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In conversation with Jane Levy
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In conversation with Jane Levy

Film Jane Levy is an American actress, known for her role of Zoey from NBC's musical comedy-drama »Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist«, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.       Jane, you've finished filming Season 2 of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. How would you compare Zoey's personality to yours?   I, like Zoey, have no chill. We are both neurotic and have a lot of energy. We differ in that Zoey works with computers and I am an artist. I would not be happy with an office job. I need to be physically stimulated,as well as mentally and spiritually... I know that is a big ask for a job,but somehow I've managed to pull that off with acting.      What made you pursue acting?   I've always naturally gravitated toward performing. It's funny because I don't have the kind of performative personality that most actors have. I can't give a speech at a party to save my life. I don't walk into a room and own it with my presence and charm. I would say I'm a pretty low key person. But I always knew I was good at acting. I'm fascinated with people and why they do what they do.     You've been in the acting industry for quite some time now. What's your take on all the things going on in the world, the pandemic and BLM, being incorporated in Hollywood?   I'm not sure I can have a worthy succinct answer to such a big question. It is sad, sick and twisted that we live in a society where black people have to say that their lives matter. It's devastating. Our country was built off of slavery and so our institutions are all inherently racist. I'm glad there is a bit of a reckoning in Hollywood. There must be.      What is your favorite thing about Zoey?   I like her sweetness. Thinking back on the show,I think there is something radical about it's earnestness.      Zoey has the ability to hear people's thoughts and feelings through songs. What is your favorite song you've done on the show so far?   I think my favorite songs on the show have been Don't Speak by No Doubt, Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Black Man in a White World by Michael Kiwanuka. Favorite dance numbers? Anything including John Stewart.     Is there anything new you have learned about yourself through your role of Zoey?   I have learned a lot. I have learned that a button up shirt and a sweater and a blazer worn at once is too much. I have learned that I am a visual learner and I have a hard time understanding direction that isn't contextualized physically. I have learned that I am a good leader. I have learned that my face can be very beautiful and also it can be very,very ugly. I have learned that in order to be good at your job,you have to sleep. I have learned that taking mental breaks from work makes you more efficient, flexible and creative!     As Zoey, you did a lot ofsinging and dancing.Which of the two is closer to you and why?   Dancing comes much easier to me. Singing is hardbecause to be good at it,you have to be relaxed. I am not, by nature, a relaxed person. Like I said earlier,no chill.Even though the show may be done,I am still taking singing lessons because I just started working with a somatic voice teacher named Doug Peck and he's the best teacher at anything I've ever had.     You have lived both in New York and Los Angeles. In your own words, how do these two big cities compare and which one of them is your favorite?   Los Angeles is my favorite because I need to live someplace close to nature to calm me down. I am also from the Bay Area and I will forever be a California girl. However, New York has better food, better art and better parties.      Tell us about your biggest dream for the future.   My biggest dream for the future is to be able to have a family and a career.     Now that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist's been canceled and it is not known yet if any other network will pick it up, where can we expect to see you next?   I don't know, but the open year ahead of me is very exciting.      Photographer: Michael Schwartz Stylist: Jason Rembert Hair: Bridget Brager @ The Wall Group Makeup: Beau Nelson @ The Wall Group Nails: Lisa Peña-Wong for Exclusive Artists using Essie Gel Couture Photo Assistant: Phil Sanchez, Alex Gay Casting: Timotej Letonja Stylist Assistant: Mauricia Henry Digital Tech: Eric Bouthiller Shot on location in Los Angeles, CA Jane Levy is an American actress, known for her role of Zoey from NBC's musical comedy-drama »Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist«, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.       Jane, you've finished filming Season 2 of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. How would you compare Zoey's personality to yours?   I, like Zoey, have no chill. We are both neurotic and have a lot of energy. We differ in that Zoey works with computers and I am an artist. I would not be happy with an office job. I need to be physically stimulated,as well as mentally and spiritually... I know that is a big ask for a job,but somehow I've managed to pull that off with acting.      What made you pursue acting?   I've always naturally gravitated toward performing. It's funny because I don't have the kind of performative personality that most actors have. I can't give a speech at a party to save my life. I don't walk into a room and own it with my presence and charm. I would say I'm a pretty low key person. But I always knew I was good at acting. I'm fascinated with people and why they do what they do.     You've been in the acting industry for quite some time now. What's your take on all the things going on in the world, the pandemic and BLM, being incorporated in Hollywood?   I'm not sure I can have a worthy succinct answer to such a big question. It is sad, sick and twisted that we live in a society where black people have to say that their lives matter. It's devastating. Our country was built off of slavery and so our institutions are all inherently racist. I'm glad there is a bit of a reckoning in Hollywood. There must be.      What is your favorite thing about Zoey?   I like her sweetness. Thinking back on the show,I think there is something radical about it's earnestness.      Zoey has the ability to hear people's thoughts and feelings through songs. What is your favorite song you've done on the show so far?   I think my favorite songs on the show have been Don't Speak by No Doubt, Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Black Man in a White World by Michael Kiwanuka. Favorite dance numbers? Anything including John Stewart.     Is there anything new you have learned about yourself through your role of Zoey?   I have learned a lot. I have learned that a button up shirt and a sweater and a blazer worn at once is too much. I have learned that I am a visual learner and I have a hard time understanding direction that isn't contextualized physically. I have learned that I am a good leader. I have learned that my face can be very beautiful and also it can be very,very ugly. I have learned that in order to be good at your job,you have to sleep. I have learned that taking mental breaks from work makes you more efficient, flexible and creative!     As Zoey, you did a lot ofsinging and dancing.Which of the two is closer to you and why?   