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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Chelseaboy
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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Chelseaboy

Fashion We are super excited to share our latest editorial in collaboration with Chelseaboy wearing the beautiful designs of Rosalie Boonstra.       Photography: @daniel.sars Styling: @michael_geertzen Hair and makeup: @xochelseaboy  Model: @xochelseaboy @dragsofanarchy   Fashion Credits: Dresses: @rosalieboonstra  Shoes: @pleasershoes Tights: Stylist own Celtic belt: model's own Earrings and rings: model’s own We are super excited to share our latest editorial in collaboration with Chelseaboy wearing the beautiful designs of Rosalie Boonstra.       Photography: @daniel.sars Styling: @michael_geertzen Hair and makeup: @xochelseaboy  Model: @xochelseaboy @dragsofanarchy   Fashion Credits: Dresses: @rosalieboonstra  Shoes: @pleasershoes Tights: Stylist own Celtic belt: model's own Earrings and rings: model’s own

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

Oumayma Boumeshouli captured by Aicha Abdoun
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Oumayma Boumeshouli captured by Aicha Abdoun

Fashion While traveling, we try to embrace and be aware of our surroundings with its unique characteristics as much as possible. Our road trip through Mexico is the backdrop of our visual story for Numéro Netherlands. Modelled by @oumaymaboumeshouli , wearing @casablancabrand and captured by me @aichaabdoun      (20.1401977, -87.4613265)  (20.1394867, -87.4611017) (21.3981436, -98.9970856) (20.7441703, -99.9427755) (20.7394979, -99.9388216)     Credits: Photography: Aicha Abdoun Styling & model: Oumayma el boumeshouli Fashion items: Casablanca Editor: Timi Letonja  While traveling, we try to embrace and be aware of our surroundings with its unique characteristics as much as possible. Our road trip through Mexico is the backdrop of our visual story for Numéro Netherlands. Modelled by @oumaymaboumeshouli , wearing @casablancabrand and captured by me @aichaabdoun      (20.1401977, -87.4613265)  (20.1394867, -87.4611017) (21.3981436, -98.9970856) (20.7441703, -99.9427755) (20.7394979, -99.9388216)     Credits: Photography: Aicha Abdoun Styling & model: Oumayma el boumeshouli Fashion items: Casablanca Editor: Timi Letonja 

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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 editorial by Jeremie Monnier
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Exclusive editorial by Jeremie Monnier

Accessories We are happy to share our latest digital editorial captured by Jeremie Monnier.   Photographer Jeremie Monnier Stylist Victor Vergara Casting Daniel Estevez Hair Nico Philippon Make up Yvane Rocher Manicure Sissy Sinyi Model Antonia @ Titanium   We are happy to share our latest digital editorial captured by Jeremie Monnier.   Photographer Jeremie Monnier Stylist Victor Vergara Casting Daniel Estevez Hair Nico Philippon Make up Yvane Rocher Manicure Sissy Sinyi Model Antonia @ Titanium  

Alexander McQueen presents the new Spring & Summer 2022 men's collection
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Alexander McQueen presents the new Spring & Summer 2022 men's collection

Men This collection is inspired by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake who was born in London in 1757. Drawing on the concept of imagination as a pure form of escapism, it centres around lightness, air and water - on beauty emerging from darkness.       Shot by Paolo Roversi This collection is inspired by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake who was born in London in 1757. Drawing on the concept of imagination as a pure form of escapism, it centres around lightness, air and water - on beauty emerging from darkness.       Shot by Paolo Roversi

In conversation with Chivv
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In conversation with Chivv

