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LOEWE LAUNCHES ELEPHANT BAG IN SHUKA FABRIC WITH ‘KNOT ON MY PLANET’
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LOEWE LAUNCHES ELEPHANT BAG IN SHUKA FABRIC WITH ‘KNOT ON MY PLANET’

Design In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, LOEWE’s annual collaboration with Knot On My Planet presents the Elephant bag crafted in traditional Shuka fabricwith a tasselled strap hand-woven by women from Kenya’s Samburu Trust.     LOEWE’s collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet is now in its third year, and brings the Elephant bag entirely crafted in Shuka; a vibrant checkered fabric traditionally used by the Kenyan Maasai tribes people to create shawls.     The LOEWE and Knot On My Planet Elephant bag features a tasselled strap hand-woven by an artisan collective of women from the Samburu Trust in Northern Kenya. Also crafted in the same vibrant colours found in the Shuka shawl, this textile speaks of the Samburu people’s affinity with the natural world that sustains their way of life: blue for the sky, red for the blood of their cattle and white for their cows’ milk. Limited to 300 editions, the Elephant bag launches on March 25, 2021 as an online exclusive, on loewe.com and MyTheresa.com.     Named after the age-old tradition of tying knots to remember—as elephants never forget —Knot On My Planet was founded by Trish Goff and David Bonnouvrier, focusing on a simple mission: to highlight the plight of the African Elephant. The continuing demand for and trade in ivory has encouraged the ongoing poaching of these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, dramatically shrinking their numbers. 100 per cent of the bags’ sales proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund—a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, that funds the best ideas and most urgent actions by highly vetted conservation organization working for safeguard the future of elephants.     #LOEWEkomp #KnotOnMyPlanet #ElephantCrisisFund In support of the Elephant Crisis Fund, LOEWE’s annual collaboration with Knot On My Planet presents the Elephant bag crafted in traditional Shuka fabricwith a tasselled strap hand-woven by women from Kenya’s Samburu Trust.     LOEWE’s collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet is now in its third year, and brings the Elephant bag entirely crafted in Shuka; a vibrant checkered fabric traditionally used by the Kenyan Maasai tribes people to create shawls.     The LOEWE and Knot On My Planet Elephant bag features a tasselled strap hand-woven by an artisan collective of women from the Samburu Trust in Northern Kenya. Also crafted in the same vibrant colours found in the Shuka shawl, this textile speaks of the Samburu people’s affinity with the natural world that sustains their way of life: blue for the sky, red for the blood of their cattle and white for their cows’ milk. Limited to 300 editions, the Elephant bag launches on March 25, 2021 as an online exclusive, on loewe.com and MyTheresa.com.     Named after the age-old tradition of tying knots to remember—as elephants never forget —Knot On My Planet was founded by Trish Goff and David Bonnouvrier, focusing on a simple mission: to highlight the plight of the African Elephant. The continuing demand for and trade in ivory has encouraged the ongoing poaching of these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, dramatically shrinking their numbers. 100 per cent of the bags’ sales proceeds will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund—a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, that funds the best ideas and most urgent actions by highly vetted conservation organization working for safeguard the future of elephants.     #LOEWEkomp #KnotOnMyPlanet #ElephantCrisisFund

Our digital cover star for March is Herizen
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Our digital cover star for March is Herizen

Photography We had a delight speaking and working with Herizen, captured by Jack Waterlot.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   Creative creature looking for the next adventure :P.   What is your first memory of acting and music?   My first memory of acting was when I was about 8 playing ‘Mustardseed’ in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” As far as music, I’ve been singing since I could talk, and fell more in love with it watching my dad perform on stage.      Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   Playing ‘Oshun’ in AMERICAN GODS was such a special moment for me, I felt a connection to my childhood/womanhood I’ve never felt before. It was a beautiful spiritual experience.     What gives you confidence?    Knowing where I come from, who I am, and that feeling of pride when I close my eyes and think about the hard work it took for me to get to where I am, without sacrificing my integrity.      Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   My mother. She’s always been there pushing me to stay true and keep my eye on my goal/vision.      What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Last year when I visited my father in Costa Rica, I sat in the same spot every day on that beach staring at this island that was a little over a mile out in the water. Every day I told myself “I’m not leaving Costa Rica without swimming to that island” and every day for those 3 weeks it was like chanting an obsession. Finally, on the last day I did it! It was scary as hell and I freaked out in the middle there for a bit, but finally surrendered to the ocean and I completed my journey. When I got back to the shore, I felt a wave of courage and strength wash over me, and since then whenever I feel fear or weakness I think about that island, and it helps me move forward.      What is your personal motto?   I’ve noticed it changes, but right now it’s “time is on your side.” I think it’s really important to have this relationship with time, because for women especially, it can feel like it’s our enemy when it’s not, it’s just our mentality.    What are your upcoming projects for this year?   AMERICAN GODS is currently streaming on Starz, and I’m working on my next music project that I’m very excited to share. I also have jewelry that I will be releasing alongside my music project :).     Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   Music has always been my reason for being alive, and acting was a happy accident... a very happy accident.    What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?   It’s about expression of one’s true self and not being afraid to feel/share pain. It means everything to me and I’m very grateful to be able to do this as a career and maybe, with my deepest hope, it can help someone else with their pain too.      With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   I filmed an indie film called THE LOST HUSBAND about two years ago in Texas. We were filming on location in this cute little town called Roundtop, it was absolutely beautiful. I very much enjoyed listening to the crickets and the song that the wind sings at night. Being able to look up to the sky and seeing stars go on for eternity was magical.      What is your biggest outtake from last year?   You can’t take this life for granted, it’s imperative that you soak up the moments you share with your loved ones, hold them in a special place in your heart, and tell them you love them as often as you can because you never know what tomorrow brings.    As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   I think keeping a garden is something that everyone should learn. We had one last Spring and have started planting for this upcoming one :) It’s a meditation and an honor to put back into the earth that we take so much from and show it the love it deserves. Keeping an environmentally aware home is something that no one should get away with not doing. We all have to do our jobs to keep our planet alive. After all, it’s our home and the only one we have.      Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   Demon, my most recent EP, is very special to me. It’s about heartbreak, anger, and redemption. I’m grateful to the person who hurt me because without them, I wouldn’t have been able to share this project with the world. We all have our “hellboy” and we should be grateful to them for their lessons.      PHOTO CREDITS: Photo: Jack Waterlot talent: Herizen Styling : Jean Chung Make up : Frankie Boyd Hair : Rita Marmor Nails : Dohee Bahn  Casting: Timi Letonja   We had a delight speaking and working with Herizen, captured by Jack Waterlot.     Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   Creative creature looking for the next adventure :P.   What is your first memory of acting and music?   My first memory of acting was when I was about 8 playing ‘Mustardseed’ in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” As far as music, I’ve been singing since I could talk, and fell more in love with it watching my dad perform on stage.      Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   Playing ‘Oshun’ in AMERICAN GODS was such a special moment for me, I felt a connection to my childhood/womanhood I’ve never felt before. It was a beautiful spiritual experience.     What gives you confidence?    Knowing where I come from, who I am, and that feeling of pride when I close my eyes and think about the hard work it took for me to get to where I am, without sacrificing my integrity.      Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   My mother. She’s always been there pushing me to stay true and keep my eye on my goal/vision.      What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Last year when I visited my father in Costa Rica, I sat in the same spot every day on that beach staring at this island that was a little over a mile out in the water. Every day I told myself “I’m not leaving Costa Rica without swimming to that island” and every day for those 3 weeks it was like chanting an obsession. Finally, on the last day I did it! It was scary as hell and I freaked out in the middle there for a bit, but finally surrendered to the ocean and I completed my journey. When I got back to the shore, I felt a wave of courage and strength wash over me, and since then whenever I feel fear or weakness I think about that island, and it helps me move forward.      What is your personal motto?   I’ve noticed it changes, but right now it’s “time is on your side.” I think it’s really important to have this relationship with time, because for women especially, it can feel like it’s our enemy when it’s not, it’s just our mentality.    What are your upcoming projects for this year?   AMERICAN GODS is currently streaming on Starz, and I’m working on my next music project that I’m very excited to share. I also have jewelry that I will be releasing alongside my music project :).     Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   Music has always been my reason for being alive, and acting was a happy accident... a very happy accident.    What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?   It’s about expression of one’s true self and not being afraid to feel/share pain. It means everything to me and I’m very grateful to be able to do this as a career and maybe, with my deepest hope, it can help someone else with their pain too.      With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?   I filmed an indie film called THE LOST HUSBAND about two years ago in Texas. We were filming on location in this cute little town called Roundtop, it was absolutely beautiful. I very much enjoyed listening to the crickets and the song that the wind sings at night. Being able to look up to the sky and seeing stars go on for eternity was magical.      What is your biggest outtake from last year?   You can’t take this life for granted, it’s imperative that you soak up the moments you share with your loved ones, hold them in a special place in your heart, and tell them you love them as often as you can because you never know what tomorrow brings.    As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   I think keeping a garden is something that everyone should learn. We had one last Spring and have started planting for this upcoming one :) It’s a meditation and an honor to put back into the earth that we take so much from and show it the love it deserves. Keeping an environmentally aware home is something that no one should get away with not doing. We all have to do our jobs to keep our planet alive. After all, it’s our home and the only one we have.      Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   Demon, my most recent EP, is very special to me. It’s about heartbreak, anger, and redemption. I’m grateful to the person who hurt me because without them, I wouldn’t have been able to share this project with the world. We all have our “hellboy” and we should be grateful to them for their lessons.      PHOTO CREDITS: Photo: Jack Waterlot talent: Herizen Styling : Jean Chung Make up : Frankie Boyd Hair : Rita Marmor Nails : Dohee Bahn  Casting: Timi Letonja  