Dancing comes much easier to me. Singing is hardbecause to be good at it,you have to be relaxed. I am not, by nature, a relaxed person. Like I said earlier,no chill.Even though the show may be done,I am still taking singing lessons because I just started working with a somatic voice teacher named Doug Peck and he's the best teacher at anything I've ever had.     You have lived both in New York and Los Angeles. In your own words, how do these two big cities compare and which one of them is your favorite?   Los Angeles is my favorite because I need to live someplace close to nature to calm me down. I am also from the Bay Area and I will forever be a California girl. However, New York has better food, better art and better parties.      Tell us about your biggest dream for the future.   My biggest dream for the future is to be able to have a family and a career.     Now that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist's been canceled and it is not known yet if any other network will pick it up, where can we expect to see you next?   I don't know, but the open year ahead of me is very exciting.      Photographer: Michael Schwartz Stylist: Jason Rembert Hair: Bridget Brager @ The Wall Group Makeup: Beau Nelson @ The Wall Group Nails: Lisa Peña-Wong for Exclusive Artists using Essie Gel Couture Photo Assistant: Phil Sanchez, Alex Gay Casting: Timotej Letonja Stylist Assistant: Mauricia Henry Digital Tech: Eric Bouthiller Shot on location in Los Angeles, CA

In conversation with Lewis Tan
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In conversation with Lewis Tan

Film We are excited to share our next digital cover star, Lewis Tan, lead of the hit blockbuster film, Mortal Kombat. Best known for his exemplary martial art skills, he has been making his mark in the film and tv industry. This is just the beginning of an exciting career to watch, Lewis is here is stay. Mortal Kombat is now available on all platforms.      PHOTOGRAPHER: JONNY MARLOW  STYLIST : JORDAN BOOTHE  TALENT: LEWIS TAN  HAIR / MUA: CANDICE BIRNS  STYLE ASSTANT: CHRISTIAN SMITH  EDITOR: TIMI LETONJA      Could you tell our readers a bit more about yourself first?    I was born in England, spent my childhood raised between Europe and the USA. My father has a long history in legendary action films such as Batman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Willow, Inception, just to name a few. Because of that, I grew up learning martial arts and the art of filmmaking, I was enamored with make-believe, the sets, costumes, and exotic locations. I knew from a young age this was what I wanted to do, make films and travel the world. That desire only became deeper as I got older, I have to say, I am terribly obsessed.    What is your first memory when it comes to acting?   I remember watching my father in Tango and Cash, there is a scene where Kurt Russell is interrogating my father and is choking him by sitting on top of him with a chair on his throat. I would cry to everyone I would see that scene, he explained to me he was only acting and demonstrated how it was done. That is a weird feeling as a kid, knowing you can play pretend for a living. I began to watch all the  other films I could get my hands on and study the actors, at that time there wasn't really any Asian actors in western cinema so I just watched Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, I would memorize the scenes and try to mimic them, that was my first acting class.      How did your background and experience in martial arts help you to build up your career as an actor?    Martial arts is expression. It is no different than acting, you act with your body, with your words, with your energy, it is different outlets for the same purpose, storytelling. Although the one thing it has taught me was discipline and gave me tough skin. There is nothing like having your ego checked when you train in a martial arts gym. Martial arts teaches you to check your ego at the door and flow. I try to use that in my work. Even if I am not doing an action in a scene, I approach it the same way, what is my body language saying? I always ask that question, never just stand there and say the lines that are not acting, anyone can do that, discovering truth and expressing it in every form is the goal.      What drew or inspired you for a career as an actor eventually?    I never wanted to just be an actor. I am inspired to be a complete filmmaker. I write, direct, act, choreograph, perform my own fights.  People like to put you in a box, define you. It makes it easier for them to process, I don't limit myself when it comes to what I do.  I am working on my directing debut, it is the fourth script I have written and in a few years, I will be juggling both acting and writing/directing career. When I was younger, no one wrote good roles for a half Asian actor, and only those with really progressive thinking hired me for a role originally written for a white actor. Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi cast me in my first lead role as a football player in a thriller called "Sacrifice". There was no martial arts, no fighting, it was just a well-rounded character with deep emotional issues, and look at the work they went on to create. Yet, even so, it is few and far between, so you have to create things for yourself if no one is going to give you that chance. I am not waiting around, you have to create, and next thing you know, people that see the vision want to work with you.      Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and career?    My parents have been a grounding element that has helped guide my life. I also listen to that voice inside, the quiet one, call it your intuition, your insight, your heart, whatever you want to call it, that voice is terribly precious. When that voice is dulled down it can be a really scary thing, you can be swayed so easily, you have to train yourself to listen to it and trust it. Similar to a muscle, it has to be used and exorcised, then it will grow and become a valuable ship to navigate the storms. If you close your eyes, remove yourself from all distractions and judgments you can feel and hear, then soon it becomes second nature.      You played the lead role Cole Young in Mortal Kombat which came out this year. You did all the action sequences on your own. How did you deal with all the physical and emotional pressure that comes with that?    It is my first leading role in a film of this magnitude, so I decided early on that I would give my best effort to lead by example. Never quit or make excuses no matter how draining the process was going to be. Physically, I have been training for 20 years so I knew I had what it takes to deliver an authentic action performance, the endurance to perform all the fights myself however can be hard, every day performing at such a high level for 10-14 hours a day. For example, at the beginning of the film I fight in the cage with a guy named Ian Streetz who is a real fighter, has done MMA, bare-knuckle, and much more, we fought for two days straight for about 12 hours a day without taking breaks or really even sitting down. In the end, we were both banged up, bleeding and bruised. He told me when he trains for a fight, at most it will last around 25 minutes, he said he can't imagine how I am going to continue for the next few months at this same pace. You would be surprised what can happen if you have the right mindset, it was the biggest challenge to date, but thankfully I was supported by a great stunt team and amazing cast who became like a family on a crazy adventure.      