Music The Dutch rapper, writer, singer, and entrepreneur Chivv (Chyvon Pala - 26) has been making music since the age of fifteen. The artists recently released his new single ‘’Come Online’’ featuring Jandro and Jonna Fraser, produced by Diquenza. The song was released on the 25thof June, reached #9 in the Dutch charts in its first weeks and has 2,6 million streams and counting. We sat down with the artist in one of his favorite restaurants in Amsterdam, FIKO and spoke to him about ‘’Come Online’’, his creative process, fashion and more.       How are you today?   Today, I feel like I can take on the world.      In your words, how would you describe yourself to our readers?   I’m an outgoing guy, very family orientated and I’m always creating. It’s sound cliché but, when I step outside myself my life feels like a rollercoaster. When I’m feeling down, it’s extreme but when I feel good that feeling is extreme as well. There’s no in between.     How would you describe your sound?   I would describe it as a combination of many things, new school hip-hop combined with an afro sound. My sound is fusion, I guess.     You just released ‘’Come Online’’, can you tell me a bit more about the creative process surrounding this song?     A little over a year ago I resided at a writers-camp hosted by SFB. The producer Diquenza who produced two of my biggest hits during the early stages of my solo-career stayed there as well which naturally resulted in us collaborating on a new project.    On one specific evening everyone was sound asleep which gave us some extra time to work on something. When we went through his file of beats, I heard one that I liked, went into the booth, and started to freestyle. In the room that he had his studio set-up in, there were a few girls sleeping. Which is the reason why I came up with the whole ‘come online’hook. In Nigeria when you say ‘’come online’’to someone it can mean that you want them to wake up and get active. No pun intended. So, I drew my inspiration from my surroundings and the situation I was in at that time.     The song ‘’Come online’’features the artists, Jonna Fraser and Jandro, what made you want to work with them on this project?    When Jandro woke up the next morning and heard the song he liked it and said that he wanted to finish it. On the drive back home, I listened to the song again, and figured it could work but it was still missing something. That thing was Jonna Fraser. We’ve worked with each other a lot in the past which made it a no-brainer that Jonna would kill it the track.     What is your creative process in general like?   I get inspired by the things around me, the things I see and what I experience. I especially get inspired when I go on vacation, as soon as I come back, I immediately go to the studio.       Which brands can you currently not live without?   Prada is my al time favorite brand. I only wear Calvin Klein underwear, when I want to be more comfortable, I wear New Balance and when I’m in the studio I usually drink Hennessey.     Who inspires you the most?   My mother! She moved to the Netherlands from Surinam with my older sister, and I, raised us by herself and never complained. She worked hard and has always remained to be my source of inspiration.     What have you missed most about performing?   I missed the energy from the crowd. When you put a lot of work into a track, the energy the crowd gives you when you finally preform it can sometimes be the validation that I really appreciate as an artist.       How do you combine fashion and music?   Music is inspiration and same goes for fashion. When I was younger, I looked up to Tupac and Biggie, for their art but their style as well. When they we’re wearing full Versace, you wanted to be a part of that whole vibe.      What does confidence mean to you and when do you feel the most confidant?   It means everything, when you walk into a room feeling confident you can share that and make other people feel the same way. Things are just easier when you feel confident. I feel my most confident when I’m on stage.     How would you describe your current post lock-down mental state?   I feel relieved, I felt like I was locked in my own head, which was very draining. Now that the lockdown is almost over and we’re able to do more, I’m more creative and I’m happier.     Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?   I’ll be dropping a remix of ‘Come Online’ with three international artists. Throughout the summer I’ll also be releasing a few singles that I’m excited about and I’m also working on my third studio album, which will I’ll release later this year.     