18 PEOPLE TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018

GET TO KNOW SOME OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS WHO ARE KILLING IT IN THE INDUSTRY IN 2018!

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NAME: LOEJJIE ESTACIO (pronounced as "Luigi")

LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NYC

INSTAGRAM: @LOEJJIE (2.2K Followers)

WEBSITE: loejjie.vfiles.com

Commercial/Editorial Model and Actor Loejjie Estacio shakes the fashion industry. Bringing futuristic agender fashion and edge, Loejji is one step ahead of the game.

HOW WE MET: I met Loejjie at Arkhaives SS17 Runway ‘Seventeen’ show where Loejji was actually walking. He really caught my eye with his strong but soft features, I couldn’t look away.  One of my favorite models of all time.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.

Cutesy pastel Harajuku meets futuristic agender fashion. I tend to be eclectic though, since I like experimenting on style and switching personas.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT YOU VIEWERS TO KNOW THAT THEY MIGHT NOT ALEADY?

I used to do a lot of musical theatre and performing arts before my interest in fashion took off. I definitely intend to go back doing it in the future because I miss the rush of having a live audience.

WHICH ARTIST/MUSIC/SONG SETS YOU IN THE MOOD?

I listen to a wide variety of genres, but when I am trying to get some work done, running on a treadmill or getting ready before a casting/ photo shoot, I play HOUSEWERK playlist by Spotify. You're welcome ;)

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Be kind and patient to others, and most importantly - towards yourself.

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NAME: SAVANNAH OLIVIA

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CA

AGE: 19

INSTAGRAM: @SAVANNAHOLIVIA (1.7K Followers)

WEBSITE: savannaholivia.format.com

Savannah Olivia has a strong passion for photography, fashion, & creative art. From runways to movies to photographs, she finds herself falling in love with each more and more everyday. 

HOW WE MET: Sav and I went to the same high school for a little bit. She is just an amazing and super talented soul. Collar soon? P.S Can’t wait to dance under the stars at Chella babes. xo

WHO IS YOUR FASHION OR STYLE ICON?

My fashion and style icon differs. I love classic Dior looks, but I also love street style looks. My main style icon at the moment would defiantly be Bella Hadid. 

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO AND WHY?

Someone I look up to would defiantly be both of my parents. They've shown me how to fight for what I want in life and how to keep motivation. They've taught me that if you want something in life you have to go for it. To not miss the chance. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

I find most of my inspiration in people & traveling. There's so many different kinds of humans and we all do things differently which is mind blowing to me. Everybody being different is inspiring. 

FAVORITE SHOW ON NETFLIX AND WHY?

My favorite show on Netflix would have to be TVD or gossip girl. If you haven't watched it's a must! Xo

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

The greatest life advice I've ever received is to let go and let life take you where you're going because it has a plan for you. Don't stress the little things and always stay inspired & fall in love with everything you do.

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NAME: KRISTINA PITTAM

LOCATION: TORONTO, ON

AGE: 22

INSTAGRAM: @WEARELIVINGART (14K Followers)

WEBSITE: WeAreLivingArt http://kristinapittam.com

Kristina Pittam is a style & travel blogger. WeAreLivingArt is a creative platform where she showcase what inspires her, in hopes that it helps to inspire others to do what they love. 

HOW WE MET: I met Kristina at NYFW. She was taking photos for her blog and I stopped and got her info. Super sweet and talented girl!

DREAM COMPANY TO WORK WITH?

Reformation. The brand has built itself an empire and is totally sustainable and economical, which is something I definitely admire that sets it a part from other clothing labels.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL?

I love travelling anywhere and everywhere, as it’s something I would do with my family often when I was a kid. I would definitely have to say that one of my favourite places to visit is Barcelona, as it’s like a second home for me. After that, New York and London are at the top of my list.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA APP?

I would definitely say Instagram, as it is the app I am most familiar with, and the one I utilize the most for my platform. I like Instagram more now than ever because it offers the opportunity to see both a curated feed and organic real-time content (IG stories). 

