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Featured Article: Four Covers of Town & Country June 2019


Ava DuVernay, Melinda Gates, Christine Lagarde, and Yara Shahidi are the four cover stars of Town & Country’s Summer 2019 issue, on newsstands May 14th. These 4 female power houses come together as the “women who are changing the world” for the magazine’s annual Summer issue dedicated to Philanthropy.

46-year-old filmmaker Ava DuVernay is gearing up for the release of her latest Netflix project, “When They See Us” (premiering on May 31st). Here for T&C, she sheds lights on the brutalities of the criminal justice system and what she hopes audiences take away from the story of the exonerated Central Park Five men. The five men (Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, and Korey Wise) are photographed here exclusively for the publication.

Yara Shahidi, currently starring in The Sun Is Also a Star (in theaters now), gets candid on activism and Instagram, love across borders, and more. Just in time for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12th) Shahidi is photographed alongside her mother, Keri Shahidi, who both speak about philanthropy as a family value.

Christine Lagarde is the first woman to hold the position of managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which is an organisation of 189 countries with a lending capacity of $1 trillion. The 63-year-old executive opens up about female economic power and what gives her hope.

Melinda Gates, who’s recently released her first book, “The Moment of Lift,” was interviewed by John Legend and explains why she thinks it is time “that we have a woman as the leader of the country” and what she and her husband Bill Gates strive to achieve with their foundation. Images courtesy of Town & Country. (source)


Featured Article: Yara Shahidi & Charles Melton for Cosmopolitan US May 2019


Separately, Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton are very different people. She’s the brains, hitting the books at Harvard and hobnobbing with Michelle Obama. He’s all heart, the real-life sensitive guy behind TV’s favorite jock. But together, the magnetic leads of The Sun Is Also A Star are pure chemistry—and young Hollywood’s new king and queen.

Yara Shahidi on how her Grown-ish character, Zoey Johnson, has impacted her life: “I can tell you that I give my friends the best advice, because my character gets into so much trouble. I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, we tried the whole love-triangle thing. Doesn’t work.’”

Yara on her Grown-ish castmates/onscreen love interests, Luka Sabbat and Trevor Jackson: “It’s really funny. I forgot what story I was telling them—it wasn’t anything bad, but somebody wasn’t being the nicest to me, and I think they both offered to fight them on my behalf. I said no—I’m a pacifist! But I appreciated the gesture.”

Charles on being cast in a lead role as an Asian American: “Being an Asian-American lead for a studio film—it almost seems like it’s not real for me, you know? Growing up, I never saw anybody who looked like me, really. So it’s very emotional for me… [After seeing Crazy Rich Asians] I cried seven times. It was just so emotional. Everyone was of Asian descent, and I was like, Wow. And I’m thinking about the movie I did with Yara, and Yara is Iranian and Black. It’s very surreal.”

Charles on falling in love: “I think you can fall in love in the snap of a finger, you know? It all started when I was 13 or 14. Every girl I was with, I thought I was gonna marry… My head’s in the clouds. I’m a dreamer. I’m a hopeless romantic!” Images courtesy of Cosmopolitan. (source)


Yara Shahidi for Porter Magazine Summer 2019


The cover is shot by Cass Bird. (source)


Featured Article: Eight Covers of Elle US November 2018


ELLE US is unveiling its November 2018 Women in Hollywood issue – celebrating the 25 years of Women In Hollywood. Each honoree on this year’s list is featured on a November cover of ELLE.

The cover stars are Lady Gaga; The female cast of Black Panther: Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira; Sarah Paulson; Shonda Rhimes; Mia Farrow; Keira Knightley; Yara Shahidi and Charlize Theron. (source)

Click here to view last year covers featuring Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, Jennifer Lawrence, Laura Dern, Margot Robbie, Riley Keough and Tessa Thompson, here to view 2016 covers featuring Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick, Aja Naomi King, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates, and Helen Mirren, here to view 2015 covers featuring Ava DuVernay, Carey Mulligan, Dakota Johnson, Gena Rowlands, Amy Schumer, Kate Winslet, Alicia Vikander, and Salma Hayek. Click here to view last year covers featuring Jessica Lange, Zoe Saldana, Tina Fey, and Jennifer Garner.
Click here to view last year covers featuring Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Naomie Harris and Marion Cotillard.


