27 Under 27

We’ve always had a hunch here at Soho House that our Under 27 membership is a pretty extraordinary group, but it wasn’t until we scoured the globe for our first annual 27 Under 27 list that we realised just what a powerhouse it is.

We sent a callout to our membership managers and committees for nominations, and received hundreds of names that we spent weeks considering and voting on. It was an almost impossible call – the selection you see here is by no means a definitive list of top members, but instead more of a snapshot of incredible U27s doing inspirational things today. Introducing the class of 2019…

We’ve always had a hunch here at Soho House that our Under 27 membership is a pretty extraordinary group, but it wasn’t until we scoured the globe for our first annual 27 Under 27 list that we realised just what a powerhouse it is.

We sent a callout to our membership managers and committees for nominations, and received hundreds of names that we spent weeks considering and voting on. It was an almost impossible call – the selection you see here is by no means a definitive list of top members, but instead more of a snapshot of incredible U27s doing inspirational things today. Introducing the class of 2019…

Jamal Edwards MBE

LONDON

MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR

@jamaledwards

Frustrated that the artists he loved weren’t being seen in the mainstream, a 15-year- old Edwards picked up his camera and started filming, finding talent to record and share on his YouTube channel SB.TV. One decade, a million subscribers and 679 million views later, SB.TV is one of the leading online youth broadcasters, making Edwards a music veteran at the helm of a multimillion-pound empire.

Jamal Edwards MBE

Frustrated that the artists he loved weren’t being seen in the mainstream, a 15-year- old Edwards picked up his camera and started filming, finding talent to record and share on his YouTube channel SB.TV. One decade, a million subscribers and 679 million views later, SB.TV is one of the leading online youth broadcasters, making Edwards a music veteran at the helm of a multimillion-pound empire.

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Edwards’ tireless innovation and work ethic is responsible for a seismic shake-up in the UK music scene – legitimising the voices of the British streets, emboldening a generation and bringing grime to the masses. This has garnered him his own namesake phenomenon in media lingo: ‘The Jamal Edwards Effect’ (a moniker for the anything-is-possible YouTube generation).

Tom Rasmussen

LONDON

WRITER AND DRAG QUEEN

@tomglitter

Rasmussen is a nonbinary drag sensation. Growing up in the north of England surrounded by farmland, Rasmussen was a world away from the glitz of the drag scene in London. Unfazed, Rasmussen found strength in their alter-ego Crystal, performing with drag act Denim and writing for respected publications including a column for DAZED Beauty. Rasmussen is passionate about undoing the preconceptions placed on identity, and keen to show the mundanity, difficulty and humour behind the sequins and glitter.

Tom Rasmussen

Rasmussen is a nonbinary drag sensation. Growing up in the north of England surrounded by farmland, Rasmussen was a world away from the glitz of the drag scene in London. Unfazed, Rasmussen found strength in their alter-ego Crystal, performing with drag act Denim and writing for respected publications including a column for DAZED Beauty. Rasmussen is passionate about undoing the preconceptions placed on identity, and keen to show the mundanity, difficulty and humour behind the sequins and glitter.

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Rasmussen’s recently published book, Diary Of A Drag Queen, details the trials and tribulations of life as Crystal – and cements their position as one of London’s brightest queer stars. ‘This queen is one of the most intelligent, kind, inclusive and funniest people I’ve ever met,’ says U27 membership manager Brian McEwan. ‘I’m lucky to have met them, and we’re lucky to have them in our family.’

Alia Bhatt

MUMBAI

ACTRESS AND CAMPAIGNER

@aliaabhatt

The daughter of an Indian film director and actress, Alia Bhatt was born into Bollywood royalty, catching the acting bug at an early age: ‘In my head it was just something that had to happen, there was no question about it. ’This combination of determination and talent soon landed her leading roles in some of Bollywood’s highest-grossing films, and she now uses her formidable platform (she has 28.5 million Instagram followers) to campaign for issues such as the conservation of the environment.

Alia Bhatt

The daughter of an Indian film director and actress, Alia Bhatt was born into Bollywood royalty, catching the acting bug at an early age: ‘In my head it was just something that had to happen, there was no question about it. ’This combination of determination and talent soon landed her leading roles in some of Bollywood’s highest-grossing films, and she now uses her formidable platform (she has 28.5 million Instagram followers) to campaign for issues such as the conservation of the environment.