Photography:        Valentina Vos  Styling:             Deion Simon  Production:         Un4gettable Music  Location:              Fiko Amsterdam The Dutch rapper, writer, singer, and entrepreneur Chivv (Chyvon Pala - 26) has been making music since the age of fifteen. The artists recently released his new single ‘’Come Online’’ featuring Jandro and Jonna Fraser, produced by Diquenza. The song was released on the 25thof June, reached #9 in the Dutch charts in its first weeks and has 2,6 million streams and counting. We sat down with the artist in one of his favorite restaurants in Amsterdam, FIKO and spoke to him about ‘’Come Online’’, his creative process, fashion and more.       How are you today?   Today, I feel like I can take on the world.      In your words, how would you describe yourself to our readers?   I’m an outgoing guy, very family orientated and I’m always creating. It’s sound cliché but, when I step outside myself my life feels like a rollercoaster. When I’m feeling down, it’s extreme but when I feel good that feeling is extreme as well. There’s no in between.     How would you describe your sound?   I would describe it as a combination of many things, new school hip-hop combined with an afro sound. My sound is fusion, I guess.     You just released ‘’Come Online’’, can you tell me a bit more about the creative process surrounding this song?     A little over a year ago I resided at a writers-camp hosted by SFB. The producer Diquenza who produced two of my biggest hits during the early stages of my solo-career stayed there as well which naturally resulted in us collaborating on a new project.    On one specific evening everyone was sound asleep which gave us some extra time to work on something. When we went through his file of beats, I heard one that I liked, went into the booth, and started to freestyle. In the room that he had his studio set-up in, there were a few girls sleeping. Which is the reason why I came up with the whole ‘come online’hook. In Nigeria when you say ‘’come online’’to someone it can mean that you want them to wake up and get active. No pun intended. So, I drew my inspiration from my surroundings and the situation I was in at that time.     The song ‘’Come online’’features the artists, Jonna Fraser and Jandro, what made you want to work with them on this project?    When Jandro woke up the next morning and heard the song he liked it and said that he wanted to finish it. On the drive back home, I listened to the song again, and figured it could work but it was still missing something. That thing was Jonna Fraser. We’ve worked with each other a lot in the past which made it a no-brainer that Jonna would kill it the track.     What is your creative process in general like?   I get inspired by the things around me, the things I see and what I experience. I especially get inspired when I go on vacation, as soon as I come back, I immediately go to the studio.       Which brands can you currently not live without?   Prada is my al time favorite brand. I only wear Calvin Klein underwear, when I want to be more comfortable, I wear New Balance and when I’m in the studio I usually drink Hennessey.     Who inspires you the most?   My mother! She moved to the Netherlands from Surinam with my older sister, and I, raised us by herself and never complained. She worked hard and has always remained to be my source of inspiration.     What have you missed most about performing?   I missed the energy from the crowd. When you put a lot of work into a track, the energy the crowd gives you when you finally preform it can sometimes be the validation that I really appreciate as an artist.       How do you combine fashion and music?   Music is inspiration and same goes for fashion. When I was younger, I looked up to Tupac and Biggie, for their art but their style as well. When they we’re wearing full Versace, you wanted to be a part of that whole vibe.      What does confidence mean to you and when do you feel the most confidant?   It means everything, when you walk into a room feeling confident you can share that and make other people feel the same way. Things are just easier when you feel confident. I feel my most confident when I’m on stage.     How would you describe your current post lock-down mental state?   I feel relieved, I felt like I was locked in my own head, which was very draining. Now that the lockdown is almost over and we’re able to do more, I’m more creative and I’m happier.     Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?   I’ll be dropping a remix of ‘Come Online’ with three international artists. Throughout the summer I’ll also be releasing a few singles that I’m excited about and I’m also working on my third studio album, which will I’ll release later this year.     Photography:        Valentina Vos  Styling:             Deion Simon  Production:         Un4gettable Music  Location:              Fiko Amsterdam

