An touching interview with one of our muse, Giannina Antonette, telling us her story from coming to America from Kenya to her journey in the fashion industry.
We can always count on FKA twigs to deliver good music and interesting visual. With this video, she took it to another level in not only performing but directing the piece and it’s a success.Well Done!
I invite you to get your mind blown away by the amazing casting, art direction and dope pieces of the Kanye West x Adidas Originals.
How inspiring is Kanye? In one day he had a fashion show and a free concert in the fancy streets Flatiron in NY, doing everything he said he would, following and accomplish his dreams and inspiring others to do so.
His association with the talented artist Vanessa Beecroft provided us with more than a fashion show, it was an art show, an experience! You could feel the uplifting spirit behind this concept, all about the empowerment of the youth, the relentlessness that you have to fulfill your destiny. From the mesmerizing music to the great casting of signed and unsigned models representing the diverse and beautiful youth of this country fairly, while embracing the era of the internet, this show was a such a great representation of our culture. This show was just so much love, so much empowerment, so much strenght. We have to applaud Kanye for his vision and will to share it with us and inspire us to step out of our comfort zone to do better in our lives. Bravo Kanye!! Can’t wait to see what’s next! Here are our favorite looks!
The breathtaking Kabuto Project realized by the Japenese artist Sakura Yasuyuki is a great art project depicting the human great survival instinct. Yasuyuki explained that the beetle horns symbolize ‘human instincts’. ‘Beetle’ in Japanese, is called ‘KABUTO-insect’, and the sound ‘KABUTO’ is taken from the Japanese word for armor helmets that were worn by the feudal warlords. In the Kabuto Project, people wear the very symbol of barbaric instincts and throw themselves into a cavalry battle. What it does, is simply a playback of the real survival battles in the old days in a mock style. Using beetle horns, instead of the real armor helmets, and mock battles instead of a real killing battle field. Yasuyuki wanted to translate in his art the fact that we live, because our ancestors had been the winners of uncountable serious fights fought with bare survival instincts which is a great contrast with his peaceful life in Japan. He wanted to remind us, that we all have the capacity to be warriors, even if it seems like it is an abstract concept in our modern lives. What a better way to honor your ancestors than not taking for granted what they fought to have, but also to know that you have the ability to reach higher.
Ximon Lee is a talented, 24 years old menswear designer that we first discovered at Parsons NY during the graduation collection. We were blown away by his creativity and the innovation and boldness that he was bringing to menswear. Raised in Hong Kong but born between Manchuria and Siberia, Lee was inspired by his childhood while creating his winning collection. Ximon is the first menswear and U.S designer to win an award from the H&M Design Award. Congrats!!!
Shaina Eve is a talented make up artist, and a radiant soul that we first met on a shoot. We immediately recognized her talent and positive spirit. Make up is pretty much the lens through which she sees the world, so she devoted her instagram page to showcase her impressive artistry with her daily make up looks. Shaina is a 2015’s pin-up, a native New Yorker with Puerto Rican descent, that will inspire you with her creativity, from an everyday look to special effect make up. Enjoy this interview and check out her colorful universe on instagram @bl_a_nk_doe
– When did you start doing make up?
I was about 17, in high school when I learned that I could actually achieve a straight line with eye liner, lol! It’s kind of happened so quick that i literally just fell into it. Being an artist all my life you can say it went hand in hand.
-Why did you decide to devote your instagram to your make up looks?
Honestly….I was off social media for about 2 yrs before my sisters convinced me to get social media again and needed a way to build my career further then what it was .I figured what better way then to show one of the crafts I am good at and keep exclusively to that.
-What is make up bringing to your life on a mental/spiritual level?
Art is a form of therapy to me spiritually , emotionally and physically heals me in all its forms. It makes me happy to know at the end of the day I am still being that expressive artist and creating magic. It feeds my creative soul and is also really nice to know I am making any women/man feel like a million bucks.
-You have tattoos, colored hair and piercings,that we love!Were you always comfortable expressing yourself through your style?
NO,No and noooo…lol! I didn’t become fully confident with myself until I started digging deeper into myself and re evaluating my goals mentally/physically and emotionally(late teens). Now I have reached that point where I feel I can put anything on (or pierce/tattoo)and become one with that piece . I know myself , what I want , when I want it , how I will wear it and no one can tell me otherwise. That confidence took me a long time but I can say I own it .
-How many tattoos do you have?
I honestly lost count!lol! A lot of them started off really small and extended into some pretty big pieces…. Well over 30 by now if you count how I started them off.
-What is your most meaningful tattoos?
The left side of my body has become the most spiritual side of my body, the warrior, strength and my peaceful side,the deeper side of me. The white line on my chin is my protection, rebirth, change and the center of my chest a little below my piercings. I have the caravaca cross tattooed protection, gifts and in a weird way it gives me a little sense of peace.
-What colors have you done in your hair so far?