How do you prepare for action roles in general? When do you start preparing and what’s your routine?    I stay training. It can not be done any other way. There is no off-season. I stay learning and training with people who are better than me so I can progress. The idea of starting to train after you are hired for an action film is insane to me,  these actors should just use a double, you will never be able to accomplish what takes 20 years of experience, sure you can quickly learn and do the best you can but at most it will be average or below average and now the director is forced to cut around you, chopping the scene to pieces or using expensive CGI face replacement to compensate. If you want to do action films you should be constantly training, sounds obvious but really no one does it, the ones that do you can tell right away. I do my best to push the boundaries of action each time I do a new project, that takes extreme dedication like an athlete training for a professional sports event. That is how you should look at it, on top of doing all the work emotionally. Anything less I am not interested in watching.    As an advocate and leader for the Asian-American population, you are breaking boundaries when it comes to Asian stereotypes in our film industry. How is your experience?    I am just doing whatever I can to be the best artist possible. I back up what I say with my work and I do what I can to be an inspiration to the future generation, but I am just one person. If I can inspire more people to want to create films or have confidence when they walk around or take up martial arts because they watched one of my films then that will hopefully add to the change we need. It is a collective effort, it is a long battle to create lasting change. It isn't just in a sense of cinema either, the way cinema reflects the world has a psychological effect on the culture, society watches films and in return "see" themselves in the characters or relate to situations that make them either feel more united as humans or more isolated in some ways, we aim to create unity and confidence in all races, genders, and backgrounds.    Among all the roles you have played so far which one embodies your personality the most?    They all have a part of me, sounds pretentious and very active, but if you don't put some of yourself into the character, then I am not doing the work. At least in terms of understanding, empathizing with them, even if they are a crazy person or a serial killer, we are all human and at some point we had were a baby and had a mother, we all have felt insecure, pain, love, trauma to each person it is different levels and different understanding which can in some cases lead to catastrophic mindsets but at the core of it all, we can at least try to understand each other, that is the key to getting rid of ignorance, which is the foundation of all hate.    On what projects are you working on right now and anything exciting coming out soon?    Currently sitting onset (the first time really sitting down on a film set in the last two years) in Boston filming a romantic comedy with Emma Roberts called "About Fate". I have a TV series I am producing and starring in with Tony Krantz called "Quantum Spy" which is an action spy thriller. I am developing my feature debut script with Nina Yang which will be the story of my father's life growing up in London during the disco era in the late 1970s, dealing with racism while competing for the martial arts championship. An indie action horror with Japanese star Rola called "Badfish" and a few other great projects I am developing. I still want to do something big with DC and have my own action franchise where we can have my creative control when it comes to designing never-before-seen sequences. Also later this year, I have a special action film releasing on Netflix called "Fistful of Vengeance". We smashed up half of Bangkok and I’m excited for everyone to see this next level of fights.      What do you envision your life to look like in the future?   I hope to be continuously challenging myself, taking risks, and living without fear. I spend time in different parts of the world, developing films with people I love to create with. You create the future by the things you do now, daily. If you remember that and be disciplined in your daily practice, I believe you can have whatever you desire, there is no limit.      What would be your advice to young actors who are aspiring for a career in action movies?   Find a good massage therapist, you are going to need it.  We are excited to share our next digital cover star, Lewis Tan, lead of the hit blockbuster film, Mortal Kombat. Best known for his exemplary martial art skills, he has been making his mark in the film and tv industry. This is just the beginning of an exciting career to watch, Lewis is here is stay. Mortal Kombat is now available on all platforms.      PHOTOGRAPHER: JONNY MARLOW  STYLIST : JORDAN BOOTHE  TALENT: LEWIS TAN  HAIR / MUA: CANDICE BIRNS  STYLE ASSTANT: CHRISTIAN SMITH  EDITOR: TIMI LETONJA      Could you tell our readers a bit more about yourself first?    I was born in England, spent my childhood raised between Europe and the USA. My father has a long history in legendary action films such as Batman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Willow, Inception, just to name a few. Because of that, I grew up learning martial arts and the art of filmmaking, I was enamored with make-believe, the sets, costumes, and exotic locations. I knew from a young age this was what I wanted to do, make films and travel the world. That desire only became deeper as I got older, I have to say, I am terribly obsessed.    What is your first memory when it comes to acting?   I remember watching my father in Tango and Cash, there is a scene where Kurt Russell is interrogating my father and is choking him by sitting on top of him with a chair on his throat. I would cry to everyone I would see that scene, he explained to me he was only acting and demonstrated how it was done. That is a weird feeling as a kid, knowing you can play pretend for a living. I began to watch all the  other films I could get my hands on and study the actors, at that time there wasn't really any Asian actors in western cinema so I just watched Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, I would memorize the scenes and try to mimic them, that was my first acting class.      How did your background and experience in martial arts help you to build up your career as an actor?    Martial arts is expression. It is no different than acting, you act with your body, with your words, with your energy, it is different outlets for the same purpose, storytelling. Although the one thing it has taught me was discipline and gave me tough skin. There is nothing like having your ego checked when you train in a martial arts gym. Martial arts teaches you to check your ego at the door and flow. I try to use that in my work. Even if I am not doing an action in a scene, I approach it the same way, what is my body language saying? I always ask that question, never just stand there and say the lines that are not acting, anyone can do that, discovering truth and expressing it in every form is the goal.      What drew or inspired you for a career as an actor eventually?    I never wanted to just be an actor. I am inspired to be a complete filmmaker. I write, direct, act, choreograph, perform my own fights.  People like to put you in a box, define you. It makes it easier for them to process, I don't limit myself when it comes to what I do.  