Tattoo artist Kirby gives an insight into her unique work and the inspiration behind!
Working in a morgue, determining causes of death, is probably the last place one would find inspiration. But Netherlands-based tattoo artist, Kirby van Beek found her aesthetic there, drawn to the idea of death, the human body, and true crimes. A creative, and confident 24-year-old Kirby started her tattoo shop, “Heretic Tattoo” in 2010. Today, she has carved a niche for herself in the industry, being a highly regarded artist in the black-and-white realism movement. Currently the only tattoo artist in her studio, she provides people with custom dark realistic tattoos, portraits, and jewel tattoos. She never tattoos a design more than once, for it is essential for her that every client has a unique tattoo. Known for her designs and portraits with a dark and evil twist, she has also been featured on the Dutch version of MTV’s ‘Just Tattoo of Us.’
Choosing The Name ‘Heretic’
The reason behind the name stems from her personal experiences of always feeling like an outsider. She explains, “I could never fit in at school and always felt different. So I wanted to come up with a name that would represent rebels/outsiders. Of course, there were a lot of words I could use but I chose heretic because I’ve always been interested in religion, but I’ve never agreed with the ideas and rules it puts on people. I always try to voice my opinions against it so the word heretic would perfectly represent me and the dark “evil” tattoos I like to do.”
Her idol and her motivation is Kat von D. A badass businesswoman with an alternative style, who runs her tattoo shop, all the while being completely accepted by the public is what gave Kirby the confidence to pursue her dream as well.
The Struggle And Her Determination
Kirby taught herself to tattoo when she was 18 and continued pursuing it along with her education and job. She studied forensic science from the age of 18 to 21. For the next 1 year, she worked in the morgue during the week while studying for pre-university graduation. Normally this takes 2 years but she completed it in 1 year. She kept tattooing on weekends and her spare hours throughout. Though she later worked as a tattooist at many tattoo studios in the Netherlands from the age of 22 through 24, things weren’t easy for her.
“I really struggled to get into tattooing. I was creative from a young age and spent a lot of time drawing. But the tattoo industry sadly is a really closed community. So it’s very hard to get a place where you can start an apprenticeship.” Not the type to be working for a boss, she constantly struggled with doing what was ordered during her time as an apprentice. “Being an apprentice involves a lot of dirty jobs, like only cleaning the shop for the first year before they teach you anything. For me this was a waste of my time, I wanted to learn how to tattoo, not how to mop the floor,” she recalls. Eventually, she quit the job and took matters into her own hand. Her parents were supportive and brought her a tattoo machine, her father letting her practice on his arm. She learned the art by getting tattooed herself, watching the tattoo artists’ work, and picking up the skill. The strong young lady persisted and worked hard to earn the reputation she holds today.
Future Vision And Upcoming Projects
She might be onto many things at the moment, but tattoos take a central position in her life. She loves meeting different clients and getting to know them on a personal level during a long tattoo session. “There is nothing more rewarding to be able to tattoo people who love my art so much they are willing to wear it on their skin for life,” she exclaims. Currently working on a YouTube channel where she aspires to combine her dark realistic tattoos with a narration of true crime stories, she is also working on a high fashion clothing line. She aims to expand all her ventures over the next few years.
Message And Personal Motto
She believes in living a “life full of ‘wow I did that’ instead of ‘why didn’t I do that!” Her story aptly sends out the message she wants to put out, “Never give up. Be good to your loved ones and fuck what everyone else thinks. If I would have listened to all the haters in my life I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Shari Dionne’s Luxury Eyewear Will Fill You With Confidence
Shari Dionne, the connoisseur of luxury eyewear, adds more pizazz to the lives of people who love cool sunglasses.
Sunglasses serve the purpose of protecting your eyes from the merciless UV rays of the sun that won’t be considered twice while hitting your cornea, retina, and eyes with the UV (ultraviolet) light. Additionally, we all want to look hip and cool while protecting our only window to the visual pleasures of the world. Shari Dionne had the same thoughts while wearing glasses as a child, but the dilemma of not finding eyewear that patches the vivid personality always infuriated her.
