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IN THIS ISSUE

ISSUE THIRTY-NINE

Features & Regulars 3 12 38

Letter from the Editors Feature: King of the North Text and Photography by Mike Yuzdepski Feature: Bijou Canoe Interview by ViVien Hoang; Art and Photography by Lori Ebbitt

Editorials 4 Paula 22 The County 32 No Fear 42 Chanel 50 The Sprouts Part 1 58 The Sprouts Part 2 64 It’s My Dream 76 The Six

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VEUX Magazine - Issue 39 STAFF Vivien Hoang Editor-In-Chief/Layout Design editorial@veuxmag.com Ada Adams Editor editorial@veuxmag.com Wales Wong Regular Contributor wales@veuxmag.com Yawen Chan Web Producer

CONTRIBUTORS: Lori Ebbitt, ViVien Hoang, Mike Yuzdepski PUBLISHER VEUX Magazine is published every two months by AVW Publishing Inc. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are solely those of the original author and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of VEUX Magazine, AVW Publishing Inc., any of its staff, and/or any/all contributors to this magazine. CONTACT www.veuxmag.com editorial@veuxmag.com FOLLOW www.facebook.com/veuxmag www.twitter.com/VeuxMag www.google.com/+Veuxmag

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We must do better. We can do better. In recent months, the world has been rocked by dozens of people coming forward with allegations of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct against industry players. VEUX Magazine would like to applaud the bravery of the people coming forward with their stories; it is never easy to go public with such traumatic experiences. We hear you and we support you. But I want us to do more: all of us, collectively, in the entertainment, arts and fashion industry - from the bottom up. Many of these stories involve the big name moguls, but the reality is the abuse and inappropriate behaviour can happen at any level. In my short career as a model, I was a part of several dozen photoshoots of varying size and experience. 99.99% of those shoots were fun, professional and amazing experiences, where friendships and networks were built and the creative juices were flowing. But I still recall vividly one shoot where the photographer kept making excuses to grab my breasts, ostensibly to re-arrange them. There was another shoot, where the photographer’s assistant hounded a 16 year old model to take off her tubetop, despite it being a make-up/beauty shoot. Looking back at both these events now, I wish I had said something. But I felt too new to the industry to know what was normal and what wasn’t, too scared that I was ruining my shot and so I stayed quiet. This is what those people were relying on in order to prey on us. Looking back now, I realize that no one person held the keys to my success and no job assignment is worth my safety. As an independent magazine working with up-and-coming talent, we want to put out a call to action for everyone - our readers and contributors - to speak up when you see something wrong happening. We have a chance to change the culture of the industry, to let people know we do not accept this predatory behaviour. Finally, if you are the survivor of sexual assault or harassment, please reach out to your local organization and support centers for help. If you are in immediate danger, call your local emergency line. In Canada: endingviolencecanada.org/getting-help www.sheltersafe.ca In the United States: Rainn.org The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

V.H. On Behalf of the Editors

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the North Text and Photography by Mike Yuzdepski Shot on location at Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

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In a country where 90% of the population lives within 160 kilometers of the U.S. border, Churchill, Manitoba sits 400 kilometers from the nearest city and 110 kilometers from the Manitoba-Nunavut border, making it a true frontier settlement. Churchill has had many identities over the years, from fur trading post to Cold War military base, but is currently best known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World where a 1,000 people go about their lives next to a 1,000 polar bears. There are few sights in nature as striking as a polar bear crossing the frozen tundra. With males sometimes weighing over 650 kilograms, polar bears are the largest land predators on the planet and their unique diet is what brings them to Churchill each year. Unlike other species of bears, polar bears are almost entirely carnivorous: more than 95% of their diet consists of seal fat. The polar bears congregate on the west coast of the Hudson Bay to rest while they wait for the sea water to freeze so they can venture out onto the ice in the late autumn to hunt for seals. The success of this hunt is critical to the polar bear’s survival during the long fast they must endure during the ice-free months each year. This dependency may make polar bears the species most directly affected by climate change. For example, pregnant females will journey up to eighty kilometers during the summer months from the Hudson Bay coast to their dens south of Churchill. During such treks, females may lose up to half their body weight. The later the Hudson Bay freezes and the sooner it melts, the less energy reserves female polar bears have once the fasting season begins, which results in fewer successful pregnancies. A longer fasting season also means more encounters between humans and hungry bears. The intertwined history of humans and polar bears along the western Hudson Bay stretches back thousands of years to when the first indigenous people settled in the region and most of that history has been harmonious. The Inuit, for example, not only saw the polar bear as a valuable resource to be hunted for food and clothing but also as a mythical creature imbued with spiritual powers. However, the Europeans who permanently settled in Churchill in 1717 when the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post, did not always share the Inuit’s respect for the polar bear. By the mid-twentieth century, many began to see the polar bears as pests at best or dangerous killers at worst. For many years, it was not uncommon for people to shoot first and ask questions later when encountering a polar bear; twenty-five polar bears were shot and killed in and around Churchill in 1976.

