow more than relaxing by a body of water and laughing until my belly hurts with my friends.

Choosing just one piece would be way too hard ... I glow no matter what I’m in!

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Laura Henzell I’ve always been a magazine fanatic - a junkie from back in the day - when I would steal my sister’s magazines and spend entire afternoons cutting out photos of celebrity crushes, dreamy destinations and beauty trends. From travel to fashion, food, wine and design to yoga and fitness there still isn’t a magazine I can’t find time to thumb through. Now as I assign and edit pieces myself, I have a great respect for the process of bringing a magazine to life. Working in the business for close to 15 years 14

has taught me it takes time, planning, resourcefulness and most importantly a group of talented people to put together a collection of ideas, words and images worth diving into. The team at MoDA, are nothing short of this: a group of creatives and visionaries on a mission to ignite our imaginations and bring out the best in us as Caribbean people. It’s no surprise then that this our seventh edition of MoDA MAG, would centre on the theme “glow” – what it means to glow, how we can grow to glow and ways in which people are glowing in their lives already. Inspired by the neon sign over Kerry’s desk “Hello Beautiful” we have compiled a variety of content aimed to inspire you to feel beautiful inside and out. From saving the environment to trying out trendy cannabis infused beauty treatments, eating foods to feel

better and admiring artists that inspire us to think bigger, the stories in this issue will hopefully inspire you to live the best version of your life, in short to get your glow on! It’s great to be back at the helm of another magazine - I hope you enjoy!

LAURA HENZELL


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CONTRIBUTORS

Rachael Barrett

Rachael Barrett is a fine art consultant and advisor. In 2010 she founded the curatorial and project management service, Three Sixty Degrees (TSD), to facilitate the commission, exhibition and strategical development of fine art and contemporary culture. Rachael is a regular contributor to MoDA MAG’s “On Trend”department and also holds the title of Arts & Culture Editor for the publication.

Elena Diedrick Lynch

By profession, Elena Diedrick Lynch is a marketing, branding and tourism consultant. She’s the creator of BlissfulMummy.com, an essential online space and service for all parents. As a freelance writer, she contributes to B3 Parenting Magazine, KUYA and MACO magazines.

Tara Bradshaw

Tara Bradshaw is a self-confessed travel addict and solo travel enthusiast. She currently works in e-commerce and business development for the Caribbean’s leading travel agency, Trafalgar Travel, and takes advantage of every opportunity to hop on a plane. Her goal is to visit at least one new place every year. Follow her on her travel adventures on Instagram at @tarabarrra.

Joshua Chamberlain has written about Jamaican sound system culture for Red Bull Music Academy,Wax Poetics and The Village Voice. He was a founding board member of the Jamaica Sound System Federation and received his doctorate in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Justine Henzell Walter Greene

Walter Greene is a New York based journalist and fashion and beauty influencer. His work has appeared on websites including fashionedits.com and uptownmagazine.com. He’s held fashion editor positions at Odyssey Couleur and Sister 2 Sister magazines, and has contributed to Zinc Magazine and Bazaar (Taiwan) amongst many others.

Ashley Rousseau Jamaican, Ashley Rousseau is the owner of Beenybud, a local social enterprise that works with artisans to design and distribute craft items for the local and tourism markets. Ashley is also a freelance writer for KUYA and a former editor of Air Jamaica’s Skywritings magazine.This year she co-wrote a children’s book with Olympian Shelly-Anne Fraser Pryce called“I am a Promise.” 16

Joshua Chamberlain

Justine is a freelance producer, documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Calabash International Literary Festival. She oversees the legacy of her late father, Perry Henzell who produced and directed Jamaica’s first feature film“The Harder They Come.”

Leisha Wong

Stepping out of her shoes as editor of MoDA MAG, and into that of a contributor, Leisha Wong continues to be dedicated to bringing authenticity to her readers whether she is writing about art, food or beauty, which she has done for a host of international and local publications including Ocean Drive magazine in Miami; The Daily News newspaper in New York; and the Jamaica Observer newspaper, KUYA, Our Jamaica and MACO magazines in the Caribbean.


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Laura Henzell

MoDA FOUNDER

MoDA CURATOR

Kerry-Ann Clarke

Aiesha Panton

CREATIVE DIGITAL DIRECTOR

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

Omar Martin @passionfruitja

Francene Noel

Fashion & Beauty

Art & Features

FASHION DIRECTOR

ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR

Gillian“Fidge”Fletcher

Rachael Barrett

STYLE EDITOR AT LARGE

TRAVEL WRITER

Walter Greene

Tara Bradshaw

STYLING CONTRIBUTOR

CONTRIBUTORS

Kadeem Rodgers

Rachael Barrett, Dr. Heinz Becker, Joshua Chamberlain,Tami Chin-Mitchell, Elena Diedrick-Lynch, Sharon Feanny, Walter Greene, Justine Henzell, Stacy Ann Hines, Nadine McNeil, Ashley Rousseau, Keesha Wallace, Leisha Wong, Melissa Von Frankenberg

MoDA BEAUTY SPECIALIST

Loni Jones, MUA ASSISTANT BEAUTY SPECIALIST

Antoinette Bailey MoDA HAIR SPECIALIST

Leian Evans, Blow by Blow

COPY EDITOR

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Judith Denton

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Marvin Bartley Corey Hamilton Wade Rhoden

Sandor Panton, Top5Jamaica EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

COVER MOTHER NATURE’S GLOW Photographer

Wade Rhoden Hair Glitter Mask

Stephanie Lawrence

by Natasha Cunningham

Stylist Gillian“Fidge”Fletcher Model Abihail Myrie Sammoy Duncan Makeup by Loni Jones

Published by The Collection MoDA. © The Collection MoDA. The publisher makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information given in the editorial and advertising pages of MoDA MAG, but accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions or for claims made in any section of this publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, without written permission from the publisher.

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COLLECTION

MoDA

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Our Fantastic MoDA Family Tami Chin-Mitchell, Sandra Bicknell, Francene Noel and Dorothy Clarke

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A patron spreads her wings at the #MoDAMagic backdrop

MoDA Market “Magic is Something You Make� Another year, another magical market! Bigger and better than ever, MoDA 2018 featured more offerings including MoDA Kids, MoDA Music (powered by New Wave) and MoDA Eats. As usual patrons got to meet a host of MoDA Makers and shop their fantastic collections. Singer Lila Ike on the MoDA Music stage, powered by New Wave

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Nature My Therapy owner, Danielle Thompson at her booth at MoDA Eats

A patron enjoying the MoDA Music stage

MoDA Maker Ayanna Dixon

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MoDA Maker Christen Romans of Chrissy’s Coils

Trying on jewellery at MoDA Market

Duane Bennett (at right) co-founder of Reve Jewellery

Buyer Cecile Levee (at right) with designer Janel Jolly and friend Designer Jin Forde (at left) from Barbados

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Eco-friendly laundry soap from MoDA Maker Rae Marie


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RUNWAY Our designers rocked the runway once again presenting the hottest styles of 2018. All photos by John South

HOUSE OF RAPHELITA

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HOUSE OF BYFIELD

FLOWERCHILD 1999

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JAE JOLLY

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KORTO MOMOLU

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KAHINDO

DRENNA LUNA

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ON TREND 1.

beauty

1. BRAIDS Tree braids, box braids, cane rows, faux locs, crochet braids, micro braids Dutch, Ghanaian or Marley; whatever your style there’s a braid to suit every taste. Once considered a pursuit exclusive to the urban or black communities, braided styles have controversially become more multi-culturally commonplace as a high fashion staple.

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2. 2. LIP SERVICE Juicy orange; deep ochre; shimmery starlight … while the Fenty versus Kylie craze plays out on the counter, women are feeling even more free than ever to experiment with different tones and finishes to top off the fashionable pout. Thankfully technology has caught up, so the kissably soft yet long wear lip revolution is finally available to mere mortals off the red carpet.

1. Jamaican songstress Naomi Cowan 2. Fenty Beauty’s Getting Hotter collection


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1. HERITAGE

From Edwardian sleeves to dropped waists and houndstooth check, a bit o’ British is this year’s way to class up your vibe.

2. TIE-DYE

FLOTUS tried desperately to kill this with an unfortunate attempt at remaining on trend, but the youth are shaking off this mis-step and tie dye looks like its here to stay.

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3. PAN-AFRICANISM

Afro beat, afro hair, afro futurism, afro punk, afro err-thang is still here to stay and be celebrated in an all shades and styles.

4. DENIM

90s low-waisted, waistband-free, bejeweled, painted, ripped, shredded or hanging low, or tucked up high. … There’s never been a broader range of denim delights on the menu at any one time (even the fellas are getting in on it).

Slip dresses, layered simple tees, plaid, pleated skirts … here’s a simple way to get a handle on the look: Step 1: rent “Clueless.” Step 2: Watch. Screenshot. Obsess. REPEAT.

6. SCUMBRO

Wait, what? Ok, ok hear me out. The rise of streetwear from well, the street, to the runway has long been chronicled, but lately another level of the artfully disheveled “if-you-don’t-know-now-letsface-it-you-never-will” look has been infiltrating glossy pages and social feeds. Basically, if it looks vintage, oddly thrown together, and thoughtlessly casual be assured it’s expensive, limited edition and did we say expensive. Platform trainers with what looks like grandad’s suit pants, mom’s belt and last week’s sportsbra? Topped off by an old fishing hat? Now you’re getting the picture.

1. Tibi’s gothic floral Edwardian dress 2. Afropunk festival look 3. Bootleg RockstarTropic hoodie/sweater 4. Jaden Smith 39 5. Hailey Bieber channelling Princess Di 6. "Clueless" 90s fashion


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swim 1. MAILLOT ME There’s just something about a high cut leg and sheer finish. The maillot ( yes there is a chic way to say one-piece swimsuit) is a more sombre kind of sexy that lately has been updated to suit any vibe.

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2. 70s INSPIRED SUNGLASSES Farrah Fawcett eat-your-heart-out, although this one might have more to do with Tom Ford’s sex-on-a-stick days at Gucci, the revival of all things logo is pressing on and with that is a hearkening back to the over-the-top, glamour gal shades replete with a bevy of assorted tints, shapes and sizes.

1- White Ami Maillott by Cushnie 2. 70s style sunglasses

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ON TREND

jewellery

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3. GOLD Take the trend below and make sure you get it plated. Gold is still having its glory moment.

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2. NOVELTY NECKLACES Your name, your flag, think of keeping things close to your heart, but then move up a few inches. And don’t be afraid to get creative with bars, floating letters or charms.