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 

Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Jacquemus
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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Jacquemus

Fashion We are really excited to be sharing our latest editorial collaboration with JACQUEMUS.   Jacquemus SS21 x Numéro Netherlands   Photographer Toussaint Fazi Stylist Victor Vergara   Hair stylist Nicolas Philippon at Call my agent Make up artist Céline Exbrayat at Call my agent Nail Artist Lora de Sousa using Byredo Production Producing Love Casting Anton at Ikki Casting Light assistants Moïra Laurent and Quentin Farriol Styling on set assistant Alix Cantal Editor: Timotej Letonja Models: @mariefofana__ & @jakman_  We are really excited to be sharing our latest editorial collaboration with JACQUEMUS.   Jacquemus SS21 x Numéro Netherlands   Photographer Toussaint Fazi Stylist Victor Vergara   Hair stylist Nicolas Philippon at Call my agent Make up artist Céline Exbrayat at Call my agent Nail Artist Lora de Sousa using Byredo Production Producing Love Casting Anton at Ikki Casting Light assistants Moïra Laurent and Quentin Farriol Styling on set assistant Alix Cantal Editor: Timotej Letonja Models: @mariefofana__ & @jakman_ 

Digital editorial starring Maria Sillandi
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Digital editorial starring Maria Sillandi

Fashion New exclusive digital editorial starring Maria Sillandi.     Maria: "I started modeling back when I was 17 years old. I was discovered in Estonia in a fast food restaurant. As I was not in the best shape at the time I had to loose weight to be able to model on a higher level. I was struggling, and if I had to go back in time I would not repeat it. I had to eat a certain amount of calories per day, was measuring my food, loosing hair etc. Sadly that caused an eating disorder, which many women unfortunately struggle with as well. After that I found a different agency in London which works with curvy & plus size models, they accepted m and that made me feel comfortable with myself. That is how it should be.'      Team Credits: photography: Raffaele Grosso talent: Maria Sillandi styling: Marco de Lucia art director: Gilda Koral Flora hair and make-up: Elisa Rampi   New exclusive digital editorial starring Maria Sillandi.     Maria: "I started modeling back when I was 17 years old. I was discovered in Estonia in a fast food restaurant. As I was not in the best shape at the time I had to loose weight to be able to model on a higher level. I was struggling, and if I had to go back in time I would not repeat it. I had to eat a certain amount of calories per day, was measuring my food, loosing hair etc. Sadly that caused an eating disorder, which many women unfortunately struggle with as well. After that I found a different agency in London which works with curvy & plus size models, they accepted m and that made me feel comfortable with myself. That is how it should be.'      Team Credits: photography: Raffaele Grosso talent: Maria Sillandi styling: Marco de Lucia art director: Gilda Koral Flora hair and make-up: Elisa Rampi  

Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Alexander McQueen
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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Alexander McQueen

Fashion We are very excited to share our latest editorial collaboration with Alexander McQueen Numéro Netherlands x Alexander McQueen  Photography @vmerinoph  Fashion @ginogurrieri Hair and makeup @bastienzorzetto  Casting @timiletonja  Models @marcus.hansma@themovementmodels @roemerfris@theeyemgmt  Fashion Assistant @magdalenaroe  Fashion @alexandermcqueen Pre-Fall 2021 We are very excited to share our latest editorial collaboration with Alexander McQueen Numéro Netherlands x Alexander McQueen  Photography @vmerinoph  Fashion @ginogurrieri Hair and makeup @bastienzorzetto  Casting @timiletonja  Models @marcus.hansma@themovementmodels @roemerfris@theeyemgmt  Fashion Assistant @magdalenaroe  Fashion @alexandermcqueen Pre-Fall 2021

In conversation with Laurens
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In conversation with Laurens

