Heritage Months

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.

No stranger to The Thread, the affable potter, designer, author and founder of his eponymous enterprise Jonathan Adler shares his perspective on Pride and what he’s seen in the New York LGBTQ community after over 25 years living in the city.

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

There is no normal day. I’ll go from making a mold on the wheel in the pottery studio to a meeting with our president about a new store opening to a brainstorm session with our marketing team to come up with subject lines for our emails. I’m lucky to work with such fun and talented people.

After work, I race home to have dinner, read, watch TV and beat my husband at Ping-Pong.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

I moved to New York in 1989 in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and Pride was an incredibly poignant and powerful moment. I moved here hoping to find creative fulfillment and amour and excitement, but it was all happening against the backdrop of AIDS. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. My favorite part of Pride weekend was the transcendental (even spiritual?) Dance on the Pier.

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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.

Cristi Duncan splits her time in New York City modeling, working on photo sets, scoping out the city’s best music and perfecting her photography. Plus, documenting it all–and other things she’s into–under her alias toooth on Instagram.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I’ve worked within fashion and photography since I was in high school.

I started out modeling with the NY agencies. I began styling shoots and assisting photographers. From there, I worked as a photo editor and studio manager. I also worked for a fashion/design marketing and branding agency.

Besides photography, my favorite thing to do in New York is going to see live music, especially if it’s outdoors. There’s nothing better than good tunes in a park.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
I used to avoid Pride Month events at all costs, not because I didn’t want to go, but I really didn’t have a group of friends that I felt comfortable sharing that with when I first moved to NY. So my most memorable Pride Month was once I found a group of women who really inspired me to go out and celebrate with them, which was really an awesome experience for me.

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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.

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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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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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.

Follow: Nick Nelson on Instagram

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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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It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to tell us who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.

“Gabo inspires me because he is one of history’s most celebrated Latino writers and won a Nobel Prize in Literature. Even though he wrote in Spanish, his work has been translated into dozens of languages.”

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June is Pride Month and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to share with us the names of people who inspire and influence them the most as they honor the LGBT community. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this month is all about.

“Harvey Milk inspires me because he lived his life bringing hope and faith into our community—fighting for the freedom and rights of those not being heard.”

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It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to tell us who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.

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“Li Na inspires me because she challenges the notion in professional tennis that one’s career begins to decline after 30—when she rose to #3 in the world and inspired millions in her native country of China.”

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