I am working on my directing debut, it is the fourth script I have written and in a few years, I will be juggling both acting and writing/directing career. When I was younger, no one wrote good roles for a half Asian actor, and only those with really progressive thinking hired me for a role originally written for a white actor. Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi cast me in my first lead role as a football player in a thriller called "Sacrifice". There was no martial arts, no fighting, it was just a well-rounded character with deep emotional issues, and look at the work they went on to create. Yet, even so, it is few and far between, so you have to create things for yourself if no one is going to give you that chance. I am not waiting around, you have to create, and next thing you know, people that see the vision want to work with you.      Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and career?    My parents have been a grounding element that has helped guide my life. I also listen to that voice inside, the quiet one, call it your intuition, your insight, your heart, whatever you want to call it, that voice is terribly precious. When that voice is dulled down it can be a really scary thing, you can be swayed so easily, you have to train yourself to listen to it and trust it. Similar to a muscle, it has to be used and exorcised, then it will grow and become a valuable ship to navigate the storms. If you close your eyes, remove yourself from all distractions and judgments you can feel and hear, then soon it becomes second nature.      You played the lead role Cole Young in Mortal Kombat which came out this year. You did all the action sequences on your own. How did you deal with all the physical and emotional pressure that comes with that?    It is my first leading role in a film of this magnitude, so I decided early on that I would give my best effort to lead by example. Never quit or make excuses no matter how draining the process was going to be. Physically, I have been training for 20 years so I knew I had what it takes to deliver an authentic action performance, the endurance to perform all the fights myself however can be hard, every day performing at such a high level for 10-14 hours a day. For example, at the beginning of the film I fight in the cage with a guy named Ian Streetz who is a real fighter, has done MMA, bare-knuckle, and much more, we fought for two days straight for about 12 hours a day without taking breaks or really even sitting down. In the end, we were both banged up, bleeding and bruised. He told me when he trains for a fight, at most it will last around 25 minutes, he said he can't imagine how I am going to continue for the next few months at this same pace. You would be surprised what can happen if you have the right mindset, it was the biggest challenge to date, but thankfully I was supported by a great stunt team and amazing cast who became like a family on a crazy adventure.      How do you prepare for action roles in general? When do you start preparing and what’s your routine?    I stay training. It can not be done any other way. There is no off-season. I stay learning and training with people who are better than me so I can progress. The idea of starting to train after you are hired for an action film is insane to me,  these actors should just use a double, you will never be able to accomplish what takes 20 years of experience, sure you can quickly learn and do the best you can but at most it will be average or below average and now the director is forced to cut around you, chopping the scene to pieces or using expensive CGI face replacement to compensate. If you want to do action films you should be constantly training, sounds obvious but really no one does it, the ones that do you can tell right away. I do my best to push the boundaries of action each time I do a new project, that takes extreme dedication like an athlete training for a professional sports event. That is how you should look at it, on top of doing all the work emotionally. Anything less I am not interested in watching.    As an advocate and leader for the Asian-American population, you are breaking boundaries when it comes to Asian stereotypes in our film industry. How is your experience?    I am just doing whatever I can to be the best artist possible. I back up what I say with my work and I do what I can to be an inspiration to the future generation, but I am just one person. If I can inspire more people to want to create films or have confidence when they walk around or take up martial arts because they watched one of my films then that will hopefully add to the change we need. It is a collective effort, it is a long battle to create lasting change. It isn't just in a sense of cinema either, the way cinema reflects the world has a psychological effect on the culture, society watches films and in return "see" themselves in the characters or relate to situations that make them either feel more united as humans or more isolated in some ways, we aim to create unity and confidence in all races, genders, and backgrounds.    Among all the roles you have played so far which one embodies your personality the most?    They all have a part of me, sounds pretentious and very active, but if you don't put some of yourself into the character, then I am not doing the work. At least in terms of understanding, empathizing with them, even if they are a crazy person or a serial killer, we are all human and at some point we had were a baby and had a mother, we all have felt insecure, pain, love, trauma to each person it is different levels and different understanding which can in some cases lead to catastrophic mindsets but at the core of it all, we can at least try to understand each other, that is the key to getting rid of ignorance, which is the foundation of all hate.    On what projects are you working on right now and anything exciting coming out soon?    Currently sitting onset (the first time really sitting down on a film set in the last two years) in Boston filming a romantic comedy with Emma Roberts called "About Fate". I have a TV series I am producing and starring in with Tony Krantz called "Quantum Spy" which is an action spy thriller. I am developing my feature debut script with Nina Yang which will be the story of my father's life growing up in London during the disco era in the late 1970s, dealing with racism while competing for the martial arts championship. An indie action horror with Japanese star Rola called "Badfish" and a few other great projects I am developing. I still want to do something big with DC and have my own action franchise where we can have my creative control when it comes to designing never-before-seen sequences. Also later this year, I have a special action film releasing on Netflix called "Fistful of Vengeance". We smashed up half of Bangkok and I’m excited for everyone to see this next level of fights.      What do you envision your life to look like in the future?   I hope to be continuously challenging myself, taking risks, and living without fear. I spend time in different parts of the world, developing films with people I love to create with. You create the future by the things you do now, daily. If you remember that and be disciplined in your daily practice, I believe you can have whatever you desire, there is no limit.      What would be your advice to young actors who are aspiring for a career in action movies?   Find a good massage therapist, you are going to need it. 

