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As she looks toward the future, Ella Balinska is ready for just about anything, unafraid of going outside her comfort zo...
09/28/2023

As she looks toward the future, Ella Balinska is ready for just about anything, unafraid of going outside her comfort zone and embracing new experiences. The actress wants to tell stories that inspire and thrill people, and, most importantly, she wants to have a good time doing it. "In 10 years, I'll be able to properly vocalize how I feel, but all I can say is that I feel so strongly about how excited I am that people are going to have the opportunity to see, not just me as Ella Balinksa, but me as a reflection of real people in society, being able to go, 'Hey, here's someone who's doing their best, succeeding at what they do, and making interesting choices, doing cool s**t.' That's all I want, to be honest with you."

Our cover star, Ella Balinska, for The Chemicals Between Us Issue 20.

Photography by Teneshia Carr
Styling by Julia Gall
Hair by Graham Nation
Makeup by Vincent Oquendo
Production by Clémentine Desseaux
All fashion by Chanel

When you hear MC Sha-Rock's cool and calm voice float through your speakers on the 1980 track "That's The Joint", it's c...
09/21/2023

When you hear MC Sha-Rock's cool and calm voice float through your speakers on the 1980 track "That's The Joint", it's clear she's not accompanying anyone but standing strong on her own. As an original member of the Funky 4 and then the +1 in the Funky 4 +1 after returning to the group, the first woman MC was there from the beginning of hip hop culture's nascent but is rarely given the credit she deserves for pioneering that path, being a co-inventor of the forever iconic rap battle and creating the blueprint for the globally influential artform and multi-billion dollar business that has sat atop the zeitgeist worldwide for decades. So with hip hop celebrating 50 years, it feels more poignant than ever to ensure this groundbreaker gets her due and place in the history books.

"People who don't know hip hop culture say if hip hop started in 1973, how is it that you became the first woman MC in 1977?," she states. "In 1973, you had Coke La Rock, who was DJ Cool Herc's MC. But you didn't have women MCs who were spitting the bars like I was and who were ushering in the new style and new era of rhyming that you see now."

MC Sha-Rock for our latest issue Hot Like Fire Issue 23.

Words by Faith Cummings
Photography by Eli Durst
Hair by Tyla Thomas
Makeup by Vickey Lee

“Beautiful Things” Hot Like Fire Issue 23 Photography by Jaques Manga Fashion Editor: Shandi Alexander Hair & Makeup by ...
09/04/2023

“Beautiful Things”

Hot Like Fire Issue 23

Photography by Jaques Manga
Fashion Editor: Shandi Alexander
Hair & Makeup by Julia Jennifer
Photography Assistant: Mame Cheikh
Fashion Assistant: Ndèye Ngoné Fall
Hair & Makeup Assistant: Marda Ivannick
Models: Khadija Sow and Maty Diop at Amy Management
All clothing by Chanel

Over the last seven years, Doechii has risen from the depths of Soundcloud to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts....
08/21/2023

Over the last seven years, Doechii has risen from the depths of Soundcloud to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts. Though she's yet to release an official debut album, she's already scored collaborations with artists like Janelle Monáe, Ravyn Lenae, and SZA. Doja Cat is a huge fan, as is UGK's Bun B. She's such a hot commodity right now that, when asked to reflect on 2023 alone, she has to pause to refresh her memory. "Coachella. My first charting song. And Billboard Women In Music was this year too, right?" (It was. She won the Rising Star Award.) Setting intentions has clearly worked for Doechii thus far. So when she says, "Ultimately, it would be great if when people thought about 'pop culture,' they thought about me," it's difficult not to nod in knowing agreement.

Our Issue 23 cover star Doechii for our latest issue Hot Like Fire.

Photographer: Kanya Iwana
Fashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn
Interview & words: Michael Cuby
Hair: Malcolm Marquez
Makeup: Dee Carrion
Manicurist: Temeka Jackson
Tailor: L.V.D.F
Production: Hyperion LA
Editorial Assistant: Maddie Hollamon
Photography Assistants: Lance Williams and Jeremy Eric Sinclair
Fashion Assistant: Sophia Nieser

"CommOddity" Look a Little Closer Issue 21Photography by SHARUM + ARI Styling by Laura Sophie Cox at A-Frame Agency Hair...
08/14/2023

"CommOddity"

Look a Little Closer Issue 21

Photography by SHARUM + ARI
Styling by Laura Sophie Cox at A-Frame Agency
Hair by Heather Weppler at Exclusive Artists
Makeup by Nicole Chew at Art Department
Model: Sedona Legge at Photogenics
Photo Assistant: Nick Gerads
Stylist Assistant: Emily Burnette
Shot at Terraform LA

Havana Rose Liu for If You Only Knew Issue 19.Photography by Levi WaltonCreative Direction by Teneshia CarrFashion Edito...
08/12/2023

Havana Rose Liu for If You Only Knew Issue 19.