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Fortunately, attitudes began to shift during the 1970s, which culminated in the establishment of the Polar Bear Alert Program in 1980. This program seeks to balance the protection of humans and bears through education and prevention. The Polar Bear Alert Program includes the famous “polar bear jail� where bears exhibiting dangerous behaviour are held in a former aircraft storage hangar for 30 days or until the sea ice forms, before being airlifted out of town. Activities which habituated polar bears and fostered dangerous habits among them such as baiting bears for tourists have also been put to a stop. The dump at Fort Churchill also finally closed in 2005, which had lured many bears to the town and fostered a negative image of polar bears as garbage-eating vermin.

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Now an iconic symbol of Churchill and the northern way of life, the town’s embrace of the polar bear is another example of conservation and economic goals aligning: since the closure of the military base in 1968, Churchill had been in dire need of a new industry. At one point, it seemed that Churchill might become nothing more than a memory of a bygone era in Canadian history. Now, thousands of visitors travel to Churchill each year to not only see the polar bears but to also enjoy other Arctic wildlife such as ptarmigan, foxes and owls.

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Despite the immense progress made in recent decades, relations between humans and polar bears in Churchill can still be uneasy at times, and encounters can be expected to increase the longer polar bears must wait on shore for the sea ice to form. Fortunately, however, the perception of the polar bear as a threat to be eliminated rather than an impressive creature to be protected and respected seems to be a thing of the past, even as climate change poses unprecedented challenges for both polar bears and humans.

Those looking to experience the magic of Churchill themselves should consider booking an excursion with an operator such as Classic Canadian Tours, who offer direct chartered flights to Churchill from Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. And lastly, anyone looking to support polar bear conservation should consider donating to Polar Bears International, the only organization dedicated solely to studying and protecting polar bears. While, at times, the outlook for Churchill’s polar bears may appear bleak in the face of increasingly pessimistic forecasts, through the research of PBI and other conservation groups, we may still yet learn how the King of the North can survive in a rapidly changing world.

While the future of the polar bears of the western Hudson Bay may be uncertain, their history is a rich one and an in-depth account of that history can be found in Arctic Icons: How the Town of Churchill Learned to Love its Polar Bears by Edward Struzik, which served as an invaluable resource for this article. polarbearsinternational.org

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Born in Sydney, Australia, Mike moved to Canada with his family as a child. Mike acquired his love of nature from his mother at an early age but ultimately found his passion for wildlife photography later in life when he was living in Calgary, Alberta. When not out with his camera or skiing, he practices commercial real estate law at SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust in Vaughan, Ontario.

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Limited Edition Organic Cotton Gown by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection)

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Clothing by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Boots: Stylist’s Own

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Limited Edition Organic Cotton Gown by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection)

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Key Necklace by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Shirt by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Jacket by Tashi Apparel (@tashi_apparel) Skirt by Tashi Apparel (@tashi_apparel) 26 | VEUX | ISSUE 39


Sustainable Cotton Sweater by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection) Pants by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) ISSUE 39 | VEUX | 27


Cap Sleeve Crop Top by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Woven Pant by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection) 28 | VEUX | ISSUE 39


Jacket Choker by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Shearling Vest by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Woven Belt by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Off-Shoulder Pocket Dress by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection) Boots: Model’s Own ISSUE 39 | VEUX | 29


Denim Vest by Fred & Bean (@fredandbean) Shirt by Tashi Apparel (@tashi_apparel) Fringed Skirt by Peggy Sue Collection (@peggysuecollection)

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CANADA photography: Scott Cooper (@azimutharts) make-up & hair: Julia Crimson (@julia_crimson_makeup) wardrobe styling: Caryn Parchment (@fashionablefoodieto) retouching: Abstraxion Retouch & Design (@Abstraxion_Retouch) model: Lainee (@laineemusic)

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No Fear CANADA photography: John Mella make-up & hair: Progga Saif fashion design: Shelly Kanyo Studios wardrobe styling: Shelly Kanyo Studios model: Brittany Ervin (Numa Models)

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Bijou Canoe Interview by ViVien Hoang Lori Ebbitt was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has a degree in Creative Communications and is currently enrolled in a Software Development program, but she’s also an artist combining jewelry with clay and weaving. VEUX Magazine had a chance to sit down with this avid reader, amateur photographer, plant lady, travel lover, and passionate maker to learn more about her.