Fashion As part of our collaboration with Zalando #ActivistsofOptimism we had a pleasure to work with and speak with Laurens.      Can you please introduce yourself to the readers a little bit.   Hi my name is Laurens I’m a Dj, producer and a model. I lived in the Dominican Republic for over six years and I moved back to the Netherlands last year.      What does optimism mean to you?    Optimism actually means a lot to me because I personally am pretty optimistic person and also my family, my parents kind of taught me that. Especially my mindset you know I always think of the future in a positive way and on a long-term basis so that's why it's kind of a big part of my life.     What does freedom mean to you?    What freedom means to me.. For example you can be free financially wise but that's not what it means to me. Freedom to me means being stable with our mind, being in a good mental position. Because you can have anything you want but if you're not happy for example it doesn't really do anything to you. You always be sad or depressed. Freedom really means to me being mentally healthy.     When do you feel the most free?   I personally feel the most free when I'm on stage performing because when I'm on stage you know nothing around really matters you only focus on the music and you see all the people dancing, so that makes me happy and free in a way.      What keeps you happy and positive in these days?    Mainly my life goals. Because I want to be a professional DJ, producer and model of course so I’m just really focused on that. Even though during Covid I couldn’t do a lot of shows so I put more time into producing and tried to master my craft even better. That’s just what keeps me going, that vision of the future.      Where are you looking forward to the future?   I'm looking forward to accomplishing my dreams and goals which is being a professional DJ and international artist and a professional model as well. And also being able to spend a lot of time with my friends and family and involving them into what I do, taking them with me and be able to share my craft with other people.     What are you daydreaming about?    What am I daydreaming about?  What I am mostly daydreaming about is me being on let’s say ‘Ultra’ Miami performing on the main stage. Just being there and everyone is dancing to my music and I'm just up there with a good team behind me of course and see my family and my friends with me there. That really gets me excited and makes me happy.      Team: Videography & Fashion: GINO GURRIERI @ginogurrieri  Photography: HANS VAN BRAKEL @hansvanbrakelstudio Make Up & Hair: WOUT PHILIPPO  Casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA @timiletonja Production: MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe  Video Assistant: JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr Photography Assistant: SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel Fashion Assistant: MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen Make Up & Hair Assistant: LONA CERUTTI @lonamakeupartist Words and Voiceover: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy  Music: ‚Also Sprach Zarathustra, op.30’ RICHARD STRAUSS TALENTS: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy , MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe, TIMOTEJ LETONJ @timiletonja, DIEUDONNÉE @dieudonnee via PLACE MODELS @placemodels, SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel, JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr, MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen, LAURENS @therealfishtank via THE MOVEMENT MODELS @themovementmodels  Photography & production assistant @daniel.sars      All clothing available on Zalando. https://www.zalando.nl As part of our collaboration with Zalando #ActivistsofOptimism we had a pleasure to work with and speak with Laurens.      Can you please introduce yourself to the readers a little bit.   Hi my name is Laurens I’m a Dj, producer and a model. I lived in the Dominican Republic for over six years and I moved back to the Netherlands last year.      What does optimism mean to you?    Optimism actually means a lot to me because I personally am pretty optimistic person and also my family, my parents kind of taught me that. Especially my mindset you know I always think of the future in a positive way and on a long-term basis so that's why it's kind of a big part of my life.     What does freedom mean to you?    What freedom means to me.. For example you can be free financially wise but that's not what it means to me. Freedom to me means being stable with our mind, being in a good mental position. Because you can have anything you want but if you're not happy for example it doesn't really do anything to you. You always be sad or depressed. Freedom really means to me being mentally healthy.     When do you feel the most free?   I personally feel the most free when I'm on stage performing because when I'm on stage you know nothing around really matters you only focus on the music and you see all the people dancing, so that makes me happy and free in a way.      What keeps you happy and positive in these days?    Mainly my life goals. Because I want to be a professional DJ, producer and model of course so I’m just really focused on that. Even though during Covid I couldn’t do a lot of shows so I put more time into producing and tried to master my craft even better. That’s just what keeps me going, that vision of the future.      Where are you looking forward to the future?   I'm looking forward to accomplishing my dreams and goals which is being a professional DJ and international artist and a professional model as well. And also being able to spend a lot of time with my friends and family and involving them into what I do, taking them with me and be able to share my craft with other people.     What are you daydreaming about?    What am I daydreaming about?  What I am mostly daydreaming about is me being on let’s say ‘Ultra’ Miami performing on the main stage. Just being there and everyone is dancing to my music and I'm just up there with a good team behind me of course and see my family and my friends with me there. That really gets me excited and makes me happy.      Team: Videography & Fashion: GINO GURRIERI @ginogurrieri  Photography: HANS VAN BRAKEL @hansvanbrakelstudio Make Up & Hair: WOUT PHILIPPO  Casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA @timiletonja Production: MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe  Video Assistant: JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr Photography Assistant: SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel Fashion Assistant: MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen Make Up & Hair Assistant: LONA CERUTTI @lonamakeupartist Words and Voiceover: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy  Music: ‚Also Sprach Zarathustra, op.30’ RICHARD STRAUSS TALENTS: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy , MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe, TIMOTEJ LETONJ @timiletonja, DIEUDONNÉE @dieudonnee via PLACE MODELS @placemodels, SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel, JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr, MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen, LAURENS @therealfishtank via THE MOVEMENT MODELS @themovementmodels  Photography & production assistant @daniel.sars      All clothing available on Zalando. https://www.zalando.nl

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