When Shari saw this gap in the eyewear market, she joined forces with Will Nickens, an MBA professional with a marketing major. Their goals had aligned because both are lovers of fashion, and the integration of the talents of these people led to the creation of the Shari Dionne Brand. Shari is also a nurse by trade and a fashion expert by passion. She inspires the world by showing how love leads to the creation of a legacy that can fulfill the dreams of many. Dreams do come true, and to trigger the paradigm shift, you need to break through the boundaries of self-doubt and bring your ideas into reality.
Amorous Foundation Of The Brand
The Shari Dionne brand is a creation backed by love and care. It all started as a love story. When Shari and Will met in Dallas, they struck a chord and a short fling turned into a forever story. Will and Shari are happily married now and expecting their 2nd child too. The brand happened because of the compliments that Shari got on her style and when she wore eyewear that people couldn’t take their eyes off her. Seeing how people were so mesmerized by her swagger, Shari and Will decided to create their brand.
After conducting thorough customer reconnaissance, the couple decided that their eyewear will instill confidence and get compliments for the customer on their vacation or general events.
This love led to many great things, and the Shari Dionne eyewear is the product of this spark that keeps igniting and brings up new ideas to transform the perspective around eyewear and other luxury products. The goal is to be the talk of the party while being protected from the harmful agents of nature. The brand has also added a new opulent swimwear collection to its range.
As Seen On Celebrities
The eyewear collection by Shari and Will is enigmatic, and the high-quality material makes it all the more desirable by renowned celebrities.
The Shari Dionne glasses have been spotted on celebrities such as Brandi Maxiell from VH1’s Basketball Wives, Former women’s NCAA standout basketball twins, the Gonzalez twins, reality TV stars Yasmine Lopez, “Yummy”, and Charisse Mills from Zeus network TV show “One Mo Chance” and the original face of the Clubhouse app Bomani X. Our eyewear can be found in Downtown LA at a store called Raised In LA.
To know more about this brand, visit their website.
Natalie Schramboeck – Influencing People Through A Cultural Touch
Natalie Schramboeck, a down-to-earth lifestyle influencer, brings an eccentric touch of culture through her heritage.
Influencing people does not require a life brimming with luxury but a good heart and down to earth approach towards different events in life. The eccentric touch that appeals to a lot of people includes being yourself on the platform and bringing personal stories to inspire the world.
Natalie Schramboeck is a person who grew up collecting memories from different regions of the world. She belongs to an Austrian and Syrian background and grew up inheriting rich culture from the cities of Delhi, Ottawa, and Cairo. She has amassed a great following on social media through her originality and depiction of her real characteristic traits. For Natalie, it is the place where she enjoys meeting new people and things all over the world.
How It All Started
Natalie’s friends forecasted even before her success that she was destined to be someone who would influence many. Initially, she would blow it off or ignore those claims, but slowly she stumbled upon the revelation that social media is her true calling.
When COVID struck the world, Natalie kick-started her career as a social media influencer where she used to post her generic routine and pictures and saw immense growth over time.
For her, having followers does not determine your worth but the actions and the value that you provide does. She shares, “Brands should focus more on the upcoming generation of “influencers”. Just because someone has 2k followers doesn’t mean they can’t be influential, your actions depict your true worth.”
Impact Of The Pandemic
While the pandemic forced people within the walls of their homes and brought upon a wave of grievance, many people decided not to be in agony because of it and turned the situation into a positive inspiration.
Natalie decided to use this as an opportunity to nurture her personal brand and grow herself as a social media professional. Her sole aim is not only to grow a massive following but also to build a community that inspires people to express their true selves without any hesitancy and fear.
A Life Lesson
She inspires people to shed the disguise of a people pleaser and brings in the real vibrance of nature of their character. She is a person who promotes positivity and preaches that to everybody in her life. Natalie believes in turning the frown upside down and attracting all things that are good in life. Your dreams can only become true if you are putting in unparalleled efforts and trying with unfazed focus. Results will come in sooner or later but you never have to surrender in the face of adversity.
Living in Dubai, Natalie often posts about the exquisite food and the radiant lifestyle of the city. Through her content, she has gained over 27k+ followers and she continues to gather huge admiration worldwide through her subtly pure and vivacious content. Follow her on Instagram to know more about her everyday adventures.