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Bhatt’s acting career may have brought her notoriety, but it’s how she uses that position that really sets her apart, and she has recently set up Coexist, a foundation dedicated to the preservation of animals and nature. Bhatt is also a passionate supporter of quality script writing in Bollywood and a poster girl for gender parity.

Dominique Fishback

NEW YORK

ACTRESS, WRITER, POET

@domfishback

An east Brooklyn girl, Fishback joined a local theatre company at 15 and hasn’t looked back since. Snapped up straight after acting college by The Wire’s David Simon for his HBO series, Show Me A Hero, she’s now best known for playing 1970s sex worker, Darlene, in The Deuce.

Dominique Fishback

An east Brooklyn girl, Fishback joined a local theatre company at 15 and hasn’t looked back since. Snapped up straight after acting college by The Wire’s David Simon for his HBO series, Show Me A Hero, she’s now best known for playing 1970s sex worker, Darlene, in The Deuce.

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A pregnant teen, a prostitute and a juvenile looking to avenge her mother’s death – Fishback has won acclaim for tackling gritty roles and her sensitive portrayal of marginalised women. She’s also a talented spoken-word poet and writer, who is helping to raise up the next generation of talent through her work with Opening Act, which provides theatre programmes for underserved public schools in New York.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

NEW YORK

MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR

@amani

Confronted with Islamophobia from a young age Amani Al-Khatahtbeh often felt isolated from her American peers. In 2009, aged 17, she founded MuslimGirl.com, a media platform designed to share the experiences of millennial Muslim women across America. Over the past decade, the site has grown to become a trusted advocate for Muslim women and extended its efforts beyond storytelling. For example, two years ago it collaborated with nail polish brand Orly to release #HalalPaint, a collection made entirely from halal ingredients so women could use them during Ramadan.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Confronted with Islamophobia from a young age Amani Al-Khatahtbeh often felt isolated from her American peers. In 2009, aged 17, she founded MuslimGirl.com, a media platform designed to share the experiences of millennial Muslim women across America. Over the past decade, the site has grown to become a trusted advocate for Muslim women and extended its efforts beyond storytelling. For example, two years ago it collaborated with nail polish brand Orly to release #HalalPaint, a collection made entirely from halal ingredients so women could use them during Ramadan.

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With MuslimGirl.com, Al-Khatahtbeh has carved out a space on the internet – which can so often be the breeding ground for hateful rhetoric – for Muslim women to share stories of their everyday experiences and define how they are represented. In these increasingly politically strained times, MuslimGirl remains an authentic, non-partisan voice for Muslim women across America.

Michaela DePrince

AMSTERDAM

BALLERINA

@michaeladeprince

Classically trained ballerina, author (her memoir Taking Flight is being adapted into a film directed by Madonna) and goodwill ambassador for Warchild Holland – Michaela DePrince’s achievements are formidable. Adopted to the US from Sierra Leone as an orphan aged four, she had already caught the dancing bug: ‘I found a magazine with a ballerina on the cover, which changed the course of my life forever,’ she says. Now a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet, she trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she became the youngest dancer in the history of the company at age 17. DePrince also starred in Beyoncé’s 2016 Lemonade film, dancing on stage in New Orleans to ‘Freedom’.

Michaela DePrince

Classically trained ballerina, author (her memoir Taking Flight is being adapted into a film directed by Madonna) and goodwill ambassador for Warchild Holland – Michaela DePrince’s achievements are formidable. Adopted to the US from Sierra Leone as an orphan aged four, she had already caught the dancing bug: ‘I found a magazine with a ballerina on the cover, which changed the course of my life forever,’ she says. Now a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet, she trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she became the youngest dancer in the history of the company at age 17. DePrince also starred in Beyoncé’s 2016 Lemonade film, dancing on stage in New Orleans to ‘Freedom’.

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DePrince’s resilience, perseverance and determination have shaped her life and career. Vocal about how, in 2019, she shouldn’t be celebrated as a ‘black ballerina’ she wants her skill as a dancer to speak for itself.