C.P. COMPANY PRESENTS THE CINQUANTA DOCUMENTARY
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C.P. COMPANY PRESENTS THE CINQUANTA DOCUMENTARY

Film To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, C.P. Company dedicates the first chapter of its anniversary series to the unique relationship between Massimo Osti and Lucio Dalla with a collection and a documentary “Lucio DALLA & Massimo OSTI. IMPRENDIBILI”, to illustrate Massimo Osti and Lucio Dalla relationship: not only a friendship, but also a shared vision: both personalities were great innovators, led by a big curiosity and with an eye always towards the future. The narration of their relationship is given custody of friends and personalities who lived those years of great cultural ferment in Bologna and of clips from Massimo Osti and Fondazione Lucio Dalla archives.     In addition to the capsule collection, and to pay homage to the big italian artist, C.P. Company and Fondazione Lucio Dalla have realized an artists' residency with students coming from NABA (Milan) and DAMS (Bologna). The arstists’ residency has taken place at Lucio Dalla’s house, in Bologna, a magic place that recounts the artist’s career and passions, through his great life. The documentary will be available on C.P. Company Cinquanta website, in addition to official social media channels.       50.cpcompany.comfondazioneluciodalla.it To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, C.P. Company dedicates the first chapter of its anniversary series to the unique relationship between Massimo Osti and Lucio Dalla with a collection and a documentary “Lucio DALLA & Massimo OSTI. IMPRENDIBILI”, to illustrate Massimo Osti and Lucio Dalla relationship: not only a friendship, but also a shared vision: both personalities were great innovators, led by a big curiosity and with an eye always towards the future. The narration of their relationship is given custody of friends and personalities who lived those years of great cultural ferment in Bologna and of clips from Massimo Osti and Fondazione Lucio Dalla archives.     In addition to the capsule collection, and to pay homage to the big italian artist, C.P. Company and Fondazione Lucio Dalla have realized an artists' residency with students coming from NABA (Milan) and DAMS (Bologna). The arstists’ residency has taken place at Lucio Dalla’s house, in Bologna, a magic place that recounts the artist’s career and passions, through his great life. The documentary will be available on C.P. Company Cinquanta website, in addition to official social media channels.       50.cpcompany.comfondazioneluciodalla.it

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In conversation with Taylor Zakhar Perez
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In conversation with Taylor Zakhar Perez