The Femme Fatale of Social Media – Priyanka Arya
Priyanka Arya is turning heads with her sartorial choices.
Priyanka Arya is a Fashion and Lifestyle Influencer based in Delhi, India. She has been creating content and blogging for the last five years, and has worked with over 70+ brands. Priyanka is at the top of her game and has recently bagged the award for “Best Style Blogger Of The Year”.
She is very active on her Instagram and creates content around makeup, fashion, and skincare. Priyanka has more than 1.5 lakh+ users on the social media platform, and her content garners views in lakhs, almost every month. Besides Instagram, she creates content for MxTaka Tak and her youtube channel.
How It All Began
Even as a high school kid, she was pretty sure of making a career in fashion and chose to graduate in Fashion designing. Priyanka recalls being often asked for fashion tips by girls around her. It motivated her to start something of her own and led to the birth of her blogging career. Blogging was a risky decision as it was not a profitable career five years ago.
She was on cloud nine when a big brand approached her for collaboration. Priyanka says, “I remember when one designer approached me for a barter collaboration. I was so happy to receive the first collaboration that I was running in my home to tell everyone.“
Initially, she created content around styling tips, DIYs, and hacks. Over the years, she has included niches such as skincare and makeup too. Today, she is an established blogger and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the country. She has collaborated with biggies like OPPO, Nykaa, Cadbury, Amazon Fashion, and the likes of them. But her journey has its own share of pitfalls. Priyanka says,”I have faced many challenges in life in order to make this work, but it has been extremely fulfilling.”
Being A Blogger
As fancy and pleasant the job appears, it does come with its own sets of responsibilities. Priyanka says,”Blogging is not just about fancy profiles with pictures”. A lot of thought goes behind creating a single outfit and photo. Priyanka has to come up with creative ideas consistently to maintain her profile. She has to keep a tab on the new trends in the market and give them her own personal touch to stand out.
Priyanka is very ambitious in life which is the reason for her success. She wants to inspire people to embrace their own true style. She even crafts her content to inspire her audience to carry their style with confidence and follow what they love.
Like every other business, the pandemic affected her business too. Priyanka had to stall outdoor concept photoshoots and had to create everything at home. However, as the lockdown restrictions are decreasing across the country, she hopes to bring back concept photoshoots. She has big dreams for her future and plans to work with brands from every corner of the globe.
Top Fashion Model Dora Rodriguez Turned Businesswoman
Dora Rodriguez Talks About Her Recent Venture, KW Publicists
Dora Rodriguez is a top fashion model who has recently launched her own PR firm ‘KW Publicists’. Dora also holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and formerly worked as a reporter for TLN TV Network in Toronto. She had a brief pause in her journalism career as she was signed by a modeling agency that spotted her in the Miss Universe pageant.
Dora has worked with some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry. Working with a variety of people has given her immense experience, and she knows how things go around in the industry. While working, she had some rough experiences with PR firms which propelled her into journalism again. Dora realized that there was a dearth in the number of good PR agencies in the market and decided to create KW Publicists.
KW Publicists came into existence last year in the midst of the pandemic. Today it boasts of some of the most sought-after celebrities in its clientele. The firm offers services like the online press, magazine covers, Instagram verification, Google verification, and much more.
KW Publicists make sure that PR articles are not only great but also reach their intended audience. The firm uses tried and tested methods to accurately target journalists as per beat, geographic region, industry, and journalist back-history (previously covered stories). In short, the firm writes and distributes press releases to reach targeted journalists, editors, influencers & news desks. KW Publicists makes sure to reach out to the most relevant media to ensure that the press release is effective and seen to its target audience.
Dora and her firm KW Publicists live by the quote, “The sky is not the limit, the sky is our point of view.”
The firm has collaborated with big brands like Philipp Plein, L’officiel, and FHM. KW Publicists has also liaised with magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour magazine for models and has got them on the cover of some of the most renowned publications in the world.
Dora was an experienced journalist, so creating a PR firm was a piece of cake for her. Even when she was modeling, she used to write and publish articles for her client. She has even created her Fashion magazine with InDesign. So her experience was smooth. Currently, the firm boasts of more than a dozen international clients amassed over a short period.