Anto Philip

MUMBAI

ENTREPRENEUR

@antophilip

Growing up during the Indian economic boom, Anto Philip had an entrepreneurial drive from a young age. ‘I had a passion to create stuff that would make a difference,’ he explains, leading him to dabble in everything from tech to fashion before launching the Under 25 Club with college friend Shreyans Jain. A national network for India’s young creative community, the Club blends entertainment with education as a way to foster community and collaboration. A record 15,000 young people were brought together for the Under 25 Summit in 2019.

Anto Philip

Growing up during the Indian economic boom, Anto Philip had an entrepreneurial drive from a young age. ‘I had a passion to create stuff that would make a difference,’ he explains, leading him to dabble in everything from tech to fashion before launching the Under 25 Club with college friend Shreyans Jain. A national network for India’s young creative community, the Club blends entertainment with education as a way to foster community and collaboration. A record 15,000 young people were brought together for the Under 25 Summit in 2019.

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A country’s youth is its greatest asset, but this is particularly true in India where 50 per cent of the population are under 25. Philip spotted a gap in the education system, which he felt was still geared towards more traditional sectors, and created a community to foster innovation and emerging talent.

Tuana Pulak

ISTANBUL

GALLERIST

@tuanapulak

Born and raised in Ankara,Tuana Pulak left Turkey to study design and management at Parsons School of Design in New York. She interned throughout her degree programme and worked with art director Fabien Baron after graduating. Passionate about contemporary art, Pulak returned to Turkey where she became assistant director at Versus Art Project, a gallery showing work by young local artists, which focuses on the socio-economic and cultural challenges within Turkey.

Tuana Pulak

Born and raised in Ankara,Tuana Pulak left Turkey to study design and management at Parsons School of Design in New York. She interned throughout her degree programme and worked with art director Fabien Baron after graduating. Passionate about contemporary art, Pulak returned to Turkey where she became assistant director at Versus Art Project, a gallery showing work by young local artists, which focuses on the socio-economic and cultural challenges within Turkey.

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Pulak has established her place in the burgeoning Istanbul art scene by building relationships with artists through the Versus Art Project, and representing them so they can progress on the international scene. Her knowledge of the art business in turn helps the creatives she works with turn their talents into a living, which can be daunting for a young artist.

Pari Roehi

BERLIN

MODEL, PRESENTER AND ACTIVIST

@pariroehi

Born in Iran, Pari Roehi arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee aged just four. From those earliest memories she knew she was female, despite the body she was born with. She embraced this through difficult times at school, starting a modelling career at 14 and undergoing gender reassignment surgery at 19. Since moving to Berlin and being a contestant on Germany’s Next Topmodel in 2015, she has used her visibility to discuss trans issues and in 2016 published an autobiography, My Colorful Shadow – The Path Of A Transgender Woman, making her a powerful voice for a generation that still faces prejudice.

Pari Roehi

Born in Iran, Pari Roehi arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee aged just four. From those earliest memories she knew she was female, despite the body she was born with. She embraced this through difficult times at school, starting a modelling career at 14 and undergoing gender reassignment surgery at 19. Since moving to Berlin and being a contestant on Germany’s Next Topmodel in 2015, she has used her visibility to discuss trans issues and in 2016 published an autobiography, My Colorful Shadow – The Path Of A Transgender Woman, making her a powerful voice for a generation that still faces prejudice.

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Every young person dealing with the hurdles of growing up LGBTQ+ should have someone to inform and inspire them, letting them know they aren’t alone. Roehi has been that person to many people. ‘She’s a true ray of sunshine, beautiful inside and out,’ says Berlin membership manager Izogie Guobadia. ‘Everybody loves her positive attitude. She leads by example and has a voice that should be heard.’

Quinn Wilson

LOS ANGELES

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

@quinnwilsonn

Growing up in Michigan, Quinn Wilson dreamt of being a make-up artist and it was while working at MAC that she met her future boss, the rapper Lizzo. Her creative input soon expanded to include designing album covers and directing music videos, and she was officially made Lizzo’s creative director in 2013. Now based in LA’s Eastside, she’s firing up her freelance film director portfolio and counts Vogue, Interview and Oprah Winfrey Network as clients.