Pretty much any and every hair color you can possibly think of it has been done to this poor little (big) head of mine,lol! Pink, purple, blue, orange…
-What is your beauty routine?
I normally blow out my hair myself or iron it . My natural hair texture is curly and I really hate putting product in my hair to keep it a perfect curl every day. I use morrocan oil or bio silk to keep it looking shiny and healthy. Once a week, or every two weeks I do a deep treatment , using castor oil and coconut oil in my hair for 30 min warm or I will use aloe vera added into the mix. I switch out my shampoos every three months. Currently I am using Redken. When it comes to make up, I have a pretty sensitive skin. All my skin care products that I wear by are Dermalogica skin treatments . I don’t use foundation. My go to product is mineralized skin finish from MAC Cosmetics , concealer, sculpt and shaping powders and lots and lots of highlighting …. I love a good Glow. Fake lashes are a must.
-What will you like us to know about yourself that we can’t tell by looking at your instagram?
I am vegetarian and 5’9 …. I am a tall one.
– What basic tips will you give a woman that wanna wear a colorful eyeshadow or lips like you?
Pick a focus and stick to it. Doing a bold lip and a bold eye sometimes tends to come off too harsh and over the top for an everyday women. If you are attempting to become adventurous, either choose the lip to be your main focus or your eyes to be the focus and keep the rest more in the natural beauty tones.
-What is your most important make up rule?
Please step away from the tape and credit cards from making your contour. There are easier ways to give yourself a beautiful sculpt.
-What trends should we leave behind ?
Matching your makeup colors to fit exactly what you are wearing. Silver and black isn’t the only way to achieve the perfect smokey eye and colorful eyeshadow with a bold lip and crazy blush. It’s a great look for runway and editorial but for an everyday women can be a bit over powering.
What kind of make up will you wear on a date?
Honestly, if I am meeting the person for the first time, I try to keep it as natural as possible (gotta ease them into my crazy colorful world). It will probably be glowing skin (always) lashes and a semi bold lip.
What is your motto?
Surrender to your journey in life and watch it flow with grace.
What is your make up dream?
To be able to travel the world keying shows.
Do you have a make up guru that you look up to?
A celebrity make up crush?
I must say Jennifer Lopez make up is always on point, and always giving that effortlessly beautiful look.
You are also an amazing painter, what are your intentions with it?
I was always an artist before I became a Make up Artist. I didn’t realize my passion for painting till high school. Eventually i would love to have a gallery of my work.
What book are you currently reading?
Will you cite us a quote from it? Of course! I love sharing some good knowledge. The book I am currently reading is from Deepak Chopra, ”Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul”. Here is a quote from it: “People often want to be rescued by love,and thus love gets tied to escapism and fear. Things you are afraid of, such as loneliness,isolation, and not fitting in, must be sorted out and healed on their own,not masked by throwing yourself into a relationship with someone you think will solve your fears for you.”
How do you decide on which look you gonna wear daily?
I normally go based on the mood I wake up in. The brand I normally run with is mac cosmetics, they are always on point with there products, constantly evolving and bringing more to the table, has artist friendly packaging.
What is your favorite product?
I would not say this product is new but it defiantly has been one of favorites make up forevers aqua eye liners. They are beautiful in pigment and can last in the water line without smudging.
Is there one magic product that every woman should have what will it be? Make up for ever Hd pressed powder.
You also do your own hair color, what do you use?
Currently my hair is black so i used box dye lol my shampoo is redkin and use bio silk or Morrocan Oil. I use “It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in” as my leave in treatment, and Matrix heat protection spray. Also, olive oil, coconut oil,aloe vera and castor oil are all apart of the deep treatments I use when i feel like my hair needs some repairing.
What is the definition of a superwoman to you?
A women who is full of beauty, wisdom and strength from the inside out. A woman who can help support a family and who can inspire the world to become a better person/leader.
Where can we find you for a class?
I am currently teaching personal classes. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What advice will you give to a make up artist that is just starting?
Be humble, no matter how big you become always remember the journey it took to get there and test!test!test shoot to help build up your portfolio.
What is your favorite part about being a make up artist?
My favorite part of being a make up artist is being able to experiment with all the new and amazing product that are out there.
What lessons valuable lessons have you learned so far being a make up artist?
To stay humble. Keep your mind open, you will constantly learn something new and be able to take constructive criticism it will improve you as an artist and person.
You have more than 30k followers, what do you think is the key to your insta success?
I wanna say posting with all of the info attached to it, hashtags and photo quality..:)
Instacrush is about showcasing people, artist, models, thinkers, or entrepreneurs that are visually or intellectually inspiring us on Instagram, making our feeds better. We love to scroll down and see what they have to share so we decided to spread the love and introduce them to you.