When asked what she loves the most about her job, Dora says, “Meeting new people every day from different niches gives me a kick to work more. Through my firm, I represent all types of public figures from models to actors, influencers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and even medical professionals.“
Besides her business, Dora is simultaneously taking up modeling assignments. She is also gearing up for her appearance in an upcoming Netflix show. Dora also plans to launch a KW fashion magazine shortly. As far as her firm goes, she hopes to rope in new clients and collaborate with more brands now that the virus is in control. You can learn more about Dora and her PR firm here.
Retro Rewinds In Spring/Summer 2021
In a pandemic where everyone was stuck at home for almost a year, the world missed out on its youthful energies. It was evident in the S/S 21 collection in the fall and it’s clear as day now when you take a scroll through some of your favorite retailers. In between your hunt you will bump into the nostalgic 60’s and 70’s fashion vibe. Some rainbows printed beachy dresses, tinted tangerine eyewear, some bucket hats, and thong sandals were spotted time traveling in the 2021 Spring / Summer collection. Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, and Cult Gaia gave us splashy 60’s playful, beachy, floral prints, while Oscar de la Renta and Halpern brought in high Octane shimmer in the form of gowns from the disco era.
The most fascinating throwback extra was the Bucket hats reclaiming their lost glory, which are also recent OOTD looks of celebrities like Billie Eilish, Sofia Andres, Dua lipa, and many more.
All things retro seemed a big influence on the fashion and décor industry this year. Classic trench coats can never go out of style, and S/S 21 had a very modern approach to it. Stars like Irina Shayk, and Hailey Beiber were spotted in Trench coats.
British Singer Dua Lipa was quite the talk with her ‘cowgirl look’. She channeled a country-style look in a checkered Miu Miu jacket with jorts, red bikini with denim shorts, a rodeo-ready belt, and knee-high brown cowboy boots.
The latest spring trend taking Hollywood by storm is Slip dresses. Celebrities like Hailey Baldwin and Emily Ratajkowski pulled out the light flowing, comfortable slip dress looks with simple footwear. Hailey rocked a slinky, spaghetti strap Aym Seymour wine red dress with white Adidas Originals A.R. leather sneakers. Meanwhile, Emily Ratajkowski wore a yellow slip dress of Olivia Von Halle, with white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and a long pendant necklace to go grocery shopping in LA.
Printed Silk Scarf
Printed Scarves debuted with queens of Egypt. High Fashion brands are in love with printed silk scarves. Celebrities, Influencers, TikToker’s, the entire internet is revolving around the silk headscarf look. It’s a flexible fashion statement wrapped around necks & heads. In some cases, can make an entire outfit, as a big DIY fashion trend where silk scarves convert into cute sleeveless tops. Alicia Keys is one of the first to come to mind, who sported a double knotted head-wrap look effortlessly on the beach.
Flare jeans have been in fashion for quite a time now. Sophie Turner wore a pair of Ukraine label Kseniaschnaider baggy, blue wader jeans with a white tank and lime green knitted heels. Sophie made a style statement for a whole new decade to catch on.
Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza Takes The Crown At The 69th Edition Of Miss Universe
The 26-year-old software engineer became the third ever from her country to bag the prestigious crown on May 16th, 2021. The pageant made its return after a year, the 2020 ceremony standing canceled owing to the pandemic. The glamorous night, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, was hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.
“I am so honored to have been selected among the 73 other amazing women I stood with tonight,” she gushed on after her win, “It is a dream come true to wear the Miss Universe crown, and I hope to serve the world through my advocacy for equality in the year to come and beyond.” Miss Brazil, Julia Gama, and Miss Peru, Janick Maceta Del Castillo were placed second and third respectively.
The Winning Answer
After a stellar performance by the representatives of Myanmar, Brazil, India, and Mexico, the competition wasn’t easy. But Andrea’s winning answer made her the new Miss Universe. Utilizing the Miss Universe platform to convey a message, Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was asked about changing beauty standards and came up with an inspiring answer. “We live in a society that is more than advanced, and as we advance as a society, we’ve also advanced with stereotypes,” she said. “Nowadays beauty isn’t only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirit, but in our hearts and the way that we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you’re not valuable.”