Men Taylor Zakhar Perez was introduced to fans in Netflix's sequel ”The Kissing Booth 2” this summer as Marco, the most notable role of his career to date. Thanks to his singing and dancing skills, his social media exploded after the movie first came out. But acting is not all there is about him.       Taylor, you studied music theater before your acting career. How did your switch from theater to TV and film happen?   The natural progression of an actor/artist is working your way through different performance formats and learning about all the pieces of the puzzle...from stage to screen and even prop styling to producing.  To me, Los Angeles was the end goal and I was lucky enough to have a casting director refer me to a few acting studios to make the transition.      You have 7 siblings. What would you say is the most valuable thing you've learned growing up in such a big family?    First let me say that if you didn't grow up with brothers and sisters, you missed out. Even though they aggravate, antagonize and sometimes leave scars on your body, I wouldn't be who I am today without them. You learn patience, compassion and ultimately how to function in the world with all the personalities out there. I was lucky, my family prepared me for a lot of the curveballs in life and I developed a really good sense of humor.      Your background is of strong importance to you, it also impacted your major while studying. What made you so eager to study Spanish, Culture and Community?   College was a weird space, I had two majors, one minorand no friends. I took 25 units a quarter and my teachers thought I was a pain in the ass, but isn't everyone at that age? The outreach aspect intrigued me most on this particular major, I wanted to be of service in the underserved communities. I worked with an NGO that helped DREAMERS prep and apply to universities because it was sort of their only hope for success in higher education.      What is your goal you want to achieve in your acting career?   Just one? I have so many. My primary goal is to maintain my sense of selfand remember where I come from. That being said, I want to do everything from jumping out of helicopter action roles to pee your pants high-stakes comedies, but also diving into dark indie films that shed light on the unthinkable things that happen in this world. My goal is to be limitless; produce my own projects, bring my screenplays and ideas to life, and say yes to the right collaborations. So often we are forced to assimilate to what ”they” want us to be, but that's not me and it never will be.       When you auditioned for ”The Kissing Booth 2”, you didn't know what were you auditioning for. How did the role of Marco Pena change your life and what is the best thing about being part of this film?   Marco Peña sort of broke the internet when we premiered, it was madness. My Instagramgained millions of followers overnight and my face was everywhere. I am incredibly grateful for my costars that went through this a couple years back and they sort of helped me adapt to it. The best part of the whole experience has been the support from our director Vince Marcello, his attention to detail and specificity leveled me up as an artist and made set a safe place for us to be vulnerable. Also Joey, she just raised the bar and made me want to be better everyday.     How do you feel about your impending stardom status? Is it weird having so many fans all of a sudden following you on social media and trying to get in contact with you?   If fans text me, I'll hit them back. Sometimes I spend an hour just chatting with fans,getting to know them and get their take on life, love, whatever. Technology is cool, man. As for the “impending stardom” ... well, I think actualstardom is contingent on the next projects I choose. I can choose to be a one-trick pony or pivot into something more dramatic or action heavy. The choice is obvious and I'm all in.     You are very much into charitable work. What makes charity so important for you and do you support any specific charity organization or cause? Tell us more about about this part of your life.   My mom and dad come from humble beginnings and they've always made a point to tell us how privileged we were growing up. No joke, any time we were ungrateful,it turned into an hour lecture which ultimately turned into some kind of house/yard work.  I don't have one organization that I exclusively work with, but I have some family members with disabilities and I try to gear my outreach toward non-profits that support research or directly aid in a child's development (e.g. education, familial assistance, etc.);anything that can take the stress off of the working parents.      We know you love to travel, but this is heavily restricted at the moment. How did you spend your time during quarantine, besides riding your motorcycle?   Giving up traveling for a moment was tough, but it's for the greater good and I am all for that. I was able to finish a film I wrote, start working on another, collaborate with friends, get back on the piano and was able to take a step back and assess what my next move as an actor is. This “overnight” meteoric rise during a lockdown was like nothing I ever expected, but it allowed me to weigh the importance of everything in my life and have major clarity. Oh, and the dog, can't forget spending time with the dog.      You said you would love to produce your own projects, bring your ideas to life. You also just finished a film you wrote. How did your interest in production and screenplays spark? Tell us more about this finished project that you wrote.   I've been behind the scenes for many years working art department, bringing projects into production, casting and coordinating, etc. So for me, as I was pursuing a career in front of the camera,it only made sense to keep building my behind the camera knowledge as well. It also helped that I was at UCLA, which has a great TV & Film department, so I was able to take what I learned there and apply it to today. The screenplay I just finished follows a young man that has strayed so far away from his true north that it takes destruction, reconciliation and death to reset him and his place in the world.     It was announced we'll be seeing more of you and your friends next year in ”The Kissing Booth 3”. Obviously, you're team Marco. What can you tease for us about the third installment of the movie?   Are you trying to get me killed? This is some top-secret vault intel you are asking for. What I CAN tell you is that the third film will make you feel some type of way, it's an emotional satisfying  culmination of a coming of age story. As with many film franchises (with heart),the final one is always about what these characters have learned since the beginning of their journey and I think everyone will be empowered after watching it.    For the full story and editorial, get your copy at: https://www.boutiquemags.com   TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Taylor Zakhar Perez @taylorzakharperez  Photography: Erinn Springer @springerinn Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Jordan Boothe @jordanboothestudio @lmcworldwide  Production: Maria Zakhar  Grooming: Brandy Moreno Creative direction: Erinn Springer & Maria Zakhar Interview by: Jana Letonja @janaletonja Special thanks to Amita Malani and Andrea Braff at @viewpoint.pr  Taylor Zakhar Perez was introduced to fans in Netflix's sequel ”The Kissing Booth 2” this summer as Marco, the most notable role of his career to date. Thanks to his singing and dancing skills, his social media exploded after the movie first came out. But acting is not all there is about him.       Taylor, you studied music theater before your acting career. How did your switch from theater to TV and film happen?   The natural progression of an actor/artist is working your way through different performance formats and learning about all the pieces of the puzzle...from stage to screen and even prop styling to producing.  To me, Los Angeles was the end goal and I was lucky enough to have a casting director refer me to a few acting studios to make the transition.      You have 7 siblings. What would you say is the most valuable thing you've learned growing up in such a big family?    First let me say that if you didn't grow up with brothers and sisters, you missed out. Even though they aggravate, antagonize and sometimes leave scars on your body, I wouldn't be who I am today without them. You learn patience, compassion and ultimately how to function in the world with all the personalities out there. I was lucky, my family prepared me for a lot of the curveballs in life and I developed a really good sense of humor.      Your background is of strong importance to you, it also impacted your major while studying. What made you so eager to study Spanish, Culture and Community?   College was a weird space, I had two majors, one minorand no friends. I took 25 units a quarter and my teachers thought I was a pain in the ass, but isn't everyone at that age? The outreach aspect intrigued me most on this particular major, I wanted to be of service in the underserved communities. I worked with an NGO that helped DREAMERS prep and apply to universities because it was sort of their only hope for success in higher education.      What is your goal you want to achieve in your acting career?   Just one? I have so many. My primary goal is to maintain my sense of selfand remember where I come from. That being said, I want to do everything from jumping out of helicopter action roles to pee your pants high-stakes comedies, but also diving into dark indie films that shed light on the unthinkable things that happen in this world. My goal is to be limitless; produce my own projects, bring my screenplays and ideas to life, and say yes to the right collaborations. So often we are forced to assimilate to what ”they” want us to be, but that's not me and it never will be.       When you auditioned for ”The Kissing Booth 2”, you didn't know what were you auditioning for. How did the role of Marco Pena change your life and what is the best thing about being part of this film?   Marco Peña sort of broke the internet when we premiered, it was madness. My Instagramgained millions of followers overnight and my face was everywhere. I am incredibly grateful for my costars that went through this a couple years back and they sort of helped me adapt to it. The best part of the whole experience has been the support from our director Vince Marcello, his attention to detail and specificity leveled me up as an artist and made set a safe place for us to be vulnerable. Also Joey, she just raised the bar and made me want to be better everyday.     How do you feel about your impending stardom status? Is it weird having so many fans all of a sudden following you on social media and trying to get in contact with you?   If fans text me, I'll hit them back. Sometimes I spend an hour just chatting with fans,getting to know them and get their take on life, love, whatever. Technology is cool, man. As for the “impending stardom” ... well, I think actualstardom is contingent on the next projects I choose. I can choose to be a one-trick pony or pivot into something more dramatic or action heavy. The choice is obvious and I'm all in.     You are very much into charitable work. What makes charity so important for you and do you support any specific charity organization or cause? Tell us more about about this part of your life.   My mom and dad come from humble beginnings and they've always made a point to tell us how privileged we were growing up. No joke, any time we were ungrateful,it turned into an hour lecture which ultimately turned into some kind of house/yard work.  I don't have one organization that I exclusively work with, but I have some family members with disabilities and I try to gear my outreach toward non-profits that support research or directly aid in a child's development (e.g. education, familial assistance, etc.);anything that can take the stress off of the working parents.      We know you love to travel, but this is heavily restricted at the moment. How did you spend your time during quarantine, besides riding your motorcycle?   Giving up traveling for a moment was tough, but it's for the greater good and I am all for that. I was able to finish a film I wrote, start working on another, collaborate with friends, get back on the piano and was able to take a step back and assess what my next move as an actor is. This “overnight” meteoric rise during a lockdown was like nothing I ever expected, but it allowed me to weigh the importance of everything in my life and have major clarity. Oh, and the dog, can't forget spending time with the dog.      You said you would love to produce your own projects, bring your ideas to life. You also just finished a film you wrote. How did your interest in production and screenplays spark? Tell us more about this finished project that you wrote.   I've been behind the scenes for many years working art department, bringing projects into production, casting and coordinating, etc. So for me, as I was pursuing a career in front of the camera,it only made sense to keep building my behind the camera knowledge as well. It also helped that I was at UCLA, which has a great TV & Film department, so I was able to take what I learned there and apply it to today. The screenplay I just finished follows a young man that has strayed so far away from his true north that it takes destruction, reconciliation and death to reset him and his place in the world.     It was announced we'll be seeing more of you and your friends next year in ”The Kissing Booth 3”. Obviously, you're team Marco. What can you tease for us about the third installment of the movie?   Are you trying to get me killed? This is some top-secret vault intel you are asking for. What I CAN tell you is that the third film will make you feel some type of way, it's an emotional satisfying  culmination of a coming of age story. As with many film franchises (with heart),the final one is always about what these characters have learned since the beginning of their journey and I think everyone will be empowered after watching it.    For the full story and editorial, get your copy at: https://www.boutiquemags.com   TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Taylor Zakhar Perez @taylorzakharperez  Photography: Erinn Springer @springerinn Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Jordan Boothe @jordanboothestudio @lmcworldwide  Production: Maria Zakhar  Grooming: Brandy Moreno Creative direction: Erinn Springer & Maria Zakhar Interview by: Jana Letonja @janaletonja Special thanks to Amita Malani and Andrea Braff at @viewpoint.pr 