Our first instacrush goes to @indiachristin, a model that we had the pleasure to shoot before with beauty and a spicy personality that had always captivated us. India has an undeniable aura and a great sense of style that is illuminating the downtown NY scene and our instagram feed lol!Her natural beauty and afro-rock signature style makes her a one of a kind creature with a divine soul, a immense sense of humor and intellect. India can post the most flawless selfies, but she can also share the funniest memes, her professional shots or her moment of fun with her friends. This is a spontaneous and refreshing instagram. In this interview, India is telling us a bit about the story behind the photos, from her experience as a model,to boys, and her beauty routine. Enjoy the interview and check her out @indiachristin!
Gods Magazine: You have beautiful skin and hair, do you have a routine for it?
India: I condition my hair with Argan/ Morrocan oil products. I don’t shampoo very often, as for it dries out curly hair. But conditioning everyday is key! As for my skin, I use a glycerin based facial cleanser and Embryolisse moisturizer. On my body I use coconut oil, which is also great for many other uses!
G:Since you live (& work) between NY and LA, what are your favorite spots to hang out there?
I:My favorite spots in NY and LA tend to vary on a phase or mood I’m in. At this point, I tend to go to more of a speak easy or bar type venue in both places. Let’s just say…I’d rather see a band play or something along those lines…
G:What is your motto?
I:My motto isn’t necessarily a motto. I’m constantly changing as a person and I just want to continue to learn. In that case, if I had to have one, it’d be “Never stop being willing to learn.”
G:What is the most attractive thing about a man to you?
I:The most attractive thing to me in a man is personality and openness. I love a man who is intelligent, open minded and funny. Also one who can handle my sarcasm .
G:What is a superwoman to you?
I:A superwoman to me is a woman who is willing to be aware of her insecurities and flaws and wants to learn to move past, a woman who is constantly working on letting go of all negativities.
G: Do you have a favorite instagram page that you like to go to everyday?
I: I don’t have a specific Instagram page that I go to everyday, there are just so many.
G: What music, band or artist are you currently listening to?
G: I know that you are also a musician. Where can we see you perform?
I:As far as my music- at the moment, I’m just working on my craft, so I’m not performing anywhere. Planning on eventually putting a band together, which is hard because EVERYONE is in a band haha…But things fall into place when it’s time.
G:Is there one side of your personality that you dont show on instagram, but that you could tell us about?
I:I feel that I pretty much show my personality on Instagram…I don’t really hide the fact that I smoke or drink, I post sarcastic memes, etc. I don’t really care what people think of me, I’m going to do what I want regardless, so what’s the point in hiding what I enjoy or find amusing? Instagram isn’t that serious in my opinion.
G: What’s the biggest lessons that you have learned from modelling?
I:The biggest lessons that I’ve learned from modeling would have to be that you have to have a tough skin. It’s a very cut-throat industry and you won’t survive if you let criticism get to you. I always say that you could go outside and get hit by a car and then your “career” is over. I don’t think that it’s necessarily a basket that you should put all of your eggs into…looks are fleeting. With that being said, having a personality is something that is key as a model as well. No one wants to work with a boring model. Also, having personality is something that could lead to other endeavors.
G: Do you think that having a good following on instagram is important for a model?
I:I think that people that feel they need a following is good for them, I am not necessarily one of those people.
From the casting of beautiful, unique, cool and diverse models, the make up and hair, the set, the theatrical handmade masks to the colorful yet dark sharply tailored Fall 2015 collection, Givenchy just brought us back to life and we are super excited. This is the ingredients that a show in 2015 should have!!! Bravo Riccardo Tisci, this is the Givenchy that we love, modern and cool! Here are our favorites looks.
Phony Ppl, is a soulful sextet from Brooklyn, that we discovered recently, and immediately love their positive dreamy music. According to the band, their new album ‘‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow” is about “living, dealing with problems, learning self-confidence, and [practicing] the ‘best kind of love,’ self love.” How honest and actual is that statement? We can all relate to the strive to empower ourself through the acquaintance of self-love. The lead single, “Why iii Love the Moon,” is the reason why we fell in love with the band and wanted to hear more of their music!! The single was just a little taste of an amazing album! If you are in New York, you can see them tonight at Sob’s, 9pm. To listen to their album, you can check out this link http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/phony-ppl-yesterdays-tomorrow
”Cause every time I make a move they be sweatin’ me
They want another black man in penitentiary
It’s even hard for that man standing next to me
Cause he could catch a bullet that was truly meant for me
It’s like every step bring me close to destiny
And every breath I get closer to the death of me
I’m just tryna carry out my own legacy
But that place I call home (It ain’t lettin’ me)”
These lyrics went straight to our souls!! As a New Yorker, Joey Bada$$, made his performance relevant to the time we are living in and took a strong stand using his art and platform to speak the truth. An heartfelt, passionate, conscious and honest performance from Joey Bada$$, introducing his new song ”Like Me” from his debut album B4.DA.$$ which comes out January 20. If you are in New York, you can see him perform on monday January 19, at the Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Here is a link for more info http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2015/1/952