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1. “Carrie” necklace on Sarah Jessica Parker 2. Map necklace by Galavant 3. Marc Jacobs gold necklaces 4. Small spaced letter necklace by Chari

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ON TREND

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menswear

1. CLARKS *cue Popcaan* To all the Jamaicans implying that Clarks could ever go out of style by listing them as a trend this will seem ridiculous. Thanks to updated collaborations with brands like Amsterdam-based Patta and the Wu-Tang clan, peppered with seasonal limited edition colour drops, the brand remains firmly cemented as a fashion icon. 2. A LICK OF PAINT Sure couture trainers are still a thing, everyone knows that, but what started off as a Margiela novelty has continued as different colourways, textures and custom finishes are a must.

3. BAUHAUS In an effort to acknowledge beauty in the age of the anthropocene, the contemporary obsession with re-imagining the urban environment has created a frenzy that is the stuff of Hardy’s dreams. In 2019 the Bauhaus school celebrated its 100 year anniversary. The what? The German institution that birthed an ethos, a movement that is considered the root of modern aesthetics that have come to inform most of the built environment and commonplace inventions of today. Bauhaus aesthetics can be spotted in almost everything we wear but lately there’s been a more graphic, illustrative shift in design, coupled with a seemingly never-ending obsession with text (Helvetica much?)

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4. DENIM Women aren’t the only ones having fun with this tried and true closet staple. For the first time in a long time - from surprising colour choices, narrow cuts, wide legs, designer, vintage washes and custom finishes - men are getting down with denim. 5. ROCKERS In keeping with the shift to the 1970s, the reggae cult classic film came to define the perennial cool rule of reggae in terms of definitively searing Jamaica’s visual culture on mood boards forever. One part rasta, two parts rudeboy and a dash of dapper still make for one natty gent.

1. Wu Tang Clan ice-cream inspired limited edition Wallabee in "Maple" 2. Bauhaus aesthetics 3. Margiela couture trainers

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Bold colours, shapes and silhouettes embody the adventurous attitude of the rebel woman, the wild child who moves to the beat of her own drum.

Photographer Corey Hamilton Stylist Kadeem Rodgers

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Previous page: dress by T&T Fashion; stylist's own bangles and necklace wrapped with wicker; props by Exquisite Wicker.

This page: top by T&T Fashion; stylist’s own shorts and earrings.

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Necklace worn over face by T&T Fashion; stylist’s own skirt and knit top.

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Opposite: dress by T&T Fashion; earrings by Vintage Chic Jewellery; props by Exquisite Wicker. This page: top by T&T Fashion; earrings from KERRYmanwomanhome; skirt from Exquisite Wicker.

Hair: Davene Jonas & Jody-Ann Spence Makeup: Iyana Godfrey & Davene Jonas Models: Tasmin Golding & Kimberly Dawkins

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Under your Skin It’s true, beauty is only skin deep - but

trends in beauty are making sure that skin stays plump and beautiful.

On the Surface of it

by Leisha Wong

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Coco Chanel But what if you are not happy with yourself? What if when you look in the mirror, all you see are imperfections? An immense growing trend in beauty, colloquially known as “tweakments” now allows people to “tweak” these imperfections. These non-surgical cosmetic procedures have not only become commonplace around the world, but developments in the science of beauty have also led to more sophisticated procedures that address a wider range of concerns. In 2018, 15.9 million people in the United States alone underwent minimally invasive beauty treatments, with Botox being the highest requested procedure. Chemical peels, laser hair removal and

fillers, male and female sexual rejuvenation, hair restoration, fat freezing, PDO threads, and much more. And this does not include the range of permanent cosmetics and clinical facial therapies that also contribute to the landscape.

microdermabrasion also made the list, joining an evergrowing smorgasbord of options when it comes to creating and maintaining beauty.

What’s on the Menu?

No matter the concern, there is most likely a cure. Whether a client is hoping to enhance their features or looking to stave off the passage of time, a growing list of options are readily available to make them feel beautiful. Whilst this is an evergrowing list globally—everything from Blowtox (Botox for your blow dry) to ultrasonic rhinosculpture—the list of procedures currently offered in Jamaica is not as vast. But for a burgeoning industry the offerings on island are impressive. Available procedures include the treatment of varicose veins, dermal

Not all cosmetic treatments are created equally. From permanent makeup to fat freezing, the range of options available in Jamaica is sure to satisfy anyone in search of a “tweak.” When it comes to permanent makeup, certified Phi-Brow specialist and cosmetologist, Shelley Hendrickson explains that over the past five years it’s been all about the brows. As a Phi-Brow specialist, Hendrickson joins an elite group of cosmetologists committed to the art of microblading, a process that includes eyebrow mapping, and intense training that follows a very specific method. Full brows (reminiscent of the 1970s) are now in, and as a result, microblading has grown in popularity. Other clinical skincare procedures utilize scientific developments and techniques to encourage rejuvenation at the cellular level. Microdermabrasion, microcurrent facials, phototherapy and peels are some of the available options that work to stimulate cells to revive the skin.

Skin Deep

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Dr. Mariesha Terrelonge Lee, aesthetic and anti-aging physician, and lead physician at Future Aesthetics Medical Spa with a client.

Professional and modern interiors of ëMed Spa.

and to the heart of the problem. This includes procedures such as liquid facelifts with dermal fillers or PDO threads (which in essence “lift” the skin using threads of Polydioxinone); targeted fat removal using injectables or fat-freezing machines; collagen stimulators used to “refresh” the face, and even the Brazilian butt lift; laser hair reduction; and sclerotherapy (the removal of varicose and spider veins). “People have become selfconscious,” says Dr. Mariesha Terrelonge-Lee, aesthetics and laser physician and principal of Future Aesthetics. “Being able to adjust their flaws or their conceptions of them, to increase their self-confidence, is a key booster for the industry.” It is widely understood now that aesthetics is not limited to hair, nail and face care, in a similar way that health and fitness is not 54

limited to exercise and a healthy diet. “People are now embracing a self-care lifestyle which falls under the umbrella of holistic wellness … taking responsibility for the physical, mental, spiritual and overall health is now realised.” And for many these non-invasive services are simply a part of the process. This change is due to a number of factors, the main one being social media. “Millenials represent the future of aesthetic medicine,” says Dr. TerrelongeLee. For these millenials, constantly bombarded by visions of “perfection” in their social media feeds, their perception of beauty has shifted dramatically. “They are open to modern beauty options to express their individuality and are more willing and comfortable to take viewers on their personal journeys.” For many it’s simply a part of their lives.

Dr. Althea Banbury, dermatologist and conceptualizer of Skin Solutions agrees. “Millenials are leading the charge! Women over 40 tend to be secretive as to what they have done, whereas millenials tend to be more outspoken.” The taboo of cosmetic procedures has been replaced by a desire to pursue a life of perfect beauty. Another contributing factor is the variety of procedures that are now available. While surgical procedures (liposuction, and breast augmentations) are still popular, the increasing list of non-invasive treatments that produce subtler results and require little to no downtime for recuperating - has made this market more attractive to many. Zoë Arscott, CEO of ëMed Spa, and certified aesthetic dermatology technician, also attributes the huge boom in non-invasive popularity to the


Zoë Arscott, CEO of ëMed Spa and certified aesthetic dermatology technician, examines a patient for a CoolSculpting procedure.

millenials. “Millenials are coming in from a preventative mindset,” she says, “versus the older population who are coming in on a more reactive basis.” Speaking from the unique perspective of representing a facility that offers both non-invasive and invasive procedures, Arscott adds that these two categories of treatment are in fact very complementary, working together to deliver optimum results for patients, to meet their own personally desired outcomes. In fact, working in tandem with Plastic Surgery and Family Medical, (which has been integral in the cosmetic and reconstructive industry in Jamaica for over 30 years) allows them to deliver a 360-degree rejuvenated response to their clients. A facelift, with a side of Cool Sculpting on the jawline, and injectables for a complete and full look, for example.

(Re)Make Yourself At Home

Not only are more people flocking to pursue their visions of perfect beauty, relieved of the previous stigma and perceptions of such procedures, but the accessibility for these services in Jamaica is booming. There is a growing group of professionals who are committed to delivering world class service and treatments at home, offering an alternative to the “gone a foreign” crowd. General costs for these treatments are comparable to those abroad, and in many cases even less. Coupled with the fact that there are no travel and accommodation expenses to contend with – the experience at home has become truly priceless. “A number of our patients are from the diaspora,” explains Dr. Terrelonge-Lee, “and I foresee the growth in this even more, with the aesthetic tourism market being a multi-billiondollar industry.”

For now, the industry continues to adapt, innovate and grow. Offering the best services, comparable to the global standards, is part of what motivates these professionals to continue developing their techniques, equipment and instruments to ensure their competitive edge. And as the pursuit for beauty continues, so will their pursuit to deliver. CONTACT ëMed Spa

Unit 29 Seymour Park, Kingston 10 876-401-6119

Future Aesthetics Medical Spa 1 Brompton Road, Kingston 5 876-618-3616

Skin Solutions

53 Lady Musgrave Road, Unit B12, Kingston 10 876-978-8703

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Cannabis Based Beauty by Dr. Heinz Becker

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rowing up in Jamaica we rocked to the rhythmic chanting of Peter Tosh proclaiming, “Legalize it, don’t criticize it … doctors smoke it … birds eat it and they love it….” These days cannabis which has rebounded from illegality, is being used as a core ingredient in a seemingly endless line of new health and beauty products, for treating pain, glaucoma, cancer, anxiety, insomnia, acne, eczema and of course, de-wrinkling, smoothing and soothing. After years of being inundated in the news about the benefits we eagerly lather cannabis based products all over our bodies and ingest them, to enjoy vibrant health and radiant beauty.

and uniquely Jamaican healthcare system that complemented the “sickcare” of allopathic mainstream medicine. Inspired, I pursued Naturopathic, Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions and developed my own integral medical practice and the herbal products of Doctor Bird Herbals, CannaMed Jamaica and Jamaican Herbalist’s CBD and Organic Hemp lines.

My own pursuit and the demand in general is based on the overwhelming and growing body of research that supports the health and beauty benefits of cannabis. In 2012, Israeli scientists demonstrated the ability of CBD to regulate the expression of 491 genes and activate both the cannabinoid, TRPV-1 But the Jamaican herbal tradition of using cannabis can be dated back and PPAR Gamma skin receptors. Of the 483 known compounds in to our African, Indian, Chinese, cannabis including at least 65 other Taino and Carib roots, back to cannabinoids, antioxidants and hundreds of years ago. My own childhood spent on a farm in rural deeply nourishing omega 3 and Jamaica coupled with my mother’s 6 fatty acids, CBD (cannabidiol) has stood above the rest. Unlike dedication to a healthy lifestyle its psychoactive brother THC, brought me to the realization that CBD won’t get you high in any we had an incredibly complex 58

form, is almost universally legal, and has evolved into a beauty and skin care trend on the cutting edge. CBD is not only a powerful anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant, treating multiple ailments including pain and anxiety but has also demonstrated itself to be effective in the treatment of a number of skin ailments such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. CBD reduces inflammation and soothes itching and pain, smooths rough dry and damaged skin and fades wrinkles, scars and stretch marks leaving us with unblemished, radiant skin. When shopping for cannabisinfused products, Beauty Lies Truth founder Jessica Assaf, Dahlia Mertens of Mary Jane’s Medicinals and other authorities steer us away from products with fractionated isolates or concentrates. Mertens states that, “Many topical treatments on the market are made by essentially processing the plant and breaking it up into different compounds.” A process termed the


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“entourage effect” however, results from maintaining the integrity of the whole plant, allowing for best results, with purer less processed products with a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s obvious that the world we are living in today is changing, easily for the better, thanks in large part to cannabis which has long been closely connected to reggae, Rastafari and Jamaica, land we love!