Miss India Adline Castelino, who made it to the top 5, too left an impact with an impressive answer in the final round. On being asked, “Should countries lockdown due to COVID-19 despite the strain on their economies, or should they open their borders and risk a potential increase in infection rates?” Adline replied, “Good evening universe. Well, coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important that nothing is more important than the health of your loved ones. And you have to draw a balance between economy and health. And that can only be done when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you.”
Other countries also voiced their concerns about important issues. Miss Myanmar drew attention to the ongoing military coup in her country by walking on the runway with a sign that read, “Pray for Myanmar.” Miss Singapore, Bernadette Belle Wu Ong, chose to walk the stage wearing a red bedazzled bodysuit, cuissardes, and a red and white dress in the colors of the Singapore flag with the message “Stop Asian Hate” for the national costume preliminary round.
More About Andrea Meza
Meza holds a degree in software engineering and is also an activist. She is associated with the Municipal Institute for Women, an organization that aims to put an end to gender-based violence. She was also the runner-up in the Miss World 2017 pageant.
Additionally, Meza is also a certified make-up artist and model, and the official tourism brand ambassador for her hometown of Chihuahua City.
Previous Crown Holders and Contestants
Previous winner, Zozibini Tunzi, a public relations professional and the first Black woman from South Africa to hold the title, passed on the crown to her successor. Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega, and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators.
Thrifting: The Gen-Z Idea Of Sustainable Fashion
The urge to curate an ethical closet is at an all-time high, thanks to the devastation inflicted upon both natural and human resources by fast fashion brands. However, with only luxury brands partaking in the sustainability trend, a single piece of an ethically sourced garment can deprive the broke millennials and Gen-Zs of paying their monthly rent. This dilemma between saving the planet or saving your money led to the current TikTok hype: Thrifting.
As Stavia Savasuk says, “Second-hand doesn’t mean second rate!!
It means… there’s a system in place for a community to reduce the amount of perfectly good stuff that would otherwise find its way into a landfill.
It means, the sharing of resources.”
Thrift is the perfect example of reuse, reduce and recycle. You get what you need without having to spend a ton of money and save the environment from a potent assault. The Student Environmental Center at the University of California Berkeley believes that “buying secondhand clothing means that you’re keeping plastic out of so many landfills and joining many other people to reduce the amount of waste and the worldwide demand for textile factories.” It is the future of sustainable fashion. Stylish, Chic, and Slow.
While the concept of thrift stores is relatively new, this idea definitely isn’t. The early eras of economic recession, especially the wars, prompted our grandmother’s generation to cut down on household expenses. One such method was reusing clothes. A simple t-shirt was passed down to the younger siblings until it survived. Even when it was no longer fit to be worn, it was turned into a dust cloth. This idea of reusing is what fuels the concept of thrift stores. An outfit in mint condition, no longer required by the previous owner, is sold to a consumer for less than peanuts.
Thrifting has also enabled the practice of upcycling; tweaking and upgrading clothes bought from thrift stores. People have also successfully made a business out of this practice, selling these clothes on sites such as Depop. Apart from the financial independence thrifting provides to a large community, the feel-good factor of doing something for the environment also increases the benefits and popularity of this newly emerging trend.
Thrift stores offer a wide variety of clothes at a minimal price, hence establishing instant popularity among the experimenting and broke teenagers. Young people of this generation are Instagram users and feel the urge to have multiple outfits to post with; they desire to have a wardrobe that defines them, unique as they are. Since thrifting allows you to get one-of-a-kind pieces, influencers and normal users alike are taken with this trend.
Today, thrift stores are part of a $14.4 billion industry according to an IBISWorld report on the state of the market. The sudden surge in the popularity of the Y2K fashion aesthetic amongst the youth and the “ThriftFlip” concept garnering increasing views on TikTok are testaments to the bright future this industry promises. With Generation Z showing consumer characteristics that make them adopt second-hand items 2.5 times faster than any other consumer generation, the thrift-shop model won’t fall out of fashion any time soon.