Quinn Wilson

Growing up in Michigan, Quinn Wilson dreamt of being a make-up artist and it was while working at MAC that she met her future boss, the rapper Lizzo. Her creative input soon expanded to include designing album covers and directing music videos, and she was officially made Lizzo’s creative director in 2013. Now based in LA’s Eastside, she’s firing up her freelance film director portfolio and counts Vogue, Interview and Oprah Winfrey Network as clients.

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Wilson’s career as a creative director has been driven by pure talent and self- belief, even before she knew what creative direction was. Like many of her generation, she’s a self-taught woman who’s constantly stepping outside of her comfort zone, pushing herself to the next step in her career with the mantra: the fact I could fail is more reason to just do it.

Hanli Hoefer

SINGAPORE

PRESENTER AND JOURNALIST

@hanlihoefer

With dual Chinese and German heritage, Hanli Hoefer grew up between cultures, cutting her teeth in far-flung locations as she travelled with her guidebook publisher father and fashion editor mother. Hoefer has now turned this multicultural experience into a career, hosting MTV Asia’s coverage across Southeast Asia. She is an aficionado of cutting-edge pop culture, from travel to music and food, and has her own radio show on which she champions regional talent.

Hanli Hoefer

With dual Chinese and German heritage, Hanli Hoefer grew up between cultures, cutting her teeth in far-flung locations as she travelled with her guidebook publisher father and fashion editor mother. Hoefer has now turned this multicultural experience into a career, hosting MTV Asia’s coverage across Southeast Asia. She is an aficionado of cutting-edge pop culture, from travel to music and food, and has her own radio show on which she champions regional talent.

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In a world where travel has become cookie-cutter in many ways, Hoefer injects a disarmingly human touch to her reporting. She makes it a rule to spend solo time in the cities she covers; when we caught up with her in Kathmandu, Nepal, she had just left an underground heavy metal club, complete with giant mosh pit.

Tabban Soleimani

TORONTO

ARTIST, ART DIRECTOR, ILLUSTRATOR

@tabban__

Tehran-born,Toronto-based Soleimani describes herself as a ‘visual problem- solver’, working on a startling array of projects, from brand collaborations with the likes of Nike and Tokyo Smoke, to establishing her independent work in the art world. This means her output can be anything from gallery shows at Nuit Blanche (Toronto’s version of the all-night contemporary art event) to building Sticker Ting (a sticker app inspired by the slang of Toronto) and means that ‘no two days are really alike’. And that’s the way she likes it.

Tabban Soleimani

Tehran-born,Toronto-based Soleimani describes herself as a ‘visual problem- solver’, working on a startling array of projects, from brand collaborations with the likes of Nike and Tokyo Smoke, to establishing her independent work in the art world. This means her output can be anything from gallery shows at Nuit Blanche (Toronto’s version of the all-night contemporary art event) to building Sticker Ting (a sticker app inspired by the slang of Toronto) and means that ‘no two days are really alike’. And that’s the way she likes it.

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Spanning themes such as mental health, immigration, self-esteem and self-love, Soleimani’s work often has a personal element to it and her exhibit for Nuit Blanche, Am I OK, in Scarborough’s Ellesmere Station, was emblematic of this. She’s unafraid to draw on personal trauma in her work, demonstrating an emotional honesty that is a hallmark of her generation.

Rhuigi Villaseñor

LOS ANGELES

FASHION DESIGNER

@rhuigi

Born in Manila, Philippines, Rhuigi Villaseñor moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11. ‘When we moved to the States, we moved into a single-bedroom apartment in the Valley (San Fernando) and my mother used to walk me to school because she didn’t have a car,’ Villaseñor explains. Now one of fashion’s rising stars, he’s a poster boy for self-made talent and is using his position to help further the careers of others.

Rhuigi Villaseñor

Born in Manila, Philippines, Rhuigi Villaseñor moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11. ‘When we moved to the States, we moved into a single-bedroom apartment in the Valley (San Fernando) and my mother used to walk me to school because she didn’t have a car,’ Villaseñor explains. Now one of fashion’s rising stars, he’s a poster boy for self-made talent and is using his position to help further the careers of others.