Dr. Heinz-Peter Becker is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinical Psychologist practicing in Jamaica. He is the founder and CEO of The Optimal Health Group which includes the Pain Clinic, Doctor Bird Herbals, CannaMed Jamaica and Jamaican Herbalist.

Jamaican Herbalist produces pure, full-spectrum organic

hemp CBD infused health and beauty herbal products. Our growing line includes body, hair and wrinkle reducing oils, scrubs and a variety of tinctures for relieving pain, energizing, detoxifying, reducing anxiety and depression, relaxing and benefiting the digestive, immune, male and female sexual health and keeping bugs away! Our products feature organic herbs and full spectrum CO2 extracts free from toxic additives, solvents and undesirable side effects, all proudly Jamaican. For more information on the uses and products available: doctorheinzbecker.com; doctorbirdherbals.com; cannamedjamaica.com

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ihanna was visibly absent from the two major New York high profile, red carpet events this year - The MET Gala, where she slays every year in extravagant designer garments - and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards, where she was honoured with the “Fashion Icon of the Year Award” in 2014. "She's very busy absorbed with her new fashion line in Paris," were the words from one of her insiders. Well ... obviously! Now we know that Rihanna was picked by LVMH one of Europe's largest fashion houses to design and create her own fashion line. Fenty (her last name) was chosen as the name of Rihanna's exquisite new fashion line which debuted in May 2019 with a pop-up shop in Paris and is still available on fenty.com.

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Not only is Rihanna the only woman to have her own luxury fashion line under the LVMH umbrella, but the first woman of colour to attain such a prestigious position. Not bad for an island girl, born in Barbados to Bajan and Guyanese parents, 31 years ago. Rihanna is now in the company of some of the world's top fashion conglomerates. LVMH owns seventeen brands including: Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Christian Dior, Fendi, Celine, Loewe, Emilio Pucci and Nicholas Kirkwood. The company made 18,455 million euros in sales in 2018 and has 1,852 stores around the world. Now, with Fenty in tow, Rihanna is poised to become a more than “massive” name in fashion industry.

UPWARD CLIMB

Rihanna's fashion trajectory started in her native Barbados, where as a schoolgirl she recalls that her style was always different, leaning more towards boys clothing. Moving to the US her musical career took off and she became a top selling recording artist and performer; Rihanna released her first track in 2005, enjoying a 14-year career, during which 54 million albums were sold in just 10 years. "I've been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world. First wearing it, buying it, being recognized for my style and then collaborating with brands," said Rihanna. The singer emphasized that she never wanted to just put her name on a product and sell it as a license. Rihanna became a celebrity spokesperson for MAC Viva Glam cosmetic campaign and then became the "face" for the Balmain Spring 2014 62

collection. A slew of other product partnerships followed, including a stint with Puma as creative director for their women's sportswear line. This was followed by Savage X Fenty, a lucrative lingerie line that covered all shapes and sizes. Rihanna's big fashion/beauty step came when she debuted the Fenty Beauty line and became a game changer in the beauty industry. Fenty Beauty featured a 40-shade palette foundation that covered from the palest to the darkest of skin tones.

THE FENTY WOMAN

Now, Fenty celebrates the new woman. A woman who is multifaceted, she's not just “one thing.” In the past we knew who the Dior woman was, we knew the YSL woman, we knew the Givenchy woman. Fenty shifts the needle. There is no definition, but with a high-low aesthetic, flavoured with meticulous techniques like boning, snatched waistlines and intricate leatherwork - this line speaks to all women. As Rihanna said, "We go up to a 46 (French size). We're saying we can meet you at any one drop that we put out." Noting that as a designer she wants to be as disruptive as possible, emphasizing that it's not a traditional brand, there was no runway show. "It's a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually."

A NO-BRAINER

The Fenty line has been embraced as a futuristic shape of the fashion silhouette. This debut line is strong and edgy, there are a lot of denim pieces done in a fresh new way, including the corset denim dress, plus, a selection of classic pieces are

included. Rihanna told vogue.com, "I am very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer. I already had a relationship with them after the Versailles campaign and the make-up line, so they extended the offer to me and it was a no-brainer, because LVMH is a machine. Bernard Arnault (head of LVMH) was so enthusiastic … he trusted me, and my vision. He was excited and pleased with the way I did things." Rihanna expressed that there were many lessons learnt, claiming it was like the beginning of a new world. "Everything was a collaboration, so I plugged my DNA into theirs, but there was already a blueprint. I'm learning so much about tailoring, the fabric I'm seeing fabrics that I have never seen in my life."

INSPIRATION

Where does this talented singer/ businesswoman/designer get her inspiration from? Of course, as with her music, Rihanna is all about the next - the new - the future ... but for this Fenty line, she said that she looked back to the free postcards and booklets at the hotels in Barbados from back in the day. "You'll see some of those on our T-shirts, there are prints that look like really ancient paintings that we're making dresses and skirt suits out of." Rihanna also noted that she can be inspired by a simple thing like a wristband. She would text ideas to her Creative Director, Jahleel Weaver and later discuss and collaborate on them.


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ashion designer Tracy Reese is known for her elegantly feminine clothes spiced with a girly touch. Since the rise of her career that started in 1998, Tracy has grown her business on a global scale which included some of the world's most famous women including former First Lady Michelle Obama wearing her unique creations. Now, the talented New York designer has changed her focus. After producing upwards of 10 collections a year including resort and ready-to-wear, shipping worldwide and anchoring free-standing stores in New York and Asia, Tracy has unplugged her situation and has taken on a whole new and simpler approach to her design label. 63


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SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

In June, Tracy launched a brand new line titled "Hope for Flowers" — a collection of sustainable clothing in all-natural fibres such as silk, organic cotton, organic linen, tencel and lyocell. The line is totally done with sustainable material by way of ethical production and handwork. All of the prints are drawn by hand and produced in small quantities for select retailers, not large chains around the globe. The new line is based in Detroit, the birth home of Tracy Reese. Tracy said she always had an interest in sustainable fashion, but took action when a design assistant left to earn a masters degree in green sciences.

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Subtle shades of pink, blue and yellow florals make up the nucleus of "Hope for Flowers." In typical Tracy style, dresses are knee length or maxi-length in flowing fabrics that presents a true tropical flavor. The new line stays true to Tracy's keenly crafted garments, making her one of the more popular designers for smart, ultra-feminine clothes that speak to women and girls who love the flirty, sexy side of their womanhood, without being overly exposed, showing lots of body parts. Discreet is the perfect word to describe Tracy's new collection.

force. "They all want to learn new skills, and have so much heat, they want to dig in and learn," noted the designer.

OTHER LAYERS

With the launch of Tracy's new line, came several layers of business attached to the collection. It is reported that Tracy is working with the Detroit public school system to host workshops for kids, many of whom don't have access to art and music classes in their curriculum. Tracy has also granted NEW APPROACH internships to high school students Tracy sees this new venture as who may have an interest in the coming back to what she truly fashion industry and art. In the loves and re-committing to her future, Tracy hopes to establish designing in a fresh new way. "A an industrial sewing industry in way that I feel good about," revealed her hometown of Detroit. She's Tracy in an interview. "It's not just on the board of a group that's the routine of designing collection spearheading this effort. Also on after collection, but a slower, more deck for Tracy, are plans to partner thoughtful model where everything with printing and dyeing facilities has intent. I'm getting back to all that use organic, non-toxic dyes and of the things I love about design." pigments. Tracy also spoke of production of the new collection being done in "Hope For Flowers" is available at a small factory in Flint, Michigan, Anthropologie, Tracy's exclusive by a group of talented women who partner for the first collection. are coming back into the work


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D eSeRT StoRm Photographer Wade Rhoden

Stylist Gillian“Fidge”Fletcher On a deserted sand dune engulfed in a world of African abstract glamour, raw and fluid silhouettes collide to create an untamed earth element that is the Spring/Summer 2020 fashion landscape.

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Korto Momolu mesh dress, accessories and head piece; stylist’s own South African choker and shoes.

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THE NEW WORLD OF JAMAICAN ART

©Sharon Norwood.“The flower offered of itself and eloquently spoke of Gods. Let us dance in the sun wearing flowers in our hair.”

An interview with

SUSANNE FREDRICKS

aka SuzieWong Presents.

You say that the art scene in Jamaica is transforming.What do you mean, and how is this happening?

sector, but with the emergence of local and regional initiatives, and the birth of social media since that The traditional local landscape time, our artists, art practitioners of art as we used to know it, of and professionals have gained more several commercial galleries and access and reach into other spaces. regular exhibitions with a very local The key momentum locally and audience, used to be vibrant, with a regionally has been a reactivation strong collector base and a plethora of sorts, but in a much more of practising artists who could strategic and capacity building way. make a good living from their work. Regional conferences such as the The recession in the late 2000’s had roaming Tilting Axis, non-profit a huge negative impact on our arts art spaces and artist residencies

in and outside of the region are growing. International funders who recognise the untapped potential of the Caribbean are investing in developing the capacity of, and bringing visibility to, the visual arts sector. We are finding new ways of doing things much more in line with international practises, and as such, we are accessing international spaces in really effective and interesting ways. 83


Who and What is

SUZIE WONG Presents?

© Leasho Johnson, DJ in the Cane Field

Since my return to Jamaica 15 years ago I have moved from a traditional exhibition programme at 128 Gallerie, with the occasional auction, to consultancy on corporate/ private art collections and corporate art programmes. I started my Instagram account in 2016, and it was intended to be that of a jaunting art collector - what was interesting, what I was buying and why, art fairs and exhibitions I thought important, opportunities for artists and collectors to “see” the Caribbean more cohesively from my point of view. The interest was far more impactful

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What are your most recent projects © Shoshanna Weinberger, Top Heavy

& FUTURE PLANS?

than I could have imagined and soon I realised I needed to create a new platform for an emerging sense of the globality of "The Caribbean, Seen." A new market was being cultivated on my content alone, and young artists were approaching me asking me to work with them in a more representational context. And so "Suzie Wong Presents" was born. I work with the local market of course, but the real work is taking place outside of the local. Diaspora and other international collectors are interested in the region’s contemporary artists, in the visual narratives that are important in global discourse. The top global art market platform, Artsy, called me last year to be their first Caribbean presence as a gallery partner, and so now SWP is active on that platform also.