In conversation with Sydney Sweeney
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In conversation with Sydney Sweeney

Film Sydney Sweeney is most recently known for portraying Cassie Howard in HBO's hit series ”Euphoria”, which follows a group of high school students through their experiences with friendships, love, sex, drugs, identity and trauma. Despite being only 23, her acting credits list is quite extensive. You've seen her before, as a guest star in the popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars and in Academy Award nominated Best Picture ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.       Sydney, you prepared a business plan for your parents to convince them that acting is something you really want. When did you know you wanted a career in acting and how did you come up with the idea of a business plan?   I knew I wanted a career in acting the moment I found out that it was actually a possible career choice, definitely not an easy one though. I don't think I truly understood what it all meant when I was younger, or how tough and big the industry really is, but I knew that I wanted to be different people and explore different emotions. And I knew the only way for my parents to take me seriously as an 11-year old was to try and communicate on their level. So I ended up putting together a five year business plan proposal of what could happen if they let me try auditioning.     Before your role in Euphoria, you appeared in guest roles in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Criminal Minds and Heroes. How did it feel to be on set of these popular TV productions? Did you ever wish to have more than just a guest role on any of these shows?   I was always so grateful for every role. They paid for my gas and food through high school. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I didn't come to LA with any connections. You get told "no" so many times, so even when I got small guest roles on these shows I was so excited. Of course I always wished that I could be that series regular or recurring star on the shows. I questioned myself a lot when I wasn't and felt like I was letting my parents down.      In 2018 you landed a recurring role in ”The Handmaid's Tale”, a series that won 8 Emmy Awards out of 13 nominations and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama TV Series. The show revolves around the totalitarian society subjecting fertile women, called ”Handmaids”, into child-bearing slavery during the Second American Civil War. How would you describe your experience playing Eden in this series?   I learned so much on that set and built incredible friendships with the talented cast and crew. I hold Eden so close and dear to my heart. She was a gift to play.      Well, 2018 was definitely the year when your career was starting to really bloom. You got the role in Quentin Tarantino's film ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, starring alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. How did it feel to be a part of this famous cast and a film that won many awards and was even nominated for the Best Picture at the Academy Awards?   Pretty speechless! I mean, I got to work with many people who were on my dream board all on one project. It was so overwhelming and I'm such a dork, so I was geeking out the whole time, but trying to stay serious. It felt pretty amazing to be a part of it.     Your career is really on fire right now. Which was your favorite role you've played so far and why particularly this role? And what kind of a role that you haven't played yet, would you most like to do?   I really can't answer what character has been my favorite, they're all so different and mean so much to me in different ways that it's hard to pick. I've learned so much about myself and others through each of my characters. But there are for sure other roles that I'd like to challenge myself with. I've been wanting to do a film that uses my MMA skills, so maybe a fighting or spy type film. But I do tend to find myself drawn to unexpected roles, so we'll see what's next.     Tell us more about how you prepare for your roles? Do you have some special routine for this?   I've talked about this a little, about my books I build for my characters. I like to build my characters' life like a scrapbook/journal so they feel like a whole person and I know them more intimately.      In the beginning of the year, you were announced as an ambassador of ”Savage x Fenty”, Rihanna's lingerie brand. Is fashion something we might see you do more after this?   Fashion is something I'm learning as I grow in the industry. I didn't have the means when I was young to afford the highest fashion, I made do with what I had, so I never really knew what my style or what fashion really was. These past few years I have definitely fallen in love with the artistic freedom fashion gives you to express yourself. Working with Savage x Fenty I've learned to feel more confident with myself, and so if I could build something that makes others feel free and confident I'd love to expand into that.     ”Euphoria” has received many award nominations and has been renewed for a second season, which you were due to start filming earlier this year, but due to the situation we're currently in, fans will have to wait a bit longer to see it back on their screens. Would you say that there are any similarities between yourself and your character Cassie?   I definitely relate to Cassie on a deep level. We've gone through some similar scenarios and just being a young girl I think anyone can relate to wanting to be loved and not alone.   How have you spent the quarantine besides being an honorable student of entrepreneurship? What are your hobbies? Have you formed a deeper bond with Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi and the rest of ”Euphoria” cast and were you guys in regular contact during this hiatus?   I've been able to work out more regularly which has been nice and spending a LOT of quality time with my dog, Tank. I've started painting and reading a lot. But mainly focusing on building my company Fifty-Fifty Films. It's thankfully kept me busy these past months. As for the cast, we've all been quarantining safely, but we would have zoom game nights which were a lot of fun.     You've launched your own production company, ”Fifty-Fifty Films” and have your first project set up. In the upcoming TV series ”The Players Table”, which is an adaption of the novel They Wish They Were Us, you will not only star but will also be the executive producer. Tell us a little bit more about this project. How did you decide to have your own production company?   Once I started learning more about the industry and all the different building blocks inside it, I knew I wanted to be a part of that building process and be more than just an actress. I've always been drawn to the business side of conversations, so when I talked to my team about it they were really supportive and we came up with a plan. I wanted to find my own properties to create, so my agency started sending me books that were available to be produced. I read They Wish They Were Us aka “The Player's Table” about a year ago and half way through I  knew I wanted it. I was drawn to Jill, the mystery, the diverse ensemble cast, and social themes that could be explored within it.      What can you tell us about your good relationship with the talented photographer, Damon Baker. How did you two meet? What is the most special thing about his art, that connects you with him so much?   Damon is such a special soul. His art is so emotional and poetic. He conveys so much in one shot. We met doing a spec shoot and worked so beautifully together. He makes me feel confident and guides me with each shot. I'm usually really awkward and nervous during photo shoots, but with him that goes away.     TO VIEW THE FULL EDITORIAL AND INTERVIEW, VISIT  https://www.boutiquemags.com and order a copy of our new issue directly.     TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Sydney Sweeney wearing @alexandermcqueen and shoes @andreawazen  Photography: Damon Baker Styling & fashion editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja Hair stylist: Patricia Morales Make-Up by: Selena Ruiz Executive producer: Sacha Di Bona Interviewer: Jana Letonja Casting: Tasha Tongpreecha Video: Nikolai Kokanovic Nails: Saya Nails / market researcher @itsmerazzie  #NumeroNetherlands#SydneySweeney #NewIssue#ComingSoon #DamonBaker #Dream#LisaJarvis #TimiLetonja Sydney Sweeney is most recently known for portraying Cassie Howard in HBO's hit series ”Euphoria”, which follows a group of high school students through their experiences with friendships, love, sex, drugs, identity and trauma. Despite being only 23, her acting credits list is quite extensive. You've seen her before, as a guest star in the popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars and in Academy Award nominated Best Picture ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.       Sydney, you prepared a business plan for your parents to convince them that acting is something you really want. When did you know you wanted a career in acting and how did you come up with the idea of a business plan?   I knew I wanted a career in acting the moment I found out that it was actually a possible career choice, definitely not an easy one though. I don't think I truly understood what it all meant when I was younger, or how tough and big the industry really is, but I knew that I wanted to be different people and explore different emotions. And I knew the only way for my parents to take me seriously as an 11-year old was to try and communicate on their level. So I ended up putting together a five year business plan proposal of what could happen if they let me try auditioning.     Before your role in Euphoria, you appeared in guest roles in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Criminal Minds and Heroes. How did it feel to be on set of these popular TV productions? Did you ever wish to have more than just a guest role on any of these shows?   I was always so grateful for every role. They paid for my gas and food through high school. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I didn't come to LA with any connections. You get told "no" so many times, so even when I got small guest roles on these shows I was so excited. Of course I always wished that I could be that series regular or recurring star on the shows. I questioned myself a lot when I wasn't and felt like I was letting my parents down.      In 2018 you landed a recurring role in ”The Handmaid's Tale”, a series that won 8 Emmy Awards out of 13 nominations and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama TV Series. The show revolves around the totalitarian society subjecting fertile women, called ”Handmaids”, into child-bearing slavery during the Second American Civil War. How would you describe your experience playing Eden in this series?   I learned so much on that set and built incredible friendships with the talented cast and crew. I hold Eden so close and dear to my heart. She was a gift to play.      Well, 2018 was definitely the year when your career was starting to really bloom. You got the role in Quentin Tarantino's film ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, starring alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. How did it feel to be a part of this famous cast and a film that won many awards and was even nominated for the Best Picture at the Academy Awards?   Pretty speechless! I mean, I got to work with many people who were on my dream board all on one project. It was so overwhelming and I'm such a dork, so I was geeking out the whole time, but trying to stay serious. It felt pretty amazing to be a part of it.     Your career is really on fire right now. Which was your favorite role you've played so far and why particularly this role? And what kind of a role that you haven't played yet, would you most like to do?   I really can't answer what character has been my favorite, they're all so different and mean so much to me in different ways that it's hard to pick. I've learned so much about myself and others through each of my characters. But there are for sure other roles that I'd like to challenge myself with. I've been wanting to do a film that uses my MMA skills, so maybe a fighting or spy type film. But I do tend to find myself drawn to unexpected roles, so we'll see what's next.     Tell us more about how you prepare for your roles? Do you have some special routine for this?   I've talked about this a little, about my books I build for my characters. I like to build my characters' life like a scrapbook/journal so they feel like a whole person and I know them more intimately.      In the beginning of the year, you were announced as an ambassador of ”Savage x Fenty”, Rihanna's lingerie brand. Is fashion something we might see you do more after this?   Fashion is something I'm learning as I grow in the industry. I didn't have the means when I was young to afford the highest fashion, I made do with what I had, so I never really knew what my style or what fashion really was. These past few years I have definitely fallen in love with the artistic freedom fashion gives you to express yourself. Working with Savage x Fenty I've learned to feel more confident with myself, and so if I could build something that makes others feel free and confident I'd love to expand into that.     ”Euphoria” has received many award nominations and has been renewed for a second season, which you were due to start filming earlier this year, but due to the situation we're currently in, fans will have to wait a bit longer to see it back on their screens. Would you say that there are any similarities between yourself and your character Cassie?   I definitely relate to Cassie on a deep level. We've gone through some similar scenarios and just being a young girl I think anyone can relate to wanting to be loved and not alone.   How have you spent the quarantine besides being an honorable student of entrepreneurship? What are your hobbies? Have you formed a deeper bond with Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi and the rest of ”Euphoria” cast and were you guys in regular contact during this hiatus?   I've been able to work out more regularly which has been nice and spending a LOT of quality time with my dog, Tank. I've started painting and reading a lot. But mainly focusing on building my company Fifty-Fifty Films. It's thankfully kept me busy these past months. As for the cast, we've all been quarantining safely, but we would have zoom game nights which were a lot of fun.     You've launched your own production company, ”Fifty-Fifty Films” and have your first project set up. In the upcoming TV series ”The Players Table”, which is an adaption of the novel They Wish They Were Us, you will not only star but will also be the executive producer. Tell us a little bit more about this project. How did you decide to have your own production company?   Once I started learning more about the industry and all the different building blocks inside it, I knew I wanted to be a part of that building process and be more than just an actress. I've always been drawn to the business side of conversations, so when I talked to my team about it they were really supportive and we came up with a plan. I wanted to find my own properties to create, so my agency started sending me books that were available to be produced. I read They Wish They Were Us aka “The Player's Table” about a year ago and half way through I  knew I wanted it. I was drawn to Jill, the mystery, the diverse ensemble cast, and social themes that could be explored within it.      What can you tell us about your good relationship with the talented photographer, Damon Baker. How did you two meet? What is the most special thing about his art, that connects you with him so much?   Damon is such a special soul. His art is so emotional and poetic. He conveys so much in one shot. We met doing a spec shoot and worked so beautifully together. He makes me feel confident and guides me with each shot. I'm usually really awkward and nervous during photo shoots, but with him that goes away.     TO VIEW THE FULL EDITORIAL AND INTERVIEW, VISIT  https://www.boutiquemags.com and order a copy of our new issue directly.     TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Sydney Sweeney wearing @alexandermcqueen and shoes @andreawazen  Photography: Damon Baker Styling & fashion editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja Hair stylist: Patricia Morales Make-Up by: Selena Ruiz Executive producer: Sacha Di Bona Interviewer: Jana Letonja Casting: Tasha Tongpreecha Video: Nikolai Kokanovic Nails: Saya Nails / market researcher @itsmerazzie  #NumeroNetherlands#SydneySweeney #NewIssue#ComingSoon #DamonBaker #Dream#LisaJarvis #TimiLetonja