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With co-signs from Lebron James, Virgil Abloh, Migos and Frank Ocean under his belt, Villaseñor got his first big break when he designed a paisley bandana T-shirt that caught the eye of Kendrick Lamar. That shirt, which Lamar wore on his tour, later snowballed into Rhude, the LA-based streetwear label that has established Villaseñor as one of the industry’s most exciting talents.

Vic Mensa

CHICAGO

RAPPER AND PHILANTHROPIST

@vicmensa

Since the early days touring with J Cole and Danny Brown, Chicago-born rapper Vic Mensa has collaborated with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Kaytranada and Ty Dolla $ign. Last year, he teamed up with Laundi Keepseagle (who he met during a visit to Standing Rock) to found Save Money Save Life, a mental health and environmental justice charity. ‘After spending enough time being on the front lines, whether at Standing Rock or in Palestine, I knew I wanted to make the world a better place,’ he says.

Vic Mensa

Since the early days touring with J Cole and Danny Brown, Chicago-born rapper Vic Mensa has collaborated with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Kaytranada and Ty Dolla $ign. Last year, he teamed up with Laundi Keepseagle (who he met during a visit to Standing Rock) to found Save Money Save Life, a mental health and environmental justice charity. ‘After spending enough time being on the front lines, whether at Standing Rock or in Palestine, I knew I wanted to make the world a better place,’ he says.

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Mensa’s raw, personal approach to music, social media and philanthropic endeavours makes him the perfect candidate to use his powers for good. During last month’s polar vortex that swept most of the Midwestern United States, he took to Instagram to urge followers to donate funds and goods to Chicago’s homeless population, who were most affected by the city’s record- breaking cold weather.

Eden Marley

NEW YORK

CHARITY FOUNDER AND LAWYER

@edenmarley

Having spent her childhood living between Haiti, Jamaica and Florida, Eden Marley (granddaughter of Bob), moved to New York for law school. Having graduated, she founded her non- profit organisation, The Garden of Eden Foundation, to help women and young people in Haiti and New York through education, health initiatives and sustainable development projects. ‘Our goal is to really empower youth so they can reach their full potential on all fronts,’ she says.

Eden Marley

Having spent her childhood living between Haiti, Jamaica and Florida, Eden Marley (granddaughter of Bob), moved to New York for law school. Having graduated, she founded her non- profit organisation, The Garden of Eden Foundation, to help women and young people in Haiti and New York through education, health initiatives and sustainable development projects. ‘Our goal is to really empower youth so they can reach their full potential on all fronts,’ she says.

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Never taking her circumstances for granted, Marley has managed to use her name and heritage for good, while also studying law and working at the firm DLA Piper. Her foundation has enabled youth empowerment trips to Haiti and has hosted a series of summer camp workshops for kids and young women in Brooklyn, focusing on self-defence, sexual health education and information on the criminal justice system.

Elyse Fox

NEW YORK

FILM DIRECTOR AND MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

@elyse.fox

When Elyse Fox, a New York native and film director, decided to share her personal experience with depression through a short documentary in 2016, she had no idea it would connect with so many people, and change the course of her career. The overwhelming response led her to found Sad Girls Club, a community for young women dealing with mental health issues. Since then, the organisation has grown exponentially, reaching 100,000 followers on Instagram, and hosting meetups for the community in both the US and UK.

Elyse Fox

When Elyse Fox, a New York native and film director, decided to share her personal experience with depression through a short documentary in 2016, she had no idea it would connect with so many people, and change the course of her career. The overwhelming response led her to found Sad Girls Club, a community for young women dealing with mental health issues. Since then, the organisation has grown exponentially, reaching 100,000 followers on Instagram, and hosting meetups for the community in both the US and UK.

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Fox has played a pivotal role in spreading awareness and encouraging acceptance of mental health issues for young women, particularly young women of colour. Bringing together girls of all ages – from different walks of life and socio-economic statuses – she’s committed to helping young women vocalise and deal with their issues, rather than suffering in silence.