WHAT ARE THREE GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR 2018?

1. Be happy

2. Be self-aware

3. Start a clothing company

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NAME: IGEE OKAFOR

LOCATION: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

AGE: 23

INSTAGRAM: @IGEEOKAFOR (31.9K Followers)

WEBSITE: www.igeeokafor.com

Igee Okafor is a content creator who produces written and visual content with a focus on fashion and lifestyle endeavors.

HOW WE MET: I met Igee through University. I saw him one day in the cafeteria and his outfit was so 1920s meets paperboy meets Balmain. So chic! Of course the next day I found his Instagram and DMd him (It goes down in the DMs lol?). We became instant friends! Through one year, I have seen him grow tremendously. From teaching a model 101 class to literally having a dance off with Fergie, nothing will stop him in 2018! He has really inspired me to continue with fashion and I am so grateful to have such a positive influence in my life.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO AND WHY?

I really look up to both of my parents. All of my life, they have really inspired and showcased what it means to commit and believe in all aspects. They're both two very motivated and kind people that have selflessly raised my siblings and I in the best way even when it seemed impossible. I hope to translate those traits to my life in everything I do.

WHAT DO YOU  PLAN TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I really hope to model my career after something like Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, and Victoria Beckham have done. They have been able to be involved in a variety of creative projects that have impacted the world in monumental ways - all revolving around the main things they love to do. I am an arts enthusiast and I will be a prominent name running multiple businesses in the menswear/lifestyle & entertainment industry. I'd like to see more diverse men in those heights following the industry and it would be really humbling to be a part of that chain. 

IS BLOGGING YOUR PROFESSION OR JUST A HOBBY?

Blogging for me started out as a hobby. I feel very grounded to have been able to turn it into a full time business within the last few months. I really love what I do and even if it wasn't a profession, I'd still be doing it. 

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

This is a difficult one. There's a lot I would love to do. Perhaps time traveling? That would be quite enlightening, I'm sure! 

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NAME: GENEVIEVE LIEBSCHER 

LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

AGE: somewhere between 25 and 35 hahaha

INSTAGRAM: @THESTYLESAUCE (32.1K Followers)

WEBSITE: www.thestylesauce.com

Genevieve Liebscher is the blogger behind The Style Sauce, a life and style blog based in LA. She also does freelance social media management and styling. With her innovative fashion trends, she is one to defiantly look out for in 2018!

HOW WE MET: I met Genevieve on my way out of ‘The Shows’ for New York Fashion week. She was standing across the way with these electric navy blue pants with electric yellow stripes going down the sides and I immediately had to stop and capture a photo for my New York Fashion Week Streetstyle Post!

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.

My style is laid-back, classic, vintage inspired, and slightly eclectic. Most of my style icons are from the 60’s and 70’s like Audrey Hepburn and Francois Hardy. I think great personal style should be effortless. I’m not into my clothes and makeup looking like I spent 4 hours getting ready - even if it did take me that long ;)  I also love to mix high and low fashion like a thrift shop blouse with Zara jeans and a Louis Vuitton bag and All Saints boots, but I refuse to ever ever wear knockoffs. If I can’t afford the real thing, I don’t want it.  I’ve always been drawn to expensive things, unfortunately for myself, my parents, and my boyfriend (Sorrrrry!)   Sometimes I feel like I dress like two completely different people. Some days I’ll be feeling super ladylike in a midi skirt, and others I’ll be blasting Offset rocking a hoodie dress and silver sneakers. That’s part of what I love about fashion; the ability it has to transform an identity. 

DREAM COMPANY TO WORK WITH?

I would pretty much fall over if Gucci hit me up.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START BLOGGING?

Yes. 