Photography by Levi Walton
Creative Direction by Teneshia Carr
Fashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn
Hair by Jason Marullio
Makeup by Aya Tariq
Set Design by Pablo Olguin

"Somewhere in Brooklyn"What A Wonderful World Issue 18Photography by Andre WagnerCreative Direction by Teneshia CarrFash...
08/10/2023

"Somewhere in Brooklyn"

What A Wonderful World Issue 18

Photography by Andre Wagner
Creative Direction by Teneshia Carr
Fashion Editor: Fashion Editor
Model: JoAni Johnson
Hair by Tomo Sato
Makeup by Aya Tariq
All Fashion by Louis Vuitton

“Reflections”Metamorphosis Issue 14Photography by Damien FryStyling by Jorge MoralesHair by Takuya YamaguchiMakeup by Ke...
08/08/2023

“Reflections”

Metamorphosis Issue 14

Photography by Damien Fry
Styling by Jorge Morales
Hair by Takuya Yamaguchi
Makeup by Kento Utsubo
Model: Atikah Karim at One Management

"Your Shadow Self" We Should All Be Artists Issue 22Photography by Petros KouiourisStyling by Gabrielle PrescodSet Desig...
08/03/2023

"Your Shadow Self"

We Should All Be Artists Issue 22

Photography by Petros Kouiouris
Styling by Gabrielle Prescod
Set Design by Adrienne Egolum at Lenzu Studios
Hair by Mark Alan Esparza at Kramer + Kramer
Makeup by Christyna Kay at Art Department
Model: Tati at Unite Unite

Ellery for Metamorphosis Issue 14.Photography by Levi WaltonStyling by Tiffani StylesHair by Drew MartinMakeup by Chloe ...
08/02/2023

Ellery for Metamorphosis Issue 14.

Photography by Levi Walton
Styling by Tiffani Styles
Hair by Drew Martin
Makeup by Chloe Grae
Set Design by Pablo Olguin
Model: Jada Shropshire at Next Model Management

“A Touch of Spring”Rebirth Issue 11Photography by Anne PiquéStyling by Noemie BeltranModels: Nam Yoon and Liu Xu
08/01/2023

“A Touch of Spring”

Rebirth Issue 11

Photography by Anne Piqué
Styling by Noemie Beltran
Models: Nam Yoon and Liu Xu

Flowerovlove for Imagine Issue 17 Photography by Lauren MaccabeeFashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn Hair by Lauraine BaileyMak...
07/28/2023

Flowerovlove for Imagine Issue 17

Photography by Lauren Maccabee
Fashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn
Hair by Lauraine Bailey
Makeup by Maya Man
Fashion Assistant: Vardana Dargani
Photo Assistant: Ella Pavlides

"Then, Now, Always"Metamorphosis Issue 14Photography: Tone WoolfeStyling: Rachael Bettencourt Hair: Ro Morgan Makeup: Ja...
07/27/2023

"Then, Now, Always"

Metamorphosis Issue 14

Photography: Tone Woolfe
Styling: Rachael Bettencourt
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Jaleesa Jaikaren
Model: Ajong Yel
Casting: Dionne Cochrane

Robert Wun for Soulmates Issue 16Photography by Ashton HughFashion Editor: Oliver VaughnHair by Gordon ChapplesMakeup by...
07/26/2023

Robert Wun for Soulmates Issue 16

Photography by Ashton Hugh
Fashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn
Hair by Gordon Chapples
Makeup by Lydia Ward-Smith
Model: Yermin at Milk
Styling Assistants: Vandana Dargani and Valencia Rose

"In the Studio"Look a Little Closer Issue 21Photography by Theresa MarxStyling by Oliver Vaughn Hair by Chris KurzMakeup...
07/25/2023

"In the Studio"

Look a Little Closer Issue 21

Photography by Theresa Marx
Styling by Oliver Vaughn
Hair by Chris Kurz
Makeup by Anna Inglishall
Model: Phoebe Matthews at The Hive Management

“Currently, there is a newly intensified wave of empathetic consciousness in all forms of artistic output. I want the co...
07/24/2023

“Currently, there is a newly intensified wave of empathetic consciousness in all forms of artistic output. I want the community to seize this moment in history to create work that tells a story and compels them to seek out empathy and activism for the sake of others,” explains McClinton.“My hope is the work I’m creating can help do that. I want to spark conversations that have, historically, been hard to start.”