Phillip Picardi

NEW YORK

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

@pfpicardi

Phillip Picardi has already had a more impressive career than most achieve in a lifetime. Born into a large Catholic, Italian-American family outside of Boston, he set his sights on a job in fashion and media early. While studying at NYU, he began working as an intern at Condé Nast and by 2015, he was hired to be the digital editorial director for Teen Vogue. From there, he went on to found Them in 2017, Condé Nast’s first LGBTQ+ focused platform, and in August of last year, he left the company to become editor-in-chief of Out magazine.

Phillip Picardi

Phillip Picardi has already had a more impressive career than most achieve in a lifetime. Born into a large Catholic, Italian-American family outside of Boston, he set his sights on a job in fashion and media early. While studying at NYU, he began working as an intern at Condé Nast and by 2015, he was hired to be the digital editorial director for Teen Vogue. From there, he went on to found Them in 2017, Condé Nast’s first LGBTQ+ focused platform, and in August of last year, he left the company to become editor-in-chief of Out magazine.

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Picardi helped to transform Teen Vogue into a source of cutting-edge, thoughtful and politically focused reporting and opinion pieces. He continued this campaigning work by launching Them and both titles became powerful forces for youth culture in Trump’s America.

Sarah Akiba

MIAMI

ENTREPRENEUR AND CHARITY FOUNDER

@soakiba

Born in Paris but raised in Miami, Sarah Akiba has been working in fashion since her teens, but it was her father’s death in 2013 that set her on the path to charity work. Her viral hashtag #angelwatchingoverme inspired her to set up a non-profit foundation of the same name that helps others deal with grief, which has evolved into a multifaceted brand with a core aim of empowering women.

Sarah Akiba

Born in Paris but raised in Miami, Sarah Akiba has been working in fashion since her teens, but it was her father’s death in 2013 that set her on the path to charity work. Her viral hashtag #angelwatchingoverme inspired her to set up a non-profit foundation of the same name that helps others deal with grief, which has evolved into a multifaceted brand with a core aim of empowering women.

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Akiba shows a sense of compassion beyond her years, summed up by her foundation’s Girls Club, which sees her mentor 179 underprivileged middle school girls on difficult subjects such as body image and anti-bullying, instilling ‘confidence through style’. It also led her to turn her office space into a co-working space and creative agency for women, known as AWOM Lab.

Mikey Alfred

LOS ANGELES

FILMMAKER AND ENTREPRENEUR

@illegalciv

Mikey Alfred founded Illegal Civilization aged 13, which has since grown into a skateboarding crew that spans clothing production, video work and much more. Long interested in filmmaking, having shot tour footage for pals such as Tyler, the Creator, he was recently co-producer on Jonah Hill’s acclaimed directorial debut, Mid90s. Along with other members of Illegal Civilization, Alfred has directed several shorts and acted in three episodes of HBO’s Ballers.

Mikey Alfred

Mikey Alfred founded Illegal Civilization aged 13, which has since grown into a skateboarding crew that spans clothing production, video work and much more. Long interested in filmmaking, having shot tour footage for pals such as Tyler, the Creator, he was recently co-producer on Jonah Hill’s acclaimed directorial debut, Mid90s. Along with other members of Illegal Civilization, Alfred has directed several shorts and acted in three episodes of HBO’s Ballers.

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Building on his precocious teenage years, Alfred made a powerful statement in Mid90s with Jonah Hill, proving he can comfortably drive in multiple creative lanes. Forging Illegal Civilization as a space for friends and fellow creatives to practice and experiment, Alfred has created a crucible for innovation.

Rōze Traore

NEW YORK

CHEF

@rozetraore

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Rōze Traore has established himself as an internationally renowned chef, working for the restaurant at the NoMad hotel in New York, cooking privately for big-name clients and, now, joining the team at three Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park. He recently hosted a dinner for the James Beard Foundation which he designed around a wine that donates profits to cardiovascular research — a cause close to Traore, who has undergone two pulmonary valve replacements.

Rōze Traore

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Rōze Traore has established himself as an internationally renowned chef, working for the restaurant at the NoMad hotel in New York, cooking privately for big-name clients and, now, joining the team at three Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park. He recently hosted a dinner for the James Beard Foundation which he designed around a wine that donates profits to cardiovascular research — a cause close to Traore, who has undergone two pulmonary valve replacements.