First, I’d say don’t start one unless you really love it and feel like you have something unique to bring to the table. The blogging community is very saturated, but it doesn’t matter if you’re bringing something good to the table, so don’t let that discourage you.  Second, I’d say there’s a lot to learn, so the more you are like a sponge absorbing it all, the better. Read tons of articles and books and other blogs and take pieces and learn from it all. Third, don’t forget what it’s all about. Blogging is about connecting with people and engaging with a community, not just about taking pretty pictures and becoming insta famous. You need to give something to your audience of value, and they’ll give back. Lastly, be patient. It takes a lot - like TONS- of time to build up a blog to a point where people want to pay you for your opinions or posting about their products/ business. If you really love what you’re doing, you have to put in the time and practice and you’ll get there. It took me almost 2 years before I got paid for anything, and I still don’t get paid that much for posts, but I really believe in what I’m putting out there so I keep it moving. Blogging is not the job for you if you just want what’s “safe”. It surprises me every day. I have to wear a lot of hats and do almost everything myself. It’s kind of a crazy profession. 

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NAME: FAITH ZWICKER

LOCATION: FLORENCE, ITALY
AGE: 20

INSTAGRAM: @FAITHZWICKER (1K Followers)
WEBSITE: THE GARMENT GARDEN https://thegarmentgarden.com

Faith Zwicker is a fashion merchandising student who is studying abroad in Italy, sharing her clothes, travels, and life with her friends and family through her blog. 

HOW WE MET:  I met Faith at the Francesca Liberatore S/S18 Runway show last season!

WHO IS YOUR FASHION OR STYLE ICON?
My fashion/style icon(s) are and have always been Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen. I grew up watching them and their style as kids in the 90s and even wore pieces from their first line with Walmart. Then they were major style goals in the early 2000s with their boho style. As I got older I followed their company The Row and even got to intern for them last semester. Their current style is amazing, taking their boho style from their teens but refining it and making it extremely chic and elegant, even when they wear sneakers. 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGER?
My favorite blogger is @matildadjerf on instagram. She is a fashion blogger from sweden with a sophisticated and beachy yet retro style. She’s one of the sweetest and most genuine bloggers I follow who also has amazing style. She also did a collaboration with one of my favorite brands ete swim and made some of the cutest swimsuits I’ve seen. 

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL?
I’ve been traveling basically since I was born and in that time I’ve made it to 8 countries and over half of the US states. I’m currently studying abroad in Italy and exploring my way through Europe, but my favorite place in the world would have to be Hawaii. Out of everywhere I’ve been the one place I miss and want to go back to as soon as possible is Hawaii. Every Hawaiian island is beautiful and full of adventures like snorkeling with turtles, surfing, hiking, exploring volcanoes, or night swimming with manta rays to name a few.

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NAME: SKI PIERCE

AGE: 20

LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, CA/ BUFFALO, NY

INSTAGRAM: @SKI_PIERCE (3.5K Followers)

WEBSITE: http://www.skylerpiercee.com/ski-pierce/

Ski Pierce is a 20 year old freelance fashion/portrait photographer from San Diego. His work can be seen on major websites such as Italian Vogue.

HOW WE MET: Ski happens to be my twin brother so I’ve known hime my whole life. :-)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA APP?

My favorite social media app is probably Instagram. I’ve also recently been watching YouTube videos looking at different YouTubers like Summer Mckeen, Elissa Deheart, Louis Cole AKA FunforLouis, ect.! It inspired me to possibly pursue my own youtube and vlogs! So watch out for a possible YouTube channel from me! 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER?

Some of my favorite photographers are Harper Smith, Purienne, Krissy Saleh, Annie Leibovitz, and so many more!

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

I can't live without my phone and my cameras!

WHAT ARE THREE GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR 2018?

To improve my photography as well as myself.

Meeting lots of new people.

To create more shoots that I will be proud of!

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NAME: NIKKI APOSTOLOU

LOCATION: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

AGE: 32

INSTAGRAM: @RECYCLEDSTARDUST  (150K Followers)

BLOG: www.thecosmeholic.com

WEBSITE: https://www.youtube.com/user/Nix92585

Nikki Apostolou is a beauty and fashion content creator. With over 150K followers on instagram, her content never fails to amaze me and the rest of her hundred of thousand followers. She is killing it in the makeup game so I suggest you get some helpful tips from her!