Dave McClinton for Rebirth Issue 11.

Words by Katie Farley

Jil Sander designer feature from Pieces of You Issue 12Photography by Daniel BensonFashion Editor by Oliver VaughnGroomi...
07/21/2023

Jil Sander designer feature from Pieces of You Issue 12

Photography by Daniel Benson
Fashion Editor by Oliver Vaughn
Grooming by Jolanda Coetzer
Model: Precious at Titanium
Set by Mussirah Moossun

“Paradise Interaction”Stories of Us Issue 9Creative Direction & Photography by Cesar Love AlexandreStyling by Clelia Caz...
07/20/2023

“Paradise Interaction”

Stories of Us Issue 9

Creative Direction & Photography by Cesar Love Alexandre
Styling by Clelia Cazals
Makeup by Mayumi Oda
Hair by Yumiko Hikage
Model: Giuliana at OUI Management

"My Love For Air" for Blanc Online Photography by Mirja ZentgrafStyling by Bianca Fleisch Hair & Makeup by Latisha Nicho...
07/19/2023

"My Love For Air" for Blanc Online

Photography by Mirja Zentgraf
Styling by Bianca Fleisch
Hair & Makeup by Latisha Nicholson
Model: Camila at Mirrrs Models

"Girl Living"Heat Issue 6Photography by Sodai YokoyamaStyling by Ai TakahashiHair & Makeup by Asumi WashizukaModel: Soog...
07/18/2023

"Girl Living"

Heat Issue 6

Photography by Sodai Yokoyama
Styling by Ai Takahashi
Hair & Makeup by Asumi Washizuka
Model: Soogyong Kim

“Art of Water”We Should All Be Artists Issue 22Photography by Rhys FramptonHair & Makeup by Sophia CoxStyling by Raquel ...
07/17/2023

“Art of Water”

We Should All Be Artists Issue 22

Photography by Rhys Frampton
Hair & Makeup by Sophia Cox
Styling by Raquel Mejias
Model: Jessica Luostarinen
Produced by Our Own Production
Assisted by Josh Showell

“Winnie New York’s spring/summer 2022 collection was about the pilgrimage of artists like Nina Simone and James Baldwin ...
07/13/2023

“Winnie New York’s spring/summer 2022 collection was about the pilgrimage of artists like Nina Simone and James Baldwin going to Africa for the first time,” Balogun said. “The reason I identified with that subject for the collection is because I felt that way my entire life. When you’re from somewhere, and you’re raised somewhere else, and you go somewhere else or move somewhere else, and you’re touched by another culture, another tradition, and different people, it changes who you are.”

The Nigerian-born Balogun was raised in London and moved to New York to start Winnie. He produces his collection in Italy and shows the line in Paris.

“I’m Nigerian and I moved to America, ”Balogun said. “Am I Nigerian or am I American? And when you return back home to Nigeria, there’s that same sort of theme. You’re not the same person who left. You kind of don’t have a place anymore. I definitely felt like an outsider in a sense, but I also felt at home. I think all these places—London, Nigeria, and New York—are home, but I’m also very different from your average London boy or your average New Yorker. When I tell people I’m from New York, they say, ‘Well, your accent doesn’t sound like it.’ It throws people for a loop.”

Winnie New York for If You Only Knew Issue 19

Interview by Sharon Edelson

MAXIMALISM for Blanc Online Photography by Silvia Draz Styling by Craig HemmingMakeup by Violet ZhengHair by Abra Kenned...
07/12/2023

MAXIMALISM for Blanc Online

Photography by Silvia Draz
Styling by Craig Hemming
Makeup by Violet Zheng
Hair by Abra Kennedy
Casting Director: Rachel Sarah
Model: Beatriz at Elite
Photography Assistant: Francesco Augello
Styling Assistant: Can Jenkins
Paintings by Elk O’Sullivan

“The meaning of my paintings has to do with an alien race. All of my work is based on an alien race in a post-apocalypti...
07/10/2023

“The meaning of my paintings has to do with an alien race. All of my work is based on an alien race in a post-apocalyptic world that I created. It's like a story, almost. When I was younger, I used to be into comic books...I think a lot of the things I do now kind of go back to my childhood and things I wanted to do that I'm actually doing now.”