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Beyond building an impressive culinary career at a young age, Traore’s insatiable appetite for exploring different cultures and promoting other young chefs makes him one to watch. With his new placement at Eleven Madison Park, working alongside chef Daniel Humm for the second time, Traore is leaving his mark on the New York food scene.

Pol Castells

BARCELONA

INTERIOR DESIGNER

@quintana.partners

As well as breathing new life into a traditionally Spanish aesthetic, Pol Castells, one half of the interior and design duo Quintana Partners, is putting sustainability at the heart of his business: ‘Our main goal is to reuse materials. In the 21st century there is no place for more. We source beautiful pieces and give them a new purpose.’ Since launching four years ago, Quintana Partners has renovated numerous hotels, including Casa Telmo in Menorca, which Travel + Leisure named one of the best new hotels in the world in 2018.

Pol Castells

As well as breathing new life into a traditionally Spanish aesthetic, Pol Castells, one half of the interior and design duo Quintana Partners, is putting sustainability at the heart of his business: ‘Our main goal is to reuse materials. In the 21st century there is no place for more. We source beautiful pieces and give them a new purpose.’ Since launching four years ago, Quintana Partners has renovated numerous hotels, including Casa Telmo in Menorca, which Travel + Leisure named one of the best new hotels in the world in 2018.

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Castells likes to let his work speak for itself and says that clients come to Quintana mainly through word of mouth. This quietly considered business approach hasn’t stopped the likes of Architectural Digest taking note, or big brands as far away as Hong Kong seeking out his Spanish-inflected flair for design.

Tom Honey

DEVON, UK

FOOD ENTREPRENEUR

@stonedfooduk

At the age of 15, Tom Honey cycled 14 miles a day to sell ice cream on a beach during the summer holidays. After earning a considerable profit and wanting to develop the idea further, he bought a mobile pizza oven and approached two of the biggest campsites in Devon, who asked him to start cooking straight away. Now he has a restaurant in Braunton, employs around 45 staff and is opening his first takeaway shop in Barnstaple.

Tom Honey

At the age of 15, Tom Honey cycled 14 miles a day to sell ice cream on a beach during the summer holidays. After earning a considerable profit and wanting to develop the idea further, he bought a mobile pizza oven and approached two of the biggest campsites in Devon, who asked him to start cooking straight away. Now he has a restaurant in Braunton, employs around 45 staff and is opening his first takeaway shop in Barnstaple.

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Honey’s enthusiasm and drive are what really shine – they are something that caught the eye of Jack Wills co-founder Rob Shaw who invested in his pizza company Stoned after meeting him at a Young Brits competition. There have been a few bumps along the way, such as disgruntled campsite managers attempting to shut him down, but his determination has turned a holiday pocket-money earner into a burgeoning business.

Camila Yunes Guarita

SÃO PAOLO

CURATOR AND ART DEALER

@kuraarte

Camila Yunes Guarita’s love of art is very much rooted in family – her grandfather was a collector and she visited art fairs with her mother as a child. After studying architecture in São Paulo and Paris, she realised her heart lay in the art world and started working with galleries. Founding advisory company Go Art in 2015, Guarita launched KURA last year as a platform to help demystify art and encourage people to become ‘collectors rather than consumers’.

Camila Yunes Guarita

Camila Yunes Guarita’s love of art is very much rooted in family – her grandfather was a collector and she visited art fairs with her mother as a child. After studying architecture in São Paulo and Paris, she realised her heart lay in the art world and started working with galleries. Founding advisory company Go Art in 2015, Guarita launched KURA last year as a platform to help demystify art and encourage people to become ‘collectors rather than consumers’.

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The name KURA comes from kuratorium, meaning curatorship in German, but cura with a ‘C’ in Portuguese also means cure. Guarita believes art should be deeply emotional, not purely financial, and she’s aiming to help people understand a piece and connect with it, rather than buying something simply as an investment or decoration.

Jonathon Ng

Oxfordshire

SINGER/ SONGWRITER

@iameden

Jonathon Ng (aka EDEN) began writing music at the age of seven. Fast forward a few years and he was creating everything on a computer, using SoundCloud to release songs online. It was his first EP End Credits that catapulted EDEN to fame – it was picked up by Hype Machine and reached number two in the charts, just pipped to the top spot by Macklemore. He released the album Vertigo in 2018 and spent last year touring everywhere from New York to Berlin.

