1. Ashley Gomila

    Model Feature: Michelle Wilson

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    Model Feature: Michelle Wilson

     

    Michelle Wilson is more than a model. She is also NYC’s “It” girl – her street style is always on point and if you happen to run into her in the street you can count on catching her among New York Citys fashionista’s, designers, and stylists. She’s a total babe and muse material. Our beauty editor, Ashley Gomila who also happens to work as one of LA’s top makeup artists- has been dying to get her brushes on this beauty. Alas, Astonish Magazine was able to assemble a killer team, including photographer DeAndre Dacosta & sought after stylist Jen Moore.

     

    Check out the Interview and Photos below:

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    ASTONISH: Tell us what your go to style is when you are not posing for the camera.

    MICHELLE: My go to style when I’m not posing for the camera is, sexy street chic with a twist of androgyny. I love to dress in black with a little pop of color to pull it all together. Over size shirts with leather pleated skirts, a small leather backpack and bright suede shoes create my most  favorite ensembles.

    ASTONISH: Who are your top three people you follow on Instagram?

    MICHELLE: My top three people I follow on Instagram are, Tony Ellis (@tonyellisnyc), Emanuele Ferrari (@emanueleferrariph) and Steve Fan (@stevefanfotos). These three people are very talented photographers and are all non comparable. The first shoot New York based photographer, Tony Ellis and I produced it landed a 12 page spread in Nextdoormodel Magazine, Issue 6. Tony is a very strong photographer who has a strong message, “you only need to shoot a small amount of shots to get the right one. No need to keep shooting if you know you got the shot in 10 takes.” This really opened my eyes and made me realize that, with an outstanding photographer comes precious knowledge and with that knowledge, their craft becomes second nature.

     After being published in Nextdoormodel Magazine Issue 6, I was then introduced to the very talented Editor and Chief, Emanuele Ferrari who is also an amazing photographer based in Italy. Magazines with substance and character really intrigue me and makes my appreciation for the world of fashion even broader. Emanuel and I have followed each other and made a deal that when, (not if) I go to Italy, we will then shoot and create some amazing magic for the world to see.

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    I always look up to photographers who know their craft inside and out and treat their career like a passion more than a task. This is truly why I follow Los Angeles, CA based photographer, Steve Fan. Fans work is amazing and very alluring to the eye. His recent work landed the cover story of Nextdoormodel Magzine, Issue 6. Residing in the state where I was raised as a child, Steve and I too have made a goal to shoot the next time I visit California.

    It’s amazing how all three of these people tie in together and how I followed them at 3 separate times. I think it’s more of a, “great minds think alike” moment. Rather than a pure coincidence.

    ASTONISH: Whats your one must have cosmetic item?

    MICHELLE: My must have cosmetic item is, MAC Mineralize, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. This product is amazing, it is an exfoliant that you use 1-3 times a week. It washes away all dead skin and helps with keeping your skin clear of blemishes , scaring and discoloration. Overall it’s amazing for keeping your face feeling refreshed and ready for the day! And not to mention, it’s really fun to wash your face with actual black Volcanic ash. It’s just like going to a really fun hands on museum! Pretty freaking cool!

    ASTONISH: What would be your dream runway to walk?

    MICHELLE: My dream runway to walk would have to be for, Alexander Wang. I love his overall vision and his designing esthetic. I am inspired by his crreativitive behind every garment he produces. It would be more than an honor to one day grace the runway for such a talented, remarkable and passionate designer. Truly a legend indeed.

    ASTONISH: Most exciting gig you’ve booked to date?

    MICHELLE: The most exciting gig I’ve booked to date was being the face of the SS14 Campaign for London brand, Bitching and Junkfood. Photographer, Lydia Garnett based out of London traveled to New York and met with her team to then shoot in the streets of NYC for the entire Campaign. Along side was Aaron Wenck, New York based Photographer/Videographer who filmed the fashion film portion of the campaign. The campaign is currently viewable at, www.butchingandjunkfood.com.
    Being requested for such an amazing brand was so touching and such a blessing to say the least. Such a wonderful, dynamic and creatively structured brand by the lovely, Marion Bergin.

    ASTONISH: Where do you see yourself in two years career wise?

    MICHELLE:  I see myself in two years career wise, traveling oversees booking amazing jobs via request bookings. I see myself as being a model held with very high regards and a well known name in this industry. I will in two years, have branded myself completely and become a model who will be known nationwide with just my face alone. Inspiring aspiring models and little children to reach for their dreams and make them a reality just like how I’ve done. My message and purpose now and then will be, to always reach for the top and even though you might not be their now, you will be there one day because you never quit and you put your all into it! God is amazing and with much faith and hard work, in two years I will truly get there!

    To follow Michelle directly, find her at @MFWilson_Model on instagram.

