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Portrait Of The New Artist: 7 Rising Creatives To Look Out For

Often polymaths, up-and-coming creatives are changing the landscape of their fields and inspiring others to do the same. Here's our list of photographers, designers and musicians to keep an eye on.
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Tyler Mitchell

Photographer

At 24, Tyler Mitchell has already made history for being the first black photographer to shoot a magazine cover – featuring Beyoncé, no less. With his intimate portraits of carefree black youth bathed in soft, natural light, he brings a long-missing perspective to the world of photography and fashion.

Jesse Jo Stark

Musician, designer

One of the most distinctive new voices in music, Jesse Jo Stark describes her sound as “horrific hillbilly”. The sultry songstress also happens to Cher’s goddaughter and the child of the founders of Chrome Heart, which she has been designing for since she was 6. The Met Gala gown she made for her BFF Bella Hadid in 2018 proves that there’s a lot more to her than famous connections. One of the most distinctive new voices in music, Jesse Jo Stark describes her sound as “horrific hillbilly”. The sultry songstress also happens to Cher’s goddaughter and the child of the founders of Chrome Heart, which she has been designing for since she was 6. The Met Gala gown she made for her BFF Bella Hadid in 2018 proves that there’s a lot more to her than famous connections.

 

 

Eva Losada

Photographer

Eva Losada has insider access to some of the coolest fashion shows (Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and Prada, to name a few) where she captures backstage shots in her clean, intimate style. The Spanish photographer also has a good eye for documenting the best street style, leading her to work with the likes of ALYX Studio and A$AP Rocky.

MLMA

Visual artist, rapper, designer

Better known by her Instagram handle @melovemealot, this Korean digital artist shares bizarre illusions of herself (think cloned heads and freakishly elongated tongues). These portraits shock, fascinate and even start beauty trends like wavy eyebrows. When she isn’t encouraging others to embrace their weirdness, MLMA makes rap music and designs clothing for her label, SKOOT.

 

 

Nadia Lee Cohen

Photographer, filmmaker

Behind the camera, Nadia Lee Cohen shoots highly saturated, retro images and films with a twist for the likes of Miu Miu, A$AP Rocky and Kali Uchis. In front of the camera, she blurs the lines between being the art and the artist, transforming herself into stylized characters inspired by the films of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Lynch.

 

 

Aleali May

Stylist, designer

Besides styling some of the biggest rappers today, our February cover girl Aleali is also the second woman ever to design a pair of Air Jordan sneakers with Nike. That collaboration has put her right at the frontier of a new wave of female creatives who, driven by passion and ambition, are taking over streetwear.

 

Tommy Genesis

Rapper, visual artist

Having modelled in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Versus Versace, Tommy Genesis is more than just a pretty face with killer style. The self-described “fetish rapper” makes experimental, sexually-charged tracks and directs equally provocative videos to go with them. With fans in Charli XCX, Dua Lipa and M.I.A., Tommy’s fearless sound is primed to reverberate within the male-dominated hip hop scene – and beyond.

This story was first seen in the August 2019 issue of L'Officiel Singapore.

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