HOW WE MET: I met Nikki this past New York Fashion Week at my first show of the season, S/S18 Runway show for Francesca Liberatore. We immediately clicked after having one conversation and I continued to bond with her throughout New York Fashion Week.

IS BLOGGING YOUR PROFESSION OR JUST A HOBBIE?

Blogging and Vlogging is my profession. It started out as a hobby while I was still studying to be an early childhood educator. I realized I had more passion in the beauty and fashion industry than I did in what I was studying. I’ve been doing this full time since 2015 but I first got my love for the industry in 2006 when I was an intern for a fashion designer.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY.

My typical work day is quite hectic. Just because I work for myself doesn’t mean I take it easy! I wake up and I grab some strong coffee then I  start by responding to emails and engaging with followers on different social platforms. I think its very important to stay connected to those who follow you and show as much interest in them as they do in you.  Around 9 am I will post on Instagram. I like that Instagram has a save draft feature because it allows me to ready up posts if I don’t have time to edit/write up a caption later in the day. Every few hours I will continue to post on Instagram to kind of tell a story about whatever I’m showing that day. If its a makeup look, I try to share product shots and swatches of all the products I’m using before I show the full face look. It gives a better insight into how the products work and my honest opinions about them. If its fashion - thats a bit more simple I try to show different stylized shots. I also take one day a week to shoot my fashion shots, its not easy changing in a car! Depending on the day, I will post a video to youtube. I also take the time to send proposals to brands because I’m constantly thinking creatively and how I can work with brands and deliver relevant content to those who follow me. I really try to listen to my audience. The rest of the day I spend either filming, taking product shots, brainstorming new looks/articles/outfits and writing, or editing for the next day. My days usually are 12-16 hours long, but I’m never bored a day in my life!

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

I find inspiration in everything! I get inspired from magazines like Vogue and Elle, the seasons/nature, books, random people I see on the street, tv shows, thrift stores and retro catalogues, you name it, I can find inspiration in it. This is especially true when it comes to fashion. I think its so beneficial to sit and observe, you’d be amazed at what you can come away with after an hour. 

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NAME: MADISEN THEOBALD

LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NY 

AGE: 23

INSTAGRAM: @MADISENONMADISON (10.1K Followers)

WEBSITE: www.madisenonmadison.com www.madisentheobald.com

Madisen Theobald is the Associate Manager of Social Media for Allure Magazine and blogger at Madisen on Madison.

HOW WE MET: I met Madisen in Starbucks at NYFW. We both were  killing time at the shows and we spoke over coffee and immediately bonded over similar interests. Madisen is a super sweet and inspiring soul who I defiantly look up to in not just 2018 but my career as a whole as well.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY.

I post Allure’s daily news stories and polls on Instagram at 8am sharp. Then I get ready for my day and I am in the office by 10am. I prep for morning meetings with the digital, art, photo, social and design. I start ideating and creating our weekly franchises, while covering celebrity and influencer takeovers. I post to my blog Instagram at least 5 times a week. I work closely with my intern daily to get up weekly posts and stories for my blog! It is all about time management. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Smart and innovative women.

DREAM COMPANY TO WORK WITH?

I’m working here already. Condé Nast has always been my dream. I am forever grateful for this opportunity.

COFFE OR TEA?

Coffee.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Sheet masks (;

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NAME: DONOVAN, JOHNSON 

LOCATION: JUNEAU, ALASKA (CURRENTLY) 

AGE: 26

INSTAGRAM: @DONAVANPHOTO (4.5K Followers)

WEBSITE: donavanphoto.com

Donovan Johnson is a Portrait Photographer and Director. 