  2. Ashley Gomila

    Music Feature: iRAWniQ

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    Photographer - JB Ghuman, Jr. Hair Stylist - David Burgoyne Stylist - Brett Nelson

    Photographer – JB Ghuman, Jr.  Hair Stylist – David Burgoyne  Stylist – Brett Nelson  Custom Head Piece – Scott Williams

    iRAWniq is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan but currently calling Los Angeles her home.
    “I am a dreamer and a hustler, I love every moment of it because its inspiring and gratifying.”, says the 25 year old rapper.
    Six months after the release of “No One Said It Would Be Easy,” iRAWniQ is readying an EP titled “AlienPu$” that spotlights all of the sides of the dynamic rapper-singer. In a tough industry with what seems like a flooded market of female rappers, we asked iRAWniQ how she keeps a glass half full perfective while trying to stay focused with a taxing recording schedule. “Sometimes you wish you could just lock yourself away in the studio for days but realistically I can’t because I have to grind on the regular stuff. It’s a love hate thing but you learn appreciate it because it keeps you grounded and humble. It’s real and I know if I can handle this I can handle anything. It’s balance.”, iRAWniQ explains.

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    Her style flirts with femininity but also has a distinct unique sense of individuality. Although, we will never see her in a Miley Cyrus inspired performance outfit iRAWniQ has plans to reinvent the word ‘sexy’. “I intend to push the envelope without being taboo. These are my thoughts, my life, however interpreted, with voice and reason. Artists can embody beauty, and even sexual enticement without shedding clothes.”, she adds.

     ASTONISH: Would you say your current style of music is at all influenced by    Britney Spears, Lauryn Hill or Nelly? If so, how so?
     iRAWniQ: You know what, I never thought about that like that. Maybe not so influenced, but those are def artists I respect. Britney will always be the princess of pop to me. She’s my childhood. And Neptunes  produced for both her and Nelly, and I’m  influenced by Pharrell so yes…that’s very interesting indeed. Lauryn is dope to me too.
     ASTONISH: What are some of the challenges with being an emerging artist?
     iRAWniQ: I think the most challenging part is creating quality music with the same intensity as other artists, all while maintaining a very extra curricular life. I work three diff gigs…and am a full time mom…so multi tasking on everyday stuff which is not related to the music can be taxing.
    ASTONISH: Where would you like to end up as a musician?
    iRAWniQ: Music is my expression and passion but I’m a business woman at the end of the day. You have to have balance if you want this to be an actual career. Everything in life has a mechanism, entertainment included. I started my own company, TRUNKLIFE Worldwide. I have always had the intention of being my own boss…primarily because I like to create my own rules.  I read a lot of books, journals. I list my weaknesses and strategize ways to build them. It’s pretty amazing how much you you learn when u stop talking, start listening and observe everything. I want to be relevant without necessarily being famous. Fame is nothing I desire. It comes with certain levels of success and I am open to it but it’s no where near a thought let alone a focus.
    ASTONISH: What does the name “iRAWniQ” derive? What’s the significance to its spelling?
     iRAWniQ: My name comes from the circumstances I’ve endured in life. My life is composed of too many paradoxes to explain and coincidence galore. So many coincidences, I started calling myself irawniq (pronounced ironic) and the spelling? I was just being creative. I consider myself a real person, down to earth. I don’t have a filter but I do have tact. RAW. And we gotta capitalize the RAW because that what it’s all about.
    Check out her new video “No One Said It Would Be Easy” shot by JB Ghuman Jr, director of the film Spork.

    Stay updated by following iRAWniQ on twitter and instagram @iRAWniQ and at www.soundcloud.com/irawniq.

  3. Ashley Gomila

    Brands To Watch: Isolated Heroes

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    Isolated Heroes is an optimistic clothing brand that causes wearers to escape to a hyper – realistic dystopian world. We empower wearers, transforming them into a surrealist, avant-garde tribe of future primitives.

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    Luxury Unisex Street wear label by Samantha McEwen.

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    We love Isolated Heroes choices in colors and prints, if you do you as well follow them at the links listed below or search them on ASOS to browse their current collection!

     

     

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  4. Ashley Gomila

    Music Feature: Jesse Saint John

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    “As far as my personal style I like to remain pretty classic and sexy, like CKone.” – Jesse Saint John

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    Photography: Andrea Castanon
    Mens Grooming: Ashley Gomila
    In an industry where image is everything and sound must keep up with visual aesthetics, Jesse Saint John has made a big mark in a small amount of time. Artists flock to Jesse for his eye and ear as an artist creative director & topline songwriter.  Keeping a focus on writing, he has written for Brooke Candy, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Icona Pop, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

    After catching the attention of singer/ songwriter Sia Furler, they have been creating together as well. With such a bright past we can only wonder whats next for this artist. “I plan on continuing developing my own artists sonically, as well as working in top 40.”, explains Saint John. “As a creative director I’m inspired by major iconic moments in pop culture like the VMAs and major pop As a creative director I’m inspired by major iconic moments in pop culture like the VMAs and major pop provocateurs.” he adds.