June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

When you’re part of the world’s #1 international model-management firm, you’d better bring your A game. As a junior agent at IMG Models in NYC, Ethan Miller and his colleagues help represent some of Earth’s most-wanted models.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I book supermodels around the world and work for the coolest woman I know.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Walking down Broadway in Seattle, hand in hand with my first boyfriend, wearing Pride beads and feeling oh so confident.

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Fresh Dressed is the first-ever documentary about the history of hip-hop fashion, out now in theaters all over the U.S. We recommend you see it. You will be entertained and educated, and perhaps inspired to decorate your jacket.

Energy and insights in Fresh Dressed come from music and fashion leaders including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Dapper Dan, André Leon Talley, Riccardo Tisci and the duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne from Public School.

But the overall product is excellent mostly because it was directed by Sacha Jenkins, a 20-years-deep veteran of journalism with Beat Down, ego trip and Mass Appeal magazines. Mainstream America remembers his The (White) Rapper Show on VH1Some Pratt Institute students call him their professor.

Now you will know him from his interview with the Nordstrom blogs.

Check our interview with Jenkins and the trailer for Fresh Dressed below. And if you’re already feeling TL;DR, check this audio clip from Jenkins about how hip-hop style relates to freedom:

 

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

L.A.-born and based, Courtney McCullough studied dance in London before moving back home to a successful modeling career. When she’s not posing in campaigns and ads for the likes of M•A•C,  W Magazine, BCBGeneration, New Balance and…the list goes on, she’s probably either working on film projects like Weekly Meeting for Well Dang! Productions or traveling the world with her camera in tow. This is a woman who takes carpe diem to the next level.

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What is your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Some years ago I was living in Israel, and I went to Tel Aviv Pride, which was such a festive environment. People in Tel Aviv are quite friendly and outgoing in general, but this was a whole other level of conviviality and solidarity, especially in a conservative region of the world.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
I think the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community in our country and in the media is a positive step forward. Knowing that younger people are seeing that it’s perfectly fine to be yourself and to know there are individuals with similar experiences on such a large scale is very uplifting and gives me hope.

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Laura Mercier–one of the biggest names in the beauty world–guides us on a trip to Paris, gives us a peek into her handbag and answers the one question she gets asked the most about makeup.

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What makes the perfect lipstick?
For me, it’s all about the formula. It must feel comfortable to the point where you forget that you are wearing lipstick, must wear all day and must not bleed. Choose a color that is in tune with your mood and personality, truly making it a signature accent to your look.

What three beauty products do you never leave home without?
Secret Camouflage, Primer Radiance and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Love yourself before you can love anybody else.

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Fresh blueberry martini cocktail recipe with lavender syrup from Nordstrom Bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

What a perfect cocktail to celebrate the first official week of summer. Fresh blueberries get muddled to release their sweet juices–and a beautiful hue that helps color the cocktail–and lavender is simmered into a syrup that ends up slightly fragrant and contributes just the right touch of floral notes. I find lavender sometimes a bit overwhelming, but not here, when balanced by the refreshing tartness of lemon. Try this Blueberry and Lavender Martini in our Nordstrom bars, or read on to create this cocktail recipe for yourself and some very good friends this summer at home.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Nick Nelson knows style. And you might just know Nick Nelson, too. Or at least recognize his work as a stylist that shows up in magazines like ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, plus on a few celebs you might have heard of–aka Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o. Check out some stunning examples of Nick’s work in his fashion portfolio.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I style editorials for fashion magazines, celebrities, TV, advertisements, etc.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month? 
Grace Jones performing at a Pride event in New York.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
Celebrating the idea that as civil rights are extended and formal equality achieved, we can move past gay and straight to human.

What are you doing this year to celebrate? 
Hopefully leaving the city and enjoying some quiet time with my boyfriend.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world? 
Perhaps less of a party and more of an acknowledgement of the unsung heroes in the LGBTQ community.

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Step one: Own something that you can refer to as a “Funboy.

Step two: Get “extreme sportsman and adventure photographer” Jay Alvarrez to lead the charge.

Step three: Watch this video.

 

 

Shop: Funboy’s pegasus oversized luxury pool float | Funboy’s flamingo oversized luxury pool float

Shop: All Pop-In Goes Poolside

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring people in the fashion and design community what the month means to them.

Ari Fitz is no stranger to the camera. You might remember her from MTV’s Real World: Ex-plosion in 2014, but, as a filmmaker and model, Ari is also known for schooling us all on her signature androgynous style in her popular web series TOMBOYISH. Check out the latest projects and style videos on her YouTube channel.

 

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?

I’m a filmmaker and style vlogger. I produce a web series called TOMBOYISH that features fashion from my closet and many others.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

My very first memory of Pride is house-dancing in the middle of the streets of San Francisco surrounded by colors, feather boas and all of my best friends. One of my most carefree moments to this day.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring people in the fashion and design community what the month means to them.

We kick off our series with Slovakian-born, New York–based model Yaya Kosikova. In front of the camera, Yaya has been on screen, in print and snapped on the runways for brands like Dior, Balenciaga and Tracy Reese. Behind the camera as a photographer, she captures stunning portraits and images with a seriously artistic eye—see some of her work at Frankie Rize Photography.

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?
I work as a portrait photographer and as a model. When I’m not working, my hobbies are things like traveling, exploring different cultures, riding my scooter, tennis and snowboarding.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
My first memory of celebrating Pride Month was in NYC 10 years ago at the Pride parade. It was a super-overwhelming experience to me. I grew up around very close-minded mentalities in Slovakia where I couldn’t be myself—it was very painful at times. I felt lonely, not accepted and like I didn’t fit in. When I was walking through the crowd at the parade, I finally felt at home, accepted and complete. Everyone felt like brothers and sisters that day, and it was a wonderful feeling. I have that feeling every time I get to be at a gay-pride parade anywhere in the world. You can spot me with my favorite T-shirt: ‘I love lesbians.’ Haha!

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