In 2018 we were selected for the Special Projects Programme at 1:54 African Art Fair in London, at which we showed Leasho Johnson and Monique Gilpin in "Required Reading." In 2019 we partnered with 198 CAL and Soundsystem Outernational in London for "Sonic Space" in which Windrush artist Denzil Forrester came to Jamaica to make foundational works in sound system spaces, to be shown at his international gallery, Stephen Friedman. Most recently I consulted on an ambitious and visionary art collection for the new AC Kingston hotel, which has proved to be a game changer in bringing visibility to what contemporary Jamaican art is, and the ideas our artists are articulating in contemporary issues often couched in historical contexts. It’s an exciting and pivotal moment in the arts regionally and now is the time to engage with collecting contemporary work, both as cultural capital and investment.

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Who should we be

Well there are a few artists locally and in the Jamaican diaspora who are really making serious headway in outside markets— Leasho Johnson for instance. Very provocative work, in his second year post grad at SAIC in Chicago, exhibiting locally and abroad. Shoshanna Weinberger and Sharon Norwood are both emerging and US-based, exhibiting regularly with deeply feminine aesthetics and narratives. Deborah Anzinger is taking an interesting trajectory in the US art space, and Zoya Taylor is Norway-based with a steadily growing presence beyond Europe and into the US market. Cosmo Whyte is making visible strides in the UK art scene. Regionally other artists I’m collecting are Firelei Baez, Tessa Mars, Florine Démosthène, Roberta Stoddart. ... It’s really a pivotal moment for the Caribbean in the contemporary art scene, almost a best kept secret. Till now.

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WATCHING?

How can we find out what’s next for Suzie Wong Presents? SWP will continue to develop in response to artists and collectors needs, and initiating projects and exhibitions both independently and in partnerships. Future projects and plans are underway

so follow us: @suziewongpresents on Instagram, on Artsy www.artsy.net/suzie-wongpresents, or subscribe on www.suziewongpresents.com


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Tell us a little about yourself as an author, an academic, and as a Jamaican within the diaspora? I'm Alexia, and I write about Jamaicans. I mostly write fiction, though recently I've been writing more nonfiction, which has been fun. I've wanted to be a writer since I was 12, but I started exploring my Jamaican identity through fiction in my early twenties. I was raised in Mandeville. My family moved to New York, to a heavily populated Caribbean community, when I was twelve. I teach fiction writing. Why do you think it’s particularly relevant to put together a set of stories like this at this time?

ALEXIA ARTHURS Hot off the heels of an essay on Caribbean queen Rihanna, in esteemed journal Granta, Alexia Arthurs is still enjoying the success of her novel “How to Love a Jamaican” an irreverent collection of essays that give a personal take on the immigrant experience, love and coming-of-age. Arthurs took some time to share some of what the reader might not pick up between the lines.

Like many people of colour, I've experienced that representation matters. I had been wanting to read a book like mine, contemporary stories about Jamaicans that reflect what my friends and I think and talk about. I wanted to read stories about Jamaicans that are womanly and queer, and in conversation with the times. Writers write the books they want to read.

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Were these stories written individually and compiled? Or are they part of a larger planned biographical narrative?

with my relationship to place, and I have the same interest in my characters. I think of diaspora-living as an in-between place, where culture is preserved, but it is In graduate school, I started also a reimagining of cultural working on a collection that to identity. I have also written my mind was broad in scope. about return-migration, which Later, I started writing stories can be a place of otherness, about gender and sexuality for in terms of how one is Jamaicans, and I had the sense experiencing the culture after that I was writing a second being away, and of course, collection. Over time, these this is complicated by being two collections merged into misidentified as a foreigner. one—my agent encouraged me to feel less committed Do you have a favourite story? to seeing the collections as That interaction is about separate, but to consider the I don't have a favourite story. I gender roles, but I felt that the narrative arc in the stories. For will share that I can't imagine title “How to Love a Jamaican” a year, my agent and I picked writing stories like "Slack" or speaks to the collection in out the strongest stories, and "Mash Up Love" now. I don't a larger way, in that it is talked about how to order the know why. I was 24 or 25 interested in relationships collection. It was labouring when I wrote those stories. between Jamaicans, whether conversation, but looking Perhaps it’s that my interests familial, romantic, or platonic. back, I'm really glad that we and skills have shifted. Stories took our time. like "Island" or "On Shelf " are Can you tell us about any more recently written, and feel special projects you’re working There has been talk recently, more pertinent to my life now, on? What’s next for Alexia especially within the diasporic as a woman. Arthurs? community in New York City, about the emotional and social What was your intention I'm writing an essay about experience of the diaspora behind the title? And just how Rihanna and Caribbean who live abroad, who on does one love a Jamaican? feminism for Granta. Soon I their return to their respective hope to return to my novel. islands or continents, continue The title is taken from a line In “How to Love a Jamaican” to exist within a conscious of dialogue in which Ugly, a I wrote about the Jamaican state of “otherness” because of Jamaican man, is explaining diaspora in New York, and having a different perspective how to love a Jamaican man: for this novel I'm returning to etc. Is this something you can “Dat woman really knew how New York, as well as the larger comment on? fi love a Jamaican man.” diaspora in Toronto, London, “Why yuh sey dat, Ugly?” and maybe Panama. In my work, I keep returning “Because wat a man need to the Caribbean diaspora more dan a good food in @AlexiaArthurs in New York. As a Jamaicanhim belly, a clean house, and alexiaarthurs.com American, I'm obsessed someone fi hug up wid at night?” 90


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amaicans are unstoppable. Twenty years after arriving in New York, Nicole Dennis-Benn is sitting atop of the literary world. Her debut novel “Here Comes the Sun” (Norton/Liveright, July 2016) was a bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, made several Books of the Year lists (NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Barnes & Noble, etc.) and was universally well-received.

NICOLE DENNIS BENN A Day in the Life Four years after releasing her debut novel, author Nicole Dennis Benn opens up about her process, the past that shaped her and “Patsy” her new critically acclaimed novel. by Keesha Wallace

Her second novel “Patsy” (Norton/ Liveright, June 2019) is garnering even more critical acclaim. For the last several months, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s world has been a whirlwind of interviews, readings, televised public appearances and international speaking engagements. The buzz is bigger than the usual literary circles and “Patsy” has found its way to the mainstream. In addition to glowing reviews in major publications (Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine, Vanity Fair and others) “Patsy” was recently selected as a “Today Show” #ReadWithJenna Book Club pick. We caught up with Nicole at her home in Brooklyn where she took us through a normal day in the life of an extraordinary talent. Mornings start early - and Jamaican. She has a little coffee or tea with Smile Jamaica streaming in the background while she catches up on the latest news at home via The Gleaner or Observer. Tapping into Jamaican life is important to her personally and professionally. 91


She’s currently working on a third novel set in Brooklyn and Jamaica and it helps to get in the right headspace. The rest of the morning is spent writing. It’s her and the keyboard for hours, raw discipline is also central to the process. Once she has a finished product, she’ll share with her editor. At 3 p.m. she packs it in for the day and gives her brain a rest with a little mindless TV. Her wife comes home at around 6 p.m. and they venture out to one of their favoured dinner spots in Brooklyn. She doesn’t cook, never learned. Growing up it was part of the deal of being the smart one. She only had to focus on school and academic excellence, others would handle housework and food, she was the future. In the past, she’s taught at Princeton and held writing workshops a few days a week. This year she’s taking a break to stay sane in the hoopla that comes with having a best seller and writing a new novel. The press tour for her first book was a little overwhelming, but now she’s settled into her literary celeb status and it looks great on her. Often outfitted in bright, flowy dresses from Jamaican-owned, Brooklyn-based designer, Martine’s Dream, she radiates an easy island vibe. You can follow her appearance on her Instagram, Twitter and website. Groomed to be a lawyer, doctor or any of the “respectable” professions, Nicole followed the rules like the nice St. Andrew girl she was being raised to be. It wasn’t easy. That box didn’t fit comfortably. She was outed as gay in high school when her mother overheard a phone conversation with a girl she was 92

seeing. It didn’t go over well. The island on a whole has been less than welcoming. We still have a way to go in our acceptance of the LGBTQ community and two decades ago it was much worse. When she got the opportunity to leave Jamaica, she left. Resentful of a home that wouldn’t claim her, for years Nicole avoided all things Jamaican. She kept her head down and pursued a career in medicine. Ironically, it was her then girlfriend, now wife, who pushed her to reconnect with Jamaica and ultimately to write.

She writes novels that treat those who are often ignored, with respect. There is a gentleness in the way she depicts harsh realities, tough choices and flawed characters. Nicole Dennis-Benn has put the focus squarely on a Jamaica that’s globally ignored and locally dismissed. Her own story, a gay girl from Vineyard Town with working class parents, didn’t have a place here. When we as a society routinely reject anyone who doesn’t fit easily into our definition of respectability, what are we losing? How many Patsy’s have we ignored? How many Nicole’s are we telling to be different before we’re willing to claim them? In the words of the late great Robert Nesta “The stone that the builder refuse …” We have a head cornerstone in Nicole Dennis-Benn. I hope that we can learn to appreciate the stories she tells and lives like her own, even when they don’t come wrapped in critical acclaim. nicoledennisbenn.com

Dr. Emma Benn wanted to visit the island that was still so alive in Nicole. Mentally she might have been removed, but Jamaica was there in her words, gestures, idiosyncrasies. They came for vacation, withstood the looks and found a way to have fun. Years later they’d return to get married (they held the first lesbian wedding on the island and dealt with the circus of press around it). But it was notes from that initial trip that would become her debut novel that deals with the other side of resort life.

Writer. Publicist. Creative. After 10+ years in NYC Keesha Wallace recently relocated to LA to continue her work in the entertainment industry amplifying the work of marginalized communities and making sure Caribbean culture is fully represented.


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he recent success of shows like MoDA speaks to the rise of the handmade industry both in Jamaica and overseas. Research has shown that the global handicrafts market was valued at US$526.5 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach US$984.8 billion by 2023 (researchandmarkets.com). Consumers are increasingly demanding authentic, handmade items ranging from clothing and accessories to gifts, home décor and beyond. But this is not just buying for buying’s sake. Consumers are interested in the story behind the products and the social impact of their purchases: they want to know more about who makes the items they buy, how the items are made and where they are made. This “where” is especially true of the many visitors to Jamaica who, in recent times, are specifically seeking Jamaicanmade products echoing the global trend of travelers seeking “experiences” which are found in the authenticity of their tour activities, food and most importantly the mementos purchased to take home. Craft Consultant, Tobi Phillips adds, “With our tourist arrivals now at 4 million annually (larger than our resident population) tourism retail can be a very lucrative market for well-made, well-priced products that speak to our island traditions, and are interpreted in today’s ethos of clean, modern design.”