HOW WE MET: He actually followed me on  Instagram and I fell in love with his photo and video work. I would love to work with him one day.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Whatever you want in life go after it and never sell yourself short or put yourself on hold for anyone. Its okay to be selfish at times and completely consider yourself before anyones or anything. You should be whatever the hell you want without caring how others feel about it. Of course, I you don’t want to downplay the importance of helping others, because it is important and its a means of helping humanity evolve. But its okay to be selfish when needed too. A few years from now you’ll be thanking yourself for prioritizing your needs.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Food. Let me go a couple of hours without food… I will be a fucking mad man! Lol.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER?

Nicholas Maggio. Ive always looked up to him work since I’ve started shooting. Something about that dudes work… every time I look at his work I feel like Im reading a story through photographs.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

Im 26 and I'm still trying to figure it out. I fell like there so many different things I want to do its just kinda hard to commit to one thing you know? I would like to start my own production company eventually though. I’ve also thought about taking a long break From shooting to go back to school and study nursing. But again… still trying to figure it out. I guess only time will tell.

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NAME: SABRINA GONZALEZ

LOCATION: CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA 

AGE: 19 

INSTAGRAM: @SABRINA.GONZZ (620 Followers)

BLOG: @ITSAFOOODADDICTION (270 Followers)

WEBSITE: IN THE PROCESS OF BEING MADE

Food Blogger Sabrina Gonzalez wants to set one thing straight. “I am a Food Blogger, most people would mistake me for a food critic but they are two different things.” Seeing the new trends arising and passion for trying new things, she travels to cities like New York, Seattle, and San Francisco to keep up with the latest food trends. If not you can catch her in her hometown San Diego or a short drive to Los Angeles. “You will most likely find me with a coffee in one hand and the other on instagram.”

HOW WE MET: I met Sabrina freshman year of high school. We immediately clicked after sharing one conversation and I am so happy to say that she is my best friend and I honestly have no idea what I would do without her!

WHAT ARE 3 GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR 2018?

The first goal of this year is to turn my instagram page into a website.

The second goal is to reach 500 followers this year. 

3rd and final goal would be to get reached out to by a coffee shop or restaurant asking me to come in and advertise them or do business with them. 

IS BLOGGING YOUR PROFESSION OR JUST A HOBBY?

I started blogging over a year ago just as a hobby, but the more I posted and the more I dedicated myself to it, I decided to turn it into a profession. To be able to blog about food as a job would be something that I know I could do so much with. It is something that I am passionate about and enjoy doing. itsafooodaddiction is my job, it is something that I plan on continuing with in the future. 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.  

I decided on this question because since I am a food blogger most of my followers don't actually know who's behind the posts. My personal style definitely is inspired by the 90's era. I love graphic tees, high waisted everything, plaid, turtlenecks, etc. The only shoes I ever wear are sneakers and booties there is no in between. Although if I spend my day at home working, I practically live in hoodies and leggings. 

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NAME: NITSAN RAITER

CITY: TORONTO, ON

AGE: 24

INSTAGRAM: @BEAUTYREWRITTEN (17.6K Followers)

WEBSITE/BLOG: BEAUTYREWRITTEN.COM 

Nitsan Raiter is a beauty, lifestyle and travel blogger.

HOW WE MET: This past NYFW I saw a group of girls taking blogger photos so I wanted to capture a photo for my NYFW Streetwear post for my blog. Those three girls happened to be Nitsan Raiter, Kristina Pittam, and Emma Leger. And I have been following her blogging journey ever since!

IS BLOGGING YOURR PROFESSION OR JUST A HOBBY?

A few months ago I made the decision to leave my full-time, 9-5 marketing job to make Beauty Rewritten my full time career. It’s been the scariest and most rewarding decision I’ve ever made. So many opportunities come when you just open yourself up and give something your full attention. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU CAN GIVE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START BLOGGING?