Three Covers of Elle UK November 2018


Florence Welch, Halima Aden and Yara Shahidi are photographed by Quentin Jones, Clay Stephen Gardner and Alex Franco respectively. (source)

Click here to view last year covers featuring Ashley Graham, Alek Wek, Susan Sarandon and Beth Ditto, here to view 2016 cover featuring Amy Adams, here to view 2015 cover featuring Carey Mulligan, here to view 2014 cover featuring Anne Hathaway, here to view 2013 covers featuring Natalie Portman, here to view 2012 covers featuring Jessie J, here to view 2011 cover featuring Emma Watson, here for 2010 cover with Alexa Chung, and here for 2009 cover with Cheryl Cole.


Featured Article: Zendaya for Marie Claire US September 2018


At 21, Zendaya has never been shy about using her voice, whether she’s calling the shots at Disney or clapping back on social media. For Marie Claire US’ September 2018 issue, she opens up to Janet Mock about re-rewriting the Hollywood narrative, inspiring others to do the same, stepping out of her Disney comfort zone, and how she deals with rejection.

She wears Max Mara coat and Chanel earrings on the cover photographed by Thomas Whiteside with styling by Joseph Errico. Hair and makeup by Larry Sims and Allan Avendano.

On stepping out of her comfort zone, from Disney to feature films:
“…I’m coming from this very different world of Disney. Having been consistently on a TV show, I felt stagnant. Not having that anymore, I am being seen as a real actress, doing what makes me feel pushed and motivated. I don’t necessarily think comfort is always the best place to live in. I’ve really found the power in just doing what makes me happy.”

On creating opportunities for more actresses of color:
“What’s important to me is knowing we [Yara Shahidi, Amandla Steinberg] are not the only black girls in the industry. We kind of have been painted as the face, and that’s not the truth. It’s important to have a conversation where we are opening the door to our peers and more black women who don’t necessarily look like us.”

On changing people’s minds and dealing with rejection:
“I’m an actress. We’ve all experienced getting the no’s, and that’s okay. I always tell my theatrical manager, ‘Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls, send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds.’ And honestly, if there’s a part that I didn’t get or that I really wanted at the time, sh*t always ends up working out.”

On how Olivia Pope liberated her to make her own decisions:
“I call it my Olivia Pope gut. I just had to be in tune with that and be like, ‘Listen, whatever feels right, go after that.’ There’s something liberating about making decisions for yourself.” (source)

Click here to view last year cover featuring Emma Stone, here to view 2016 cover featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, here to view 2015 cover featuring Miley Cyrus, here to view 2014 cover featuring Blake Lively, here to view 2013 cover featuring Zooey Deschanel, here to view 2012 cover featuring Miley Cyrus, here to view 2011 cover featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, here for 2010 cover with Mary-Kate Olsen, and here for 2009 cover with Ashley Olsen.


Yara Shahidi for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia June 2018


Taylor Tupy shot the cover. (source)


Featured Article: Ten Covers of Marie Claire US May 2018


Fresh Faces Sophie Turner, Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Riley Keough and Katherine Langford are the May cover stars of Marie Claire US photographed by Erik Madigan Heck with styling by Joseph Errico. (source)

Click here to view last year covers featuring Emily Ratajkowski, Alexandra Daddario, Aja Naomi King, Zoey Deutch and Janelle Monáe, here to view 2016 covers featuring Kylie Jenner, Nicola Peltz, Ellie Goulding, Gugu-Mbatha Raw, Zendaya and Hailey Baldwin, here to view 2015 covers featuring Felicity Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Hailee Steinfeld, Kate Upton and Iggy Azalea, here to view 2014 cover featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning, Emilia Clarke, Elizabeth Olsen and Kate Mara, here to view 2013 cover featuring Scarlett Johansson, here to view 2012 cover featuring Zooey Deschanel, here for 2011 covers with Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Dianna Agron, and here for 2010 cover with Jessica Simpson.


Yara Shahidi for Porter Edit February 23rd 2018


Yelena Yemchuk shot the cover. (source)


Bridging The Gap 2017 Ad Campaign


Edward Enninful directed the new Bridging The Gap ad campaign video featuring top names such as Priyanka Chopra, Lineisy Montero, Fernanda Ly, Ellen Rosa, Alek Wek, Maria Borges, Casil McArthur, Christie Brinkley, Jasmine Sanders, Adwoa Aboah, Yara Shahidi and Wiz Khalifa! The campaign images are photographed by Douglas Segars with styling by Edward and creative directed by Bon Duke. (source)


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