The Complete Roundup Of The Billboard Music Awards 2021
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards were presented this Sunday, 23rd of May. Held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, the event returned seven months after its pandemic-delayed preceding edition. Hosted by Nick Jonas, it was aired live on NBC, at 8 p.m ET.
The Weeknd, who was a finalist in 16 categories, dominated the awards show, taking home ten trophies, including the night’s biggest win, Top Artist. For his explosive smash “Blinding Lights,” he also won Top 100 Artist and Top Hot 100 Song. BTS also swept awards, winning every category in which they were nominated for their hit “Dynamite,” including Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist, and Top Selling Song. During the ceremony, the band gave the first live performance of “Butter,” their most recent single, which was released on Friday.
Bad Bunny won four awards — Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Album, and Top Latin Song — and the late rapper Pop Smoke won five, including Top Billboard 200 Album for “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” which earned record-breaking posthumous recognition as a finalist in ten categories. “Thank you for respecting my young warrior,” Audrey Jackson, his mother, said to the crowd as she accepted the award on his behalf.
Best Rock Artist winner, Machine Gun Kelly, showed up on the red carpet with a rather unusual fashion statement: a jet-black tongue. His social media reveals that he had his tongue painted black with a cotton bud. He made sure his tongue was noticed, sticking it out to the cameras, and touching tongues with his girlfriend, Megan Fox on the red carpet.
Pink accepted the Icon Award from rockstar, Bon Jovi and admitted to being obsessed with him since she was eight years old, locking herself in her room for a week after his wedding. “I’m very glad you found lasting love, Jon, but you broke my heart. I take this as an apology,” she joked on receiving the trophy. She also performed a medley of her best hits from her career, but her aerial performance with her nine-year-old, Willow Sage, to their duet, “Cover Me In Sunshine,” stole the show.
Drake bagged the Artist of the Decade award, which he accepted along with his three-year-old son, Adonis, on stage. “I’m really self-conscious about my music,” he spoke as a part of his acceptance speech, “I’ve spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyze all the things I did wrong, but tonight for once I’m sure as hell we did something right.”
Find the complete list of winners below:
Top Artist: The Weeknd
Icon Award: Pink
Artist of the Decade: Drake
Change Maker Award: Trae Tha Truth
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Song Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Elevation Worship
Top Gospel Artist: Kanye West
Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga, Chromatica
Top Christian Album: Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Top Gospel Album: Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1
Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, Rockstar
Top Selling Song: BTS, Dynamite
Top Radio Song: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
Top Collaboration: Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, Rockstar
Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett, I Hope
Top Rock Song: AJR, Bang
Top Latin Song: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dákiti
Top Dance/Electric Song: SAINt JHN, Roses (Imanbek Remix)
Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, Graves Into Gardens
Top Gospel Song: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, Wash Us In The Blood
Return Of The Future Nostalgia: The Rise Of The Y2K Aesthetic
The era of Mean Girls and The Matrix, the 2000s were a time of joy and optimism. The world had just conquered the threatening Y2K programming bug. The dot.com was booming and was freely accessible to the masses. The Cold War was in the past, and the economy was booming. People were sure that the historically imagined future was here, tech-savvy and advanced beyond comprehension. The surety of prosperous times kickstarted the culture of the late 1990s, and was shaped by luxurious consumerism, hoarding of designer deadstock, and chasing futuristic trends through clothing.
Silvers, whites, blings, reflective pieces, long black leather jackets, tight leather pants – Named after the Y2K Bug, this distinct aesthetic period, encapsulated fashion, hardware design, music, and furnishings shining with tech optimism(literally). The Y2K era took off in full force from 1998 to 2000, with Pokemania, NSYNC, The Matrix, and Britney Spears hitting their peak popularity. It peaked around late 1999/early 2000, coinciding with the beginning of a new millennium and the apex of the internet revolution.
It has come back into fashion again today, interwoven in a bit of anime, a bit of pop culture, and a whole lot of recent technology. It imbibes in itself a longing to feel the optimism again, to feel hopeful for a better future that was promised to our generation. Perhaps it’s the incomplete vibe it carries that holds to this generation’s struggle of finding themselves.