In support of this demand, Sandals Resort’s charitable arm, the Sandals Foundation (with part funding provided by the Jamaica Business Fund) recently executed a supply chain programme to help develop Jamaican handicraft businesses in the areas of aromatherapy, ceramics, wooden products and natural fibres in order to upgrade the quality and market-readiness of their products. The programme, which ended earlier this year, included hands-on training and support in production planning and management, designing and finishing,

marketing and packaging and principles of business strategy with active participation from the procurement team of the Sandals and Beaches Resorts gift shops. Commenting on the importance of the program, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke says, “The success of this program will see members of the supply chain working more efficiently and collaboratively, improving colour and finishes and the ability of the artisans to expand and sustain business linkages in the medium-term.” Frazers Ceramics was among the 95


the world and certainly was the inspiration behind my own company, Beenybud, which works with mostly female straw artisans all over the island to design, produce and market fashion and home natural fiber in Manchester which has products. Founded in 1972 by an emphasis on increasing my mother, Linda Gambrill, community impact by training Beenybud originally employed and employing at-risk youth artisans from rural St. Andrew and those who are deaf, Bartley’s to produce craft items for benefitted from the programme the tourism industry and the in terms of product development company later became the first nine businesses that participated but also in terms of realizing the Jamaican large-scale exporter of in the program and Production importance of communicating baskets to the US. Unfortunately, Manager, Christine Reid, says their social enterprise mission like many similar operations, that the almost 33-year-old to their customers. Managing the company was forced into company is expanding its Director, Lacey-Ann Bartley dormancy in the mid-80s product line based on direct says, “We believe that the with the influx of cheap Asian consultations done with the empowerment of a people goods that have dominated Sandals team and workshop can be accomplished through gift shops and markets for members. “One of the benefits commerce; using business as a decades. Thankfully, the of being in this programme is force for good. In addition to resurgence in consumer demand how we were able to collaborate our impact on our employees for handmade products has and share ideas among ourselves and community, our customers activated some new investment as craftsmen and women to are also benefitting when they in the sector as reflected in the make each of our businesses and learn that their consumerism is recent training programmes products better.” leaving a positive impact. They by the Sandals Foundation and buy something that they like but TPDCO as well as in the launch Another beneficiary was also they contribute positively of several new small businesses Bartley’s All-in-Wood which to the society, economy and which are introducing modern produces an extensive line of people’s lives.” designs to artisans who are popular gifts and souvenir experts in traditional methods. items made from local wood. This social enterprise-type A small family business based approach often characterises handicraft businesses around 96


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ynthia Cervantes and Travis Gumbs broke the internet with their wedding photos. A fairytale fusion of their respective cultures (Cervantes is Mexican, Gumbs is from St. Kitts) in Mexico where they played host to a who’s who of New York’s cultural avantgarde. Taking time out post baby shower, Cynthia and Travis shared some insight as to their creative process, new definitions of Caribbean/Latin American culture and future plans.

How did you two meet?

We met at “Everyday People,” a legendary day party thrown by our good friend Saada Ahmed. We were introduced by a friend and within five minutes of meeting we were grinding on the dance floor!

Where are you based?

We are currently based out of Mexico City, but spend a lot of time between New York and CDMX.

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Travis: I began being interested in fashion while in high school and would be on men's fashion online boards, posting and talking to other people around the world who were into sneakers or clothes like I was. My friend from school, Josh Kissi, shared the same interests so we decided to start a blog that focused on the things we were interested in called “Street Etiquette.” The blog eventually turned into an agency and we had the opportunity to work with a roster of clients that at the time felt like a dream Nike, Timberland, The Gap, etc. This work really allowed me to develop as an artist, to do what

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I loved most which is creative direction and photography. When Cynthia and I started working together, it was out of a desire to create meaningful content that spoke about more than fashion. I wanted my art to talk about what I was feeling and facing, and what our communities were going through, which is what led us to work on Maroon.

from a social perspective. This is when our magazine Maroon World was born. It felt like an organic evolution of my passion for social justice combined with our desire as an agency to create compelling imagery that speaks to people of colour.

even saying the term "MexicanAmerican," because for most of my life "American" was a term that didn't apply to us. We were Mexicans, period. My family is part of the Latinx diaspora, and this experience is definitely something that Travis and I connected over, as our family diaspora stories shaped both Your wedding seemed to be of our lives in profound ways. quite the celebration and The wedding was definitely merging of cultures. How do a reflection of this shared you both perceive yourselves Cynthia: For years I worked experience, as we wanted to as part of the Caribbean/Latin in non-profit programmes that highlight that even though we American diaspora? served low-income communities, come from different cultures, Travis: Being Caribbean is who I focusing specifically on providing the roots of our stories, the am - I listen to our music, I make services to children and families. indigenous fabric of both of our time to connect with my family I always simultaneously had hearts and souls, is very similar. to feel grounded, and I go back to my hand in creative production St. Kitts as much as I can. There and fashion and eventually

transitioned into working with Dover Street Market and Comme des Garcons as their special projects and operations manager. I left that position to freelance in art direction and production. It was during this time that Travis and I worked closely on a number of projects for clients. We would constantly talk about how different things could be if we were able to create content that felt meaningful

have definitely been challenges as American culture really focuses on assimilation, but I think maintaining a connection to your home is the most important way to understand yourself and your place in the world. Cynthia: My culture, the language, the iconography - it was always around me, and was represented in every facet of my life. I still struggle with

What would you describe as your style philosophy ?

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about every aspect of your life how you navigate through your world, how you treat others, the care you take in arranging your home. There is an opportunity to make thoughtful decisions around style in every interaction.

What would you both describe as your favourite new trend(s) in fashion?

Embracing everyone's unique vision and celebrating differences. The fashion world is having to accept that their definition of beauty and style is being redefined by the culture at large. It's no longer about what editors like or see as "trendy" - it's about what each individual has to say that is important today.

Tell us a little more about Maroon World.

Maroon World started as a magazine. It was a passion project that we started in order to celebrate communities of colour. At the heart of the magazine is the sincere intention to highlight our similarities, no matter what Š Travis Gooms

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culture we come from. We also wanted to make a distinct point that editorial content can be produced using all people of colour - in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Once the magazine came out, we were honestly shocked by how strongly it resonated with people, and from there the magazine really turned Maroon World into a studio, as we began to take on work that was a reflection of the beliefs and ideals that led us to begin the magazine in the first place.

Aside from Maroon World, are there any special projects you are working on?

We have new work that will premiere as part of an upcoming group show during Frieze week this October at TJ Boulting, London which will showcase our latest project - 9 Mujeres/9

Meses (9 Women/9 Months). This project began a little over two years ago and through it we sought 
to provide representation of pregnant women from our communities, who are by and large not considered in the greater narrative of what families look like and are simply not considered by the media in general. Especially in the United States where racism plays a huge role in maternal mortality rates for women of colour, and in the way women of colour have been treated by the medical profession historically and even today. The project took on even more meaning for us when we found out that we were pregnant ourselves!


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efore dancehall, reggae or ska, sound systems — consisting of large stacks of speakers playing prerecorded music and a host of staff to transport, operate and perform on them — ruled Jamaica. Led by kings, princes and other musical royalty, sound systems created temporary independent spaces before political independence was a permanent reality. They didn’t just make music, they made resilient communities, and sound systems are widely loved because of that. Over the years, sound systems have since been hailed by observers as “cultural laboratories,” the “talking Gleaner” (referencing Jamaica’s oldest newspaper and the sound system’s media function) or, to use the name of Prince Buster’s sound system — the voice of the people, reflecting its social role. When individual selectors, singers and deejays began to take centre stage, the sound system found new spaces for its unique community focus. In Jamaica, it is now on our neighbourhood walls, our clothing, in our museum spaces and even in our classrooms. Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, an act which is in many ways based on sound system culture, says the sound system is a comprehensive force — and it’s international. “The artwork on the sounds, the way people dress to go listen to the sounds, the 102

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movements they make to the sounds,” Walshy points out, “it’s something that the entire world wants to be part of.” Matthew McCarthy, one of Jamaica’s top young visual artists, is now incorporating sound system culture in his art. A lead painter at Fleet Street in

Alpha is the 140-year old school downtown Kingston, he recently known for its music programme completed a sound system run by Roman Catholic nuns, inspired installation in Germany one of whom, the late Sister and was commissioned this year Ignatius, owned a sound in to create a 50-foot mural at The the 60s and 70s called Mutt Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha & Jeff Sound System. Alpha Boys School). McCarthy notes recently received a new sound how both sound systems and system from the Jamaica Nice a little paint can make people clothing brand. Inspired by move. 103


Sister Ignatius, and painted by Negril-based artist Nurse - Mutt & Jeff Disco is "strung up" at the intersection of music, art, education and fashion.

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Mutt & Jeff Disco was built by Jam One Sound & Innovation on Minott Terrace off Chisholm Avenue. Jam One is where you find most sound systems being built and tuned today. Founded by Tony Myers, who still builds sound systems from scratch, at Jam One you might find a box from Jammys sound system being put together, a Major Lazer video being filmed or perhaps a tour group of 20 visitors from Poland.”

foundation, music students are following their creative passion in the Alpha recording studio, Best known for its on the new Mutt & Jeff sound internationally respected system or Alpha Boys School 100-plus-year-old music theory Radio—a streaming radio and performance training station listened to in over 100 programmes, the Alpha Institute countries. School of Music in Kingston now wants its students to be But you don't have to be just comfortable selecting for a a student to appreciate Alpha sound system, mixing audio at a today. Visit their shop online live event and recording music or the Alpha Service Bureau for commercial release. Under at its 26 South Camp Road the guidance of the Sisters of campus for handmade gifts for Mercy and with music theory the home and office. Alpha’s and practical instruction as the woodwork and screen printing 104

Sound system culture is our Jamaican culture and it is loved by people around the world,” says Myers. “Visitors want to understand sound systems - we give them a chance to see how it is built. This is a truly special Jamaican experience.” On or off the stage, sound system culture is quite accessible. Alpha and Jam One offer visitor experiences. Jamaica Nice “Good Sound System” tees can be found at KERRYmanwoman home while Mutt & Jeff Disco is available for hire and is also a teaching lab for Alpha students.

departments are available for custom jobs. And a guided tour of campus, including the new music department, is a great way to spend a Friday morning. If you're lucky you might even catch a student performance. For an around-the-clock experience, Alpha Boys School Radio plays music that has at least one Alpha grad playing or singing on the track—from Dizzy Reece to the Skatalites to Leroy Smart. Learn more at: alphaboysschool.org alphaboysschoolradio.com