Just start. Be honest, be real and be you. Don’t give up, it doesn’t come overnight. As long as you work your ass off and are proud of the content you put out, things will come together. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

I always get inspired by travel. Seeing new places and new cultures really gets your brain working and exploring. Whether that’s for content or for the bigger picture. You shake things up a bit, get a fresh perspective. It’s addicting, haha. 

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY.

Everyday is different but always involves answering emails, shooting something (whether that’s a flatlay, outfit, takeover, IG stories, haha), content plotting. Keeps my days creative and exciting. 

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

“Never compare yourself to anyone but yourself” - I think today we can get caught up in comparing ourselves to anyone and everyone else on social media. This person is working with this brand and I may not be, or this person is growing faster than me, or I don’t look like that, etc etc etc. It can get really discouraging and put you in a bad place. It’s important to simply work to become a better version of yourself everyday - and as long as you’re doing that, the rest doesn’t matter.

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NAME: ISABELLE CASTRO-LOPES

AGE: 19

INSTAGRAM: @IZZICASTRO (12.8K Followers)

WEBSITE:  http://bit.ly/2rr7VO2

Izzi Castro is a freelance graphic designer. With her extremely unique innovative designs, her work never fails to amaze. She is also an influencer and the Co Director of Community Management at @RECESS !

HOW WE MET: I met Izzi through a friend Julia Rebecca (who is also on this list). She came to one of my Wild ’N Out shows last year and we’ve been friends ever since.

WHAT ARTISTS/MUSIC/SONG SETS YOU IN THE MOOD?

Music is such a big part of my life. I wake up and go to bed listening to music. I have a large variety of styles and artists that I listen to but in two stages of my life where I have been the most down, listening to the artists ODESZA has been therapeutic to me. A lot of their songs are instrumental but its still so uplifting. When I was 16 a good friend of mine passed away and I would listen to their album ‘Summers Gone’ from the beginning to the end straight through and it would relax me. Their new album ‘A Moment Apart’ has also been huge part of the current transition in my life.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

I plan to create. I have this desire to start something that no one else has before. I don’t  know  what it is yet but I am taking the resources and platforms given to me now and using those until I am able to come up with it. The ultimate goals would be to give back to as many that I can and to inspire others to do the same.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST ADVICE YOU’RE EVER RECEIVED?

I’m not sure if this counts 100% as advice, but there is an amazing short movie on Vimeo called Denali. It’s a true story about a man and his dog. In the end he says the greatest lesson we should learn from dogs is that, like dogs “When you love some one, no matter how many times you walk through the door you should go totally NUTS!” A type of love my generation could really use today.

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NAME: REZA MORENO

LOCATION: EASTVALE, CA

AGE: 22

INSTAGRAM: @REZACRISTIAN (2.5K Followers)

WEBSITE: www.sustianthemag.com (launching February 7)

Reza Moreno is a university student currently studying journalism and business while starting my own online start up publication called SUSTAIN THE MAG. 

HOW WE MET: Reza and I attend the same university. We had the same passion for Fashion and Lifestyle and we instantly became friends. I am so happy to call this girl my friend because she is so amazing and passionate about the work she does and she is truly inspiring.

WHO IS YOUR FASHION OR STYLE ICON?

My style icon is Audrey Hepburn. I love a classic look and her short hair is my inspiration to cutting my locks. 

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to teleport mainly because I love traveling. I wish I could teleport to Paris right now, I’ve never been and always wanted to go!

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL WORK ENVIRONMENT?

My ideal work environment is a place with lots of snacks, large windows with natural lighting and DOGS.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Coffee. Because girl needs caffeine.

DREAM COMPANY TO WORK WITH?

15. My dream company to work with as of right now is between two, Stella McCartney or Edun. Both ethically transparent.

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NAME: NICOLE-MARIE PITTMAN “NICK-MARIE”

LOCATION: QUEENS, NY

AGE: 17

INSTAGRAM: @NICKMARIE.E (1.2K Followers)

WEBSITE: N/A. HERE IS A LINK TO A SHORT FILM I WORKED ON. (https://vimeo.com/248523761)

 Nick-Marie, is a young film producer with edge. She reviews different projects handed to her tracking its progress from start to finish. She also takes care of legal documents to make sure everything is running smoothly. With so much ahead of her, she is defiantly someone to look out for in 2018.