Gianni Lee for The Chemicals Between Us Issue 20

Interview by Marisa Kalil Barrino

“Unnoticed You” for Mad World Issue 13Mad World Issue 13Photography by Masa Hamanoi Styling by Maki Kimura Hair by RITSU...
07/07/2023

“Unnoticed You” for Mad World Issue 13

Mad World Issue 13

Photography by Masa Hamanoi
Styling by Maki Kimura
Hair by RITSU
Makeup by YOSHi. T
Model: Kirika

"Playmobil"Metamorphosis Issue 14 Photography by Filippo Del VitaStyling by Jesse MederosHair by Yoichi TomizawaMakeup b...
07/03/2023

"Playmobil"

Metamorphosis Issue 14

Photography by Filippo Del Vita
Styling by Jesse Mederos
Hair by Yoichi Tomizawa
Makeup by Yui Ishibashi
Post Production by Edward McCulloch

“Honami” for Blanc OnlinePhotography by Masa HamanoiStyling by YoshikiHair by Ritsu Play Design & Makeup by YOSHi.  TMod...
06/30/2023

“Honami” for Blanc Online

Photography by Masa Hamanoi
Styling by Yoshiki
Hair by Ritsu
Play Design & Makeup by YOSHi. T
Model: Honami Sato

Fashion: Coat by Fumito Ganryu
Shirt by John Mason Smith & Phenny

“In the Middle”Pieces of You Issue 12Photography by Tom ONeill Styling by Naomi Barling Hair & Makeup by Lydia Ward-Smit...
06/29/2023

“In the Middle”

Pieces of You Issue 12

Photography by Tom ONeill
Styling by Naomi Barling
Hair & Makeup by Lydia Ward-Smith
Model: Lisa at Storm Models

“Moonlit”Look a Little Closer Issue 21 Photography by Yuji WatanabeStyling by Remi KawasakiHair by Yuki YanaseMakeup by ...
06/28/2023

“Moonlit”

Look a Little Closer Issue 21

Photography by Yuji Watanabe
Styling by Remi Kawasaki
Hair by Yuki Yanase
Makeup by Anna Misawa
Model: Yihan
Prop Styling by Haruka Kogure
Photo Lab: Tamurasyasin

Priya Ahluwalia, the British Creative Director and Founder of her namesake brand "Ahluwalia," conceptualizes beautiful n...
06/27/2023

Priya Ahluwalia, the British Creative Director and Founder of her namesake brand "Ahluwalia," conceptualizes beautiful narratives celebrating her Indian and Nigerian cultural heritage through her designs. Often serving as a meditation on personal memories and the diverse experiences of Blackness, Ahulwalia's clothing has caught the eye of the global fashion community.

Ahluwalia's most recent Spring Summer 2023 collection, "Africa is Limitless," is an ode to the beauty, diversity, and complexity of African culture and people on the Continent. For Ahluwalia, this collection is a reclamation of and response to the misleading and hurtful narratives of Africa that the world has perpetuated. Her collection makes several references to aspects of traditional African fashion design techniques, music, and art from across the Continent, which are used to highlight the uniqueness and draw connections between the cultures of the fifty-four Countries of Africa.

Photography by Elliot Kennedy
Styling by Daisy Marlow
Hair and Makeup by Mary-Jane Gotidoc
Set Design by Annie Alvins
Models: Jodi at Milk and Mustafar at Next Models
Styling Assistant: Lacie Gittins

All fashion by Ahluwalia for We Should All Be Artists Issue 22.