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constructed. He built an entire town only to burn it down for a climactic scene. All this while World War I was raging on the other side of the Atlantic. Unfortunately the film was lost with only a few photographs and a poster remaining. sometimes masquerading as South Asia or Africa. The Since then, many overseas diversity of the landscape has productions have used Jamaica only been matched by the as a location - the most famous myriad types of films filmed of these being three that are part here: from light-hearted of the James Bond franchise. fare such as Disney’s “Cool The very first James Bond film Runnings” and “Cocktail” “Dr. No” in 1962, “Live and Let (starring a young Tom Cruise) to Die” in 1973 and most recently “Papillon” and “Lord of the Flies” the 25th film “No Time to on the more sinister side. Die” which was filmed earlier In 1916 the first feature film of this year in Portland. As the The very first Jamaican feature note was shot in Jamaica and novels that inspired the films film, “The Harder They Come,” was highly controversial. were written by Ian Fleming premiered at the Carib Theatre “A Daughter of the Gods” was at his home at Goldeneye in in 1972. Produced and directed a silent fantasy drama credited Oracabessa it’s not surprising by Perry Henzell who co-wrote as the first US production to that Jamaican locations and it with Trevor Rhone “The cost US$1 million to make and Jamaicans themselves feature in Harder They Come” took to depict nudity on screen. It is star Jimmy Cliff and reggae said the director Herbert Brenon 007’s escapades. music around the world and is employed 20,000 people over Beyond Bond, Jamaica has considered a cult classic today. eight months of production Henzell’s second feature - also during which elaborate sets were featured in over 100 films sometimes as herself and filmed in the 1970s – “No 106


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Place Like Home” was lost for decades and only released in 2019 after a lengthy restoration process. Starring Carl Bradshaw it captured “Countryman” and Grace Jones’ first appearances on screen. In making this breakout Jamaican film Henzell paved the way for Jamaican filmmakers such as Chris Browne (“Third World Cop,” “Ghetta Life”) and Storm Saulter (“Betta Mus’ Come,” “Sprinter”) to bring their films to the world stage. A coming of age story of a young man from rural Jamaica,

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f you look closely, at the closing scenes of “Dr. No,” you will see a man wearing a bright yellow hard hat, running away from the massive explosion that brings down the secret lair of “Dr. No” himself. Look really closely. That would be my father, who at the time was a plant engineer working at Reynolds Jamaica Mines, a bauxite company based in St. Ann. My father, like a number of Jamaicans, has an intimate story to tell when it comes to the James Bond series of movies, which next year, will come full circle to the place it started— Jamaica. When American film producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman decided to transform Ian Fleming’s sixth novel, Dr. No, into the first of the James Bond movies in 1962, it was only natural that they head to Jamaica. Not only was the island a major presence in the classic movie that launched the James Bond franchise, but it was also the place where author, Ian 108

Fleming, retreated to write 12 of the James Bond books, at his Oracabessa luxury getaway, GoldenEye – now an exclusive boutique hotel. Again, it was only fitting that they would return to Jamaica, in 2019, for the final installment of the Bond series, “No Time to Die.” To quote producer and daughter of the original conceptualizer, Barbara Broccoli, Jamaica is considered “the spiritual home” of the James Bond series. And the connections run deeper still. In a twist to the plot, British-born, Jamaican actress Lashana Lynch, is rumoured to be assuming the role of the new 007 agent, while Naomie Harris, the British-

Jamaican actress will reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny. “No Time to Die” is slated to premiere in Spring of 2020. 007.com

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ALYSSA MARIE "True beauty comes from within. Make self care a top priority and your light will always radiate from the inside out." - Alyssa xo

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aymanian Alyssa Marie is a Caribbean-based digital creator who celebrates natural hair and cruelty-free beauty @alyssa.marie.xo and on her YouTube channel. “I enjoy using my platforms to share my natural hair journey with full transparency in the hopes that it will encourage my audience to love and

embrace their own unique curls and coils.” Recently featured in the Essence Magazine as an “Influencer You Should Know,” Alyssa continues to empower the global natural hair community with her vibrant and inspirational content. MoDA MAG caught up with Alyssa to learn some of her top tips to get your glow on.


How did your online hair and makeup tutorials start? I initially started with makeup tutorials. As most young females typically do, I went through an "obsessed with makeup" phase, and because I was so into it, I started to research product ingredients. I was shocked to learn about a ton of toxic ingredients that most people have no idea about, and wanted to share what I learned with whoever would listen.

How do you create your go-to glow look? A dewy primer and a cream or liquid blush usually does the trick! My current go-to products are the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer and the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick.

What are some Instagram accounts that inspire you? A few of my favourite creatives are @jackieaina, @thepatriciabright, @joyjah, and @desiperkins. And completely unrelated to hair or makeup, @kathy_drayton is such an incredible inspiration for mind and body.

What are your top three “desert island” beauty products? Mineral sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm

I started creating hair tutorials after my big chop in December 2017. I received TONS of questions from women all over the world, and realized that my journey was inspiring other women to embrace their own natural hair as well. My natural hair journey has changed my life in so many ways, and the thought of me being able to inspire that in someone else is still what keeps me going today!

What’s one beauty product people often overlook but should always use? SUNSCREEN, which is 1000% necessary every single day (yes, even for brownskinned girls)!

Three beauty products that will be trending in the fall: You can always expect to see dark red and brown lipsticks in the fall which are my favourite kind of lipsticks to wear. I love the "Chocklava" lipstick (a beautiful deep red) by Beauty Bakerie and "Unveil" liquid lipstick (a gorgeous chocolate brown) by Fenty Beauty.

What are some of your favourite (cruelty free) brands? Just to name a few, I'd say Fenty Beauty (of course, Caribbean girls run it!), Cover FX, Beauty Bakerie and Anastasia Beverly Hills for makeup. As for hair, I love Deva Curl, Curls, Camille Rose and Briogeo.

Any tips on day-to-day makeup versus selfie make up? I love this question, because for me there's a huge difference between the two! I prefer super lightweight day-to-day makeup, like just a dash of powder and lightly filled in brows. For filming or selfies, I usually go all out. I like to look flawless in front of the camera, but I definitely don't walk around looking like that every day.

What’s one common makeup mistake you wish people wouldn’t make? Doing their brows too dark, too thick and with too much product. I definitely prefer a more natural-looking brow.

Dark smokey eyes will also become quite popular (do they ever go out of season?!). One of my current favourite eyeshadow palettes is the Jackie Aina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. It's super versatile, carrying browns, purples and reds, which will be great for the fall. Lastly, I think we can expect to see a lot of naturalistas rocking their natural hair out in all its glory. Fall is the perfect temperature—not too cold, not too hot—for curly hair!

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t 54-years-young, I swear by this incredible magic formula - clean eating, yoga, meditation, self-care, detox and exercise. I believe these practices are absolute musts if you want to glow from the inside out. Since sticking with this formula, I’m for sure the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been. How did I get here, you may wonder. ... Well, in 2012, I was depressed, uninspired and suffering from a horrible digestive issue no doctor could cure. I had just closed the door to my yoga studio, Shakti Mind Body Fitness, and moved from Kingston to Montego Bay to follow my

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By the end, I was a brand husband who relocated for his job. To feel like myself again, a new me. The digestive issues had cured completely, and friend suggested a detox. I finally felt happy, healthy So, for 40 days I eliminated and mentally clear. I not only returned to my bubbly all processed, refined foods, self, but I also gained a new sugar, caffeine, wheat and dairy, and filled up instead on sense of peace and purpose. The experience sparked a whole, mostly plant-based, high vitality foods, including fire in me. I wanted to show organic fruits and vegetables. people how this lifestyle can bring lasting, cellular I also slowed down and incorporated restorative yoga, transformation to the body, meditation and daily self-care mind and soul. practices into my routine.


I’ve since published a cookbook, “The Live Fit Kitchen,” where I share over 100 clean, high vitality, family-friendly, incredibly tasty recipes. I’ve also created Shakti Activation, my online yoga, detox, self-care programme, through which I’ve helped thousands of people in Jamaica and across the globe regain their health and happiness. And, twice a year, I host in-person retreats in beautiful Treasure Beach. Without a doubt, clean eating is paramount to a healthy mind and body. If you eat poorly, you’ll never be at your best - no matter what else you do. With that in mind, here are a few high vitality recipes from my cookbook to help you on your journey to getting your “glow"on. These foods are not only super good for you, but they’re also incredibly delicious and easy to prepare. Hope you enjoy!

Sharon’s Raw Cacao Energy Bombs Total time: 1 hour Makes 6 ½ dozen (78 balls)

So rich and yummy, one of these balls is like eating a whole bar of chocolate! 5 cups almond nuts 2 ½ cups walnuts 1 ¼ cups dry coconut 1 ¼ cups dates 1/3 cup ground flaxseeds 1/3 cup chia seeds 1/3 cup goji berry 1 tbsp. vanilla 1/3 cup honey (or maple) 2 tbsp. coconut oil 1 ½ cups cocoa powder ½ cup cacao nibs ½ tsp. cinnamon powder 2 pinches sea salt 1. Start by grinding the almonds in a food processor or blender.

Master yoga teacher and wellness warrior, Sharon Feanny hosts retreats, cooking workshops, detox programmes and yoga classes. Her most recent products include Shakti Activation - an online yoga + detox + selfcare program that has served thousands of people across the globe, and her “Live Fit Kitchen” cookbook. sharonfeanny.com

2. Add all ingredients and blend together until mixture is sticky. 3. Scrape out from blender into bowl and roll mixture into a ball. 4. Now roll your energy balls and you’re good to go and go and go!!

Green Goddess Soup Total time: 1 hour Makes 8 servings

Green Goddess Soup can be made with any greens you have on hand ... simple, superalkalizing and delicious. Your digestive system will love you for it. 3 lbs. zucchini (you can use any greens on hand) 6 cups homemade coconut milk* 1 large onion 1 head garlic 2 tbsp. thyme 2 stalks scallion 2 stalks celery 2 tbsp. coconut oil 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast 1 piece Scotch Bonnet pepper Salt & pepper to taste Add water as needed *If you are using canned coconut milk, use one ounce plus 5 cups of water. 1. If you are going to use Homemade Coconut Milk, then please refer to the recipe for coconut milk for soups in my “Live Fit Kitchen” cookbook. 2. Sauté garlic, onion, thyme, scallion and celery in coconut oil for 5 minutes. 3. Bring your coconut water to a boil in an 8-quart pot and add in your sautéed herbs and zucchini or greens of your choice. 4. Add nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste. 5. Remove from heat and cool. 6. Blend everything together in a high-speed blender.