HOW WE MET: I met Nick at an internship/pop up shop. We worked the event together. Even though the event didn’t go as planned I got to meet an incredibly smart young lady who has the world in front of her. PSA: SOMEONE SIGN THIS GIRL TO AN AGENCY BECAUSE GIRL!!!!!!

WHAT ARE 3 GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR 2018?

  1. Inspire women to get into the film industry.

  2. Despite my age I want to show that I am just as serious as anyone else in the industry.

  3. Produce my first feature film.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

The best advice I've ever received would be  "Don't pretend to be something you're not. Some people are made to lead others and some people need to be lead."

When I was  in school kids used to tell me  "You're bossy." It used to make me feel terrible and it stopped me from coming out of my shell. I became timid and would shut down when it came to working in groups. Now at work, I definitely take the lead and run things and that's not because i'm "bossy" but because I in fact am the boss.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER?

My favorite photographer ... this is definitely tricky as I personally feel many photographers have unique styles. I really like Arnold Montes  ( @retaintheimage ) whenever we work together he knows which angles work best and really takes his craft seriously. I also really like Mauro Grigollo ( @mauro.grigollo.ph) since we've also worked together in my hometown in Italy he really captured the essence of what I was looking for not to mention those pictures are now on Vogue Italia's website (http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Portfolio/Archive?photographer=Mauro%20Grigollo%20&photographer_id=163609&md_pageIndex=0&md_page=0&md_pid=811109)

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NAME: JULIA KOTAEV

LOCATION: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

AGE: 20

INSTAGRAM: @JULIA.REBECCAA (4.5K Followers)

WEBSITE/BLOG:  juliakotaev.contently.com (This is my online writing portfolio but I'm launching a website soon (with a blog), which I'm VERY excited about. I never really saw myself as a blogger, but I've realized there's so much I want to share with the world).

Julia Kotaev is a really awesome writer (check out her published poetry book ‘Her Naked Mind’, “a collection of poems ranging from the themes of body, love, individuals, and adventure. Crafted from works written through previous years, these pages are the true portrayal of unedited and unfiltered thoughts”), social media marketer, brand ambassador, “and basically just Gen-zer that needs coffee to survive everything she does.”

HOW WE MET: Julia and I also went to the same university. Julia is such a boss babe from having novels published to transferring to BU to chase her dreams, Julia is truly an inspirational woman I think everyone needs to look at.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

There is SO much I have planned, and it’ll take me days to discuss my plans, ideas, and hopes, but one thing for sure and very dear to my heart-

I know 100% the novel I am currently working on will be a NY Times Bestseller and hopefully adapted into a movie. That has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and I;m working very hard for that to happen.

COFFEE OR TEA?

Both! It depends on my mood. English breakfast is my favorite, but so is a caramel latte (with latte art, which I'm a sucker for). I definitely need one next to me when I'm writing (for aesthetic purposes, obviously). 

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY.

I don't have a typical workday. The other day I was walking home and I had a surprise interview on the phone. Another day, I got asked to collaborate with two companies. I never know what will happen in my day, and I love that.

Although, I would say a few aspects of my days remain constant. After I finish my classes at Boston University for the day, I go to meetings of the clubs I'm involved in on campus. After those, I'm either doing some remote work or at my internship! When I have free time, (which really isn't free time), I am always researching new ideas and finding opportunities to seize. My days are busy, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I sort of have the "bring it on, I'm a freakin' girl boss" mentality. 