Exclusive new editorial and film "STRANGE DREAMS"
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Exclusive new editorial and film "STRANGE DREAMS"

Fashion We are excited to share our new editorial project and short fashion film "STRANGE DREAMS".     You can watch the full video on our Instagram.     TEAM CREDITS:  Directed by Podesta Studio @podesta.studio Prodution House: Animal Animal @animal_animal_paris Associated Production: John Ways Producers: Noé Lefebvre @noefromparis & Vincent Thiesset @vincent_thiess Production Manager: Baptiste Gibert @baptistegibertproduction Location Manager: Marius Kerner @stopoverbombay 1st Assistant Director: Amelie Lambert @l_a_edansla 2nd Assistant Director: Paul Godeau @polopolpolo Dialogue Surpevisor: Paul Godeau @polopolpolo Voice Over Writer: Mandy Skvortzoff @mandyonmars Cast Members Mandy Skvortzoff @mandyonmars Victor Hanen @victorhanen Héloïse Bulkowski @helloeyess Tallulah Cassavetti @tallu_tm Félicie Vitrai @felicie.billionaire Alexandre Wadamik @rooroxoxo Technical Team Director of Photography: Antoine Vié @vie_antoine 1st Camera Assistant: Margaux Escourolle Arthur Raimondeau ( remplaçant ) 2nd Camera Assistant: Pauline Rey Chef Light Technician: Basil Pollet Villard @basilpolletvillard Assistant Chef Light Technician  Leo Lederfajn Gautier Rivoir Steady Camera Op: Grégoire Lobut @gregoire_lobut Opérateaur Sous Marin: Tanguy Masson @tanguy_masson Catering: Matthieu Saymard Horse Trainer: Magdalena Pommier @magdapommier Horse: Gatsby Ecuries : Ecuries Richez Fashion Editor: Joy Sinanian @joysinanian Fashion Coordinator: Jean Luc Favre @byjeanluc Wardrobe Assistant: Auricio Bomfim Make Up Artist: Ismael Blanco @ismaelblancomakeup Hair Artist: Mickael Jauneau @mickaeljauneau Post Production: Reepost @reepost Editor: Flora Jacquot @florajacquot Colorist: Lydia Lopez @lydia.colorist After Effects: Clement Divry Sound Music & Lyric Composed  By Dorion Fiszel @_dorion And Brad Thomas Ackley @brad_thomas_ackley Voice @mandyonmars Mixed by Brad Thomas Ackley @brad_thomas_ackley Sound Engineer Studio: Jonathan Boil @jonathanleboil Sound Designer & Voice over Captation Damien da Cunha - The Mixmen @the_mixman Material Rent: Camera and Light Grip Rental Rvz Paris @rvzparis Location: @lafoliebarbizon  We are excited to share our new editorial project and short fashion film "STRANGE DREAMS".     You can watch the full video on our Instagram.     TEAM CREDITS:  Directed by Podesta Studio @podesta.studio Prodution House: Animal Animal @animal_animal_paris Associated Production: John Ways Producers: Noé Lefebvre @noefromparis & Vincent Thiesset @vincent_thiess Production Manager: Baptiste Gibert @baptistegibertproduction Location Manager: Marius Kerner @stopoverbombay 1st Assistant Director: Amelie Lambert @l_a_edansla 2nd Assistant Director: Paul Godeau @polopolpolo Dialogue Surpevisor: Paul Godeau @polopolpolo Voice Over Writer: Mandy Skvortzoff @mandyonmars Cast Members Mandy Skvortzoff @mandyonmars Victor Hanen @victorhanen Héloïse Bulkowski @helloeyess Tallulah Cassavetti @tallu_tm Félicie Vitrai @felicie.billionaire Alexandre Wadamik @rooroxoxo Technical Team Director of Photography: Antoine Vié @vie_antoine 1st Camera Assistant: Margaux Escourolle Arthur Raimondeau ( remplaçant ) 2nd Camera Assistant: Pauline Rey Chef Light Technician: Basil Pollet Villard @basilpolletvillard Assistant Chef Light Technician  Leo Lederfajn Gautier Rivoir Steady Camera Op: Grégoire Lobut @gregoire_lobut Opérateaur Sous Marin: Tanguy Masson @tanguy_masson Catering: Matthieu Saymard Horse Trainer: Magdalena Pommier @magdapommier Horse: Gatsby Ecuries : Ecuries Richez Fashion Editor: Joy Sinanian @joysinanian Fashion Coordinator: Jean Luc Favre @byjeanluc Wardrobe Assistant: Auricio Bomfim Make Up Artist: Ismael Blanco @ismaelblancomakeup Hair Artist: Mickael Jauneau @mickaeljauneau Post Production: Reepost @reepost Editor: Flora Jacquot @florajacquot Colorist: Lydia Lopez @lydia.colorist After Effects: Clement Divry Sound Music & Lyric Composed  By Dorion Fiszel @_dorion And Brad Thomas Ackley @brad_thomas_ackley Voice @mandyonmars Mixed by Brad Thomas Ackley @brad_thomas_ackley Sound Engineer Studio: Jonathan Boil @jonathanleboil Sound Designer & Voice over Captation Damien da Cunha - The Mixmen @the_mixman Material Rent: Camera and Light Grip Rental Rvz Paris @rvzparis Location: @lafoliebarbizon 

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Netflix makes Dutch version of "I Like To Watch" with Sederginne and Ma'MaQueen
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Netflix makes Dutch version of "I Like To Watch" with Sederginne and Ma'MaQueen

Video Netflix's popular YouTube show "I Like To Watch", in which drag queens known from Rupaul's Drag Race judge Netflix shows, comes with a Dutch version. After several successful seasons in America and the UK, Netflix presents the Dutch edition of “I Like To Watch” with Sederginne and Ma'MaQueen. The first episode in which the queens rate "Ferry" is now available on Netflix's YouTube channel.     Watch the first episode here.   The show in which drag queens watch new Netflix shows and movies and give their opinions has been a great success on YouTube for years. In America, the show has been hosted by Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova both known for Rupaul's Drag Race since 2019. In the Dutch version, the honor goes to the Belgian Sederginne and the Dutch Ma'MaQueen, both known from the first season of Drag Race Holland. In each episode, the ladies judge new Netflix shows or movies they are seeing for the first time, which often leads to hilarious comments.     The Dutch version of “I Like To Watch” was created by Netflix, The Drag Agency and Vigics. Netflix's popular YouTube show "I Like To Watch", in which drag queens known from Rupaul's Drag Race judge Netflix shows, comes with a Dutch version. After several successful seasons in America and the UK, Netflix presents the Dutch edition of “I Like To Watch” with Sederginne and Ma'MaQueen. The first episode in which the queens rate "Ferry" is now available on Netflix's YouTube channel.     Watch the first episode here.   The show in which drag queens watch new Netflix shows and movies and give their opinions has been a great success on YouTube for years. In America, the show has been hosted by Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova both known for Rupaul's Drag Race since 2019. In the Dutch version, the honor goes to the Belgian Sederginne and the Dutch Ma'MaQueen, both known from the first season of Drag Race Holland. In each episode, the ladies judge new Netflix shows or movies they are seeing for the first time, which often leads to hilarious comments.     The Dutch version of “I Like To Watch” was created by Netflix, The Drag Agency and Vigics.