In conversation with Kat Graham
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In conversation with Kat Graham

Film ”Operation Christmas Drop” premiered a few days ago and it is one of Netflix's first holiday films of the season. The film follows a congressional aide,played by Kat Graham, on a mission to shut down the Christmas Drop missionon the island of Guam.     Kat, you've filmed ”Operation Christmas Drop” on the island of Guam. This is the first time ever that a film was shot at the fully functioning Air Force Base. How was this experience for you? What was the best part of shooting in Guam?   This was definitely the most fun I have ever had on a movie set. There were obviously challenges being that there was never a scripted film shot on the island before, but once we got past that, we were able to really enjoy how magical it was. The people were so kind and amazing. It was definitely intimidating shooting on a live Air Force Base, but the Air Force was incredibly helpful and supportive, and a couple of them even made cameos.     Operation Christmas Drop is an actual, real mission that the Air Force base does every year. This decades-old tradition sees gifts and supplies being parachuted to the residents of remote neighboring islands. How do you look at the humanitarian aspect of this operation and what does it mean to you?   I spend a lot of my time when I'm not on set focused on my humanitarian work with the UN refugee agency. It's a huge part of who I am and to be a part of a film where it was centered around a real life humanitarian mission, really brought it home for me. I've never been able to connect the two in my work like this before. The fact that we are raising so much awareness for what the Andersen Air Force Base does every year, means that even more people will get more support with better access to needed supplies.     Why do you recommend people to see the film and what do you believe should be it's message to everyone?   This is a feel good movie for everyone. This is not just a traditional holiday movie. This is not a snowy Christmas movie. This is not a traditional love story. This is a movie about people not being able to necessarily get home for the holidays. As we know from 2020, things can turn out differently than we all expect, but to find the magic, the beauty, the positivity in it, is what we should look towards having.     The holiday season in film and TV always brings joy to people with all the Christmas magic. This year especially, when the whole world is going through such crazy times, we need it. What are your hopes for the holiday season this year?   I hope that I'm able to bring people all over the world laughter and joy through this film. The fact that I can bring people together to watch this means so much to me. From my own holiday, I just want to be around my family and my animals. I can't wait to cook for everyone and play holiday music and dance around.     You are a big supporter of UNHCR – The UN refugee agency, as this is really close to your heart. What are your next projects as an advocate for UNHCR? What are the projects you would love to do as an advocate for human rights in the future?   I want to increasingly use my platform to give a voice to the voiceless. I want to help refugees tell their story in their own words so that everyone understands how similar we all are and only our circumstances are different. I hope that we can increase aid and an overall welcoming sentiment in the US and beyond. I'm working with UNHCR on some very interesting projects to shed light on this primordial human rights issue, which I'll be able to share more about in the coming months!     Before we know it, we'll already be in 2021. What can we expect from you next year in film and TV? And as well from your work in Modern Nirvana Wellness Group?   2021 is going to be very interesting because everything that I filmed up until this point came out this year. This year alone there were four films. Next year is going to be a lot of animation with the ninja turtles Netflix film, as well as trollstopia for Hulu. I'm looking forward to producing more and getting back on set and making more projects that are reflective of me as an artist.   In regards to Modern Nirvana, we are looking forward to our second annual conference and being able to have an event post Covid. We're going to continue to create really cool and enlightening content on our channel and bring together inspiring minds in the most impactful ways we can.       You can now stream the movie on Netflix. ”Operation Christmas Drop” premiered a few days ago and it is one of Netflix's first holiday films of the season. The film follows a congressional aide,played by Kat Graham, on a mission to shut down the Christmas Drop missionon the island of Guam.     Kat, you've filmed ”Operation Christmas Drop” on the island of Guam. This is the first time ever that a film was shot at the fully functioning Air Force Base. How was this experience for you? What was the best part of shooting in Guam?   This was definitely the most fun I have ever had on a movie set. There were obviously challenges being that there was never a scripted film shot on the island before, but once we got past that, we were able to really enjoy how magical it was. The people were so kind and amazing. It was definitely intimidating shooting on a live Air Force Base, but the Air Force was incredibly helpful and supportive, and a couple of them even made cameos.     Operation Christmas Drop is an actual, real mission that the Air Force base does every year. This decades-old tradition sees gifts and supplies being parachuted to the residents of remote neighboring islands. How do you look at the humanitarian aspect of this operation and what does it mean to you?   I spend a lot of my time when I'm not on set focused on my humanitarian work with the UN refugee agency. It's a huge part of who I am and to be a part of a film where it was centered around a real life humanitarian mission, really brought it home for me. I've never been able to connect the two in my work like this before. The fact that we are raising so much awareness for what the Andersen Air Force Base does every year, means that even more people will get more support with better access to needed supplies.     Why do you recommend people to see the film and what do you believe should be it's message to everyone?   This is a feel good movie for everyone. This is not just a traditional holiday movie. This is not a snowy Christmas movie. This is not a traditional love story. This is a movie about people not being able to necessarily get home for the holidays. As we know from 2020, things can turn out differently than we all expect, but to find the magic, the beauty, the positivity in it, is what we should look towards having.     The holiday season in film and TV always brings joy to people with all the Christmas magic. This year especially, when the whole world is going through such crazy times, we need it. What are your hopes for the holiday season this year?   I hope that I'm able to bring people all over the world laughter and joy through this film. The fact that I can bring people together to watch this means so much to me. From my own holiday, I just want to be around my family and my animals. I can't wait to cook for everyone and play holiday music and dance around.     You are a big supporter of UNHCR – The UN refugee agency, as this is really close to your heart. What are your next projects as an advocate for UNHCR? What are the projects you would love to do as an advocate for human rights in the future?   I want to increasingly use my platform to give a voice to the voiceless. I want to help refugees tell their story in their own words so that everyone understands how similar we all are and only our circumstances are different. I hope that we can increase aid and an overall welcoming sentiment in the US and beyond. I'm working with UNHCR on some very interesting projects to shed light on this primordial human rights issue, which I'll be able to share more about in the coming months!     Before we know it, we'll already be in 2021. What can we expect from you next year in film and TV? And as well from your work in Modern Nirvana Wellness Group?   2021 is going to be very interesting because everything that I filmed up until this point came out this year. This year alone there were four films. Next year is going to be a lot of animation with the ninja turtles Netflix film, as well as trollstopia for Hulu. I'm looking forward to producing more and getting back on set and making more projects that are reflective of me as an artist.   In regards to Modern Nirvana, we are looking forward to our second annual conference and being able to have an event post Covid. We're going to continue to create really cool and enlightening content on our channel and bring together inspiring minds in the most impactful ways we can.       You can now stream the movie on Netflix.

