"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’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.
"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."
"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
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.
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
"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