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NAME: TAYLOR WELLS

LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

AGE: 18

INSTAGRAM: @_TAYBAESLAY

WEBSITE: NO WEBSITE AS OF YET. YOU CAN SEE ALL MY PICTURES UNDER:

https://www.krushmgmt.com/girls/#/galleryt/

Taylor Wells is a freshman media arts student at LIU Brooklyn studying Visual Art, Film, and Sound Engineering. She is also a model signed to KRUSH Management "an amazing modeling agency" she says. She is still figuring out her next step but she is defiantly one to watch in the modeling industry. 

HOW WE MET: Taylor and I also worked at this internship. Terrible experience but again I am so glad I met Taylor. She is so funny and keeps me laughing in the hardest moments. I hope that this bond can remain strong. She is literally killing it and I can't wait to reunite at New YorK Fashion Week!

WHAT ARE THREE GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR 2018?

Do not live for others.- when they’re up you’re up but when you’re down, you’re definitely left to pick up your pieces. When you lay down at night you have to live with YOU! Make sure you’re happy with the decisions and effort you’re making before you put time into someone else. 

Go with the flow-When I stopped trying to be a control freak I became A LOT happier with my life. It’s a day by day process but learning to let go has made life so much easier than trying to combat life’s everyday events. 

“Life happens FOR you, not TO you.” 

Speak it into existence- Everytime I speak my goals into the universe they multiply themselves into quantities I could only dream of. So I watch what I say good or bad because how you present yourself to the world has a huge impact on how life will unfold for you. 

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FASHION OBSESSION?

My fashion obsessions right now are furry mules and cross body bags. I love mules so much, they’re so cute and funky! my dream pair are the Alberta Ferretti blue rabbit fur mules from AW17. I died when I saw them. I also cannot NOT wear cross body bags, they’re so convenient and I have one for every occasion!

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE.

My personal style is like all over the place right now! I love being boyish with baggy everything and daytime makeup or jewelry to make it girly. But I also will dress feminine and with men’s outerwear, which I think brings out my femininity even more. So I guess my style is becoming less heteronormative, which is exciting to explore. 

DREAM COMPANY TO WORK WITH?

If I could work with anyone right now? It would be MEFeater, Wonderland, or King King Magazine. I love the era of indie magazines taking flight! They speak about real issues that are supposedly “taboo,” and give recognition to artists that deserve it. I feel like sometimes the industry doesn’t utilize its ability to send a message. Which is why I’d like to shoot with publications and brands that align with my beliefs or are positively pushing the boundaries to make more room for everyone. 

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NAME: JORDAN CRAFTON

INSTAGRAM: @IAMJDCRAFTON

WEBSITE: http://www.jdcfilmsonline.com

Jordan Crafton, owner of JDC Films, is the Director of Photography and Editor for Nick Cannon, Wild 'N Out, MTV, and Nickelodeon. 

HOW WE MET: Jordan and I both work for Nick Cannon, MTV, and Wild 'N Out. I met him season 9 of Wild 'N Out I believe and he's incredibly talented. P.S We need to shoot something soon!

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO AND WHY?

I am inspired by Ryan Cooler, David Fincher, and Spike Lee. Spike Lee is clearly a legend to me for how he tells stories and always integrates jazz as a foundation in his soundtracks. I love David's work because he's known for being patient no matter how many takes are need to get the scene just right. He's famous for recording big scenes over 100 times just to get it right! Lastly, Ryan is a new kid on the block but he's certainly well on his way to become a legend. He's young, fresh and extremely talented! One of my favorite things about him is that he's not concerned with social media. His priorities are primarily focused on his artistic abilities, while most others are consumed with popularity. 

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO IN THE FUTURE?

My goal in the future is to be myself. My whole life I've only dreamed of walking in God's purpose for me. I want to be one of the greatest storytellers that has ever lived. Knowing this requires me to continue challenging myself and remain a student of the arts.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LIFE ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

When I was 15, my oldest brother told me, "Nice guys finish after the guy that finished last!" This lesson has forever changed my life because I know that in everything you have be aware of your surroundings and make wise choices. Everyone does not have your best interest at heart all the time, and it's important be conscious of all options in order to succeed.  

 

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