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Glow Wellness The journey that returns you to your inner glow is not an easy one. After all, you’ve lived in your body for quite some time. Even if the person you are being is no longer working for you, as humans, we develop coping mechanisms. Breaking away from that which is familiar to us requires courage, grace, faith and above all else, developing a deep respect and love of self. Fortunately today we live in a world where a smorgasbord of resources are available at our fingertips. By giving ourselves permission to be vulnerable we’re able to tap into this abundance.

GROW, GLOW, GO! by Nadine McNeil

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n my daily work and calling as a yoga teacher and wisdom mentor, I encounter people, women especially, with a burning desire, to bring the light back into their lives. Increasingly we are realizing that the life we’ve led up to a certain point, is no longer in alignment with the person who we ascribe to be. Who is this person, and when and how did you lose this connection to your core essence.

5Rhythms: “In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”

The gateway that returns us to our divine essence is born Our dharma – the Sanskrit through the body, not the mind. word that describes our life In a world were cognition is purpose – is etched in our DNA celebrated and creativity is – divine natural ability. We under-rated, many of my clients are each brought forth into the and students learn how to world to share our unique gift, reconnect to who they are by to shine our light bright. While gaining access to their bodies. there may be others engaged in Whether it is through walking, similar activities, no one can do running, dancing, practicing what you do, because there is yoga, engaging in exercise – only one you. In the words of whatever it is that moves the Gabrielle Roth, American dancer body – this is where we turn our and musician and founder of lights on! Add daily affirmations, meditation and prayer to this and 118 you’ll shine brighter than ever.

Where and how do you begin? • Acknowledge where you are • Forgive yourself for decisions that you made in the past that didn’t serve you • Upon rising, take time to be grateful for the gifts you have and for those that are coming • Develop a daily ritual of meditation and prayer • Find an inspiring way to move your body • Feed your body, mind and soul with nourishing food and thoughts • LOVE. Celebrate the person you are becoming. When she’s not traveling the world, global yogini, wisdom mentor and transformation catalyst Nadine McNeil may be found at The Yoga Barn, Bali, Indonesia. Nadine is available for individual and corporate mentoring sessions as well as for speaking engagements with an emphasis on personal development. universalempress.com


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BEGIN AGAIN by Tami Chin-Mitchell

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have found myself at yet another beginning in my life. A student ready to learn, a woman not afraid to fail, a child excited for an adventure, a chapter waiting to unfold. I have been here many times before and each time holds its own lessons and place in my heart. The truth is, each time it gets easier to believe that it will all come together. Each time it feels more natural to trust the process. Each time it feels like I’ve gotten back on a bicycle and am ready to ride after years of not trying. Trust is a muscle and it needs plenty of exercise.

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I recently read an article that said it was silly for us to be taught the old adage that when you jump, one of two things will happen either a net will catch you or you will be taught to fly, when the reality is sometimes we’re gonna Lots of people I know and love, have a rough landing. We might often look at me wondering what even break bones but the truth is I’ll do next or better yet, why that we don’t jump to be caught there even has to be a “next.” or to have a safe landing. We I’ve come to the realization (and jump for the THRILL of it! so have they) that that’s just who I thought that was the best way I I am. I am meant to dream a had ever heard it described and thousand dreams. I am meant it made so much sense to my life. to wear all the hats I choose and I’ve never taken a leap of faith change them as often as I like. because I wanted smooth sailing. It doesn’t make me a flake or a I’ve always taken those leaps failure, flighty or fickle. Rather, I for the joy of the ride, for the like to believe it makes me brave. excitement of it all. The bumps It asks me to be courageous and bruises along the way always more times than maybe most are served me for the next time I had comfortable with. It asks me to to leap again. say YES to new experiences and opportunities. It asks me to trust So I want to encourage anyone the timing of my life and trust who is at a new beginning that I’m exactly where I’m meant now, yearning to grow, to live to be. It asks me to grow in a new authentically, to glow … I want direction so that I can glow in a to personally tell you that life is new direction. going to come together just as it

should and you will be equipped with all that you need to navigate the journey. Even if you aren’t, you’re gonna find a way. You will learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible and you will be proud of yourself when you take a moment to look at how far you’ve come. Most of all, when you start to feel afraid and unsure, I want you to remember why you took the leap in the first place. For the thrill of it!

Entrepreneur and host of the podcast “Tami Tackles Everything” Tami Chin Mitchell tackles everything from life’s biggest questions to marriage, parenting and everything in between. Follow her on @tamichinmitchell for more of her candid, hilarious and insightful perspectives.

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How to be intentional ABOUT CREATING YOUR GLOW by Stacey Ann Hines

QUIET TIME

Step away from the hustle of everyday busyness and allow time for your self-care. SERVICE

An act of kindness towards another is scientifically proven to provide a boost of “feel good” hormones. These actions also spontaneously generate other similar acts in people who witness it.

We are all familiar with “the glow.” We see it on the faces of pregnant women, in the smiles and eyes of babies and blissful lovers. This undeniable euphoria seems fleeting at best, yet we yearn for a more constant inner contentment, love, and peace of mind. The truth is, we don’t need to wait to be pregnant, in love or back from a vacation to experience this deep sense of joy inside that shows up as a blissful glow outside. We have unlimited access to this state of being all the time. The challenge is staying connected to the thoughts and feelings that are catalysts for limitless living. While this may not be everyone’s story, we can all benefit from deliberately choosing to be intentional about creating peace of mind and 120

contentment despite what life throws our way. Here are a few simple practices to stay in alignment with what is our natural born state of bliss. SELF-OBSERVATION

Becoming self-aware is where it all begins. Pay attention to the thoughts going through your mind and intentionally guide them. INTENTION SETTING

Get ahead each morning by choosing to focus your mental energy and deliberately setting positive intentions and affirmations. GRATITUDE

Develop the habit of staying in gratitude by using a journal or sharing one thing you are grateful for with someone.

These practices allow you to maintain access to your state of bliss in order to keep your glow at the top of your mind. Reinforce your practice with intention cards.

Stacey Ann Hines is the founder of Epic Transformation, an e-learning and consulting company, that specializes in helping individuals discover their potential to transform their lives through intentional planning and mindfulness principles. Most recently she launched The Balanced Lady Boss Show (podcast) that complements her weekly LIVE show on Instagram and Facebook. @iamstaceyhines staceyhines.com epicintentioncards.com


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lower blossoms, swaying palms, circulating oceanswept and mountain breezes – a magical concoction made complete by an inviting family spirit. The Kotch lifestyle is full of authentic island vibes and rich with the bounty of freshly cooked meals, friendly smiles and the spirit of community. The brainchild of James Godfrey and Jodi-Ann Moser, Kotch is the newest collection of villas to hit the south coast scene. Their collection of homes consists of simply constructed dwellings surrounded by nature and pastoral views.

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Every nook and cranny, every meal and every experience is the result of James and Jodi’s passionate devotion to detail. They enlisted architect, Samantha Gore, to bring their vision to life – a vision for creating moments and spaces that connect guests with friends, family and community in fresh and exciting ways. This wonderful world of togetherness starts with the homes’ modern tropical architecture and interior designs. Spacious rooms are outfitted with locally made décor — hand-crafted from metal, wood and stone and sourced sustainably from James’ family estate. Lavish outside landscapes pour in through large woodlouvered swing doors that open up living and bedroom walls. Each room is a combination of ultra-modern minimalism offset with antique touches, not to mention the many cozy corners, central living areas and social spots to chill on your own or gather as a group.

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As easy as staying in a hotel, they have a team of courteous staff ready to assist with anything you need. James and Jodi, have truly succeeded in creating a place where any Jamaican or overseas visitor would love to “kotch.� @kotchvilla kotch.co

Melissa von Frankenberg is Founder & Chief Storyteller at MasterWork, a Caribbean-based brand development agency with expertise in multi-channel storytelling. She is a writer and brand whisperer with over a decade of experience managing strategic communications and content strategy for forward-thinking clients.

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hen Jamaican-EnglishAmerican “sisterprenuers” Justine and Juliet Masters opened The Edge in Harlem in late 2014 they were as we say in Jamaica, “trying a ting.” Little did they know how successful their neighbourhood eatery would be and if possible, how much closer they would become as siblings in the process.

What makes you stand apart from the rest as a restaurant in New York City?

The restaurant embodies the elements of our heritage Jamaican and English with a little NYC sprinkled in. Our food is fresh, casual ... there’s something for everyone on our menu. As a local neighbourhood restaurant we wanted to offer the immediate community some alternative options.

special but we weren’t sure what type of business to start. The inspiration came from within our community. We are both Harlem residents since 2000 and felt ourselves drawn to create a space for people to gather (that we would want to go to).

We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and make sure that we don’t step on each other’s toes too much. We have a great dynamic and it helps immensely that we respect each other’s lanes when it comes to operating the restaurant.

What were you both doing before? What are your responsibilities now?

It’s a great advantage to have a business partner whom you can rely on and trust. Trust is paramount when deciding to go into business with anyone, but when it is your family - that trust is usually already baked in. For Juliet and me, it was a no-brainer for us to embark on this journey together.

Justine was working in real estate and fashion. Juliet was in private chefing and catering. Juliet is the head of operations (the big boss). She is the engine of our restaurant and works the back of the house, primarily, but really all of the house. Justine is in front of the house and in charge of design, live and in-house music, customer and public relations for the restaurant. 130

The main challenge is holding a space for our relationship outside of the restaurant. By the time we finish resolving business problems, who has the energy to talk about personal stuff?

How has your experience in running a business been different from what you expected?

It takes an immense amount of emotional and physical energy to run a service business. As well as interfacing with staff you are always worrying about other people’s needs and happiness. This is not something we really thought about when starting our business. We were more concerned with the practical stuff - like paying back loans, getting the food right, etc.

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What was your inspiration to start The Edge? What was it like starting We always wanted to join a new business with your sister? together and create something


What is the top quality or value that has helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

Always stay level-headed and find the solution.

Has working together affected your relationship?

Justine & Juliet Masters

Surprisingly we are still best friends. There is a lot of pressure that comes with running a restaurant. We work hard together but we also play hard and reward ourselves. Working together has given us a greater respect for the women we have become. 131


What advice would you give someone wanting to start a business?

Be smart and fearless. Understand that failures are great teachers and many times they are blessings in disguise. Make sure to build in time for yourself. Surround yourself with a strong team.

Do you have a favourite menu item? Can you share the recipe? Coconut Battered Fish and Grits! No, it’s a secret (smile).

The Edge was recently featured in Essence online and has been written up in several other publications. How does this measure up to your definition of success? Success is looking around the restaurant and seeing that it is packed with a diverse, happy crowd. The Edge appeals to 132

the family that has lived in the neighbourhood for more than 30 years as well as the young couple who just moved in six months ago. Success is hearing people tell us they love the vibe and our food and the ambiance makes them feel good.