In conversation with Zion Moreno
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In conversation with Zion Moreno

Film Zion Moreno, an American actress of Mexican descent, made her acting debut in 2019 and was recently introduced to fans all over the world as one of the lead characters in the Netflix series, Control Z. Zion is one of the leading stars of the reboot of the highly popular TV show Gossip Girl, which is set to release in 2021 on HBO Max.      Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   I don’t think this sort of request can ever be answered entirely. But I’d say I was curious. Easily uninspired but just as randomly, immensely in awe of life. Equally confused by it. A person who’s trying their best.   What is your first memory of acting?   Whenever in my childhood when I would coerce my mom into buying me junk food.    Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   In a lot of ways, they all have. I have yet to play someone who was similar enough to me as to stand out. Which I think is rather a good thing. I tend to learn a great deal about myself through each of them.   What gives you confidence?    Community. Knowledge. Love. Not to sound like one of those live love laugh frames, but it's true.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   I’m simply unable to name just one. My mother, of course. She's amazing in every way. I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have found many beautiful souls along the way who have taught me an idiosyncratic understanding of life. People are everything to one another. We will always continue to connect and when that occurs, it’s simply magical.      What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   I’ve moved to NYC. Accepting the uncertainty of my life and reveling in it.      What is your personal motto?   I’m not sure I have one. The more sleep, the better? Totally wing it but totally prepare whilst making it look like you’re winging it?      What are your upcoming projects for this year? I think you all think I’m cooler than I actually am. Gossip Girl obviously, which has already changed my life in tremendous ways. I also have a little guest star role in Claws. Other than that, just writing and shooting. Which is such a blessing.    Why acting? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   I have always been enamored by cinema. It has been such a defining presence in my life. Always saw myself as an admiring spectator, not so much an active participant in creating it. When I found out people wanted me in their productions, my perspective shifted entirely and I realized I could belong in this world. Nothing has ever been more fulfilling. I ultimately want to continue creating art, writing my own stories, making my own films. Inspiring others to do the same.       What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?     My work of art? It is very much a work in progress. Come back to me in a couple of years and we'll talk. I will say it means everything to me.    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 love Mexico City so much. It’s vibrant and palpable. Although never having filmed in Montréal, I do adore this city too. It's free and cool, exciting, creative. I have also traveled to Budapest for work and that was so overwhelmingly beautiful, an experience that I often find myself forgetting about. Does that ever happen to anyone else? Also I love Europe in general, how could I not. Am dying to go everywhere.   What is your biggest outtake and lesson from last year?   Probably that time is not on your side. I have learned that we are everything to each other. To care for others as tenderly and be as welcoming as possible.       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 believe sustainability is the most thoughtful gesture one can enact. I love thrifting clothes and donating or recycling old pieces. Fast fashion can be quite detrimental. Recycling as much as I can, ideally everything that is recyclable, doesn't take that much of a concerted effort and makes a considerable difference in the environment. Also kind of random but still in theme, I love plants so much and try to keep as many around as I can.    Tell us about your new role on the reboot of Gossip Girl.       Luna! She's fun to play. I can tell you she is a stylist originally from Mexico City and lives alone in New York while her parents make movies around the world. She also wears really really cool clothes.     We have heard that you are also a poet. Tell our readers more about your poems and what inspired you to start writing?   I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a poet, but I do enjoy partaking in writing a poem or two. I never feel more alive than when I write. It reminds me of the splendor of life. All of the stories, feelings crafted from your past, from the imaginings of your future, and the revelations of the present.  It's cool.      You started your career in NYC as a model. How did that evolve to acting and what are some of your modeling highlights so far?   I did, but I wasn't very successful. I also skipped many castings. My heart just was not in it, but through the contacts I made in that world, I started hearing about auditions and as soon as I booked my first job, I finally knew that I had found something that fed my soul. Now, when I get the opportunity to “model”, I appreciate it a lot more mostly because I get to shoot for rad publications like Numero. So yeah, modeling highlight right there.     Lastly, what would be your advice to youngsters who are inspired by you and what would be your advice for people to be and do better in the world we live in?  Look up to others but don't lose yourself in the image of who you think they might be. I also understand what it is like to be othered, which I think many of us can relate to. So, I would say I hope you can find the understanding that your dreams are valid and that your people and success are waiting for you out there. Remember to listen to others, grow from one another, care for each other and love yourself. You can do it, I believe in you.      