Ocean Eyes for Blanc OnlinePhotography by Bryan Rodner Carr Fashion Editor: Oliver VaughnMakeup by Heather Rae-BangModel...
06/26/2023

Ocean Eyes for Blanc Online

Photography by Bryan Rodner Carr
Fashion Editor: Oliver Vaughn
Makeup by Heather Rae-Bang
Model: Ebony at IMG Models

Image one: Jacket by Materiel
Image two: Dress by George Keburia & Shoes by Dr. Martens

"Lonely Place"Mad World Issue 13Photography by Izack Morales Styling by Mariana Guerrero Dingler Hair by Edgar Parra Mak...
06/23/2023

"Lonely Place"

Mad World Issue 13

Photography by Izack Morales
Styling by Mariana Guerrero Dingler
Hair by Edgar Parra
Makeup by Mitch Yoshida
Model: Aleya Ali

Dress by Erdem & Gloves by Vex Latex

"Cosmic Binary"Rebirth Issue 11Photography & Creative Direction by Simone Steenberg Styling by Aldene JohnsonHair by Aki...
06/22/2023

"Cosmic Binary"

Rebirth Issue 11

Photography & Creative Direction by Simone Steenberg
Styling by Aldene Johnson
Hair by Akiko Kawasaki
Makeup by Nancy Sumner
Set Design by Amy Friend
Model: Unia at Premier Model Management

"Cosmic Binary"Rebirth Issue 11Photography & Creative Direction by Simone Steenberg Styling by Aldene JohnsonHair by Aki...
06/22/2023

"Cosmic Binary"

Rebirth Issue 11

Photography & Creative Direction by Simone Steenberg
Styling by Aldene Johnson
Hair by Akiko Kawasaki
Makeup by Nancy Sumner
Set Design by Amy Friend
Model: Unia at Premier Model Management

Image One: Jumpsuit by Pam Hogg

Image Two: Dress by 16Arlington

“Just Because I Can”Imagine Issue 17​​Photography: Dimitri Hyacinthe Fashion Editor: Shandi Alexander Hair by Drew Schae...
06/21/2023

“Just Because I Can”

Imagine Issue 17

​​Photography: Dimitri Hyacinthe
Fashion Editor: Shandi Alexander
Hair by Drew Schaefering
Makeup by Deanna Melluso
Model: Anita Jane at IMG Models

Image Two: Sweater by Aknavas, Skirt by Saint Laurent, and Earrings by Swarovski

"I work from a place that feels true to me and is not overly burdened by symbolism," explains Siems. "This leaves room f...
06/20/2023

"I work from a place that feels true to me and is not overly burdened by symbolism," explains Siems. "This leaves room for the viewer to interpret freely and to open into a deeper subconscious. I think deep inside of us lives a longing to experience a sense of 'Falling in love,' a visceral experience without words. For that to happen, this place needs to be free of irony and conceptual humor. I am looking in my work to find the point in which we feel a certain ache - the ache caused by the knowledge that life is full of light and dark, sacred and profane, beauty and ugliness, life and death."

Anne Siems for Blanc Online.

"Beauty of Sport"The Chemicals Between Us Issue 20Photography by Alicia ShiStyling by Alpha VomeroModels: Oumar King at ...
06/19/2023

"Beauty of Sport"

The Chemicals Between Us Issue 20

Photography by Alicia Shi
Styling by Alpha Vomero
Models: Oumar King at Wilhelmina New York
Yvens Mendes at Next Models
Mohamed Cisse at Fusion
Photography Assistant: Kevin Ma
Styling Assistant: Johanna Aquino

Image One: Shirt by Bode

Image Two: Left - Shirt by Bode & Pants by Grace Wales Bonner
Right - Top by Adidas & Pants by Bode

Image Three: Top and Shoes by Adidas & Pants by Bode

June 16th “If You Look”If You Only Knew Issue 19Photography: Sarra Fleur Abou-El-HajStyling: Lauren BockowModel: Georgia...
06/16/2023

June 16th

“If You Look”

If You Only Knew Issue 19

Photography: Sarra Fleur Abou-El-Haj
Styling: Lauren Bockow
Model: Georgia Moot at Muse
Hair: Yukie Yamasaki
Makeup: Misuzu Miyake
Post Production: Marko Rutina

“Peekaboo!”For Joyful Issue 15Photography by Patrick ParkStyling by Oliver VaughnCreative Direction by Teneshia CarrSet ...
06/15/2023

“Peekaboo!”

For Joyful Issue 15

Photography by Patrick Park
Styling by Oliver Vaughn
Creative Direction by Teneshia Carr
Set Design by Eric Quintana
Hair by Gabriella Mancha
Makeup by Loftjet
Model: Cassandra at Natural Models LA

All Fashion by Dior

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