GUCCI PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION OUVERTURE
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GUCCI PRESENTS THE NEW COLLECTION OUVERTURE

Fashion Gucci is pleased to announce that its upcoming collection, titled OUVERTURE of Something that Never Ended, will be presented by Creative Director Alessandro Michele through the eponymousmini-series in seven episodes screened during GucciFest, an innovative digital fashion and film festival running from November 16thto 22nd.    Shot in Rome and co-directed by filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Alessandro Michele, the seven-part film series stars the actress, artist and performer Silvia Calderoni in a surreal daily routine in the city, encountering a series of international talents and Friends of the House, including: Paul B. Preciado, Achille Bonito Oliva, Billie Eilish, Darius Khonsary, Lu Han, Jeremy O. Harris, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Arlo Parks, Harry Styles, Sasha Waltz and Florence Welch.   The seven episodes will be released daily through the course of the festival as an exclusive broadcast on YouTube Fashion, Weibo, Gucci YouTube and will be embedded on the dedicated site GucciFest.com, gradually revealing the new collection day by day.   As anticipated by Alessandro Michele last May on the occasion of the release of his manifesto Notes From the Silence, the presentation of the new collection is a joyful and irregular new tale, no longer constrained by the old notion of seasonality, closer to his expressive call and told by blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms.    Together with the OUVERTURE of Something that Never Endedseries, the GucciFest will also be screening fashion films celebrating the works of fifteen independent young designers: Ahluwalia, Shanel Campbell, Stefan Cooke, Cormio, Charles De Vilmorin, JordanLuca, Mowalola, Yueqi Qi, Rave Review, Gui Rosa, Rui, Bianca Saunders, Collina Strada, Boramy Viguier, and Gareth Wrighton. Proudly supported by the House, these talented emerging designers were selected by Creative Director Alessandro Michele to showcase their collections across the digital platforms of the GucciFest.    The full GucciFest will be broadcast from November 16th to 22nd on You Tube Fashion, Weibo, Gucci YouTube and embedded on the dedicated site Guccifest.com. The complete program of the GucciFest week will be available from November 13th. Gucci is pleased to announce that its upcoming collection, titled OUVERTURE of Something that Never Ended, will be presented by Creative Director Alessandro Michele through the eponymousmini-series in seven episodes screened during GucciFest, an innovative digital fashion and film festival running from November 16thto 22nd.    Shot in Rome and co-directed by filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Alessandro Michele, the seven-part film series stars the actress, artist and performer Silvia Calderoni in a surreal daily routine in the city, encountering a series of international talents and Friends of the House, including: Paul B. Preciado, Achille Bonito Oliva, Billie Eilish, Darius Khonsary, Lu Han, Jeremy O. Harris, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Arlo Parks, Harry Styles, Sasha Waltz and Florence Welch.   The seven episodes will be released daily through the course of the festival as an exclusive broadcast on YouTube Fashion, Weibo, Gucci YouTube and will be embedded on the dedicated site GucciFest.com, gradually revealing the new collection day by day.   As anticipated by Alessandro Michele last May on the occasion of the release of his manifesto Notes From the Silence, the presentation of the new collection is a joyful and irregular new tale, no longer constrained by the old notion of seasonality, closer to his expressive call and told by blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms.    Together with the OUVERTURE of Something that Never Endedseries, the GucciFest will also be screening fashion films celebrating the works of fifteen independent young designers: Ahluwalia, Shanel Campbell, Stefan Cooke, Cormio, Charles De Vilmorin, JordanLuca, Mowalola, Yueqi Qi, Rave Review, Gui Rosa, Rui, Bianca Saunders, Collina Strada, Boramy Viguier, and Gareth Wrighton. Proudly supported by the House, these talented emerging designers were selected by Creative Director Alessandro Michele to showcase their collections across the digital platforms of the GucciFest.    The full GucciFest will be broadcast from November 16th to 22nd on You Tube Fashion, Weibo, Gucci YouTube and embedded on the dedicated site Guccifest.com. The complete program of the GucciFest week will be available from November 13th.