TEAM CREDITS:   Photographer : Nikolai Kokanovic @foxnhound  Talent: Zion Moreno @zion.moreno  Stylist : Raz Martinez @itsmerazzie  Fashion Assistant : Celine Azena @CelineAzena Market Editor Assistant : Ambar Cabral @ADSTOWELL Hair stylist : Owen Gould @owengould  Makeup : Laramie Glen @laramiemakeup @homeagency  Casting : Tasha Tongpreecha @tashatongpreecha  Editor In Chief & Producer : Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Fashion Director : Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist    Zion Moreno, an American actress of Mexican descent, made her acting debut in 2019 and was recently introduced to fans all over the world as one of the lead characters in the Netflix series, Control Z. Zion is one of the leading stars of the reboot of the highly popular TV show Gossip Girl, which is set to release in 2021 on HBO Max.      Tell our readers who you are in your own words.   I don’t think this sort of request can ever be answered entirely. But I’d say I was curious. Easily uninspired but just as randomly, immensely in awe of life. Equally confused by it. A person who’s trying their best.   What is your first memory of acting?   Whenever in my childhood when I would coerce my mom into buying me junk food.    Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?   In a lot of ways, they all have. I have yet to play someone who was similar enough to me as to stand out. Which I think is rather a good thing. I tend to learn a great deal about myself through each of them.   What gives you confidence?    Community. Knowledge. Love. Not to sound like one of those live love laugh frames, but it's true.     Who is the one voice that has inspired you the most in your personal life and your career?   I’m simply unable to name just one. My mother, of course. She's amazing in every way. I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have found many beautiful souls along the way who have taught me an idiosyncratic understanding of life. People are everything to one another. We will always continue to connect and when that occurs, it’s simply magical.      What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   I’ve moved to NYC. Accepting the uncertainty of my life and reveling in it.      What is your personal motto?   I’m not sure I have one. The more sleep, the better? Totally wing it but totally prepare whilst making it look like you’re winging it?      What are your upcoming projects for this year? I think you all think I’m cooler than I actually am. Gossip Girl obviously, which has already changed my life in tremendous ways. I also have a little guest star role in Claws. Other than that, just writing and shooting. Which is such a blessing.    Why acting? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?   I have always been enamored by cinema. It has been such a defining presence in my life. Always saw myself as an admiring spectator, not so much an active participant in creating it. When I found out people wanted me in their productions, my perspective shifted entirely and I realized I could belong in this world. Nothing has ever been more fulfilling. I ultimately want to continue creating art, writing my own stories, making my own films. Inspiring others to do the same.       What is your work of art about and what does it mean to you?     My work of art? It is very much a work in progress. Come back to me in a couple of years and we'll talk. I will say it means everything to me.    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 love Mexico City so much. It’s vibrant and palpable. Although never having filmed in Montréal, I do adore this city too. It's free and cool, exciting, creative. I have also traveled to Budapest for work and that was so overwhelmingly beautiful, an experience that I often find myself forgetting about. Does that ever happen to anyone else? Also I love Europe in general, how could I not. Am dying to go everywhere.   What is your biggest outtake and lesson from last year?   Probably that time is not on your side. I have learned that we are everything to each other. To care for others as tenderly and be as welcoming as possible.       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 believe sustainability is the most thoughtful gesture one can enact. I love thrifting clothes and donating or recycling old pieces. Fast fashion can be quite detrimental. Recycling as much as I can, ideally everything that is recyclable, doesn't take that much of a concerted effort and makes a considerable difference in the environment. Also kind of random but still in theme, I love plants so much and try to keep as many around as I can.    Tell us about your new role on the reboot of Gossip Girl.       Luna! She's fun to play. I can tell you she is a stylist originally from Mexico City and lives alone in New York while her parents make movies around the world. She also wears really really cool clothes.     We have heard that you are also a poet. Tell our readers more about your poems and what inspired you to start writing?   I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a poet, but I do enjoy partaking in writing a poem or two. I never feel more alive than when I write. It reminds me of the splendor of life. All of the stories, feelings crafted from your past, from the imaginings of your future, and the revelations of the present.  It's cool.      You started your career in NYC as a model. How did that evolve to acting and what are some of your modeling highlights so far?   I did, but I wasn't very successful. I also skipped many castings. My heart just was not in it, but through the contacts I made in that world, I started hearing about auditions and as soon as I booked my first job, I finally knew that I had found something that fed my soul. Now, when I get the opportunity to “model”, I appreciate it a lot more mostly because I get to shoot for rad publications like Numero. So yeah, modeling highlight right there.     Lastly, what would be your advice to youngsters who are inspired by you and what would be your advice for people to be and do better in the world we live in?  Look up to others but don't lose yourself in the image of who you think they might be. I also understand what it is like to be othered, which I think many of us can relate to. So, I would say I hope you can find the understanding that your dreams are valid and that your people and success are waiting for you out there. Remember to listen to others, grow from one another, care for each other and love yourself. You can do it, I believe in you.      TEAM CREDITS:   Photographer : Nikolai Kokanovic @foxnhound  Talent: Zion Moreno @zion.moreno  Stylist : Raz Martinez @itsmerazzie  Fashion Assistant : Celine Azena @CelineAzena Market Editor Assistant : Ambar Cabral @ADSTOWELL Hair stylist : Owen Gould @owengould  Makeup : Laramie Glen @laramiemakeup @homeagency  Casting : Tasha Tongpreecha @tashatongpreecha  Editor In Chief & Producer : Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Fashion Director : Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist   

Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces
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Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces

Film Filling Pieces celebrates their first decade by presenting the film Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces. Made in collaboration with Vice, the documentary shows an exclusive insight into the trials and tribulations of Creative Director Guillaume Philibert’s brand from Amsterdam.      In 10 years of existence, Filling Pieces grew from one single shoe to an international fashion brand with full footwear, clothing and accessories collections. At the intersection of high-end fashion and streetwear, Filling Pieces bridged the gap between different worlds and cultures within fashion and beyond. Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces retroactively follows Guillaume Philibert and his colleagues on this journey. From the first steps within the fast-moving world of fashion until the moment Philibert, as the founder and creative director, is standing at a unique crossroads for himself and the company.     Filmed over the course of one year, the documentary is made in collaboration with Vice and directed by Joey Boink. It features critical figures behind the brand, such as Philibert’s friends and family, and prominent figures in the international fashion industry such as Daily Paper’s Hussein Suleiman, Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond and Highsnobiety’s David Fischer.      Next to the release of their documentary, Filling Pieces will also be opening their new flagship store in the centre of Amsterdam in July. With 300 square meters, this is their biggest store to date. The flagship store will not only exhibit and sell their collections but will also be a place of gathering for community creatives and entrepreneurs, where themes such as inclusivity, mental health, music, sport, and art will be discussed during exclusive panels and workshops.     Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces will premiere online on the Filling Pieces website on the 30th of April at 21:00 CEST. Filling Pieces celebrates their first decade by presenting the film Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces. Made in collaboration with Vice, the documentary shows an exclusive insight into the trials and tribulations of Creative Director Guillaume Philibert’s brand from Amsterdam.      In 10 years of existence, Filling Pieces grew from one single shoe to an international fashion brand with full footwear, clothing and accessories collections. At the intersection of high-end fashion and streetwear, Filling Pieces bridged the gap between different worlds and cultures within fashion and beyond. Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces retroactively follows Guillaume Philibert and his colleagues on this journey. From the first steps within the fast-moving world of fashion until the moment Philibert, as the founder and creative director, is standing at a unique crossroads for himself and the company.     Filmed over the course of one year, the documentary is made in collaboration with Vice and directed by Joey Boink. It features critical figures behind the brand, such as Philibert’s friends and family, and prominent figures in the international fashion industry such as Daily Paper’s Hussein Suleiman, Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond and Highsnobiety’s David Fischer.      Next to the release of their documentary, Filling Pieces will also be opening their new flagship store in the centre of Amsterdam in July. With 300 square meters, this is their biggest store to date. The flagship store will not only exhibit and sell their collections but will also be a place of gathering for community creatives and entrepreneurs, where themes such as inclusivity, mental health, music, sport, and art will be discussed during exclusive panels and workshops.     Bridging The Gap: 10 Years of Filling Pieces will premiere online on the Filling Pieces website on the 30th of April at 21:00 CEST.

CHANEL proudly reveals the new face of J12 actress Margot Robbie
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CHANEL proudly reveals the new face of J12 actress Margot Robbie

Watches Everything has always been about seconds for a House created by a woman who knew how to follow her instincts. The instinct of the moment when everything is decided.     Whether it is the longest second of a lifetime on the day of an important decision, or preparing a soft-boiled egg with perfect culinary precision, catching an airplane or missing a taxi, our existence is a succession of milestones that are of no coincidence.     The J12 is the watch for these milestones, and the perfect accompaniment for every second. In this campaign for the most iconic CHANEL watch, nine iconic women share their personal experiences about a second that changed their lives.     Everything is a story of seconds for a woman who is in touch with her life and with this intimate timepiece that can shape destiny in a few seconds. The J12 is the watch for this woman.     In 2021, Margot Robbie joins the faces of the iconic CHANEL J12 watch campaign initiated in 2019.     “It feels incredibly special to be alongside such inspiring women in this campaign. Embodying the J12 watch to me is acknowledging and appreciating time.“     #J12 #ItsAllAboutSeconds #CHANELWatches Everything has always been about seconds for a House created by a woman who knew how to follow her instincts. The instinct of the moment when everything is decided.     Whether it is the longest second of a lifetime on the day of an important decision, or preparing a soft-boiled egg with perfect culinary precision, catching an airplane or missing a taxi, our existence is a succession of milestones that are of no coincidence.     The J12 is the watch for these milestones, and the perfect accompaniment for every second. In this campaign for the most iconic CHANEL watch, nine iconic women share their personal experiences about a second that changed their lives.     Everything is a story of seconds for a woman who is in touch with her life and with this intimate timepiece that can shape destiny in a few seconds. The J12 is the watch for this woman.     In 2021, Margot Robbie joins the faces of the iconic CHANEL J12 watch campaign initiated in 2019.     “It feels incredibly special to be alongside such inspiring women in this campaign. Embodying the J12 watch to me is acknowledging and appreciating time.“     #J12 #ItsAllAboutSeconds #CHANELWatches

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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