Jonathon Ng

Jonathon Ng (aka EDEN) began writing music at the age of seven. Fast forward a few years and he was creating everything on a computer, using SoundCloud to release songs online. It was his first EP End Credits that catapulted EDEN to fame – it was picked up by Hype Machine and reached number two in the charts, just pipped to the top spot by Macklemore. He released the album Vertigo in 2018 and spent last year touring everywhere from New York to Berlin.

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Ng represents a new generation of artists using social media and online streaming to build a global following and get their music noticed. He describes his sound as ‘weird pop that walks down some strange alleyways,’ but we think that’s considerably downplaying his sophisticated form of electronica, deeply soulful and cathartic lyrics and hypnotic melodies.

Hannah Welever

CHICAGO

DIRECTOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER

@hannahwhatevah

With a diverse portfolio that includes Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls, the AICE Award-nominated The Force is Female Nike campaign and music videos for local Chicago artists, Hannah Welever’s work often gives a voice to communities that struggle to be heard. The Nike campaign was also produced by her creative partner Ramone Hulet, with whom she is launching production company Good Trouble Films this year.

Hannah Welever

With a diverse portfolio that includes Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls, the AICE Award-nominated The Force is Female Nike campaign and music videos for local Chicago artists, Hannah Welever’s work often gives a voice to communities that struggle to be heard. The Nike campaign was also produced by her creative partner Ramone Hulet, with whom she is launching production company Good Trouble Films this year.

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Welever’s determination to be both an agent of change and a producer of high- quality content has paid off, with her passionate LGBTQ+ work gaining her recognition that has led to opportunities with the likes of Nike and Netflix.

Carol Tam

HONG KONG

PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST

@carol_tam

Born and raised in San Francisco, Carol Tam’s family uprooted to Shanghai when she was 15. ‘I was exposed to a lot of different cultures going to an international school there,’ she says, giving a hint at what ignited her desire to always be on the move. ‘From there I studied in Chicago before moving to Hong Kong where I’m still based. But right now, I just arrived in Milan from London.’ Her constant travels have influenced her photography and styling work, in turn attracting influential brands and clients, including Hypebeast, Yeti Out and Amadeus magazine.

Carol Tam

Born and raised in San Francisco, Carol Tam’s family uprooted to Shanghai when she was 15. ‘I was exposed to a lot of different cultures going to an international school there,’ she says, giving a hint at what ignited her desire to always be on the move. ‘From there I studied in Chicago before moving to Hong Kong where I’m still based. But right now, I just arrived in Milan from London.’ Her constant travels have influenced her photography and styling work, in turn attracting influential brands and clients, including Hypebeast, Yeti Out and Amadeus magazine.

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As well as journalling her every move on 35mm film, Tam is opening up conversations around the globe and spurring on a new generation of nomadic creatives. In a time when some world leaders seem determined to tighten our boundaries, Tam’s is a refreshing and organic view on how the world can be seen, and why it should be.

Bejay Mulenga

LONDON

ENTREPRENEUR

@bejaymulenga

Aged 14, Bejay Mulenga founded Supa Tuck, a programme teaching students how to operate their own school ‘tuck shops’, which went on to reach more than 5,000 young people in 100 schools over the next three years. Now his brand Supa Network has evolved – home to Supa Academy, Supa Campus, Supa Talent and Supa Studio – providing young, ambitious talent unprecedented access to opportunities and connecting them with companies and brands.

Bejay Mulenga

Aged 14, Bejay Mulenga founded Supa Tuck, a programme teaching students how to operate their own school ‘tuck shops’, which went on to reach more than 5,000 young people in 100 schools over the next three years. Now his brand Supa Network has evolved – home to Supa Academy, Supa Campus, Supa Talent and Supa Studio – providing young, ambitious talent unprecedented access to opportunities and connecting them with companies and brands.

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By pursuing an inclusive and diverse vision, Supa has won over some of the biggest corporations in the world, including Facebook, Apple, Coca-Cola and the United Nations. Less knocking on doors than knocking down walls, Mulenga’s vision for work-based training is building a brighter future.