BORN ON THE NORTH SHORE: NOA GINELLA

"Noa Ginella comes from the mecca of Surfing, on Oahu’s North Shore and has been brought up in the best way possible - with exposure to all forms of Ocean riding, making him look like a natural on whatever he rides. I have seen him surf Alaia boards (traditional flat Hawaii Surfboards with no fins), long boards, shortboards and of course stand Up boards, and he rides them all with ease, flow and style."

CAST YOUR VOTE: LAUREN COHAN

Imagista is thrilled to announce that heralded celebrity photographer, Brian Bowen Smith, has photographed the gorgeous Lauren Cohan for Imagista's first ever print issue. Brian has produced three iconic covers, and we want you, the audience, to help us decide which one to use.

NIGHT FLOWER

ON THE WATER WITH NOA GINELLA

"As it stands right now, when the conditions are barreling and Noa is in the groove, he is a major force to be reckoned with, as he showed at Pipeline here in Oahu this year as well as in Tahiti. " - Tristan Boxford

STELLA: SONG SIREN

"I’ve gone into the studio with just a beat and no words and not even a concept and I’ve created a song in six hours. I’ve also gone in with the lyrics done and made it happen, which is my favorite." -STELLA

JIHAE: SULTRY SONGSTRESS

"I sometimes have a melody in my head and I find words or a riff to build from or the other way around. There are times when a full phrase comes to mind with words & music, and very rarely are times where an entire song channels through in no time." - -Jihae

MISTY COPELAND IN THE STUDIO

Misty Copeland’s life story is all inspiring and fairytale-like, filled with fateful events and magnificence. It is also a story mixed with adversity, personal struggle and the grace, strength and perseverance to overcome it.

THE MANY FACES OF MICHELE HICKS

"There are so many things I’d love to do. It’s about the role. You get a role and you read it and you’re like 'Holy shit, I have to do this.'" - Michele Hicks

JACKIE CRUZ: SUEÑOS

"I get to work with some super talented women. I feel like it is a master class every day I’m there and it is such a friendly environment. We all love each other; we are like a family. That’s my favorite part, the people I get to work with."

MAX POGLIA: A CUT ABOVE

"To me the idea was to make something and to make something that lasts. I’m very inspired by leather and how time itself plays a role in the product. With leather, as it ages, it gains character." -Max Poglia

TARYN MANNING: FINDING MY RELIGION

"This industry is filled with rejection and stereotyping. I have fallen victim to both of those many times. I've seen a lot of other people give up when faced with challenges like mine, but I have always known that this is where I belong and I have handled any obstacle with dignity. I have never let another person control my choices for myself and my career." -Taryn Manning

LOST BOYS

N-p-Elliott was established by scotsman Nicholas Elliott in 2013 with the mission to produce all its pieces by highly trained artisans under ethical standards. Nicholas Elliott tells Imagista about his career as a designer and where he finds his greatest inspiration.

GANGS

Imagista's resident badass renaissance woman and photographer, Rie Rasmussen, gives us Gangs.

CHARLES COHEN: THE WAY IT WAS

"I don’t think anyone really decides to be an artist. It’s a wiring that you either confirm or deny. It’s been at least 25 years since I could no longer deny the lens with which I encounter everything."

DJ ELLE DEE

DJ'ing started as a hobby when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I always loved playing vinyl. I only played rock then. It was just a fun thing to do. I never imagined that it would become a full-time job though. Never. Not even when I first arrived here. I was super involved in writing and writing music. DJ'ing was just something fun to do at my friends house.

MAX VON ESSEN

"In musical theater you ask the audience to really take a leap with you. To understand and accept the fact that when the tension builds or emotions grow, there becomes no other way to express what we are feeling other than to sing or dance. It's such a beautiful art form."

SANDRINE HOLT: A SHY CONFIDENCE

"I love the psychology of acting. I love getting inside the head’s of my characters and try to figure out what there are thinking, feeling and hiding."

A GIANT AMONG MEN

Imagista’s London fashion editor, Crystal McClory, has a career rich in turning out top notched iconic menswear stories. Her 50’s inspired denim shoot conjures James Dean, and rocker Robert Gordon, in a manner that makes the looks feel fresh again. McClory has a knack for re-imaging the classics in a way that feels up to date and always timeless.

9 LIVES

"My art definitely is a bit more on the morbid side. It’s raw, warm sexuality. It’s got violence. It portrays my life. It portrays what I went through. I went through one of the most horrific experiences of my life when I eight years old. I felt like I had to become an adult at eight years old with my father dying and with the way he died. I think that experience greatly influences my art."

LARUICCI (JEWELRY OBSESSED)

"I love the freedom to translate inspiration from around the world and my own ideas into objects that have the capacity to influence pop culture in our specific time. Experiencing that impact is fascinating and completely addictive." - Lauren Ruicci