Alexander McQueen Autumn & Winter campaign
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Alexander McQueen Autumn & Winter campaign

Fashion Alexander McQueen Autumn & Winter 2020 campaign featuring Anok Yai, Sora Choi and Jill Kortleve, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth and art directed by M-M Paris. Alexander McQueen Autumn & Winter 2020 campaign featuring Anok Yai, Sora Choi and Jill Kortleve, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth and art directed by M-M Paris.

In conversation with MJ Rodriguez
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In conversation with MJ Rodriguez

Portrait MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen

Dior presents the new Dior Homme Eau de Toilette
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Dior presents the new Dior Homme Eau de Toilette

Beauty A new Dior Homme is born. A new, intensely woody Eau de Toilette by François Demachy. Masculine sensuality is reinvented with Robert Pattinson in a mesmerizing new film.   TENDER WOODS: Arrows fly at first for a fast, efficient appeal in which Bergamot bites, Pink Peppercorn invigorates with spice and Elemi imprints its lemony incense accents. It is an opening move that demands attention, heightening its charms and revealing the ensemble. An introduction that acts as a foil to a sensual, profound and surprising sequel. Instantly dominating, the Woods appear, speaking out loud, simple and modern in equal measure. Solid and imposing, they are like a signal of virility, an obvious and readable presence.But the story isn’t that simple, as they also have fun with their sensual, intriguing side ... The Woods are a solid presence, in extreme doses. They are also versatile, weaving a new web, expressing renewed male sensuality, far from the usual gourmands and oriental exercises in style. We are witnessing a veritable polyphonic symphony of woods, rich with tension and dialogues; Atlas Cedar, the absolute star of men’s compositions, exhales its dry, subtle leathery warmth. Iconic Haitian Vetiver is somewhat rough and brusquely charming in the woody power of its earthy accents. The ensemble forms a virile manifesto that mixes with the sensual caress of a very light Patchouli Heart, which plays the role of go-between. Twice distilled, it is modern and clean, rid of its humid notes. Like a friend bringing everyone together, it is rich and round, and is accompanied by the strong presence of Musk notes that are enveloping, softening and reassuring. And yet, a sensation of inexplicable freshness, of something “delectably clean,” remains to the end. There is a tenacious feeling of washed wood, which is entirely contained in a single, almost magical note: Iso E. A light, subtle sensation of enveloping comfort. Instilled in the composition, it lasts endlessly, stretching out the sensuality of a clear wood scent. Like a conclusion that makes a point, but is never heavy-handed. A sensual limpidity keeps all the promises of a new, intensely woody masculinity, which makes a long-lasting impression. A man, yes, but a highly nuanced one.   “The signature of this composition is an overdose of sensual woods. The scent of this new Dior Homme gets straight to the point; it claims a frank, solid simplicity. It is luminous and appealing, but also conceals an enveloping softness.” François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator   THE BOTTLE: The Dior Homme monolith is also an icon. Today, it features a streamlined design that retains the beauty of its virile block of glass. Its pure stopper has been simplified. The black cube that it closes is moulded in translucent Surlyn. Its graphic limpidity is the result of technical prowess. This lighter bottle sees its glass weight reduced for an easier hold and also gains polished, softer angles. It’s an object worth seizing for the sensation of holding its fine amber-coloured juice firmly in your hands. More sensual but just as stylish, the new Dior Homme bottle has undergone a rigorous and modern evolution. Although Dior Homme has been reinvented today with a brand-new scent, its very first version, which launched in 2005 and gave pride of place to a sophisticated Iris, is not going anywhere. Now named “Dior Homme Original,” it remains available in boutiques in both France and Belgium, and,of course, worldwide at Dior.com. A new Dior Homme is born. A new, intensely woody Eau de Toilette by François Demachy. Masculine sensuality is reinvented with Robert Pattinson in a mesmerizing new film.   TENDER WOODS: Arrows fly at first for a fast, efficient appeal in which Bergamot bites, Pink Peppercorn invigorates with spice and Elemi imprints its lemony incense accents. It is an opening move that demands attention, heightening its charms and revealing the ensemble. An introduction that acts as a foil to a sensual, profound and surprising sequel. Instantly dominating, the Woods appear, speaking out loud, simple and modern in equal measure. Solid and imposing, they are like a signal of virility, an obvious and readable presence.But the story isn’t that simple, as they also have fun with their sensual, intriguing side ... The Woods are a solid presence, in extreme doses. They are also versatile, weaving a new web, expressing renewed male sensuality, far from the usual gourmands and oriental exercises in style. We are witnessing a veritable polyphonic symphony of woods, rich with tension and dialogues; Atlas Cedar, the absolute star of men’s compositions, exhales its dry, subtle leathery warmth. Iconic Haitian Vetiver is somewhat rough and brusquely charming in the woody power of its earthy accents. The ensemble forms a virile manifesto that mixes with the sensual caress of a very light Patchouli Heart, which plays the role of go-between. Twice distilled, it is modern and clean, rid of its humid notes. Like a friend bringing everyone together, it is rich and round, and is accompanied by the strong presence of Musk notes that are enveloping, softening and reassuring. And yet, a sensation of inexplicable freshness, of something “delectably clean,” remains to the end. There is a tenacious feeling of washed wood, which is entirely contained in a single, almost magical note: Iso E. A light, subtle sensation of enveloping comfort. Instilled in the composition, it lasts endlessly, stretching out the sensuality of a clear wood scent. Like a conclusion that makes a point, but is never heavy-handed. A sensual limpidity keeps all the promises of a new, intensely woody masculinity, which makes a long-lasting impression. A man, yes, but a highly nuanced one.   “The signature of this composition is an overdose of sensual woods. The scent of this new Dior Homme gets straight to the point; it claims a frank, solid simplicity. It is luminous and appealing, but also conceals an enveloping softness.” François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator   THE BOTTLE: The Dior Homme monolith is also an icon. Today, it features a streamlined design that retains the beauty of its virile block of glass. Its pure stopper has been simplified. The black cube that it closes is moulded in translucent Surlyn. Its graphic limpidity is the result of technical prowess. This lighter bottle sees its glass weight reduced for an easier hold and also gains polished, softer angles. It’s an object worth seizing for the sensation of holding its fine amber-coloured juice firmly in your hands. More sensual but just as stylish, the new Dior Homme bottle has undergone a rigorous and modern evolution. Although Dior Homme has been reinvented today with a brand-new scent, its very first version, which launched in 2005 and gave pride of place to a sophisticated Iris, is not going anywhere. Now named “Dior Homme Original,” it remains available in boutiques in both France and Belgium, and,of course, worldwide at Dior.com.

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