Our place is a community service as well as a business. We will continue to nurture and grow our business, while also seeing what other possibilities/ opportunities are out there for us to seize. theedgeharlem.com 101 Edgecombe Avenue New York, NY


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London Calling

@oh_henry

by Rachael Barrett

“why Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” - Samuel Johnson

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’ve been lucky to live in London at different stages of life. I’ve taken breaks here and there, and every time I come back I am struck by how the city continues to evolve at a rapid pace while simultaneously and contrarily preserving its considerable classic charm. Take a deep breath and don’t be intimidated by its size. As spread out as LA, but with a pace more akin to New York, taking advantage of the nuances of each neighborhood is key to enjoying the best 134

the city has to offer. Here is a shortlist of some of my favorite gems off the tourist trail. LAYLOW

This Ladbroke Grove spot is a combination of private member’s club and chic casual brasserie, parked in an unassuming estate corner —previously known only to fashionphiles who made the pilgrimage to Rellik. The music is always just the right West London mix of reggae, afrobeats, hip-hop and pop.

CHILTERN FIREHOUSE

The cheeky London sister to LA’s famed Chateau Marmont, this restaurant and hotel bar has been a go-to after-hours spot since it opened. It’s not a member’s club, but admittedly they are discerning at the door so leave the loudmouth friend at home. Watch out for the fireplace seats, it really gets hot and as the name suggests they never turn them down! Also, order a Vespa, thank me later.


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Held at a level in my esteem usually reserved for Screechie’s in Hellshire, this is probably one of my favourite restaurants in the world. Impeccable service. A wine list you could order blindly from. Simple but stylish interior - a classic that’s still the best. LN-CC

I remember first going to this boutique on the hunt for an out of print paperback 1970s sci-fi novel (curator life, long story) back when Dalston was not a fashionable stop and the trains were not yet finished so it was just a mission. I literally drew breath when I entered this underground den of all things cool, and it’s amazing to see how the carefully curated aesthetic has still remained at the forefront of the zeitgeist. Sorry ladies, they sell men’s clothing only. But trust me you’ll find something you can’t live without.

I meet now enthusiastically invite me to meet them for an aperitif on the roof at Frank’s or tell me their office/ studio is just in the back at “Levels.” Open all summer, and always accompanied by a now international programme of international talent, broadened from art to theatre, music and other types of performance, Bold Tendencies is a pulsating beat within the transformed Peckham community.

assure me that as a neophyte I just don’t know it never left.) From speakeasy haunts in Crown Heights across the pond the best equivalent I’ve seen so far has been sultry crooning at laid back NT’s in Hackney, but there are spots all around this borough that are filling their calendars with local talent. LATE NIGHTS AT THE STANDARD

The new kid on the block, this LA/Miami/New York A CLASSIC GIN MARTINI import has taken the capital by storm with its signature AT DUKE’S For some reason nothing says footprint at the cutting edge of all things, fashion, art and London sophistication quite like a classic martini, and this design as it embraces its iconic brutalist structure and of-thetucked away St. James spot serves up the undisputed best. moment King’s Cross location, perfectly bridging east and Pro tips: Always order from west. Weary travelers (or the the trolley—no, don’t touch. late night set) will appreciate You’re only allowed to order two and a “dirty” request just the 24-hour menu and the literati will love the people might solicit an eye roll. watching from the downstairs AFTERNOON SHOPPING bar/cozy free library. AT BROWNS EAST Meanwhile the glitterati will London boutiques are famed keep going upstairs to the for their ability to mix globally boom-boom style lounge with BOLD TENDENCIES recognized labels with AT LEVELS IN views across the city. PECKHAM surprising quirky finds, and It’s incredible to think that I find Browns boutique edit 12 years ago an enterprising has always been at the top gallerist Hannah Barry of my sartorial food chain. invited a few art world folk The newly opened outpost in to sit in a room and propose Shoreditch is so well designed emerging artists for an it feels intimate despite the ambitious sculpture exhibition broad range in stock. on the roof of a carpark in Peckham of all places. Fast JAZZ IN HACKNEY forward a few years and a For some reason jazz is back couple million people later in vogue. (When I say this and the young trendy people around my music friends they 135


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Celebrating

in Peru by Tara Bradshaw

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n my 35th birthday, I excitedly exclaimed to a friend, “I’m halfway to 40!” Gleefully she informed me that in fact, I was halfway to 70. Math, clearly, has never been my strong suit. But it got me to thinking: why not make a milestone out of my 40th and take the trip of a lifetime! With that in mind I set out to plan a trip to Peru. The goal was to arrive as close to my birthday (at the beginning of the year) as possible and be at the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on the actual day. I wanted my 40th to be special, to be different. Only time would tell if this “milestone trip” would be worth it. In the blink of an eye New Year’s Eve 2018 arrived. It was one year before I was supposed to go on my milestone trip, yet I felt no closer to actually getting there. That night I celebrated with a close circle of friends and each of us chose a tradition from around the world to ring in the year. Keeping my dream in mind, I chose the Peruvian tradition of running around the block with an empty suitcase, to bring good travel luck. Had I really spent these years waiting on one trip to mark my 40th milestone, when there had been many opportunities to travel otherwise? But a lot can happen in one year and somehow, my dream

manifested into reality and everything came together. On New Year’s Eve 2019, my travel partner and I landed in Cusco, Peru. Upon arrival at our city-centre hotel, I found out that our hotel was home to its own resident baby alpaca. I couldn’t contain my excitement when meeting “Panchita,” with her fluffy silky-soft coat, traditional Peruvian decorations and sparkly yellow reindeer ears.

It seemed to me a perfect welcome to a country I had previously only dreamed of. At 8 p.m. we walked to the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s colonial city centre. We took our seats on the ancient stone steps alongside hundreds of others and prepared to wait for midnight. By 11 p.m. the hundreds had turned into thousands of people from all over the world, all huddled together for warmth in the

10ºC weather. All around everyone was wearing something yellow, which in Peru is the colour of good luck; for those like myself without yellow accessories, scores of vendors roamed the crowd with a variety of items for sale. We watched in equal measures of amusement and fear as fireworks were lit without any regulation or supervision. The crowd, which had now grown to such a size that it seemed to be a living, breathing entity, was seemingly immune to the chaos - ebbing and flowing, scattering and resuming their positions around the occasional firework thrown 137


into the midst. It was almost hypnotic. And through it all, there was never a sense of danger, only community. As time counted down, fireworks scaled up. At the stroke of midnight, the sky was as bright as daylight. Locals and tourists alike wished each other a Happy New Year. We had two plastic cups thrust into our hands by a complete stranger, champagne poured, toasts made. Then in unison, the crowd began to run around the square. I sat in awe, witnessing the real-life version of a tradition that I had chosen exactly one year prior. I had never experienced anything close to that night. A few days later we were to head to Macchu Picchu. Prior to the trip, we had been warned about altitude sickness in Peru. We were prepared, armed to the teeth with medication. We drank endless cups of coca tea, the local remedy. We felt invincible. Then, the night before my birthday, I could barely keep my eyes open. My head felt like it weighed about a thousand pounds. I couldn’t believe this was happening. To make matters worse, rain was forecast for the next morning, and sunshine for the afternoon; our tour was scheduled for 9 a.m.!

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You may be expecting to hear that everything went wrong the next day. The truth is that on my 40th birthday, this pinnacle of my five year plan, everything that I had possibly hoped for, materialized. My altitude sickness was completely gone. The trains were on time and seamless. The rain held off until the tour was complete. I managed to get a selfie with a llama (a personal must-do).

I had a wonderful partner with whom to celebrate. Ultimately, Machu Picchu was everything that I hoped it would be, and even more. I had finally achieved my goal, my milestone journey. So was all of this worth it? Going to Peru just to celebrate a birthday? The missed travel opportunities, the waiting, all this emphasis on a milestone? The short answer is yes. The


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long answer is also yes, but not in the way I thought.Without a doubt, spending my birthday in Peru was unforgettable. I thought the highlight of my milestone birthday would be Machu Picchu, the part for which I had so meticulously planned. I thought that that would have been the part of the trip that resonated with me the most - and it truly was amazing. However, I’ve realised that the real highlight was the whole experience. The emphasis on making this trip a milestone goal made it feel that much more special when it was achieved. The highlight was who I shared it with … it was the atmosphere of community amongst the crowd in that square on that magical, joyous, once-in-alifetime New Year’s Eve night. And so from the girl in the sparkly yellow rabbit ears to you, strangers, friends and readers, may you choose to mark all of life’s milestones in some special way. They are truly worth celebrating. 139


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ALLIGATOR HEAD FOUNDATION by Elena Diedrick Lynch

“Be the change you want to see of Jamaica’s finest Marine in the world.” - Mahatma Ghandi Biologists, Dr. Dayne Buddo who at the time was a professor at the In a time when far too many of University of the West Indies and us sit by idly and take an “out of ran the Discovery Bay Marine sight, out of mind” approach – Lab. After numerous discussions, there are some amazing people not only did he feel aligned placing value and importance with Bornemisza’s vision for on our environment and the Foundation in Portland and fragile ecosystem. One such sign up to spearhead it, but he person is Duchess Francesca also went on to take over several Thyssen-Bornemisza. Known projects for her worldwide affectionately by locals as the — recently representing the Duchess, I had the pleasure of Foundation (and Jamaica) in first meeting Francesca, some an audience with the United years ago when she was about to Nations’ Chief Executive Officer. launch her passion project for Jamaica – The Alligator Head “Francesca saw the decline of the Marine Lab - the first step in her coral reefs and fish stocks firstcreation of The Alligator Head hand,” explains Dr. Buddo. “She Foundation (AHF), a non-profit wanted to make a difference ... environmental NGO based in change the downward trend in Portland. Bornemisza who grew the health of the coral reefs in up spending time in Jamaica with the area. It was important to her her family, credits her dedication that we promote the recovery of to preserving Portland’s marine fish stocks while also improving life to falling in love with the sea, the livelihoods of the local during those holidays, and all fishermen. Long term we want the magic it held just below the the community to recognize their surface. dependence on the health of the marine environment to such a With her vision in mind, degree that they change their Bornemisza sought out one behaviour and culture towards

actively protecting it. The use of strong science to guide management has been an integral pillar of our work and this will continue. From the very start it was critical that the community was engaged. Now the sanctuary is performing, it’s even more important for communities to use the marine environment sustainably while it increases in species and the amount of fish growing healthily inside it. Francesca agrees, “Using the information gathered by scientists in our own research facilities at Alligator Head to empower the fishers and help them understand what the consequences (of overfishing) are, was probably the best decision that we could have taken. We all have a responsibility to take this part of paradise and turn it into an eco friendly destination.” For more information on how to see the sanctuary or get involved, visit: alligatorheadfoundation.org

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