Our obsession with the Y2K trend runs deeper than just a trend coming back from the past. It holds a special meaning for the younger generations. An attempt to navigate the present harsh and uncertain circumstances by regressing into earlier merry times. Changing their immediate surroundings and trends can help them revive their memories and bring about a sense of security. For the Gen-Z, who were too young to remember this era, this aesthetic allows them to explore. It allows them to integrate the renewed interest in art in their environment, which is an important component of this aesthetic. It is also reflective of the pure love for technology and the internet Generation-Z holds. After all, they were and are being raised by technology.
Now that the reason behind its emergence is clear, let’s help you jump right on the bandwagon with a list of the top trending pieces you need to have in your closet.
- Wide Leg Denim Jeans
Bid goodbye to your skinny high-waisted jeans. Y2K is all about those ultra-wide bootcut and low-waisted jeans.
- The Detailed Cami And Midriff Baring Tees
Whether it’s a silk slip style cami or even a basic cotton cami, these are a staple for the summer Y2K trend. Versatile and chic, they can be paired with wide jeans for a casual look or a with a mini-skirt for a brunch look.
Popularised by Alicia Silverstone, miniskirts are the perfect counterpart to baby tees and ribbed cardigans.
- Velour Track Sets
It is impossible to think of the 2000s without thinking of Paris Hilton in her Juicy Couture Track Suits. Loungewear has asserted its importance in the pandemic and is now slowly becoming the new streetwear.
- Iridescent Patterns and Tech Accessories
Reflective, shiny, silver jackets and Robo- sunglasses are here to take you to the future.
- Leather Ensembles
Leather has marked a huge comeback. Tight leather pants, leather trenchcoats, leather cropped tees. Think Matrix.
Throw in some funky accessories, bright hair colors, and shiny makeup looks to complete your look. Now get experimenting and channel your inner Bratz Doll.
Czech Girl Winning Hearts In Dubai How Czech Girl Became A Dubai Based Influencer
Dominika in Dubai is an emerging name in the influencers scene of Dubai. She is a content creator, lifestyle blogger, and influencer. With a following of twenty-three thousand on Instagram, our girl is catching the attention of brands and followers alike. Her Instagram is full of beautiful pictures and videos recorded in scenic locations.
Dominika was raised in the Czech Republic and has roots in Turkish Culture. She started her career in the hospitality industry. She has worked with some of the biggest airlines in the world as a Cabin Crew. Dominika moved to Dubai for work and has been living in the city for quite a while.
How Did It All Begin?
Her Influencer journey started in the midst of the pandemic. In 2020, when almost every country was closing its doors due to the virus, Dubai managed to control the flu. It even opened its doors to foreigners with proper safety regulations. Around this time, Dominika started visiting places in and around Dubai and posting about them. Her posts started garnering views, and people like engaging with them. Soon business and brands reached out to collaborate on projects, and her journey began.
Content Creation And Beyond
Dominika loves creating content, be it static posts, reels, carousels, or anything in between. She provides promotional posts, shoutouts, and story tags to brands. She majorly works with brands in the beauty and lifestyle space. Visiting scenic locations and posing and posting artistic pictures are part of her glamorous job.
She never set out to become an influencer and finds it funny when friends and followers call her one. For Dominika, the process of content creation is more fun than the label she carries. She constantly tries to push the envelope with every piece of content she makes, be it for a brand or her Instagram. She makes sure that there’s variety in her post and not every post is promotional. She likes to do things out of love and believes that not everything should be about collaboration.
Life As A Creator And Influencer
Our fashion blogger attributes her success to working hard and enjoying the process. Her favorite thing about her job is the kind of control she has over time. She can decide her working hours and the way she wants to spend them. She likes to have control over things, and her job entails her to do.
One of Dominika’s strengths is understanding her client’s vision and strategizing the best way to bring it to life. She understands that one marketing strategy cannot apply to all products, and they have to vary from product to product. She spends a considerable amount of time visualizing and planning the content.
In the next five years, Dominika plans to set up her own company and provide marketing services to brands as well as influencers. She also wants to scale her social media to the next level and become one of the top influencers in Dubai.
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