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VEUX MAGAZINE: Most people think of jewelry makers as working primarily with metals or beads, but what drew me to your work were the tapestries. What prompted you to start creating your own jewelry line? LORI EBBITT: I’ve always been drawn to creative forms of expression whether it’s writing, photography, knitting, or trying my hand at any new skill I have the opportunity to learn. It seems weird to say I’m passionate about aesthetics since I think that’s sort of an innate thing in most people, but I think that’s largely why I was drawn to jewelry. I love unique jewelry but when I struggled to find the kinds of things I wanted to wear, I decided to start making my own.

VM: What inspires you and your art? Your work seems really personal. LE: I have such an eclectic set of interests and passions and I think that comes across in the things I make. [I’m inspired by] (b)roader things like colour and patterns, but I also find inspiration to create in all the things I enjoy experiencing or talking about - astronomy, philosophy, art, literature, pop culture, travel, coffee, plants, living in the Prairies…. There’s something really cathartic about injecting little bits of your favourite things into your creations. I spend a lot of time actually seeking out unique components and themes that I hope will resonate with others like they do with me.

VM: Where did you learn your craft? LE: Most of what I started out making was jewelry and I kind of just taught myself the very basics of how to put things together. Then I gradually started incorporating all my other creative outlets into jewelry. Anytime I try something new or experiment with a new medium, I think “How can I turn this into jewelry?” A friend got me into working with polymer clay and now I incorporate it into some of my pieces. A year and a half ago I went to a wonderful workshop on weaving and I fell in love with the craft. I started to wonder how small I could weave and that’s how my Tiny Tapestry necklaces were born. ISSUE 39 | VEUX | 39


VM: Being self-taught must be challenging, but also rewarding. Actually, the entire creative process is probably both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. LE: Learning new things and new skills and being able to incorporate them into what I do is amazing. It’s great connecting with people who dig what you’re doing - there’s that click of “Somebody else gets it!” and it’s wild how uplifting that can be. Self-doubt, as cliché as it may seem for creative types, is always looming though. Jewelry and art can be an oversaturated market and obviously so subjective, so even though you know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, it can still be disheartening to think maybe you’re on the wrong path.

VM: What’s next for you? LE: I have been experimenting with different types, styles and mediums since I started making jewelry so I’m trying to narrow down a more cohesive line of art. I want to do less with bought components and more with my own original components. I have a lot of exciting ideas for expanding my current take on wearable art. I am also working on larger handwoven pieces, so creating tapestries for both the body and home is this really fascinating way of creating very different versions of the same thing. I hope to create more woven wallhangings and play around with how to manipulate the aesthetic of this art that is on the rise again.

VM: What would you say to new artists? What do you wish somebody would have told you? LE: Find other artists and talk to them. The maker community in Manitoba where I live is phenomenal - there are so many people willing to share advice, bounce ideas around, and just generally help and support other local artists. I found that finding a network of local creative people has been incredibly helpful - you support each other and you feed into this expanding community of ideas. It’s also important to give back to the community in other ways too. I help to raise funds for projects and programming for the local public libraries by volunteering as the Social Media Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library. You can see more of Lori’s work on her Etsy Shop (www.etsy.com/shop/bijoucanoe) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/bijoucanoe). 40 | VEUX | ISSUE 39


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KOSOVO photography: Beni Cufi make-up & hair: Vesa Lamaxhema fashion design: R-Fashion wardrobe styling: Vesa Lamaxhema assistant: Rine Abrashi model: Jora Lumezi & Nita Lumezi

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The Sprouts Part 2

KOSOVO photography: Beni Cufi make-up & hair: Vesa Lamaxhema fashion design: R-Fashion wardrobe styling: Vesa Lamaxhema assistant: Rine Abrashi model: Jora Lumezi & Nita Lumezi

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It’s My Dream ITALY photography: Evelyn Magri wardrobe styling: Evelyn Magri model: Sara Mazza

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Dress: Handmade

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Dress by Asos Frill: Handmade

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Top by H&M Skirt by Bershka Tutu by Deha

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Shirt by Marella Skirt by H&M Bunny Ears: Handmade

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Jacket by Pinko Shirt by Ralph Lauren Dress: Handmade Shoes by Tods

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CANADA photography: Der Wei Chan (www.derweichan.com) make-up & hair: Carole Whyte wardrobe styling: Crystal Roy model: Vivien H (Sherrida Personal Mgmt)

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